Seal’s Kids Had No Idea He Was Competing on ‘The Masked Singer’

Variety | 12/11/2019 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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“The Masked Singer” is television’s top secret. The reality competition show goes to great lengths to keep the identities of the celebrity characters under wraps for the audience. In fact, the crew, director, cameramen, judges and even host Nick Cannon are left totally clueless about who is under the mask, just like the viewers.

Turns out, even Seal’s own children were left in the dark, and had no idea their father was competing as the Leopard for the entire season.

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“He did the whole thing to surprise his kids and make them laugh,” the showrunner shares. “I really wanted to send a camera, the moment that his kids see that it’s him, but we couldn’t, unfortunately, for various reasons.”

Asked how it’s logistically possible that Seal’s own children wouldn’t notice that their dad was participating in the singing competition show for the entire season, Ibarra explained the process of concealing the singer’s identities, which begins with producers asking the celebrities for a list of every person they want to tell about their involvement before filming begins. Those few people are then given NDAs and sworn to secrecy.

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“No one else is allowed, unless they’ve been pre-approved with an NDA, so it’s not like they can bring people in-and-out of the production,” Ibarra explains.

“We encourage them to not tell as many people as they can. We tell them not to tell their kids a lot because it’s hard for kids to keep secrets, and it’s not really fair of them, obviously — when you are 7 or 8 years old, you don’t necessarily understand not telling people something,” the showrunner says.

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“I know that the Unicorn, Tori Spelling, had a tough time with that in Season 1,” Ibarra shares, explaining that Spelling’s children’s peers were constantly asking if their mom was on the show.

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