19 things you need to know about season 6 of 'The Masked Singer'

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Nick Cannon and Mother Nature. Michael Becker/FOX

You can get a sneak peek of season six on YouTube before its two-night premiere on September 22 and 23.

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"The Masked Singer. Michael Becker/FOX

The clip, which was originally shared by Entertainment Weekly, gives us a first look at some of the costumes we can expect from season six — as usual, they have to be seen to be believed.

Watch the clip here.

We now know all 15 costumes, though we only have pictures of 12. Here's Baby.

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Baby. Michael Becker/FOX

"We're kind of going back to what made the show fantastic," executive producer Craig Plestis told Entertainment Weekly. "Not everyone is a professional singer, but there's a lot of hidden talents we've discovered around the world and in Hollywood, people who can sing and perform."

This is the semi-creepy Beach Ball.

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Beach Ball. Michael Becker/FOX

We're interested to see how the Beach Ball moves around the stage.

In typical dramatic fashion, we have a Bull.

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Bull. Michael Becker/FOX

He looks more like a matador to us.

We'll also see a top hat-adorned Mallard.

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Mallard. Michael Becker/FOX

He's dressed very dapper.

Hamster looks like he came straight out of a Kia commercial.

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Hamster. Michael Becker/FOX

See what we mean?

There will be an abstract take on the Queen of Hearts.

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Queen of Hearts. Michael Becker/FOX

It's not clear why she only has one eye.

Next up is Cupcake.

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Cupcake. Michael Becker/FOX

Her eyeshadow matches her tights.

Mother Nature is one of the only humanoid costumes we've seen thus far.

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Mother Nature. Michael Becker/FOX

Her costume looks beautiful.

Our only dual costume this season (so far) is Banana Split.

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Banana Split. Michael Becker/FOX

Literally, it's a banana and a scoop of ice cream doing a split.

The Dalmatian has taken a football player's uniform.

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Dalmatian. Michael Becker/FOX

Like the Poodle before him, we have another dog breed-inspired costume.

Here's another competitor, Skunk, performing - it's one of the few performance photos we've seen so far.

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Skunk. Michael Becker/FOX

Skunk has an impressive tail.

This appears to be an Octopus, but we don't really see it.

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Octopus. Michael Becker/FOX

Photos of the remaining competitors — Jester, Pepper, and Caterpillar — are unavailable.

The core four are staying the same - panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke - plus host Nick Cannon.

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Jeong, Scherzinger, Cannon, McCarthy, and Thicke. Michael Becker/FOX

The crew will remain.

There have been a few guest panelists announced.

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Joel McHale, will.i.am, Cheryl Hines, and Leslie Jordan. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images; Dave Mangels/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner; John Shearer/ACMA2021/Getty Images for ACM

Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, will.i.am, and Cheryl Hines have all been announced as guest panelists.

For the first time since season three, the show will have a live audience.

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Tyrese and Nick Cannon. Michael Becker/FOX

Seasons four and five were filmed during the pandemic, leading to the show utilizing a virtual audience. But this year, an audience — albeit a smaller one — will be back.

"It changes the dynamics in the studio," showrunner James Breen told Entertainment Weekly. "I think it's just been really fun to get fans back into the room and have them experience it with us."

The biggest change will be the structure: Last season Groups A and B competed separately for six weeks before merging for the last six episodes. This year, Group A and Group B will declare winners before facing off for the first time in the finale.

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Peacock singing. Michael Becker / FOX

We can break it down more: For the first four seasons of the show, there were actually three groups that competed before merging for the last few episodes. In season five, Group C was cut out altogether and replaced by wildcard contestants who joined a group randomly, before the merging.

This year, along with wildcards, Group A and Group B will each declare a winner. Then those two will face off for the first time at the finale before an ultimate winner is chosen.

"It's almost like we have three finales in our show. We have a winner from Group A and Group B, and they'll then be going head-to-head almost like a prizefight to see who is the Masked Singer [in the finale]," Plestis told Entertainment Weekly.

It's unknown if Cluedle-Doo will be back.

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Wahlberg as Cluedle-Doo. Michael Becker/FOX

Cluedle-Doo, a rooster that popped up on stage to randomly give out clues, was a new addition last season. He was eventually unmasked as Jenny McCarthy's husband and New Kid on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg.

Will he be back? Or will there be a new Cluedle-Doo to unmasked? We'll have to wait and see.

But there will be a new addition: a "Take It Off Buzzer."

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Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger. FOX/Getty Images

Here's what that means: If a panelist is absolutely sure they know who a contest is, they can use the Take It Off Buzzer and guess. If the panelist is right, the contestant has to immediately unmask and leave the competition, giving the panelist two points towards the Golden Ear trophy.

If the panelist is wrong, however, they lose two points.

The buzzer can only be used once in Group A and once in Group B, meaning that not every panelist will be able to use it.

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