The Masked Singer: Battle of the Saved!
The Masked Singer season 9 continues as three “saved” celebrities vie for a spot in the Quarterfinals. Featuring Nick Cannon as host, Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger on the judges panel. The three celebrities saved by the judges–one in each of three rounds–will sing to join California Roll, Macaw and UFO in next week’s competition.
Competing this week are Medusa, Mantis and Gargoyle. Only ONE will survive TWO will be unmasked.
Clues: In her second week of competition, Medusa lost to California Roll. But Nicole gave her a second chance. Early in her career, she constantly had to prove herself. A Sun’s golden mask appears in the clues–Leann Rimes costume.
Performance: Mercy by Shawn Mendes – Medusa is the most experienced and vocally talented of the three. If she’s eliminated, that will be a shocking result. She’s the only one who could remotely offer any kind of competition to the likes of front runners California Roll and Macaw. Oh geez. Nicole is practically crying. “I felt very emotional singing this song,” Medusa responds. On Stage Clue: ALIAS. “At home I’m known by name, but to the world I go by something completely different.” Nicole guesses Lorde. Again! Ken guesses Susan Boyle again. BOOOOOO the crowd yells. He’s being as dumb as possible. Robin guesses Kesha.
Clues: The Squirrel won his night when Jenny rang the “ding dong keep it on” bell. He’s used to performing in front of massive crowds. He’s been a part of “squads” that were underdogs that had to fight to prove themselves.
Performance: DJ Got Us Falling in Love by Usher ft. Pitbull – He can carry a tune, but is not a great singer. Mostly likely a pro athlete. But fans will probably know by the end of the night. It’s a party on stage, with flying confetti. On Stage Clue: Pregame. “When I’m not listening to my own tracks….music always gets me in the zone.” Robin guesses DeSean Jackson or Cal Barkley Jenny guesses Michael B. Jordan. Ken guesses Anthony Mackey.
Clues: It’s his daughter’s favorite show. “I’m not known as a singer.” He calls it a “Cinderella story.” He’s been “outside of the box.” He was never anyone’s first choice, he says. He’s an actor. Baseball diamond. Robin saved Mantis because he sang his dad and kid’s favorite song last time.
Performance: You’ve Really Got Me by The Kinks – His best performance was last time when he performed a jaunty song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He’s suited to Broadway, but not to rock music. He doesn’t have the chops for it. On Stage Clue: Movie Maverick. “I’ve won awards for my independent spirit.” He has more movie credits than Ken he quips. Ken guesses Brendan Fraser. THAT is not Brendan’s body type. He’s a big big guy! Nicole guesses Steve Buscemi. Robin guesses Thomas Lennon.
The votes from the studio audience and panel have been counted. The first singer going home tonight is…Mantis! Final guesses. Robin: Dennis Quaid. Nicole: Steve Buscemi. Jenny: Kevin Bacon. Ken: Brendan Fraser. And the Mantis is…Lou Diamond Phillips! A bunch of folks on the Internets guessed this one correctly. Lou played the King in The King and I on Broadway. Plus, his first big movie role was in La Bamba playing Ritchie Valens. His daughter convinced him to sign up. He’s singing “La Bamba.” But here’s a fun fact: The band Los Lobos recorded the music for the movie.
Gargoyle and Medusa perform the same song in their own styles. Gargoyle sings Centuries by Fall Out Boy first. He’s OK, but not great. If he wins, it’s proof this show is rigged. Medusa takes the stage and sings a super emo version of the song. It’s VERY EMOTIONAL while Gargoyle brought a party vibe. Medusa ends on a VERY LONG note. Too long. But she should still win.
The singer rejoining the competition is…Medusa! Gargoyle will be UNMASKED. Final guesses. Robin: Joey Bosa. Nicole: Marshawn Lynch. Ken: Anthony Mackey. Jenny: Michael B. Jordan. And the Gargoyle is Keenan Allen from the Los Angeles Chargers football team. He sang in choir growing up. He loves to sing.
Next week, Medusa, California Roll, Macaw and UFO compete in a British Invasion-themed Quarterfinal. Only ONE celebrity will be unmasked coughUFOcough. On May 10, three celebrities will compete in the semi-final. The press release calls it a “three way Battle Royale.” One celebrity will be unmasked TWO will move on to the finale, set to air May 17.