Barbara Friedman16 March 2024 | 9:13

Let the clues begin! The Masked Singer South Africa returns with spectacular masks hiding Mzanzi megastars

The local version of this popular show is back.

Let the clues begin! The Masked Singer South Africa returns with spectacular masks hiding Mzanzi megastars

The local version of the world’s biggest, craziest, and most fun-filled star-powered singing contest and guessing game is back on our screens in April. The second season of The Masked Singer South Africa kicks off on S3 (formerly known as SABC 3) on Saturday, 6 April, at 18:30.

Following Holly Rey and her Lollipop’s sweet Season 1 victory, 16 Mzansi megastars will again set the stage alight disguised in the most exquisite, bejewelled costumes

Although the identity of these celebrities will, of course, remain top secret until the show’s detectives and studio audience decide it’s time for them to show their familiar faces, Primedia Studios and production company Rose and Oaks Media have lifted the lid on some of the key role players lined-up for the must-see The Masked Singer South Africa Season 2.   

The always-suave and always-quirky Mpho Popps reprises his role as The Masked Singer South Africa’s charming host, and on detective duty, you’ll find four distinguished super-sleuths. 

One of these celebrity detectives tasked to decipher obscure clues in figuring out who is behind the masks is a multiple award-winning muso and chef extraordinaire. At his side is a flamboyant veteran media personality, actor and choreographer known for his attention-grabbing outfits. Then there is also a beloved teddy-bear-like radio personality and DJ, while the show’s Lady Detective happens to be a gorgeous social butterfly, influencer, and fashionista. 

Your guess was spot on! J’Something from Micasa, Somizi Mhlongo, Skhumba Hlophe and Sithelo Shozi return to rack their brains to solve the show’s mysterious masked cases. 

However, despite coming into the show with a wealth of experience, these four detectives will have to step up their game. 

“The clues are going to be much harder,” reveals Anele Mdoda, Rose and Oaks Media co-owner. “In fact, everything is bigger, better, and more spectacular this season. South Africa is going to be blown away by the dazzling costumes, themed episodes, energetic performances of popular songs, and calibre of personalities bringing their A-game to win the coveted Golden Mask trophy. We’re talking mega-megastars – from world-famous sports figures – maybe even a World Cup winner – to globally recognizable faces.”

In the lead-up to The Masked Singer South Africa Season 2’s first episode, some Masks are already popping up in public spaces. For now, keep an eye out for the snazzy Giraffe sporting some bling, a treacherous Tortoise and a glittering figure resembling a Gold nugget. 

The question remains: Who is behind the mask? 

“The beauty of The Masked Singer Singer South Africa is that the entire country can play along in guessing the true identity of these fantastic, costumed characters,” says Jan du Plessis, President of Primedia Studios. “It’s a wonderful family show and great fun to see a different side of Mzansi’s biggest household names.”

During the show, millions of The Masked Singer South Africa fans nationwide will be entertained by the supercool “Men in Black”, who assist the Masks in acting out mysterious snippets of their celebrity lives. And, in line with the magnitude of such a singing contest, the show will again be brought to homes across Mzansi in association with Andolex®, South Africa’s No. 1 brand for sore mouths and throats.

“We are incredibly excited and proud to be the associate sponsor of The Mask Singer South Africa Season 2,” says Kym Hampton, Managing Director of iNova Pharmaceuticals, South Africa. “This hugely popular family-oriented show is the perfect match for the Andolex® brand, and the sponsorship allows us to highlight the importance of oral health and how to treat a painful sore throat when you need to perform at your best.  Andolex® looks forward to engaging with our loyal supporters and The Masked Singer South Africa viewers again.”

According to Lala Tuku, Acting Group Executive of Video Entertainment at SABC, The Masked Singer South Africa Season 1 proved to be a massive audience favourite: “In its premiere timeslot on S3 viewership surged by an impressive 109% whilst the repeat episodes also drew substantial audiences. For example, the third episode’s repeat on SABC 1 attracted more than 1,8 million viewers.”

The premiere episode of The Masked Singer South Africa will be screened on Saturdays at 18:30. There will also be a rebroadcast on SABC 1 on Thursdays at 21:00, as well as on S3 on Fridays at 22:00.