The turtle, the night angel and the frog turned towards the crown “The Masked Singer”
Spoiler alarm! The following contains details from the April 7 episode of “The Masked Singer,” including the identity of the unmasked celebrity.
And we’ve reached the “The Masked Singer” Group B finals!
But it wasn’t just Black Swan, Chameleon, Crab and Piglet who struggled to advance to the next round. Another wild card, Bulldog, was introduced to shake up the singing competition. And it was not the only source of drama. After Crab sang, he overheated in his costume and needed a break to cool off. (More on that below.)
Once again, Niecy Nash took over Nick Cannon’s hosting duties when he tested positive for COVID-19 in February. The series’ sleuths – Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke – were all present to scan the clue packets for tips on the identity of the challengers. They also gained insight into what each participant considered to be a meaningful commodity after their performances. That’s how it all went down.
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Black Swan hovers with song choices
Clues: Being in disguise reminded Black Swan of trying to break into show business. “When I first started my career, I was worried about how my appearance would be perceived,” she said. “So I sent my auditions out without a face, judged only by my talents.” Physical traces in the package contained three “10” s tucked on the side of a mailbox, autumn leaves and a patch of Montana state on a backpack.
On stage, Black Swan showed his vocal range with Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” She then explained the importance of a unicorn sculpture. “This is to celebrate one of my best friends,” she said, “an incredible singer who died and who is no longer with us.”
Guesses: McCarthy thought of “Hannah Montana” actress Emily Osment, while Thicke suspected “Victorious” star Victoria Justice. Jeong starred in “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” actress Brenda Song.
The piglet moves a panelist to tears
Clues: Piglet paid tribute to his lady love in his clue package. “Someone came up unexpectedly and turned my life around,” he said. “Because of her, I am now a family man who has brought a whole new purpose into my life.”
His chosen song, Luke Graham’s “7 Years”, showed a voice reminiscent of Nick Lachey’s or who the hidden celebrity is. (Lachey, we’re convinced it’s Lachey!) The pig’s rendering made McCarthy cry when it reminded her of her 18-year-old son, Evan.
Piglet’s meaningful object – a necklace with dog tags and the letter “P” – only confirmed our suspicion that the contestant is 98 Degrees’ Lachey, as the singer has previously talked about how much his dog tags mean to him.
Guesses: Panelists, however, thought of other boy gangs. Scherzinger guessed Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and McCarthy thought of his bandmate, AJ McLean. Jeong raised former One Direction member Zayn Malik.
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Crab asks for break: ‘I can not breathe’
Clues: In a bit of forethought, Crab shared in his clue package that his costume made it “hard to breathe.” When he thought back to his childhood, he remembered how his mother made him watch her prepare dinner, which helped blossom a passion for cooking.
On stage, Crabs ‘version of Rick James’ “Give It to Me Baby” attracted praise. When Scherzinger praised his performance, the participants asked for a break.
“I have to take it off,” he said, breathing heavily. “Take it off!” he prayed repeatedly before leaving the stage. “It’s hot! It’s hot!” he said behind the scenes. “I can not breathe.”
After cooling down, Crab returned to the stage, presenting a black cone hat belonging to Sammy Davis Jr. “I admire him so much that I wore it as much as I could,” he said.
Guesses: McCarthy originally thought of comedian Martin Lawrence, but then she returned and suspected “My Prerogative” artist Bobby Brown (a guess we can get behind). Brown has rocked a cone hat before and written about learning to cook from his mother. Jeong wondered Crab could be Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman.
Chameleon pulls the mask for his child
Clues: Part of Chameleon’s motivation to join “Masked Singer” comes from wanting to impress his “little chameleon.” He said he changed his wild ways of being “a superhero ninja for the little one. I decided to party less and practice martial arts.”
Chameleon showed off his rap skills during his performance of Dead Prez’s “Hip Hop” before explaining the meaning behind hot wings. “Well, if anyone knows me, they always know I’m always doing something in the kitchen,” Chameleon said.
Guesses: Scherzinger suspected the person behind the disguise could be “No Hands” rapper Waka Flocka Flame and McCarthy thought of the “bloody valentine” artist Machine Gun Kelly. But it’s Thicke who we think is on the right track, with his guess about “black and yellow” rapper Wiz Khalifa. The artist also has a restaurant that has hot wings on the menu.
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Bulldog breaks into competition
Clues: The bulldog shared that he “made movements on every green field with panthers and pit bulls running fast like a human torch.” He also revealed that he “technically is the sexiest dog alive.” A bowl marked “Super” suggested a sports figure behind the disguise.
Bulldog chose to sing New Edition’s “Candy Girl,” which he dedicated to Nash. The song allowed the celeb to show off his pipes and dance moves as he strutted across the stage.
His meaningful object – a sign that reads “And … live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” – conveyed the Bulldogs’ dedication to the Big Apple and humor (or simply his love of “SNL”).
“My dog house is in NY,” he explained. “I’m just a comedy lover who loves to come alive.”
Guesses: Jeong got “Rush Hour” star Chris Tucker. McCarthy originally thought of comedian Eddie Murphy, but also mentioned stand-up Chris Rock.
A (bull) dog’s day is over, but the microphone is back in its paws
Nash started the elimination round by throwing out the vote. She said she would be the one to choose which contestant would be unmasked – she chose the Bulldog to reveal his identity.
And the revelation was, to put it mildly, iconic. The celeb under the Bulldog mask was none other than the host we’ve been missing, Nick Cannon.
“I dedicated my whole show to you (and) you want to kick me!” Cannon told Nash after the revelation.
“You really are a queen, and you stepped in for me during my illness, in a hard time for me,” he thanked her. “To be able to see you do your things amazing and shine here, I really thank you. Thank you very much.”
“I love you, friend,” Nash replied.
“You did well!” Said Jeong. “You did well!”
“You also cast your vote well,” Thicke complimented.
Episodes of “The Masked Singer” can be seen on Fox’s website.
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