Rita Ora Joins ‘The Masked Singer’ Judging Panel — and Teases She ‘Might Stick Around’

A new face is joining Masked singer Jury: Rita Ora!

Fox announced Wednesday that the British pop star and actress will appear on the 11th season of Fox’s popular singing competition series in 2024, joining fellow panelists Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy, as well as host Nick Cannon.

The singer of the song “You Only Love Me” (32) changes place with a regular Masked singer panelist Nicole Scherzinger, who is scheduled to perform in London’s West End.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly on whether to continue with Masked singer if the series is renewed for future seasons, Scherzinger responded: “Oh my God, I would, are you kidding me? I love my [Masked Singer] family. And it’s such a great job. Are you kidding me? I like that. That.”

The addition of Ora — who previously appeared on the UK edition of the mystery celebrity singing competition — marks the first time there has been a panel change on the show since its debut in 2019.

The Masked Singer began its 10th season on Sunday with all the original panelists. A new official teaser video for season 10 was unveiled on Wednesday and included a clip of Ora’s debut.

“I love it here in Hollywood,” Ora says in the clip, sitting in her new chair. “Maybe I’ll stay. I like it.”

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Meanwhile, the Season 10 premiere introduced a new contestant named Anonymouse, who performed Heart’s classic power ballad “What About Love.” Jeong later described Anonymouse as “the most powerful voice in the series.

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Anonymous at the beginning of the new 10th season of ‘Masked Singer’.

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Anonymouse offered clues about her identity, including that she started working as a young person and that her big break came when she was able to showcase her voice.

“When my future looked bright on the outside,” said the mouse, “I struggled with feeling ridiculous on the inside. The more I pushed them down, the more it felt like it was slipping. I was trapped on a path of wrong decisions and eventually hit rock bottom. But it was the wake-up call I needed to finally realize that I still have so much life left.”

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‘The Masked Singer’ host Nick Canon and Anonymous in an all-new 10th season.

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Based on Anonymouse’s clues — including her appearance on the TIME 100 list — the judges speculated that the mouse could be Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato or Pink.

As the reveal was coming up, Jeong said, “This might be the biggest star we’ve ever had in 10 seasons on Masked singer.”

Anonymous and Demi Lovato

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McCarthy, 50, Scherzinger, 45, and Thicke, 46, agreed it had to be Lovato as Anonymouse. Turns out they were right because it was indeed the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, 31.

“You’re one of those legends,” McCarthy told Lovato after the reveal, and Thicke added, “You’re one of the great voices and talents of any generation.”

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Masked singer season 10 continues on September 27 at 8:00 PM ET on Fox.

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