[SPOILER ALERT: Please read at your discretion if you haven’t seen the episode; the identity of the latest eliminated celebrity is revealed ahead.]
Last week on The Masked Singer fans were treated to another awesome reveal when musical legend Dionne Warwick was unmasked as the “Mouse.”
So naturally, expectations were high for this week’s episode because of the level of star power so far this season: Lil’ Wayne, Drew Carey, Chaka Khan, and Tony Hawk have all been revealed and it’s only just begun!
The show started with host Nick Cannon announcing that this week had a “Friendship” theme, so he introduced the remaining singers from Group B: Kitty, Taco, Banana, and Frog. And together, they performed the Backstreet Boys hit single “Larger Than Life” to open the show.
In the spirit of the Friendship theme, each singer’s new CLUE PACKAGE featured a “mystery friend” who narrated their video and were also asked to give a friendship bracelet with a personalized clue to one of the panelists.
Speaking of which, season-1 winner T-Pain (formerly known as “The Monster”) was the guest panelist on-hand to take his shot at guessing who the celebrities are behind the masks.
Kitty introduces her package by saying her “BFF” is about to dish out some “gossip” (as in Gossip Girl, maybe?).
The video starts with the mystery friend, wearing a “Rapunzel-like” green wig over her face, standing on a balcony surrounded by subtle Christmas lights and decorations.
She gave HUGE clues by saying Kitty is special because,
“Whether she’s writing poems or directing horror movies we would star in, she’s always had a flair for the dramatic.”
And that Kitty would also “see ghosts” when they were younger, and that she has a “dark side.”
There was also a Faberge egg and a candlestick holder that were focused-on.
“Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert
Kitty gave her friendship bracelet to Robin Thicke and left the clue “FIREWORKS” and commented that the first time she and Robin met was “LIT.”
T-Pain jumped at the chance to take his guess and came to the conclusion that Kitty is Christina Ricci because he picked up on the clues regarding “horror” genre and “ghosts,” since Ricci played Wednesday Addams and was also in Casper.
Other guesses –
Ken Jeong : Kristen Bell
Jenny McCarthy: Hailey Duff
Taco introduces his mystery friend who “[we] all know” (hinting he’s very famous), a SHRIMP PLATTER, to “spill the beans” (sensing a food trend, here?) to narrate his video.
The video starts with a restaurant menu (of course!) which has the letters “ME” (as in Emmy?) in bold golden font, and a washboard was highlighted as well.
In it, Shrimp Platter says he and Taco have many things in common including:
“We always find the humor in everything.”
“We both love our children… our ‘little shrimps'” (Ha!)
Mr. Shrimp Platter then ends his speech by saying,
“…doing what he does best: entertaining you, America. Cheers!” (Like the show? Hmm…)
“Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops
After Taco’s performance, Nicole Scherzinger said “I love Taco […] and Taco makes me so happy.”
And then she guessed Barry Manilow, incorrectly, as we find out later (See Reveal at the Bottom).
In return, Taco gave her a clue through the friendship bracelet with the word “KISS,” and that the first time he saw her she was “PERFECT.”
Other guesses –
Ken: Martin Short
Jenny: Jerry Springer
Robin : Howy Mendell / Martin Short
T-Pain: Kelsey Grammer
He introduces his package by saying he’s a “real DRIVEN banana” as he introduces two “lovely ladies” in banana costumes who said that Banana:
“…taught us how to drive by getting us Go Karts”
“Built a race track in our backyard”
and that even though he’s had a lot of heartbreak he always found the humor in things.
There’s also jar of jam, car repair tools, and a number of clues pointing to racing.
“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers
On a sad side note, Banana reveals that his father had recently passed, and that this song was dedicated to him.
Banana gave his friendship bracelet to Jenny McCarthy with the message “90’s Love,” and that he and Jenny had a chance to “hang as friends” in the 1990s.
After receiving the bracelet and focusing on the racing clues, Jenny thinks that Banana is Michael Andretti.
However, Banana reveals that the clue “threw off” Jenny’s guess, and he’s “peeling” very good about it.
Other guesses –
Ken: Larry The Cable Guy
Nicole: Brad Paisley
T-Pain: Johnny Knoxville
Frog introduces his mystery friend as a woman who was “instrumental, but barely seen” during his career.
“The Invisible Woman” then says she’s known him since he was a tadpole (So, a child star, perhaps?), and knew even then he would be a superstar.
When he was in L.A., the woman also said he always had an entourage and needed to be accompanied at late-night talk shows past his bedtime.
The video also focused on a hairbrush, shampoo, a bow tie, and a blue flower.
“You Dropped A Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band
After his performance, Frog says:
“I lost my love for music. I wanted to quit. I believe that timing is everything and being the Frog has reignited the love that I have, and I got a lot of stuff to say.”
Which was met with cheers and applause from the audience and panel.
Frog gave his friendship bracelet to guest panelist T-Pain, much to the dismay of Ken Jeong who did not receive one at all, with a clue saying “All We Do Is Win,” to which a flabbergasted T-Pain reacts:
“I don’t know, man. Maybe Ludacris is doing something weird. I don’t know”
Other guesses –
Ken: Tommy Davidson
TACO is none other than TOM BERGERON!!!
So let’s break it down…
- VHS tapes in clue package – America’s Funniest Home Videos (In hindsight, the ‘NO DUH’ CLUE)
- Bob Saget is revealed to be his “mystery friend” in his final clue package
- Berguron calls out Jenny because she wrote the blurb in his book
- Robin and Nicole were both in Dancing with the Stars, and he further explains the friendship bracelet he gave Nicole by revealing that the first time Berguron saw her she had a PERFECT score while dancing to a song by the band KISS.
Yet another mind-blowing reveal!
This completes the second group of celebrities to move on.
So next week, Group C, a whole new set of six celebrities will compete for the last three spots on the Super 9.
The Masked Singer Recap – Two Iconic Singers and An Olympic Gold Medalist Unmasked! (4×10)
The Masked Singer had its season 4 semi-finals this week that saw three singers eliminated from the Super Six showdowns.
Tonight, however, Popcorn, Jellyfish, and the Seahorse were taken down during their face-off rounds. Each of these singers was deemed by the panel as having the talent to go through to the finale, which makes the reveal that much more stunning and exciting.
Seahorse, by far, had the most shocking elimination as she was outperformed by Crocodile.
Crocodile Chomps Seahorse
Seahorse sang Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” which was pretty good overall but was probably not the best song choice at this point in the competition.
She was edged out by Crocodile, who showcased a vulnerable vocal performance – a stark contrast from his usual flair – by singing “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith to win the hearts of the panel and audience voters.
It was probably for the best, however, as Seahorse has been one of the most gifted vocalists among the contestants who had viewers and panelists guessing all over the place. So finding out who she is was worth it.
Seahorse eventually unmasked herself as singer-songwriter and powerhouse vocalist, Tori Kelly (American Idol).
Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Craig Robinson correctly guessed her identity.
While Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy were on the right track but stumbled along the way by overthinking with the clues.
Next, to be eliminated was Jellyfish, as the Mushroom upped his game after losing to her during their last three-way showdown with the Broccoli.
Mushroom Outgrows Jellyfish
Mushroom brought out his unique vocals once again during his version of “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and even added a bit more flair by beatboxing toward the end of his performance, which likely turned the votes his way.
Jellyfish, on the other hand, was the dominant singer from their group and sang “Stay” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. After Jellyfish’s shaky first performance, she consistently grew more confident and outsang nearly everyone from her group.
In the end, she was revealed to be the Olympic gold medalist (as the panel had increasingly suspected) from this season as she’s revealed to be none other than . . .
Chloe Kim, the Korean-American Olympic snowboarder who won a gold medal during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Ken Jeong was ecstatic to guess her identity correctly as the other panelists were on the same trail with guesses like Gabby Douglas (Robin’s guess), McKayla Maroney (Jenny McCarthy’s), and Grimes (Nicole’s).
Craig just copied Ken’s guess as the two shared a comedic connection all evening long, much to the chagrin of Nick Cannon.
Ken was so proud of Kim for her performance as she has been an inspiration in his household for his daughters, but Kim revealed that Ken hasn’t answered a direct message from her on Instagram that she sent two years ago.
Ken promised to finally reply, of course.
Finally, the last showdown of the night was between Popcorn and the Sun.
Sun Burns Popcorn
Arguably the most lopsided matchup of the Super Six, Popcorn seemed to finally have her breakthrough performance with her rendition of “Better Be Good To Me” by Tina Turner that was hailed as a “religious experience” by the panelists.
However, the Sun shone brighter as she has always done throughout this season with her powerful showstopping performance of Billie Eilish’s “When The Party’s Over” that brought the panelists to tears, and had them basically crowning the sun as this season’s one to beat in the Finals.
Unfortunately for Popcorn, that meant she would have to be unmasked, and a legendary diva just happened to be behind the buttery-voiced character.
Taylor Dayne was eliminated from the Super Six and graciously exited as both Nicole and Jenny basically fangirled over her as they guessed her identity correctly.
Robin and Ken, meanwhile, thought it was Tina Turner.
As for the remaining finalists, here are the panelists’ guesses from tonight, and the special clue that connected them to the panel.
Guesses – LeAnn Rimes, Kate Hudson, and Emilia Clark
Special Clue – the connection was to Nicole, and the clue says “It’s great to see you on this big stage because the last time we met was in the bathroom.”
Guesses – Jaden Smith, Leslie Odom Jr., and Keegan Michael Key
Special Clue – the connection is to Robin, and the clue says “I love mixing it up with you again because this is definitely not the first time we’ve connected.”
Guesses: AJ McLean, Nick Carter, and Nick Lachey
Special Clue – the connection is to Craig, and the clue says “Craig, you’re one of my favorite actors and it’s so cool that I get to share the screen with you again.”
The Masked Singer Season 4 finale will air next Wednesday 8/7 central on FOX.
The Masked Singer Recap – Broccoli Chopped In Group C Finals! (4 x 09)
The Masked Singer had its last set of finalists from Group C throwdown during its special Thanksgiving episode.
Comedian Jay Pharoah was on-hand to share his talent for impressions, which made it seem like there was more than one guest panelist on the show tonight.
The trio of finalists all had incredible showings, but Broccoli was eliminated and unmasked as Canadian music legend, Paul Anka!
Robin Thicke was the only panelist to correctly identify Anka as Thicke mentioned that Canadians, like himself, will always be able to recognize each other.
Other panelists sort of honed in on Anka’s identity as well, however, as his game-changing clue of the night stated that he was born before the Microwave was invented, so the panelists hilariously scrambled to come up with names of people who were born before the 1940s.
Anka famously wrote “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and has been in the music business since he was a teenager.
For his final solo performance, Anka, as the Broccoli sang “Old Time Rock & Roll,” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.
Then during the Smackdown round with Mushroom, he sang “Take Me Down” by Alabama, against the Mushroom’s “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway to determine the final contestant to join the rest of the Super Six.
Group C Finals Survivors: Jellyfish & Mushroom
Jellyfish had the best showing of the night and garnered the most votes, so she was immediately safe after Group C’s initial performances.
SONG: “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
GUESSES: McKayla Maroney, Charli XCX, and Kylie Jenner.
SPECIAL CLUE: “I’ve never performed on a stage quite like this before.”
She will be one of the frontrunners during next week’s Super Six episode where she’ll join the Mushroom to represent Group C.
Mushroom earned his way through the Super Six this week as he had to take down Anka in commanding fashion with his amazing display of vocals in the Smackdown round.
SONG: “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry
GUESSES: Taye Diggs, The Weeknd, and Jaden Smith
SPECIAL CLUE: “The name that I go by now was not my name when I first sprouted”
This was a huge clue for the panelists as it now makes sense why the Mushroom’s voice range varies so much as he could be someone who has transitioned at some point.
THE SUPER SIX
Now that all Group Finals have been settled, this season’s Super Six will begin the final rounds of competition next week.
Group A – Popcorn and Sun
Group B – Seahorse and Crocodile
Group C – Jellyfish and Mushroom.
The Masked Singer Season 4 new episodes air Wednesdays 8/7 central on FOX.
The Masked Singer Recap – Ken Guesses Right & Is Brought To Tears! (4 x 08)
It was another crazy night of clues, guesses, masks, and of course singing as Ken Jeong makes a rare correct guess on one of the two eliminations from the Group B Finals.
Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, I Can See Your Voice) was tonight’s guest panelist and may have been the lucky charm that Ken needed.
When the dust settled, the Whatchamacallit and Serpent were unmasked at the end of the show, while Seahorse and Crocodile move on to the Super Six.
The first to get chopped was Lonzo Ball from the New Orleans Pelicans and the only panelist to guess his identity was Ken.
This wasn’t the first time Ken has guessed an NBA player on the show as he was also the only one who got Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers as the Thingamajig in season 2.
Ken struck gold again and literally jumped on the panelist table with excitement after Ball was revealed.
Ball rapped his way up to this point in the competition this season as he bowed out with his performance of “Lean Back” by The Terror Squad that had everyone well… leaning back and dancing to the music.
Coincidentally, tonight marked the 2020 NBA Draft where Ball’s brother LaMelo Ball was selected with the 3rd pick by the Charlotte Hornets. So it was definitely a big night for the Ball family, to say the least.
The second elimination from tonight was Dr. Elvis Francois AKA the Singing Surgeon, who went viral earlier this year after he performed his rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Ken was brought to tears after Dr. Francois was revealed as he emotionally reminisced the difficult times during the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and how the Singing Surgeon was one of the shining lights that brought positivity to the world, and for Ken personally, during those grim times.
Nicole Scherzinger was the only panelist to guess Dr. Francois as the clues that tipped her off was that the Serpent became “recently famous” and performed with Scherzinger before, which he did on The Masked Singer: After The Mask.
For his final performance, the Serpent sang “Cool” by the Jonas Brothers that showcased his signature smooth, soothing, and inspirational tone of voice that brought everyone to their feet.
Group B Survivors
As for the last two surviving contestants from Group B, the Seahorse and Crocodile were the top 2 vote-getters for the night and are set to move on to the Super Six where they will join Sun and Popcorn from Group A, and two other finalists from the upcoming Group C eliminations.
The frontrunner from Group B was strong as always as she rocked the Brittney Spears hit “Baby One More Time.”
Special Clue: The big clues were delivered tonight by Masked Singers from the past, and Seahorse’s was from the Astronaut (who was revealed as Hunter Hayes in season 3) who showed a clue that read “Seahorse was never in a girl group” which actually helped the panelists since they’ve been guessing singers from a bunch of them.
Guesses: Kesha, Kellie Pickler, and Sia.
The Croc made it by the skin of his teeth as he edged out the powerful voice of the Serpent.
He likely won over some votes with his stage presence and swag as he sang “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis to swoon the audience and panelists.
Special Clue: Croc’s clue was delivered by the Bee (Gladys Knight from season 1) and read “Croc was in a huge cult classic movie,” which really got the panelists’ brains churning.
Guesses: Jared Leto, Jordan Knight, and Justin Guarini.
The Masked Singer Season 4 new episodes air Wednesdays 8/7 central on FOX.
EDIT: The Masked Singer aired on Thursday during Thanksgiving week.
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