Tonight the wacky singing competition, The Masked Singer premieres on FOX. We’ll be live blogging all of the performances here.
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke sit on the panel, while Nick Cannon is host and executive producer.
Based on an international hit which produced the No. 1 top-trending video of 2017 on YouTube, The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.
The weakest performance of the night is ELIMINATED and REVEALED.
Nick Cannon takes the stage wearing a mask, as are all the studio audience. “Some of them may be friends, some of them I may have married.” Ha ha Nick. Six of the 12 singers will be paired up tonight, facing off against each other.
Peacock vs Hippo are up first.
The Peacock – The Greatest Show – CLUES: Peacock is 5’9 and craves attention. Nicole thinks they might be Johnny Weir because the outfit is so “extra.” Erm. Every outfit is “extra” that’s the point. “I chose to become The Peacock because we both love the spotlight.” Peacock walked on to the stage for the first time at 5. A piano and cards are clues. “Being a star is in my DNA, but it’s probably been awhile since your mother had a poster of me in her room.” Michael Jackson was his “dear friend.” who said “If you’re going to re-invent yourself, you have to become someone the world has never seen before.” Peacock pets a plastic puppy. “It’s never too late for this showman to make his comeback,” he says.
Performance: Uh. His singing voice IS TERRIBLE. Corey Feldman maybe? Because he fancies himself a singer, yet he sucks. And he was besties with Michael Jackson (until they weren’t). Hm. “You’re voice is like butter,” says Nicole. Ken thinks it’s a woman (kidding). Jenny wonders if its Hugh Jackman. Robin wonders Jimmy Kimmel? These guesses. LOL. “I have never been mauled by a tiger, but I have been part of a magic act,” teases Peacock. Ken guesses Penn of Penn & Teller. Again, these guesses have to be deliberately obtuse. ETA: Comments think maybe Donny Osmond. Hm. The singing did get better as the song went on.
The Hippo – My Prerogative – CLUES: Hippo is 5′ 10″ and unpredictable. We see Hippo eating breakfast in a diner. He’s performed in front of thousands.
Performance: His voice has a hip hop cadence. He’s definitely not a professional singer–vocal is really flat and boring. The panel thinks he’s an athlete. Probably. Nicole says he had all the right moves. Robin notes how he relied on vocal tracks. Probably a athlete, says Robin, comparing his moves to an “end zone dance.” The judges toss off a bunch of random football players. Nicole thinks he’s a basketball player–Allen Iverson. “My favorite pastime is bowling,” he says.
OK First face off vote. One of them can sing. The other cannot. Wow. The suspense is killing me. The results after the break. Peacock wins the face off and will perform another week. Hippo is in the Bottom 3.
Monster vs Unicorn are next!
The Monster – Don’t Stop Me Now – CLUES: Monster is 5′ 8″ and weakness is that he’s misunderstood. “I am The Monster because that is what the world labeled me. I’m here to rewrite my mixtape. To prove that I’m more than just puff and fluff.” And “I was at the top of my game and the world turned on me. So I retreated to my cave. Take a break from the public eye. Now I’m here to set the record straight and show the world they can’t stop me from doing what I love.” Blacklight flashes and Monster is upside down. And also holding an 80’s style boombox. “This monster is baaad.” There’s a sunglassed security guard in the background holding a HUGE boombox.
Performance: The panel thinks maybe he did time in jail. He’s a very good, very soulful singer. So probably a singer? Or an actor who sings? Ken says it’s his favorite one so far. Nicole just wants to “squeeze” him “and stuff.” Nicole heard some soul. Robin thinks he’s “mature.” Jenny guesses P. Diddy. Nicole says Gucci Mane. Ken thinks Justin Bieber. LOL NO. Monster says he’s a professional singer, but “not to everyone.”
The Unicorn – Fight Song – CLUES: Unicorn is 5′ 6″ and her strength is that she’s “made of magic.” She says, “My childhood should have been magical. I grew up in one of the richest neighborhoods (Jenny thinks it’s Beverly Hills). “When I was little I dreamt of singing. But someone I admired said I was tone deaf. All my life people told me I was not worthy. I’m not going to listen to them any longer! Nobody is going to tell me who I can or cannot be.” Her shirt says “You are beautiful…you sparkle.” “I’m showing the next generation of unicorns…all you have to do is believe.”
Performance: Hm. Just like Hippo, Unicorn is singing to a track. The person who said she was tone deaf wasn’t being mean. She’s not a singer. “It’s Meghan Markle!” says Nicole. Have the judges been instructed to come up with the stupidest guesses then can think up? Robin notes she can’t sing, but he likes her energy. Robin guesses Lindsay Lohan. (She didn’t grow up rich). Jenny guesses Ireland Baldwin or Paris Hilton. “They call me bird,” Unicorn says. Nicole thinks it’s someone older who isn’t a singer.
OH WOW. The votes are in and Unicorn will live to sing another week, while the Monster heads to the Bottom 3. Weird. Sob stories EVEN WORK WITH MASKS.
Deer vs Lion will end the show.
The Deer – Thunder – CLUES: 6′ 3″ his strength is longevity. “I chose the deer because they are incredibly competitive. I always considered myself a singer’ (He’s singing in the shower) “I don’t think anyone is going to agree with that. It’s hard for people to get past who I am and what I’m known for. Being under the mask people will finally hear my voice. I’ve been knocked down many times” (We see fingers taping up his antlers). “But in the wild wild west you learn how to get up and get back in the saddle. I’m here to win.”
Performance: It’s a good thing the song he’s performing doesn’t have much of a range, because he isn’t a singer. Nicole says he took the stage like an OG. She liked his attitude. Robin thinks maybe he’s a fighter–Cold Stone Steve Austin maybe. Jenny thinks maybe Chuck Liddell. “I love horses,” Deer says. Nicole says, “Maybe he’s a jockey. UH NO. Ken thinks maybe his team name is a horse. Nick thinks he plays with the Denver Broncos. Maybe Peyton Manning. He doesn’t say straight out, but hints that he’s a football player.
Lion – A Little Party Never Killed Anybody – CLUES: 5′ 6. Her strength is Noble. “I’m the lion and I’m here to roar. This is my chance to perform without people having any preconceived notions. Some might say I’m Hollywood royalty. But now I’m standing on my own. And I’m stepping away from my pride to sing my heart out. I don’t see a lion as just brave and courageous. True strengths come from embracing all of your vulnerabilities. I am going to show my true self for the very first time.” She brushes dirt off of her shoulders and stands in front of a backdrop of what looks like the Hollywood Hills or Santa Monica mountains?
Performance: Well, she is a good singer. The best of the night, actually. She’s already been previewed on the show’s Youtube page, featuring another performance. Robin is sure Lion is well trained. Jenny calls the performance “unbelievable.” Jenny thinks its Lady Gaga (NO). “In my pride there are lots of women,” says Lion. The panel thinks she’s a member of a girl group. Nicole thinks maybe Mel B? Nope. And she knows better, having worked on X Factor with Simon Cowell. Robin thinks it might be someone from Fifth Harmony. Some folks were already speculating it could be Dinah Jane. But she’ not Hollywood royalty is she?
And unsurprisingly, Lion wins the face off and will sing again. Deer is Bottom 3.
And after the break, the eliminated contestant–chosen by the judges–is revealed. THE HIPPO. Nicole thinks it’s Allen Alverson. Ken and Jenny both think it’s Deion Sanders. Robin thinks Odell Beckham Jr.
However...the identity of THE HIPPO IS Antonio Brown from the PITTSBURGH STEELERS.
Antonio was also a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 22 in 2016. Sharna Burgess was his pro partner. Antonio did considerably better on DWTS, making it all the way to the semi-finals.
Clues: The $10,000 Bill was a clue for the $10K fine Antonio received for dancing in the end zone. “My favorite pastime is bowling” is a play on words as Antonio has been in the super bowl and five pro bowls. Hippo was seen eating pancakes because Antonio is known for eating massive breakfasts.
Hippo – Eliminated. Antonio Brown is revealed as the singer behind the mask
Moving on to the next round:
Well that was…pretty weird. But also compelling. The Masked Singer is an elaborate game show. Fans will come back for the puzzle–trying to figure out who the contestants are behind the masks. Clues will be dropped every week I expect! The judges panel is REALLY lame, but it doesn’t even matter! The costumes are impressive, and the clues vague yet interesting enough to keep fans guessing. What do you think?