The latest addition joins Black Swan, Chameleon, Cluedle-Doo, Grandpa Monster, Phoenix, Porcupine, Russian Doll and Seashell in the race for the Golden Mask trophy

By Dana Rose Falcone
March 05, 2021 01:30 PM
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Slow and steady might just win the new season of The Masked Singer.

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal the Snail costume that'll be battling it out for the Golden Mask trophy when season 5 premieres next week. The shelled gastropod joins Black Swan, Chameleon, Cluedle-Doo, Grandpa Monster, Phoenix, Porcupine, Russian Doll and Seashell in the lineup announced by Fox so far.

"On season 5, you want to keep everybody on their toes," judge Ken Jeong says in PEOPLE's exclusive first look at the upcoming installment.

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A total of 10 disguised celebrities will compete between Group A and Group B, but wildcard contestants will get the chance to crash at the end of the episode and battle for someone's spot on the show.

The original 10 season 5 contestants boast a combined 26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Academy Award nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold medals and two world records.

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When The Masked Singer returns, actress Niecy Nash will be standing in for Nick Cannon as host as the father of four, 40, tested positive for COVID-19 when filming began earlier last month. Nash, 50, served as a guest judge last season. Regular panelists Jeong, Jenny McCarthyNicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will all be back.

"Being a part of The Masked Season season 5 feels fantastic," Nash says in the first look clip.

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Last season, Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes won the Golden Mask trophy as Sun. "The Man" singer Aloe Blacc took second dressed as Mushroom and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter placed third for his run as Crocodile.

The Masked Singer season 5 premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.