What My Kids Said While Watching 'The Masked Singer' Left Me Stunned
In a world where we are judged by our appearance, the pressure to be beautiful is constant and our attractiveness and presentation are inextricably tied to who we are and what we do, the show comes as a welcome change.
The celebrity singing competition might seem like pure indulgent entertainment with a light hearted purpose but it is actually more than that. It is a rare example of a family television show that actually puts forward positive values and messages to its audience, in particular, to our most impressionable, our children.
Like the elaborate masks and costumes that conceal the identity of the Australian celebrities, 'The Masked Singer' asks us to look deeper and beyond the surface to what really should matter. To our efforts, our talent and our ability to do our job, regardless of other physical characteristics which often unfairly define us instead.
As my family watch the unique range of characters perform, as we bop along as the masks sing their absolute lungs out and each episode seem to give more than the one before, my two primary school aged girls are in awe.
They smile, they stare at the screen and often they are evocative of that carnival clown game, with wide gaping mouths, completely captivated with what they are watching.
Once each performance is over, my six-year-old and five-year-old make statements like:
“Lion’s voice sounds so strong.”
“The way the Monster sang made me want to cry.”
“Wow, how cool was the dancing?”
“How do they get so good at singing?”
There is never a comment about what Lion, Alien, Monster or Dragon look like. My daughters’ comments are based solely on the performances themselves and the celebrities’ ability to sing and to entertain.
And if you ask me, this is exactly how it should be.
On last night’s episode as Unicorn was revealed to be Aussie songstress Deni Hines, she commented: “With this [show] it was purely the voice and I loved that."
"I thought it was really clever to truly be yourself without having people judge what you look like."
This component of the reality show was also valued by Lion who was revealed to be Kate Ceberano, who earlier this week said: “This is a show of great virtue because although it’s really wacky being in a suit, you are without colour, age, gender, it’s completely erased from what you are, you’re just free."
And this is why this program is so significant in today’s society. It is without race, age and blurs the line occasionally when it comes to gender. It demonstrates that these things alone do not define us as individuals and that there is hope that our talent and our work ethic will be measured in its own right.
As well as this powerful message to look deeper than the surface, 'The Masked Singer' also teaches my girls lessons about hard work, determination and what happens when you don’t win because not everyone can, at least not all the time.
As the celebrities who have succeeded in their respective fields, take to the stage (some for their first time, some for their millionth) they put their own reputation and pride to the side because ultimately, they have no idea how it will pan out for them and this unknown can be incredibly scary for even the most seasoned performer.
With this comes the lesson that life isn’t always about playing it safe, trying new things can be wonderful too even if they are challenging.
Kate Ceberano summed it up perfectly when she sent a message to her teenage daughter prior to taking to the Masked Singer stage for the final time.
“I want her to know that you can never, ever be fooled by even your own insecurities, you must always give it a good, hard crack. You might have failed but what fun you’ve had," she said.
Former Big Brother host and TV personality, Gretel Killeen, who was the first celebrity to be unmasked, also shared a similar sentiment.
"Being brave is just one of the greatest qualities you can have, be courageous, push your boundaries," she said.
These attitudes of giving things your best, regardless of whether you come out on top, to be brave and try new things, even if they put you out of your comfort zone are ‘life lessons 101’. Having them demonstrated and spoken about within the show is incredibly powerful, especially as a parent.
So as the final episodes grace our television screens and we chant, “take it off” for the last few times, I'm looking forward it being put on again for Season 2 because we need more TV like 'The Masked Singer'.
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