Last year was strongly marked by the corona pandemic, and it also had an impact on the NRK program «Maskorama», which was broadcast for the first time. For several Saturdays in a row, no audience members were present in the hall when Norway’s perhaps wildest guessing game took place.
Eight celebrities took part in the program, and both the panel and an engaged audience guessed which celebrities hid behind the elk, troll, unicorn and scarecrow, to name a few.
This year’s season starts on November 6 on NRK, and two of the characters have already been revealed. Among the new additions this year’s season is a pixie and a mermaid, writes NRK.
The costumes give hints
“Maskorama” is the program where everything about the participants’ identities remains very well hidden.
The participants are picked up in a secret place, and wear a mask throughout the period the program is recorded. The voices are distorted, and only a handful of senior employees in the production know who the participants are.
Who the participants are is not revealed until they move out or win the entire competition.
Something perhaps more audience members do not think so much about during last year’s season, was that the celebrities’ costumes in «Maskorama» can also give a hint about who is behind the masks.
Kjell Nordström, better known as Baron Von Bulldog is, this year as last year, costume designer for «Maskorama». To Dagbladet, he confirms that the costumes for the participants will also this year bring with them small hints about who is hiding behind.
Like everything else about “Maskorama”, Nordström is quite secretive to Dagbladet.
He can not say anything about what hints the costumes of last year’s participants gave to the viewers.
– There are many things. Something is very subtle. We are not trying to remove anything that is too obvious, says Nordström to Dagbladet.
About this year’s costumes, he says the following:
– I think they are much cooler this year!
During last year’s season, there was a lot of guesswork about the participants. The panel was also very active, and many may remember that Jan Thomas guessed that Carola hid behind the raven. Later it turned out to be Anne Rimmen.
Several of the hints about the participants’ clothes and characters were shown during last year’s season. The common feature is that hints in many cases are a very small part of all the hints that come, but can be helpful in the entirety of a number of hints that viewers get to know about the participants.
There’s a hint you might lose during last year’s season where we can see the troll who ended up winning «Maskorama». The troll turned out to be Ulrikke Brandstorp.
In the hints that came, she described herself as both «competition troll» and «luck troll», Brandstorp has participated in a number of competitions, including «Star Wars», «Idol» and «Melody Grand Prix». Many probably also think that Ulrikke Brandstorp is known for being a lady with a good mood.
The troll’s T-shirt showed a star that showed hints of her participation in “Star Wars”. She was also dressed in gold because someone had given her the nickname “Gold Ricks”. When she participated in the MGP with barn «Attention» she was also dressed in gold.
The troll also asked: “Is there love for people like me?” Brandstorp had then gotten a girlfriend, and answers the question that was yes.
The raven with hints to Denmark
The unicorn turned out to be Inger Lise Rypdal, and a hint that was known was three unicorn teddy bears. They referred to her three grandchildren who mean a lot to her.
Anne Rimmen as the character of the raven also gave hints. A red flag was shown with the black raven, which is an old Danish flag. The hint was against Denmark, where Rimmen was born.
Susann Goksør was a lynx, and did not smoke until last year’s season. A hint shown here is the costume she has printed «1», which refers to her handball career.
A good tip for viewers can therefore be to be well observant all the hints, and often also try to Google their way to the celebrities they think are hiding behind the masks, and read as much as possible about them. The hints can be anything from big, to difficult, very small, but which can be of great help.