Donny Osmond confirmed big news regarding The Masked Singer to Instagram, revealing that he will be taking a temporary role as a judge on the U.K. version of the hit show, where viewers try to guess the performer behind the mask.
Donny confirmed the information in a new social media post. He shared an article from the United Kingdom news outlet Metro, where it was revealed that he will be a part of the first season of the fun competition series that will debut in England at the end of January.
“The rumors are true! I’m thrilled to be a guest judge on the very first season of Masked Singer UK,” Donny remarked in the caption to the post.
He further explained that he would likely be a harsher critic than his pal, actor Ken Jeong, whom he will be replacing for a two-week run.
The big news was leaked by none other than The Masked Singer judge Davina McCall during an appearance on the U.K. show This Morning, where she confirmed the brief panel shake-up.
Davina said that Donny’s appearance shows a more serious side to the entertainer, known to fans as being one of the nicest guys in the industry.
“I have to say to you, Donny Osmond came on the panel as a guest as Ken couldn’t make it for two weeks. He was quite tough. He was slightly critiquing. I thought, ‘Get you, Donny!'” said Davina in the Metro interview regarding Donny’s judging skills.
It was in response to Davina’s confirmation of his appearance on the fun series that Donny took to the social media sharing site and spilled the beans to his 165,000 Instagram followers.
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This is my family. They mean the world to me. My relationship with them means more than any money, award, gold record, trophy or accolade. Years ago, my wife, Debbie, and I made the joint decision to raise our five boys in an environment removed from the spotlight. That meant keeping our home a safe space, and for years we did not allow camera crews into the house. When @cbssundaymorning approached us about this interview, Debbie and I decided that we would invite them into our home for this unique interview. This segment is particularly meaningful to me because my entire family was there for it. Tune in to #CBSSundayMorning TOMORROW morning to catch the interview!
“Congratulations! I’m delighted this show has tempted you back to the UK. Music royalty – you’ll be a real classy judge,” remarked one of the singer’s followers, who was thrilled to learn that Donny will be returning to do some further work in the United Kingdom.
The Osmond family’s British fans have always been a big part of the legacy of The Osmonds and have been very supportive of the clan — which includes Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie, and Jimmy — throughout a 60-year career in the entertainment industry.
“So exciting for You. Can’t wait to watch the show,” said a second fan of the entertainer.
“OMG this makes me so excited!!!” said a third fan of Donny’s.
Since the singer closed out his run on the Las Vegas strip in November 2019 after an 11-year residency alongside sister Marie Osmond at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino, Donny has focused on enjoying some family time with his wife Debbie, his five sons, their wives, and the couple’s grandchildren.
He is currently working on a new album, his 62nd, which is set to arrive sometime this year.
The U.S. version of The Masked Singer is set to return to television for its third season later in 2020.