The Fox singing competition also introduced six of the upcoming season's contestants: Book, Goldfish, Gumball, Lizard, Starfish and Ugly Sweater
The calendar just flipped to February, but The Masked Singer already has its sights set on March Mask-ness.
In the first season teaser for season 11 of the Fox singing competition, host Nick Cannon introduces “the newest member of The Masked Singer family, Rita Ora.” Ora, 33, will take Nicole Scherzinger’s place on the panel.
“I don’t know who you guys are, but I am so excited you’re here,” the “Your Song” singer, 33, tells a pair of contestants in the sneak peek.
The Masked Singer also introduced six of the costumes who will be competing for The Golden Mask trophy: Book, Goldfish, Gumball, Lizard, Starfish and Ugly Sweater.
Season 11 will feature 16 celebrity singers and three wild card competitors as it rolls out a new series of theme nights, including Girl Groups, Soundtrack of My Life, TV Theme Night and Shower Anthems. Additional themes will include The Wizard of Oz, which celebrates its 85th anniversary in August, Transformers, which turns 40 this year, and special musical anthology episodes decided to the discographies of Billy Joel and Queen.
“It gave me the opportunity to step outside my wheelhouse a little bit,” the Grammy winner, 44, told PEOPLE of dressing as a female cow on The Masked Singer. “As a male cow, I could probably still dance like me. I'm definitely going to sound like me. And I was like, yeah, I'll get caught quick like that. But as a female cow, I got huge breasts and hips and the whole nine, so I can't move the way NE-YO would normally move.”
The father of seven had a special place picked out to store his trophy.
"The Golden Mask trophy is going to live in the same place that my Grammys and every other award that I've ever won lived, and that is at my mother's home," NE-YO said. "My mom has this huge cabinet full of my accomplishments, and we have moved things around and prepared a space for that big, beautiful golden Masked Singer trophy, right next to the Grammys."
“For me, The Masked Singer is really the glue that held me together for the last couple of months. It was vitally important,” he told PEOPLE. “It has made it so people were aware of the music, they're also aware of grief being a process. I think that grief is something that needs to be talked about publicly. It doesn't need to be sequestered away and hidden. The more you talk about it, the more power you are giving yourself and the more power, I think, you're taking away from your grief.”
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The Masked Singer season 11 premieres March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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