In the semifinal episode, two celebrities are unmasked, leaving only the top three singers. Host Nick Cannon joins panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and guest panelist Kenan Thompson. We’ll be live blogging all of the performances and RESULTS here.
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, all the remaining Masked Singers return to the stage: The Bee, The Peacock, The Lion, The Rabbit, and The Monster.
Kenan and Nick are “best friends” that goes all the way back to their Nickelodeon days.
The Peacock – Clues: “Last week my performance wasn’t my best. Robin felt the song wasn’t suited to my style. Thing is–I’m a perfection when I perform and I hate to let my little SOLDIERS of affection down. I pride myself in being the brightest, most well rounded performer of the flock. This week I’m going to give it everything I’ve got to be the Idol they all deserve.” American Idol! says Ken. Ryan Seacrest says Jenny. Clay Aiken adds Kenan. Ha ha. “Idol” clue the judges throw out Ryan Seacrest and Clay Aiken as guesses. Ha! Tonight’s song will have fans “flying out of their seats. Tonight I’m making it all about you, my beloved P-Ettes. Because, after all, it had to be you…” Visual clues include levitating off a psychiatrist’s couch. Peacock is most definitely, I believe, Donny Osmond. That “soldiers” reference was to his 80’s comeback single “Soldier of Love” and more references to being an “Idol” which Donny certainly was in his teens.
Performance: “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris – This performance sounds surprisingly modern. He’s flirting with the women in the audience. Ha ha. Keenan says, “He just destroyed it.” Robin thinks it was his best yet, “Brought the crowd alive.” Jenny says, “You’re going to make it to the end…you’re a showman!” Tonight’s clue thing: Nick asking the singers “Who Are You?” Peacock answers, “I have dedicated my life to show business…I’ve done this before.” He admits that on one of his albums, he used Blurred Lines as an inspiration. Now Robin thinks its Al Yankovich. “It could be Neil Patrick Harris” Jenny says. Or “Donny Osmond.” But Nick thinks those clues are wrong. Heh heh heh. Peacock is doing a good job throwing the judges off.
The Monster: Clues: “I never cared about the rules of the game. Until I because a player in this competition. I learned the hard way that it takes only one slip to lose your place in the world. I’ve been vilified and persecuted for sounding like a ring tone. But it ain’t me. Putting on a front made me angry. And I’ve been doing some soul searching. I was ready for something new. It’s crazy that having my identity stripped has brought me the comeback I’ve wanted for a decade.” Many folks believe Monster is T-Pain. Indeed, he’s been criticized in the past for cashing in and overusing auto-tune. T-Pain has been keeping a low profile over the last years. Using Masked Singer to make help make a “comeback” makes sense. He’s been releasing new music lately, for what it’s worthy…
Performance: Stay with Me by Sam Smith – This is a very moving performance! Monster is actually a good singer. Even in an elaborate costume, Monster’s passion is coming through. Nicole is crying!!! Nick says we have “just witnessed greatness.” Nicole says, “Your voice just cut through.” She calls it honest. Ken believes he’s a front runner. Ken now knows the Monster isn’t Kenan. Heh. Robin calls it a “Grammy worthy performance.” Who is the Monster? “Father, husband, brother. More than anything I’m a person.” These “Who am I” questions do not illicit great clues! Ken thinks it might be Jamie Foxx–a jack of all trades entertainer. Jennifer thinks he may be a DJ like Calvin Harris. Robin points out Harris is 6 ft 5. ALSO NO WAY Harris can sing like that. Robin thinks maybe Darius Rucker. Kenan guesses Cee Lo Green.
The Lion: Clues: “Everytime I put on this mask I transform in a way I never expected. For the first time I’m judged only as a singer. I’m just a lion who wants to be heard. Not the child of my parents. Not the EMPIRE I was born into. I was always expected to act the part. But I’m multidimensional. And like a true lioness, fiercely independent. Us girls, we run the world. And tonight, you better hold on and keep guessing, because this mask ain’t coming off any time soon. The consensus? The Lioness is Rumer Willis. Her parents are Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Also, Rumer was a recurring cast member on FOX’s Empire. Also, she’s known mostly for her acting–not as a singer. And, later she mentions being bullied. Back when Perez Hilton was more of an asshole than he is now, the gossip columnist dubbed Rumer “Potato Head.” The actress let it be know how much that hurt her.
Performance: Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing – The Lion is definitely a good singer! She’s singing very soulfully tonight, with a bit of bossa nova thrown in on the side. She hits some awkward high notes at the end, though. Jenny is sure she’s a “big star.” Who is The Lion? “I am an advocate, but not a victim. Daughter and sister. ” She mentions she’s been bullied. Kenan thought maybe Kelly Rowland, but now he doesn’t know. Robin is sticking with Kelly Rowland. Ken thinks it’s someone from En Vogue. Kelly mentions Wilson Phillips. Nicole thinks it may be an actress. “Ain’t no actress sings like that,” says Ken. Hm….
The Rabbit: Clues: “Throughout the competition I’ve been singing as many different genres as possible to throw the panel off my scent. And to prove that I’m a versatile performer in my own right. But I also came here to win. It’s the semi finals. And there’s two unmaskings. So I need to perform twice as hard. Whenever I’m under a lot of pressure I pack up the entire family and head to the great outdoors. We hike through the mountains going step by step. And me and my dad go fishing for big fat tuna or as I like to call it–chicken of the sea. Now, after trashing the camp, I’m going to dig deep.”
Performance: My Girl – Good vocal, with some awesome Temps choreo added. HA. Raven, Alien and Unicorn appear in the background (as mirages. They aren’t really there.) Nicole didn’t care for the performance. She wanted more stage presence. Who is he? “I’m very optimistic…I have done some solo work in a costume in other place. But not singing!” Jenny thinks it MIGHT be her husband Donny Wahlberg. Kenan thinks it’s Nick Lachey. Nick and Robin say Joey Fatone!!! Pretty sure it’s Joey.
The Bee: Clues: “Some of the panel are convinced that I’m the queen of pips! (YOU ARE). “But what if I’ve been giving mixed messages all this time?” SPOILER ALERT: Nice effort. It’s not working. “I want to tell my fans my recipe for success. You know I like bacon. And you know that nobody makes a peach cobbler quite like mine. But after all these years of hit after hit, it’s this Grammys voice that I hope leads me to the finals. I’m surprised by how competitive I’ve become as an insect. But I’m really going for it now.” The Bee is Gladys Knight and EVERYONE KNOWS IT. The end. PS: The peach cobbler is a reference to her home state, the peach state, Georgia. In the clues video there is a quick shot of a Grammy statuette and a TRAIN (Midnight Train to Georgia!) Hello Gladys!
Performance: Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin. Bee refers to Aretha as a “good friend.” OK this game is over. EVERYBODY on the panel knows Bee is Gladys. EVERYONE at home does too! That voice! Who else sings like that? NOBODY. Bee isn’t even trying to disguise it. Because she knows the gig is up. She hits some sweet Gladys notes and the crowd explodes. “That is a living legend!” gushes Jenny. Kenan says “who in there right mind doesn’t know that’s Gladys?” mentioning her distinctive style. EXACTLY KENAN. Robin mentions he’s guessed Gladys every week. Ken is stubbornly sticking to stupid guesses. Anita Baker? WTF. Who is Bee. “I’m a people person. It’s difficult because I’m cut off.” She needs to connect! It’s hard with a mask.
RESULTS!!!! Two go home!
The FIRST Unmasked singer TONIGHT is THE LION!!!! WHAT. I was sure she’d take it all. SHOCKING. The crowd is confused.
Panel Guesses: Jennifer guesses Kelly Rowland. Nicole guesses Hailee Steinfeld based on the “Hailey” hint. Kenan has no idea. He goes with Kelly Rowland as well. Robin guesses Michelle Williams.
AND THE LION IS RUMER WILLIS!!! With long straight blond hair though. Rumer did the show because she wanted EVERYONE to know she could sing.
- The mention of being from Hollywood Royalty was a nod to Rumer’s famous parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
- The Chicago mention in Lion’s package referred to Rumer’s 2015 Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in Chicago.
- The Clue in “My pride has a lot of women” refers to Rumer’s four sisters.
- Rumer grew up in Hailey Idaho.
THE FINAL Unmasked Singer tonight IS The Rabbit!
Panel Guesses: Kenan is sticking with Nick Lachey. Ken thinks the Rabbit is Kevin Richardson from Backstreet Boys. Robin and Nicole guess Joey Fatone from ‘NSync. Jenny is sticking with her husband Donnie Wahlberg (Sure she really believes that. Ha)
AND THE RABBIT IS JOEY FATONE!!! Joey is all “This is some crazy-ass sh*t!” The judges congratulate him for putting together a great character in the crazy Rabbit. The costume helped him overcome his claustrophobia.
- The magic kit hinted at Joey’s passion for magic which he has had since he was a kid.
- Rabbit’s mention of “synchronized singing” was a clue for Joey’s famous boy band ‘NSync.
- The cooking clues were a nod to Joey’s hot dog restaurant “Fat Ones.”
Peacock, Monster and Bee are on to next week’s Grand Finale.