Rita Ora, Ken Jeong set to become judges on The Masked Singer UK

Bosses reportedly hire panellist from show's smash hit US version

Rita Ora and Ken Jeong

Rita Ora and Ken Jeong could be about to join Jonathan Ross on the judging panel for The Masked Singer.

ITV is gearing up for the bonkers new entertainment format, which sees celebrities dress up as unique characters and put on showstopping performances.

When a contestant is eliminated, the judges must try to guess who they are before their identity is finally revealed.

Recent reports suggest that comedian Joel Dommett will present the show, while Jonathan Ross is the 'lead' judge.

Now the rest of the panel is taking shape, as The Sun claims two more huge stars have signed up.

According to the newspaper, Rita Ora is making The Masked Singer her latest major TV role.

She was a coach on The Voice UK in 2015, before jumping ship to The X Factor just months later. She also hosted one season of America's Next Top Model.

"Rita already has judging experience on reality shows and is chomping at the bit to get started," a source commented.

"Given that she is somewhat eccentric and likes to dress up this really is the best of both worlds for her."

"She cannot wait to see where this takes her and, most importantly, get down to judging talent."

Meanwhile, bosses are also borrowing from across the pond, as actor Ken Jeong is apparently joining the panel.

The Hangover and Community star already appears on The Masked Singer USA, which has been a huge hit for FOX, attracting 14million viewers.

However, hiring an international name is a risky move - as they may not know who any minor British personalities are.

One more judge is due to join the trio, although it's not yet clear who they'll be.

An official announcement from ITV is likely imminent, as filming begins within the next two weeks.

While the panel may be packed with big names, the calibre of the contestants remains to be seen.

ITV programming boss Kevin Lygo recently admitted he's worried about how viewers will react when the celebs pull their masks off.

The Masked Singer will air early next year, as an eight-part series stripped across consecutive nights.

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