Joel Dommett thinks ‘The Masked Singer’ has “changed the landscape of Saturday night TV’.
The host of the ITV talent show - whose latest season was won by singer Joss Stone, disguised as Sausage - believes the series had revolutionised TV forever, as the programme gears up for a return on New Year’s Day (01.01.22).
The 36-year-old stand-up comic said: “It’s not just a success, it’s a cultural reference, which I think is the dream – to become a show everyone talks about.
“I think it’s changed the landscape of Saturday night TV.”
Davina McCall - a judge on the star-studded singing show alongside Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan - believes the programme is about fun more than snagging victory, insisting it is “not a talent contest”.
The former ‘Big Brother’ presenter said: “The nice thing about having a guessing show is that it’s not a talent contest.”
“A talent contest has disappointment and upset, whereas with our show, an unmasking is a celebration. It’s just the most exciting thing ever. It’s so funny.”
Joel agreed, insisting the prize is being “a part of something brilliant”.
He explained: “It’s not really a competition. You’re just a part of something brilliant. It’s not like you get a huge cash prize if you win or a contract with some record company or something.
“It’s not the public that are voting. It’s the people in the studios. There’s less of a feeling of, ‘my God, I’ve got to please the whole country’.”
Joel also admitted he enjoys the "family day out" feel of a full studio audience made up of different generations.
He said: “There were young kids, the parents and the grannies all together as a family day out.”