The eighth season of "The Masked Singer" starts on April 1 (always on Saturdays, 8:15 p.m., live on ProSieben and on Joyn). The mask show has already brought forth seven winners - all of whom scored with their singing talent and their musical experience.
Max Mutzke (41) won the first season of the ProSieben show "The Masked Singer" in August 2019. As an astronaut, he enchanted the audience and the guessing team with his voice. "No one knew what to expect, neither the participants nor those involved in the show. Then it became such a successful television format and then winning it was awesome," said Mutzke enthusiastically in an interview with spot on news in March 2020 from the premiere of the format. Grasshopper Gil Ofarim (40) and Engel Bülent Ceylan (47) landed behind him.
In 2020, Tom Beck (45) took home the win in season two. "The biggest challenge was the secrecy over this long period of time. Not even my parents knew that I was taking part," explained the singer and actor in an interview with spot on news six months after his victory. For the show, he slipped into an oversized sloth costume every evening – a "really sweaty affair," as Beck reported. Wuschel Mike Singer (23) and dragon Gregor Meyle (44) came in behind him.
A successor was already chosen in autumn 2020: Sarah Engels (30) convinced in an eerily beautiful skeleton costume. Alien Alec Völkel (51) and hippopotamus Nelson Müller (44) came in second. "The secrecy has cost a lot of energy and time, I have to say. When you're as active on social media as I am, it's really difficult to confuse everyone," Engels said spot on news shortly after her victory.
The next winner was chosen in spring 2021: singer Sasha (51) prevailed. Behind him were Leopard Cassandra Steen (43) and Flamingo Ross Antony (48). The winner faced a special hurdle when he took part: buddy Rea Garvey (49) was on the guessing team. "It was really difficult with Rea. Knowing that one of my best friends is sitting there. That was actually a point that I thought about when deciding whether to participate or not," he said in the winning interview with spot on news . "I never would have dreamed that he would ultimately win the show."
Mülli Müller prevailed in the grand finale of the ProSieben show in November 2021 and won the fifth season. Under the costume of the blue-green garbage monster was none other than the former "DSDS" winner and musical star Alexander Klaws (39). "It was somehow all surreal and crazy," he looked back on his trip on the rate show in an interview with spot on news. He also revealed: "My son - that's no fun - played Mülli Müller in kindergarten, although he didn't even know it was me." His victory got him a new job: In the "Masked Singer" spin-off "The Masked Dancer" Klaws sat on the advice team.
In the spring of 2022, the big showdown between zebra and thorn devil began. The zebra prevailed in the final duel. The joy of the striped animal was so great that it lost its mask when it hugged moderator Matthias Opdenhövel (52) – a brief moment of shock. However, the presenter reacted immediately and hid the celebrity's face until the mask was back in place. Finally, as Mülli Müller, Klaws presented the shiny cup to the zebra, under which Ella Endlich (38) was. "It was amazing. It's really like everyone says, the team here is amazing. It was so much fun," enthused Endlich after her season six win.
In the last finale of "The Masked Singer" last fall, Rosty, the Mole, the Tooth Fairy and the Werewolf were able to maintain their camouflage until (almost) the end. In order to find out about the masked people, rate expert Ruth Moschner (46) received support from Judith Williams (51) and Riccardo Simonetti (30). The mole kept his costume on the longest and was crowned the winner of the show. Under the disguise was actor Daniel Donskoy (33), who used his exposure to draw attention to an important issue. Donskoy pointed out that women in Iran are forbidden from dancing and singing in public. With the words "woman, life, freedom" the actor set an example for human rights and democracy.
The "Masked Singer" universe has already expanded and spawned two new shows. In December 2021, three Christmas masks competed in the offshoot "The Masked Singer - The Enigmatic Christmas Show". Yvonne Catterfeld (43) won the festive special edition as the singing Christmas goose. The spin-off “The Masked Dancer” was also launched in early 2022. The guessing team does not have the singing as a clue, but has to try to unmask the celebrities through movement patterns, music, choreography and the clips for the respective masks. All-round talent Oli.P (44) won as a monkey. In an interview with spot on news, he then explained: "Physically, it was the greatest effort I can remember in my life."