What Does the Winner of ‘The Masked Singer’ Get?
The final three contestants sing once more before their identities are revealed in the Masked Singer Season 5 grand finale, which airs on Fox on Wednesday, May 26. T-Pain, Wayne Brady, Kandi Burruss, and LeAnn Rimes have all won The Masked Singer before them, so Black Swan, Chameleon, and Piglet are still in the running. With the finale approaching, fans of the Fox show have been wondering what the prize is for which they are competing.
What does The Masked Singer’s winner get?
The champion of the singing competition receives only a trophy with a mask on it as a prize. The judge who correctly guesses the most contestants is awarded the Golden Ear trophy, which was first won by Jenny McCarthy in the fourth season.
On the show, there is no cash prize and no donation to the celebrity’s favorite charity, as on celebrity editions of shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Celebrity Jeopardy!
Each contestant, on the other hand, is compensated for their participation in the show. They are paid per week they appear on the show and receive a signing fee. The amount contestants receive will vary greatly, as it does with other celebrity reality shows, depending on the caliber of the star and the size of the payday they were able to negotiate.
Documents leaked from the Australian version of the show reveal exactly how much salaries differ on the show. According to reports, signing fees ranged from $10,000 to $200,000.
Similar reality shows have been shown to be lucrative for their contestants. Variety reported in 2019 that Dancing with the Stars contestants are paid $125,000 for the rehearsal period and the first two weeks on air. They earn additional fees starting week 3. Still according to Variety, citing multiple sources, the most a contestant can make on the show is around $300,000.
The winner could also be waiting a long time to get their trophy. Wayne Brady won the contest in December 2019, but on a Whose Line is it Anyway? reunion on his YouTube channel in March 2020, he said: “I’m gonna put The Masked Singer on blast… they have not given. This is a brief summary.