For actuality TV exhibits, it’s typically commonplace to herald controversial figures to pop a ranking and get extra publicity.
This season, that backfired on The Masked Singer after they invited disgraced former political determine Rudy Giuliani onto the present to carry out.
The issue got here when his look was leaked earlier than the season began and the present took a beating within the media and on social media with followers. Then, when his look got here, the present had the bottom scores of the season.
The viewers spoke, however The Masked Singer producers haven’t any regrets.
The Masked Singer producers discuss Rudy Giuliani look
Rudy Giuliani stays controversial as a result of he tried to assist former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election outcomes after rumors unfold of voter fraud, regardless of investigations dispelling that as false.
Nonetheless, the producers noticed nothing flawed with bringing a lightning rod of political controversy to the present, regardless of folks watching actuality TV to flee the precise actuality of the actual world. This put all the eye of the viewers again on the real-world issues which have created a divide amongst Individuals.
“The advertising and marketing is all about delivering jaw-dropping moments, which is strictly what the casting completed,” said Rob Wade, the president of other leisure & specials at Fox Leisure.
He appeared to haven’t any concern about taking the main focus off the enjoyable of The Masked Singer and as an alternative wished to make it a controversial second as an alternative.
“Whether or not it was on set or with the viewers at residence I suppose my solely remorse or shock was clearly the reveal was spoiled [by the press], however kudos to you guys. Simply please don’t do it once more. Thanks lots.”
The final assertion may need been a response to the spoilers inflicting many viewers to not tune in when they realized Giuliani was coming on the show.
The episode brought in 3.6 million viewers. The season averaged 4.1 million viewers an episode, a 13% decline in whole viewers.
WonWoo Park, the show’s creator, said that the unique present in South Korea would by no means invite somebody that controversial onto the present, saying it’s taboo there and so they attempt to maintain issues extra nice for the viewers.
The Masked Singer eased Giuliani’s reveal
Rudy Giuliani appeared on The Masked Singer carrying the Jack within the Field costume. He got here out and carried out Unhealthy to the Bone by George Thorogood.
It was off-tune and simply positioned him on the backside of the votes for the spherical. When he unmasked, it precipitated controversy among the many panelists.
Ken Jeung walked off stage in disgust, adopted by Robin Thicke. It was later revealed to be because of Giuliani’s work to attempt to cease the New York Metropolis COVID-19 protocols. Sources stated that Ken, a health care provider, knew that may have value town hundreds of lives.
Nonetheless, within the episode, they didn’t show Ken walk off until the end when he stated “I’m completed,” and so they by no means confirmed Robin strolling off in any respect.
The Masked Singer airs is on hiatus. The present was renewed for an eighth season and may return in late 2022.