Tonight the wacky singing competition, The Masked Singer continues 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.
Tonight, The Bee, The Peacock, The Raven, and The Monster return to the stage.
Ken Jeong makes a grand entrance with a King’s crown and No. 1 ribbon. He’ll never get over guessing Tori Spelling as the Unicorn last week. Oh. He’s holding “The Golden Mask” trophy. It goes to the last contestant standing.
EEP. It’s time for a GROUP PERFORMANCE! The quartet sing “I Gotta a Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas. This is so recorded ahead of time. Heh.
Nicole loves that all the contestants are “fully embracing” their costumes.
The Bee: Clues: “I’ve been performing for a long time. And I thought I’d done it all in my career. But dressing as an insect is definitely a first for me. It was at a birthday party when I was eight years old. That’s when my mama first gave me the idea to form a group. I guess it was always in the cards. We got a record contract and my career has been all peaches and marmalade ever since. Being on the show, it’s a trip singing songs that other people have written. It makes me feel like every bee. It’s all in me.” Visual clues: A little girl is at a party with some younger relatives. A shot of waffles! Guess: Pretty clearly Bee is Gladys Knight! Constant references to a “group.” Her backup singers are a brother and cousins. Also, she owned a chain of chicken and waffles restaurants in Georgia.
Performance: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus – “It’s definitely Gladys Knight” says Robin. YEP IT DEFINITELY IS. Thing about having an artist with such a distinctive voice on this show? There is no denying who they are. It’s pretty interesting hearing Gladys sing these modern songs. She’s an amazing singer. One of the greats, for sure. Robin says he got all choked up. “There’s very few singers who can accomplish what you did. He recognizes Gladys’ stage persona–the way she holds the mic. Nicole calls her a “seasoned” performer. Ken calls himself “on fleek.” He won’t shut up about guessing last week’s eliminated contestant correctly. Bee brings a “revealing item” and it’s a bunch of bakeware. “This is my second favorite thing to do,” she says. Ken guesses Anita Baker. Nicole guesses Chaka Khan. “I’m in it to win it,” says Bee. “Watch out, I’m not honey bee babe. I’m a killer bee.”
The Peacock: Clues – “Being behind the mask has been very strange and very lonely. Before my last performance, I was standing all alone getting ready and I couldn’t even talk to the crew because I had to remain anonymous. Without this mask, everyone recognizes me and they want to chat. But here I feel invisible. It’s like my entire career just disappeared into thin air. By day I perform as my 176 pound real self. But by night I ride into the competition masked and ready for battle. Winning would mean everything to me. As my opponents step up their game, I’m going to step up mine.” Visual clues: Is that a rainbow flag? Guess: Guess: This is Donny Osmond. OK. That rainbow flag refers to his Broadway run in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. (Ha, the panel think it’s an LGBT thing. Nooooo. Donny is a conservative Mormon.) But his sister pretty much gave the game away in a recent interview. And click the link above–prior clues definitely point to Donny. I wonder if “Step up my game” refers to his Dancing with the Stars win.
Performance – All of Me by John Legend – Ken guesses Sean Cassidy. Jenny guesses Donny Osmond. DING JENNY WINS. But Peacock LAUGHS to throw her off, and it does sort of. Slick. Interestingly, his singing voice is unrecognizable to me. I think he’s disguising his voice every week. Jenny LOVES the Peacock. Nicole is stuck on the notion of Peacock being a magician. Robin thinks he’s maybe Neil Patrick Harris. “He may be on to me,” stage whispers Peacock to Nick. Ken thinks he’s confident, but not cocky. Ken thinks he’s maybe David Copperfield or David Hasselhoff. Nicole guesses Wayne Brady. Peacock’s item is a long haired wig “Because of this wig I was thrown in jail.” Hm.
The Raven – Clues – “Being in this competition has challenged me to go against all my basic instincts. Especially having to be silent after making a career of talking to people. Yet being alone with my thoughts has given me a chance to think about my own story. Looking back on my life, I have birdseye View. From death, to love, to birthing you. My greatest joy is being a mother to my flock. You might say that’s so me and it’s not just talk. Sometimes you have to look back to go forward.” Visual clues: She holds up a clock that says “11:11.” She acts out her life in reverse with the “security guards.” Guess: The Raven is Ricki Lake. She’s a talk show host, lost a husband to suicide, and produced documentaries on childbirth.
Performance – Brave by Sara Bareilles – Raven is the weakest performer so far. She’s also kind of awkward on stage. Ken says there’s something “act-ory” about her and that she has heart. Nicole is sure she is not a professional singer. Jenny isn’t so sure she’s Sherri Shepherd like she said before. Raven’s “revealing item” is an Emmy. “I place this where my flock can admire it.” Nicole guesses Sheryl Underwood. Robin thinks maybe Ricki Lake (YEP). Now Robin is moving toward Star Jones (YOU’RE GETTING COLD ROBIN). Ken guesses Carnie Wilson. They are all convinced she’s a talk show host.
The Monster: Clues – “During my last performance the panel giving my voice some love went a long way to healing a deep wound. Like everyone else, I’ve had my share of dark days. But I’m a fighter. I’ve fought my demons. And I discovered the little teddy bear I am at heart. This experience is far more meaningful to me than just wearing a monster costume. It’s about being proud of who I am. Don’t even think about swinging your negativity my way. Cause I’ll just swing back.” Visual clues: A teddy bear. Dancing in front of a pink cadillac. Throwing money around. Computer game play. A music producer’s board. Guess: Many fans believe The Monster is T-Pain–a rapper, singer and record producer. T-Pain is also a big gamer. He had an accident in a golf cart that knocked out a bunch of his teeth (there have been some golf references!). Also, as far as dark experiences–T Pain’s niece was murdered in his hometown, Tallahassee.
Performance – American Woman by Guess Who – GOOD SINGER. He’s got so much groove. Really impressive. Best performance of the night. Or, maybe ties with The Bee. Robin is totally convinced now that he’s a singer. “You’re my favorite performance.” Ken thinks it may be a comedian–David Allen Grier. Robin guesses Tommy Davidson or Lil Rel. “I think you’re an athlete,” says Jennifer. Monster’s “revealing item” is a headset. A producer! “I make my best calls on this headset,” he says. Now Jenny is convinced he’s a sportscaster. Nick thinks it’s someone he knows because the Monster keeps picking on him.
RESULTS: Hm. One of the commercial teasers gave away the eliminated contestant, I think. We’ll see. Also, the worst singer usually leaves the competition. So I think I know what’s gonna happen here. And I’m correct! The Raven IS Eliminated. In the teaser, Robin and Ken did a high five.
Guesses: Ken think it’s Sheryl Underwood. Nicole thinks its Meghan McCain. LOL NO. Robin guesses Ricki Lake. (Hence the high 5!) Nicole thinks its Ricki, but inexplicably, she’s guessing Rayvon Simone.
AND YES THE ELIMINATED CONTESTANT, THE RAVEN IS RICKI LAKE. Who didn’t know that? Ken hands his crown to Robin. Ricki LOVED the anonymity. It was hard to keep a secret, “but I had a ball.” She picked the Raven because it’s about death and rebirth. She notes the loss of her husband last year and she wanted to share her journey. “He’s the best thing that ever happened to me. Robin noticed she put her hand over her heart a lot–a thing she did on her talk show. Robin grew up watching her!
- The mention of the Hudson River in Raven’s Package was a clue for Ricki’s hometown, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
- The “man who come to town” in Raven’s package was John Waters, whose classic film “Hairspray” launched Ricki’s career.
- The physical clue of the Emmy was a nod to Ricki’s Emmy Award winning talk show, The Ricki Lake Show.
Next week, the remaining 6 Masked Singers will ALL perform. JB Smoove is the guest judge.