The week, viewers got a second look at Flamingo, Leopard, Black Widow, Thingamajig and Butterfly. But it was Skeleton who was unmasked. And as many fans figured out, it was David Letterman sidekick, Paul Schaffer behind the mask. Judge Jenny McCarthy nailed that one! The second banana references along with his unmistakable voice, which altering could barely conceal, made it pretty easy to guess.
As far as the remaining 5 contestants are concerned, let’s take a look at their second set of clues. For past clues, check out these links:
Clues: “Hi my little flopstars. Being here has been so dope. Cheetah Cheetah flam flam! It reminds me of when I first started out. I went from hood rat to Hollywood triple threat. I come from humble beginnings with absolutely zero connections until one day I was discovered by a powerful wizard who plucked me off my stoop and lead me into a dream. After years of highs and lows, it’s been awhile since I’ve felt that same passion. But being here, I feel like I can do anything. And tonight I’m gonna shake up this competition with a ong that will prove this bird can move.” Visual cues: Flamingo in front of a gas station in the desert. A bunch of car tires in a field. She holds out an apple. A pink mini boom box.
Prediction: Fans have settled on Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon as the Flamingo. Even Jenny McCarthy believes it’s Adrienne. This weeks clues seem to bolster that guess. Flamingo shouts “Cheetah! Cheetah!” at one point. She was discovered by Ricky Martin–a powerful wizard–while singing with her church choir. She grew up humble in Brooklyn. Also, according to wiki, she did some medical training, which matches Adrienne’s onstage clue “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor. I even attended a medical training school.” I consider the Flamingo’s identity SOLVED.
Clues: “After all my years at the top, it was humbling to nearly lose my mask in a smackdown. It made my more determined than ever to prove I’m still a prime time champion. But you know darlings, I wasn’t born a winner. I wasn’t even always wanted. After being passed from pack to pack, I found I could use my talent as my escape. I have lived my life in color ever since. I always tell my cubs that no matter what the world labels you, it’s never too late to flip the script. As the leopard, I want to be a hero in their eyes. That would be my greatest title yet.” Visual clues: Door with “1963.” A basket with a newspaper placed in front of it. Headlines “Finding your home,” “Fans United for Leopard,” “Finding your place,” Black and white turns into color.
Prediction: Leopard’s clues this week hinted that he might be an actor. But as I’ve said before, the clues always avoid giving away what the celebrity ACTUALLY does for a living. One important point about Leopard: Many possibilities can be eliminated based on Leopard being so dang tall! I mean. Neil Patrick Harris? I don’t think so. Also, Leopard is a black man, just based on occasionally exposed skin. The judges keep mentioning Jamie Fox and there were “In Living Color” hints. BUT last week I mentioned the singer Seal, as a possibility. This week, I’m more convinced Seal is the Leopard. Seal was passed to a foster family, back to his mom, then to his dad, enduring abuse along the way. He survived a messy breakup from ex-wife Heidi Klum and all the gossip that resulted. As he talks about giving his “cubs” advice, he sits at the front of a room containing four chairs. Seal and Heidi have four children. AND Seal was born in 1963. Also that British accent may not be fake afterall–Seal was born in London. One weird clue from the preview show that aired ahead of the premiere–“I’ve been spotted with the president.” Hm. Seal has done a ton of reality TV including The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Also Seal has a history with Fox–he played Pontius Pilate in the network’s Easter special The Passion.
Clues: “Performing as the black widow for the first time, I felt so confident as this edgy, sultry arachnid. You gotta understand. Ever since I was an itsy bitsy spider, I’ve had to embody a squeaky clean image. But no matter what I try, I just never felt like I fit the part. So while I’ve had an amazing career that’s taken on all different shapes, I’ve been waiting for a moment like this, where I don’t have to pretend. Because all you know for sure about me is my voice and my badonkadonk. And tonight, I’m going country to get y’all even more tangled up in my web.” Visual clues: Framed photo of a peach, she knits, a framed gold record, a television.
Prediction: Raven Symone is the popular guess. She’s from Georgia, was a kid on the Cosby show before starring in various Disney shows, hence the references to being squeaky clean. But as an adult, she’s tried to shed that image–coming out as LGBT, and expressing outspoken opinions on the couple of season she starred on The View. Her career that’s taken “all different shapes” includes acting in series, singing, appearing on talk shows. This one is probably solved.
Clues: “Before my first performance, I was shaking like a feather. But once the song started, the nerves melted away. Singing has always actually been my first love. Growing up, my parents taught me to do well in school, don’t worm around and don’t run with the bulls. I was also taught that a thingamajig’s real magic comes from within. I”ve always worn my heart on my sleeve. I guess I’m just a big softie. With this song, I just want to show the world I’m just as warm in fuzzy on the inside as I am I am on the outside. Visual cues: Closet full of outfits, Dolls, sitting at at tiny table with a tea set, an American flag. He hangs out on what looks like a training table.
Prediction: The judges are never going to guess this one. Thingamajig is obviously a basketball star. The panel will throw out a bunch of famous household names, but never guess Victor Oladipo because he’s not famous outside of basketball. I totally had to consult the internet on this one. The clues fit: He played for the Orlando Magic, hence the magic references. Victor DOES sing, even recording music on the “Feathery Music” label, which accounts for all those feather references. His post performance hint “My darkest moment was when I went to rehab” could be misleading. When I did a Google search on Victor and Rehab, a bunch of hits referenced Victor coming back from a painful injury and surgery. In fact, Victor’s career has been plagued with injuries. Coming back from one more could be dark. And have nothing to do with drugs or alcohol.
Clues: “After time in isolation, I was terrified to step out on that stage. But my coming out as the Butterfly showed me I can be whoever I want to be. At the height of my career, I had everyone saying my name. But when I tried to spread my wings, I lost flight. Everyone had something to say and it always got back to me. It lead to break-ups, breakdown and hibernation. I thought it was the end. But under this mask, I feel like I’m being given a second chance. As the Butterfly, I can be any age, color, voice, or genre. No one can put me in a net, or clip my wings ever again.” Visual clues: Shots of London again. There’s a shot of a mirror with magazine clippings that say various things like “Meow baby,” You Can Do it,” “Welcome to your bizarre life,” “More to love,” “Hit the lights,” “Lurking for Love,” “High from the past,” “Please stop showing me memories of my Ex.”
Prediction: Fans mostly agree that Butterfly is ex Destiny’s child member, Michelle Williams. “Say My Name” is a big hit by the group. She worked on the West End in London and competed on the UK dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing. She’s also very religious. Michelle was engaged to Pastor Chad Williams, but broke it off before they tied the knot.
The Masked Singer airs on FOX Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT with judges Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. Nick Cannon hosts.