Tonight, season 2 of the wacky singing competition, The Masked Singer continues on FOX. Four more celebrity characters are introduced in an hour long episode. After contestants are presented, with clues, they will perform a song. Then, it’s up to the audience to guess who is behind the mask.
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke sit on the panel, while Nick Cannon hosts and is an executive producer.
The four celebrities will face off in pairs. The winners advance to the next round. The losers pair up for a “smackdown.” The loser is eliminated. The studio audience and judges vote for the winners.
Tonight, it’s Black Widow vs Leopard and Flamingo vs Panda!
Black Widow is first!
Clues: “I’m the Black Widow, because like me, they hide in plain site. And when they strike you know it. Frankly, I’ve been packaged my entire life. And after years of living in the public eye, You’re in my house now. Welcome to my empire. And now I get to be here to share the real thread of who I am. So consider this the director’s cut of my life. Where you’ll find I’m a little edgier, darker and more alien than you know me to be. Maybe what you find in the deleted scenes. You better believe on this stage I’m going to be good as hell.” Visual clues: A portrait of a peach, an old fashioned TV, a jeweled crown. She drinks from a chalice. There is also a film clapper and can labeled “director’s cut final cut. deleted scenes.” There are crystals and tarot cards.
Performance – I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston – Welp. Black Widow can sing. Pretty sure she’s a singer first and maybe an actress second. Has she starred on the Fox show “Empire” at some point? Jenny got the chills. Ken calls it “strong.” Jenny guesses Amber Riley (pretty sure no) Ken guesses Yvette Nicole Brown from his show Community. Hm. Black Widow squats really low! Robin guesses Sherri Shepherd “I like to hide until it’s time to feast” says Black Widow.
Leopard – “Because I am adaptable, and can survive anywhere, even under the harshest conditions. And I know what it’s like to be at the top. In my career, I’ve been a heavy hitter. No one could catch me. But now, all anyone wants to talk about is the celebrity aspect. You know, I really don’t care what they say about what I’m wearing. Or even my relationships. But now I’m stripping away the headlines and everything that has come to define me. Behind this mask, I will show the world why I’ve been and always will be the leopard. Visual cues: Newspaper headlines: “Crazy game ends with win for Leopard,” “Out of Hits and Out of Time,” “The Runaway,” There’s a bar with selfie takers. The security guards rip apart a hotel room.
Performance: AND YEP JUST LIKE I PREVIOUSLY SAID LEOPARD IS A MAN. Jenny notes how tall Amazon is. Leopard was wearing suspiciously masculine shoes in the early clues. And the costume package mentioned that the outfit was designed to conceal the figure. (I suggested earlier Leopard might be Clay Aiken, because he said he’d been “spotted with the president.” But obviously not! But still a significant clue!” We’ve got our American Idol alum already this season coughrottweillercough). His voice is very soulful, raspy, mature. Not a young man. Nicole thinks there’s someone “major” underneath the costume. Robin guesses Billy Porter. Ken guesses Robbie Williams. Nah. I think he’s a black dude, but I could be wrong! Jenny guesses Jamie Foxx. Oh. Leopard is feeling up Nick! Leopard says: “Darling isn’t it obvious. Leopards can be fierce, and yet so divine.”
Results: Black Widow wins the Face Off! Leopard will compete in the Smackdown.
“What’s up everyone? Welcome to my ZooTube channel. Bird’s the word. Where I’m going to tell you the real story of becoming a flamingo. I’m going to let you in on all my tips and tricks–from beauty to fashion to life advice. Listen, I know what it’s like to feel trapped in your career. So I left. Now, I’m trying to take back control of my destiny. It’s why I chose the Flamingo. Because they represent new beginnings. It’s about dam time this bad-a** birdie got to show her feathers again.” Visual clues: Makeup jewelry, a boom box, and a cross are part of Flamingo’s “Zootube.” There are books “Spanish,” “Little Woman” and “Women’s Health.” Flamenco busts out of a cage. She holds up a giant pink glow stick.
Performance – Sucker For You by Jonas Brothers. She has a very soulful voice. And also sounds mature. AND SHE HAS VERY BIG BOOBS. Jenny is sure she was in a girl group. Nicole notes a youthfulness. Ken thought it was maybe a disgraced Youtuber like Olivia Jade. Robin thinks it’s one girl from the group Escape, Kandi Burruss. Jenny guesses Tia Mowry. After her performance, Flamingo reveals she is NOT a professional singer and expresses “Shock and awe” that the panel thought she was professional. Flamingo says, “I’m sassy, Flamingos are asymbol of luxurious vacations. I and my friends are your escape.”
Clues: “Dear papa bear, I’ve always admired you humble strength. So I chose to become the panda because they remind me of you. You taught me that shyness is a virtue. You don’t have to walk into a room banging you chest. Coming from the world’s greatest family in the forest, I learned to fight for all my dreams full force. And being as I love to sing, I have an animal instinct that this competition will be no match for me. Here I’m taking a page out of your book and creating my own legacy. I hope I can make you proud.” So Panda camera to my good side. This one’s for you.”
Performance: “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson – Gender indeterminate! Definitely not a professional singer. Panda will probably be eliminated. Ken calls them “likable” and guesses Martha Stewart then changes his guess to Queen Latifah. The others point out Queen can sing. What? Nicole says Venus Williams. Hm. Jennifer guesses Ronda Rousey. Panda says, “I’m loveable but fierce.”
Results: Flamingo wins the Face Off! Panda will compete against Leopard in the Smackdown
Panda – All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled – OK pretty sure Panda is a woman.
Leopard – Respect by Aretha Franklin – He purrs the introduction. He’s so in character, he’s gotta be an actor too.
RESULTS: The winner of the smackdown is THE LEOPARD! Panda will be UNMASKED! Final guesses. Jenny says Wanda Sykes. Ken is sticking to Queen Latifah. Robin thinks it’s Lonnie Love. Nicole guesses Venus Williams.
And the Panda is Boxing Champion Laila Ali! She’s the daughter of Mohammed Ali. Robin had mentioned her name jokingly! Nick claims to have figured out her identity after she punched him in the arm. Hard! Laila is an undefeated boxer. She says losing for the first time is “humbling” but it was fun.
Eliminated: Panda – Laila Ali