The Masked Singer is back this week with more costumed performances. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke sit on the panel, while Nick Cannon hosts and is an executive producer. Joel McHale will guest host for another week.
This week, four costumed celebrities compete, including Butterfly, Thingamajig, Fox and Tree. ONE singer will be eliminated by the end of the episode. SIX celebrities will remain. The next Masked Singer airs on a special night, Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Tonight it’s Butterfly vs Fox and Thingamajig vs Tree
Clues: “Making it to this round feels intimidating because I know I’m up against some of the best. But that’s OK, because ‘m used to sharing the stage with giants. only here, I can feel myself becoming something stronger than I ever was before. This metamorphosis has allowed me to tackle some of my deepest insecurities. And being center stage has summoned me power I never knew I had. As the Butterfly, I found the spirit to begin again. So if you want my future, forget my past. I’m done apologizing for who I used to be. Tonight, I’m stepping into the ring and showing off who I’ve become.” Visual clues: A football, A teapot with a “Hot 100” tag. A copy of Playbill. General consensus: Butterfly is singer and former Destiny’s child member, Michelle Williams.
Performance: Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato – The panel cheers Butterfly as she turns in another strong performance. Nicole says, “She came to fight! When you sing, you’re soul is on fire.” Joel calls it the best he’s ever seen by someone dressed as a bug.” She says, “You have helped take away the insecurities by a bug.” Jenny guesses Michelle Williams. Robin disagrees. He guesses Monica. Ken guesses Kerry Washington because she’s married to a football player.
Clues: “I’ve been trying to outox this panel all season. But they’re hot on my tail. So I’ve gotta be clever if I want to make it to the end. Have I ever told you why I decided to become the Fox, little one? They’re cunning and strong, and yet, oftentimes, underestimated. I’ve felt that way a lot in my career. But with this mask on, I finally feel the world sees me the way you always have, like a true blue super hero. So with the golden mask in sight, I’m stripping things down tonight. No more fancy dance moves. Just my voice alone. Visual clues: FOX is out in a field playing piano while he talks to a little Fox, probably his kid. Dudes in a white getup surround the piano. A chalk board with the words “Yes, and…” written on it. General consensus: The Fox is Broadway star, talk show host, Wayne Brady.
Performance: Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton – Fox promises to ditch the dance moves. This time, he sings a super soulful version of Tennessee Whiskey. He doesn’t need the dance moves! What a showman. The judges are on their feet. Joel calls it the best he’s ever seen on the show. “I am so glad I get to work with my friends, even though my friends don’t know they are working with me.” Robin still thinks it’s Backstreet Boy AJ McLean. Ken is stuck on the super hero clues. But he still thinks it’s Jamie Foxx. Jenny guesses Taye Diggs because he wrote a children’s book, and Fox clues focus on his child.
Time to vote on the Faceoff! The Fox wins the Faceoff. Butterfly will perform in the SMACKDOWN.
Clues: “In my line of work, I’m used to hustling every day. And that Can Do attitude is what’s got me this far in the competition. I learned that if you really want something in life, you have to commit to it 110%. So sorry Nicola-amajig, I’ve got to be my own number one right now. But you’ll always be my second pick. I suffered a setback recently. But becoming the Thingamajig has really helped me get back on my fuzzy feet. But now that I’ve got my groove back, I’m ore laser focused than ever to make it to the end. Once I win, I’m gonna need to find my match. So tonight, I’m putting myself out there. And I hope the panel slides right on this performance. Visual clues: Thingamajig marries himself (???) while tossing a ring away. It’s the back drop to him saying he has to be his own No 1. He holds up a large CD that has a bunch of peace symbols on it, and writing: “Siberian Record Company. Crew Ellis and Baylor. Peace is Patriotic.” And a bunch of other peacenik platitudes. A pink envelope says To: My Love From: Maryland. General consensus is basketball player Victor Oladipo
Performance: “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble – Thingy has a great tone. But his enunciation is REALLY WEIRD! It doesn’t matter. His charming vibe will win the day. Ha ha. Nicole is in love with Thingy, and a photo of her as a “match” flashes on the screen. Thingy wants to know her perfect date. He wants to start planning ahead. “This isn’t the masked Tinder,” jokes Ken. Jenny is sure it’s a basketball player. Robin is sticking with Montell Jordan. Thingy is so tall, guesses are limited. Ken guesses Brian McKnight. But McKnight is married! And he’s flirting with Nicole! She quips, referring to him marrying himself, “He’s a narcissist like all my exes.” Jenny brings up Dennis Rodman.
Clues: “I can’t believe the Tree is still standing. With all the confidence the panel has given me–I feel like I’ve finally come into my own. I’m singing and dancing like no one is watching, not even a Smelly Cat. This spotlight is dynamite, and I plan on shaking my big fat tree stump all the way to the end. I just need to remember to simmer down and save some energy for the stage. With the competition heating up, every song counts. Tonight, I’m living in a powder keg and giving off sparks with an ‘8os classic straight from the heart.” Visual clues: Tree dances through a suburban dining room into a kitchen. There’s a framed crosstich that says “What is a friend?” There’s a witch hat on the kitchen island. And three cans of Campbell’s soup, are stacked, the label in the back. (maybe a sponsorship issue). General Consensus: SNL alum Ana Gasteyer
Performance: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler – Wow. Tree delivers her best performance yet. I had her tapped for elimination. Now, I’m not sure. “Being the tree is so much fun…I’ve allowed my other responsibilities to fall by the wayside.” Nicole guesses Lisa Kudrow because of the Friends hints. Jenny guesses Ana Gasteyer. Ken guesses Nia Vardalos. Joel guesss Megan Mullally.
Face Off vote! The winner of the Faceoff is…The Tree! Thingamajig will go head to head with Butterfly in the SMACKDOWN Wow.
Butterfly: Believer by Imagine Dragons. Butterfly is the better singer for sure. Based on vocals, she should win.
Thingamajig: Caught Up by Usher. Ohhh. Robin notices he favors his right knee. GOOD CLUE. While Butterfly is the better vocalist, Thingy is hella charming and likable.
The judges are torn! They don’t know how to vote. The winner of the Smackdown is…Thingamajig! Butterfly is ELIMINATED.
Final guesses: Jenny guesses Michelle Williams because of the Broadway clues, the “year of isolation” and “sharing the stage with giants.” Beyonce, of course. Once Nicole paid attention to the tone and texture of her voice, she also came to believe Butterfly is Michelle Williams. Ken believes the slew of British and London clues all point to Mel B. Joel guesses Victoria Beckham. And Robin decides to “follow the ladies.” He also guesses Michelle Williams.
AND BUTTERFLY IS….Michelle Williams! Michele calls the show a “beautiful experience.” She’s been on big stages, but it was something for her, calling it a “confidence builder.” Michelle tears up. She hasn’t worked since December of last year! “This was the way to come back strong,” she says. Nicole thanks Michelle for “taking the chance and being so brave and bold to come on our show.” Nicole adds, “That’s going to inspire so many people out there who maybe have some of the same struggles that you have. I pray that the show is a real new beginning for you.” Michelle cries more before singing out.
- As a member of Destiny’s Child Michele is used to “performing with the greats” like Beyonce. She performed at the Super Bowl with her (Hence, the football reference.)
- The Playbill referred to Michelle starring on Broadway.
- The “Hot! 1oo” teabag in Butterfly’s cup is a nod to the 14 songs Michelle has had on the Hot 100 Billboard chart.
- The British themed clues in many of Butterfly’s packages allude to Michelle’s time spent working on London’s West End.