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ITV hints The Masked Dancer may not return for second series as channel look for ‘new opportunities’

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Zoe Ball was one of the celebrities on the first season of The Masked Dancer (Picture: ITV)

Saturday night show The Masked Dancer is amongst a selection of newer fixtures on ITV whose future is currently uncertain after just one series.

The spin-off to The Masked Singer is a recent addition to the broadcaster, having aired earlier this summer.

It was won by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith after a consecutive week of daily shows which saw stars such as Zoe Ball and Howard Donald unveiled.

But despite the success of The Masked Singer, it’s unknown whether the spin-off may be back for a season two just yet.

Speaking at Edinburgh TV Festival, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Katie Radcliffe explained the channel is always looking for ‘new opportunities’ as it discussed shows such as The Masked Dancer.

‘There’s always new opportunities for entertainment at ITV,’ she said earlier this week.

‘In terms of whether those shows are returning, we’ve tried new stuff and we’re going to sit down and take stock of everything we’ve tried over the last few months and work out what we’re going to take forward, what we’ll do again and how we’ll do it,’ added Katie.

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Louis Smith was under the disguise of Carwash and won the show (Picture: ITV)

Katie went on to refer to the fate of some of the shows which had been added to the billing on the broadcaster this year.

She said: ‘I think it’s too early to say if they will be back, we are looking at the stuff we did over the summer and before the summer, like Game of Talents, Masked Dancer, we’re looking at all of those and having those conversations soon.’

However, she made it clear time would be spent to make sure the channel made the right decisions for the future of all its shows.

‘So, we don’t take any of those decisions lightly for those reasons, and we don’t like to rush them.

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Aston Merrygold appeared in the latest season of The Masked Singer (Picture: ITV)

‘We talk internally and we talk to audience research, so we are taking our time with all of that at the moment.’

The Masked Dancer isn’t the only show at risk of facing the axe, with Game of Talents and Cooking With The Stars’ future also uncertain.

The three shows all struggled to pull in the ratings hoped for, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be back in the future.

It does seem however The Masked Singer is highly likely to make a comeback after Executive Producers Dan Nettleton and Derek McLean discussed the ‘high concept ideas’ they had for season three.

Nettleton told Radio Times: ‘We have got so many ideas! We do not intend for this to be the same every year, and partly because the beauty of the format [is] you can do bonkers things.

‘In a traditional kind of talent show, there are limits to where you can take the show, but with a show that relies on Badgers singing against Sausages and Blobs, there really isn’t a limit.’

Nettleton continued: ‘We have some very crazy high concept ideas that we would like to introduce to the series going forward.’

It comes just a few weeks after it was announced The X Factor would not be returning on ITV, after having been on-screen since 2004.

However, with ratings having dwindled in recent years, the channel finally decided the fate of the talent show, which was created by music mogul Simon Cowell.


Credit: Original article published here.

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