Panicked ITV bosses to show US version of The Masked Singer over summer to fill gaping holes in the schedule – The Sun

PANICKED ITV bosses will re-air the last American version of The Masked Singer over the summer to fill gaps in the schedule.

The broadcaster has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and was left with gaping holes in its primetime slots after shows including Britain’s Got Talent’s live shows were put on ice.

A source said: “Huge shows on ITV have been pulled or put on ice because of the pandemic so bosses are having a nightmare trying to work out how to fill them.

“The Masked Singer was a ratings hit for them here so they’ve decided to air the American version every weekend over the summer.

“To them it was an obvious choice because it was so popular and the formula is identical.

“Obviously some of the stars might not be recognisable to them but it’s still a great show.”

Nicole Scherzinger is a judge on the American version of the show, alongside comedian Ken Jeong, TV personality Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke.

ITV have been praised for their work during the crisis, including their ability to keep their flagship daytime show This Morning on air throughout.

Today they confirmed Emmerdale and Coronation Street were returning to filming by using strict social distancing measures.

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