“Your first thought is your best, most natural thought.”To a number of musicians, the art of achieving a successful collaboration is ultimately the result of a somewhat contentious push-pull dynamic between a producer and a band — and, perhaps more often than not, conflict and compromise amongst the very bandmembers themselves.Multimillion-selling British chanteuse Joss Stone knows all about navigating the ins and outs of the good ol’ production give-and-take, but she and four other collaborators took an entirely different approach when they worked together to create the worldly wise rhythms for the Project Mama Earth EP, out now in various formats via her own label, Stone’d Records, and Provogue.“Mama Earth is a really interesting piece of music — especially for me, I think, because it’s a different kind of approach with different rhythms and different instruments,” Stone told Digital Trends.Digital Trends recently got on the line with Stone from across the Pond to discuss how five people maintained a free-thinking approach to creating new music without restriction, how to stop obsessing over studio perfection, and how Mother Nature helped pave the way for Mama Earth’s lyrics and rhythms.OK, let’s do that!” And then I said, “Well, should I now get Johnny [Jonathan Shorten, keyboardist] in, and Nitin [Sawhney, acoustic/electric guitarist]?” And he was like, “Yup!
ITV has announced that a dance-centric spin-off of The Masked Singer is coming to our screens.The Masked Dancer – which debuted in the US last year – has long been rumoured to be coming to the UK and will air in place of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, which has been cancelled due to the pandemic.On Thursday morning, ITV confirmed that The Masked Dancer will be airing in “late spring”, which will see disguised celebrities performing elaborate routines while a judging panel tries to guess their identities.Masked Singer judges Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan are all returning, as is presenter Joel Dommett, with Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse also joining the team.Oti – the only Strictly professional to have won the show two years in a row – previously served as a judge for two series of Simon Cowell’s BBC dance show The Greatest Dancer.She said: “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the panel on The Masked Dancer.  I’m a huge fan of The Masked Singer and I loved the US Masked Dancer so I just can’t wait to start on this show.“As a dancer I will be watching the dancers intently looking for clues - it’s going to be so much fun!!!”Masked Singer panellist Rita Ora, who is currently in Australia filming a judging stint on their version of The Voice, will not feature on the spin-off. Joel said of the new show: “Well, this is set to be an amazing fun twist… will someone do the twist?!“The Masked Dancer is that little bit of silly fun our lives need right now and I’m so excited to be hosting it. I’m looking forward to some incredible costumes, epic performances and accidentally saying Masked Singer at least five times.”Joss Stone was recently crowned the winner of The Masked Singer’s second UK series, after managing to keep her identity under wraps throughout her sting performing as Sausage.She beat stiff competition from JLS singer Aston Merrygold and US star Ne-Yo in this year’s grand final.Meanwhile, the first American series of The Masked Dancer also concluded last month, with celebrity contestants including singer Jordin Sparks, boxer Oscar De La Hoya and rapper Ice-T taking part.READ MORE:14 Celebrities We Still Can't Believe Said Yes To The Masked SingerBehind The Mask: The Secrets Of The Masked Singer’s Weird And Wonderful Costumes RevealedAston Merrygold Shares The Adorable Reaction His Son Had To The Masked Singer Reveal
By now we’ve come to expect big things from the US version of The Masked Singer, with producers managing to bag some seriously impressive celebrity contestants in the past five series.Even so, there was absolutely no preparing for the star that would end up being revealed in the second episode of this year’s series.Two words: Caitlyn Jenner.Yes, the 71-year-old former Olympian and reality star was unmasked after just one performance, after she appeared under the guise of Phoenix. “OK, here’s the T,” she was heard saying during her opening VT. “When people see me, they always see a winner, baby. But while I’ve graced the cover of many magazines, I’ve actually hidden behind a mask for most of my life.”She then launched into a rendition of Kesha’s TiK ToK, but failed to impress the judges, who voted for Phoenix to be the second star eliminated from the competition.Asked what made her want to take part, Caitlyn said: “You know what? I like challenges. “I’ve raced cars. I fly airplanes. It kind of keeps you going. Something new, something different. So for me, it was fun. You can only work on the golf game for so long.”On how her daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner might react to seeing her on TV, she added: “They’ve always known their dad is a little crazy, and will try anything. Life’s short – you’ve got to enjoy it.”Caitlyn’s exit comes after The Masked Singer unveiled its most surprising guest star ever, when none other than Kermit The Frog was unmasked last week.The latest series of The Masked Singer UK came to an end last month, with award-winning singer Joss Stone’s Sausage being crowned winner.It was recently announced that a new dance-centric spin-off The Masked Dancer would be coming to ITV later in the spring, with Strictly pro Oti Mabuse joining the judging panel, alongside Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan.Watch Caitlyn performing TiK ToK below...READ MORE:14 Celebrities We Still Can't Believe Said Yes To The Masked SingerBehind The Mask: The Secrets Of The Masked Singer’s Weird And Wonderful Costumes RevealedThe Masked Singer US Viewers Stunned By Most Surreal Unmasking Ever
We’ve barely recovered from Sausage taking off her grinning mask to reveal a heavily-pregnant Joss Stone underneath, and ITV has already given us a whole new array of disguised characters to get to know.This time around, though, we won’t be trying to distinguish them from their singing voices, as it’s the line-up of spin-off show The Masked Dancer that’s been revealed.Just as the name suggests, the show sees a host of celebrities performing a different dance for the judging panel each week, with their identities concealed the entire time.And in keeping with the show’s singing equivalent, the costumes for The Masked Dancer are a mix of elaborate, unique and completely bizarre. Among the 12 masked characters we’ll be getting to know in the coming weeks are a giant dancing beetroot, a very glamorous ice cream sundae and, to be honest, one slightly unsettling scarecrow.Joining them are a rubber chicken, a fancy-looking flamingo and a literal carwash come to life.Check out the 12 new characters below…Joel Dommett will once again be on hosting duties for The Masked Dancer, with Masked Singer stars Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan returning to the judging panel.However, with regular judge Rita Ora filming in Australia when the show was being filmed, there’s a new addition to the panel in the form of Strictly Come Dancing favourite Oti Mabuse.ITV is yet to confirm a start date for The Masked Dancer, but they previously said it would be airing later in the spring.READ MORE:Behind The Mask: The Secrets Of The Masked Singer’s Weird And Wonderful Costumes Revealed14 Celebrities We Still Can't Believe Said Yes To The Masked SingerAston Merrygold Shares The Adorable Reaction His Son Had To The Masked Singer Reveal