Nicole Scherzinger to Skip Masked Singer S11; Jenny McCarthy Hopes for Return

Major shakeup announced for The Masked Singer's upcoming season.

by Nouman Rasool
Nicole Scherzinger to Skip Masked Singer S11; Jenny McCarthy Hopes for Return
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With the curtains rising on The Masked Singer's Season 10, there's already a significant change set for Season 11. Nicole Scherzinger, an integral panelist and ex-Pussycat Doll, is making a temporary exit, trading the Fox series' stage for London’s West End to star in "Sunset Boulevard." Taking her chair, even if briefly, will be the charismatic Rita Ora.

However, could Scherzinger be plotting an unprecedented return? The tantalizing concept of the songstress stepping back as a masked singer, taking the panelists - and viewers - by surprise, has gained traction. The element of surprise would be sensational, given her prolonged panelist role, rendering her unmasking possibly the most iconic in the show’s history.

Jenny McCarthy, a co-host and fellow panelist, shared this intriguing idea with ET, "I thought the same. Maybe they're strategizing for Nicole to emerge from beneath a costume. What a spectacle that would be!" Speculation about Scherzinger's costume buzzes with excitement.

Many believe she should honor her Pussycat Dolls legacy, but the element of surprise remains critical. If this theory gains too much attention, it might dilute the shock factor.

McCarthy Reflects on Nicole's Absence

For now, Nicole's break from the show seems a brief intermission.

The thought of her making a permanent exit saddens McCarthy deeply. Expressing her sentiments, she said, "It would shatter us. She’s like family, and her absence feels surreal." Indeed, since its 2019 inception, The Masked Singer hasn't seen a panelist's departure, making this shift notably poignant.

Nevertheless, the excitement around Rita Ora's addition is palpable. McCarthy believes Ora is "the perfect fit," having had a stint on The Masked Singer U.K., bringing both experience and fresh energy. As Season 10 unfolds, fans can relish Scherzinger’s insights for a little while longer.

Slated to return on September 27, 2023, the season promises an array of twists, potentially extending into December. Although Rita Ora will be stepping in come Season 11, Nicole's potential return for Season 12 keeps the audience eagerly waiting. Stay tuned to MSN, Google, and Google News for more updates on The Masked Singer and its revolving chairs of talent.