spoiler ALERT! The following includes details from Fox’s September 23 episode “masked singer, “including the identities of unmasked celebrities.
“The Masked Singer” is back at it. Signed by in-costume singing competition Its season opener Wednesday With a Rock: Mother Nature was wiped out but her true identity retained. The two-night premiere resumed Thursday, with the star finally revealed under the mask.
Tonight we spoke to Mother Nature at length, but hello to two new contestants, the wildcards fighting for a spot in Group A: Hamster and Baby, the latter whose costume made some waves.
During the “Back to School” themed episode, canon also introduced a “Take It Off” buzzer, which appears to be a real game-changer.
“Panel, if you’re 100% sure you know a singer’s identity, you can hit the take off buzzer,” Cannon said. ken jiongo, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. “And if you’re right, the singer should take off his mask on the spot and be sent home immediately.” Two additional points will then be awarded to help the panelists win the Golden Year Trophy. But if the panelists are wrong, they “will be punished significantly,” Cannon warned. The buzzer can only be used once per group.
Here’s how the rest of the evening played out.
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hamster spins panel wheels
Clues: Cute little hamsters with dazzling headphones were running on a wheel with the letters S, V and M. His cage was decorated with a poster for San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island.
Locker clues (objects inside the characters’ lockers) are revealed throughout the night, playing on the theme of the night school. In his locker, the hamster had a baseball bat and explained “It’s sunny, and I like to play baseball.”
an estimate: After hearing the hamster’s strong vocals demonstrated by Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Jeong’s instincts directed her to actor Bill Murray and Brendan Fraser. McCarthy picked out some funny men: Albert Brooks, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer and Andy Richter. Scherzinger thought of comedian Jack Black.
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Clues: In the library-themed package,Skunk revealed he had a scholarship to college, but received “unexpected news that changed everything.”In the library, someone was reading the “Big Book of Acting” and Skunk checked out a book called “Iron Out Your Swing.” Skunk dedicated her performance to “all women who put their own dreams on hold for others” hoping it would “remind them that the world is theirs.”
On stage, next to his locker housing a French finalist and a projector, Skunk shared, “Because of the wrong education, I’m always up for action.”
And she certainly appeared ready to perform. Skunk’s rendition of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” should cement his place in the competition. “We don’t deserve!” Cannon shot. “I gotta bow down. One of the best singing performances I’ve ever seen in my life.”
an estimate: Analyzing the clues, Jeong went with the Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill, while Thicke considered a few singers: Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, and Fantasia Barrino. Scherzinger brings in “I Like That” artist Janelle Monas.
Pufferfish reveals ‘shelter’ childhood
Clues: Spiked Fish said that growing up in a household that was “very religious,” she had a “sheltered” upbringing. She said that even going to the movies or listening to music was off-limits.
Her locker clues hinted at her wit and kept a sash safe for a Spelling Bee champion.
an estimate: Pufferfish shows off his rapping skills once again dua lipaCharacteristic of “levitating” dababy. Jeong conceived rapper Mia or actress Zoe Saldana. McCarthy’s gut inspired him to “I’m Like a Bird” singer Nelly Furtado, and Thicke thought of actress Vanessa Hudgens.
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Bull’s emotionally charged performance
Clues: Bull revealed in his clue package that he would be singing a song that would remind him of his first crush and heartbreak. His clue package was filled with flower arrangements and rose petals and highlighted the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Bull’s locker was filled with live cheerleaders, reflecting his love for the school spirit. “Nothing makes me more happy than the enthusiasm of the crowd,” he said.
an estimate: Bull, a true showman, performed Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” and was a panelist across the map. Jeong brought in multi-talented stars Darren Criss and Justin Timberlake, Thicke predicted that Bull the Killers could be singer Brandon Flowers or songwriter Rufus Wainwright. McCarthy expressed a desire for Bull to become actor Zac Efron.
Baby Spooks and Charms Scherzinger
Clues: Baby, a character Scherzinger had mixed feelings about, teased that he’s been famous for a while. “I was part of the Baby Rat Pack and we were famous for throwing punches, getting my hands dirty in action,” he said. “I got blockbuster hits, award-winning albums, radio plays. I’ve even replaced Schwarzenegger in a movie.”
Baby’s locker clue pointed us to an action star. Near his locker was a report card that read Drivers Aid “failed to pursue too high a speed.” Baby said, “Sometimes when I can’t nap, I need to feed.”
an estimate: Baby made her singing debut with Barry White’s “You’re the first, the last, my everything,” and Scherzinger wasn’t sure what to make of it. “This show is officially going to be disturbing,” she said. “You’re the cutest, cutest, scariest thing ever. I’m not going to lie. But amazingly you have a great voice.” Jeong was being drawn to actors Will Smith and Hugh Jackman. With similar thinking, McCarthy chose the “Fast & Furious” star Vin Diesel, and Thicke’s gut pointed him to “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.
Pufferfish is Fin-Eashed
Given the choice of drowning or swimming in competition, unfortunately, pufferfish have done the former. He was knocked out during Thursday’s elimination, meaning the panel’s first impression about the star was revealed and his final hunch was co-signed.
Thicke stuck with his prediction of actress/The Honest Company founder Jessica Alba. McCarthy trades multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez For Nelly Furtado. Jeong traded his early instincts of “insecure” co-producer/star issa rae As for Zoe Saldana, and Scherzinger backed his first idea – singer/choreographer Paula Abdul – and bet on artist Monica.
The star turned singer Toni Braxton, which was revealed by Cannon, who was very cautious during the shoot.
“He made every performance with his mask on,” the host shared.
“I had to be even more cautious and make do with the mask under the mask,” said Braxton, who shared how the show lifted her spirits. Took away from thinking about. It was nice to feel lighter for a moment.”
Episodes of “The Masked Singer” can be viewed on Fox’s website.