The Masked Singer kicked off its fourth season with six new singers from Group-A taking the stage to make watching people wear masks fun again in 2020.
At the end of the night, the Dragon exits first from the show and is revealed to be legendary rap artist Busta Rhymes who had an electrifying performance with his version of “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.
The judges, as well as Nick Cannon, all seemed to narrow the identity of the Dragon fairly quickly based on his very first verse along with Cannon claiming that he knew the minute the Dragon walked on stage.
However, Ken Jeong wasn’t quite as astute when he guessed the performer was Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, so it’s nice to see Ken still retaining his penchant for bad guesses.
Judges’ Golden Guesses
A new wrinkle added this season is that the judges are now competing for the Golden Ear, a prize awarded to the judge with the most correct “first impression” guesses by the end of the season.
Both Jenny and Ken miss the mark tonight as they guessed NFL players Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch respectively and miss out on scoring a point on the guess tally.
Meanwhile, both Robin and Nicole guessed Busta Rhymes correctly but entertained switching to DMX, who is also a legendary rapper with a similar raspy rapping voice as Busta Rhymes.
The Masked Singers Moving On
The remaining contestants from Group-A are Sun, Giraffe, Popcorn and the Snow Owls, who are the first duo to compete on the show.
Sun shined on stage with her rendition of “Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo and her clue package led the judges to believe she might be Demi Lovato, Madonna or Katarine McPhee
Giraffe, whose costume has set the record for the tallest one in The Masked Singer history, sang a cool rendition of “Let’s Get It Started ” by Black Eyed Peas which gave the judges the impression that he is either Travis Barker, Garth Brooks or Vanilla Ice.
Popcorn then came on stage and immediately buttered-up the judges and audience with her charm as she popped off “What About Us” by Pink and made the judges think she is Carole Baskin (Ken’s guess, obviously), Mary J. Blige, or Tina Turner.
Finally, the performances concluded with the Snow Owls, who performed together on a stylish giant broken egg. The duo sang “Say Something” by A Great Big World which had the judges guessing a bevy of iconic pairs including Amy Grant & Vince Gill, Maureen McCormick & Barry Williams, Donny & Marie Osmond, and Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara.
The Masked Singer season 4 new episodes air every Wednesday on FOX.
The Masked Singer Recap – Giraffe’s Run Cut Short; Revealed As ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor (4 x 03)
The third episode of The Masked Singer’s season 4 saw Group-A amp up the competition in their playoff round as Joel McHale makes a guest appearance.
McHale, who’s been on the show in past seasons, performed “Blurred Lines” at the top of the show while wearing a Robin Thicke mask, much to Ken Jeong’s chagrin.
Robin, Nicole, and Jenny enjoyed McHale’s performance, however, and he was a welcomed addition to the show’s panel of sleuths tonight.
At the end of the episode, Giraffe had to cut his run short as he’s eliminated and unmasked as a former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast member.
Brian Austin Green who portrayed David Silver on 90210 was voted out of the competition.
He performed “Get Down On It” by Kool & Gang.
Green was immediately disappointed at Robin because the two dabbled in hip-hop music together during the ’90s.
After his first performance, Robin even said “You ever get that feeling like you know somebody’s voice but you can’t put a face to it?” Which of course worried Green at first, but none of the panelists came close as their final guesses for his identity were all over the place.
In this episode, however, Ken went on a long rant that put the Giraffe and the rest of the panel to sleep as he talked throughout the commercial break to explain his (wrong) guess of Shia LaBeouf.
Other judge guesses:
Travis Barker, Will.i.am, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jaleel White.
Group-A Playoffs Survivors
As for the rest of the field on Group-A, Popcorn and the Snow Owls had solid performances, but the Sun shone the brightest during this episode as the judges reiterated that she might have what it takes to win the Golden Mask this season.
Song: “Falling” by Harry Styles
Judge guesses: Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams
Special clue: Planet Venus. “The second rock from the sun may be far away, but it should bring you closer to me.” – Popcorn
Song: “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Judge guesses: Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood.
Special clue: Witch hat. “We will TIP our hats to WHICH ever one of you figures out the clue.” – Snow Owls
Song: “Praying” by Kesha
Judge guesses: Mandy Moore, Demi Lovato, Katharine McPhee, Carrie Underwood
Special clue: Magic 8-Ball. “Will this magic 8 ball help you conjure up my identity? Outlook not so hot.” – Sun
The Masked Singer Season 4 new episodes air Wednesdays 9/8 central on FOX.
The Masked Singer Recap – Gremlin Unmasks Itself As ‘Iron Man 2’ Star! (4 x 02)
The Masked Singer season 4 episode 2 ends in crazy fashion when Gremlin unceremoniously unmasks itself as a legendary veteran actor, Oscar award nominee, and Iron Man 2 star, Mickey Rourke!
Following his shaky performance of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, Rourke removed his mask after declaring “Dammit, it’s hot, I’m taking it off” in the middle of his post-performance interview; effectively eliminating himself from the competition.
The judges, and Nick Cannon all seemed genuinely flabbergasted and couldn’t stop Rourke.
Three of the four judges, however, got a chance to guess who Gremlin was before he unmasked himself, and Jenny guessed correctly.
Robin incorrectly guessed Jerry Lee Lewis. Meanwhile, Ken made another one of his signature wild guesses and said “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Group B Singers Moving On
The singer who performed at the top of the show was Crocodile who shared his rendition of “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.
Afterward, the judges had a wide range of guesses including Johnn Hamm (Ken’s guess), Nick Lachey, and Donnie Wahlberg.
Of course, after Robin’s guess, Jenny had a little fun and teased the Crocodile about being her husband and asks “Donnie, is it you, baby?”.
Baby Alien was up next with the most unique costume the show has ever showcased that concealed his entire body while he performed “Faith” by George Michael.
Unable to go off much from his physical appearance, the judges leaned on the clues and guessed Ralph Macchio, David Schwimmer, and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Seahorse rocked the show and got declarations from the judges as a favorite to win it all this season after her rendition of Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World).”
The judges believed she was a legitimate singer and drew comparisons to young artists such as Halsey, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bebe Rexha.
Following in the tradition of vague costumes, Whatchamacallit rapped “I Wish” by Skee-Lo.
The judges were impressed with his flow and believed it could be Swizz Beatz, Dame Lillard, or Tyler the Creator under the mask.
Serpent was the final survivor of the night who performed a smooth and soothing version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers.
The swaggy crooner was in full character and was unwilling to break character as he hissed and moved like a snake with a costume that had moving appendages to boot.
John Legend, Daveed Diggs, and Leslie Odom Jr. were the judges’ best guesses for the slithery singer.
The Masked Singer season 4 new episodes air every Wednesday night on FOX.
The Masked Singer Finale Recap – All Masks Are Off As Season Champ Is Crowned!
On the season 3 finale of the Masked Singer, Frog, Turtle, and Night Angel performed for the last time for a shot at winning the coveted Golden Mask trophy.
After weeks on a long journey performing and concealing themselves week in and week out, the finalists were finally unmasked.
In the end, Night Angel received the most votes and became the first woman to win the competition.
The Turtle was the runner-up and Frog had the least votes of the evening.
Frog performed first at the top of the show as he dazzled and electrified the crowd with his usual flair and stage presence in his rendition of “Bad Boys For Life” by P.Diddy et al.
He rapped and choreographed his way into the finals, and he did not disappoint in his last showing.
The judges figured out his identity (as did we, on our Masked Singer theory) as Robin and Nicole both guessed correctly before he was unmasked.
Bow Wow / Shad Moss was revealed as the Frog who was arguably the fan-favorite pick to win it all this season.
Moss showed different sides of his musical talent and performance capabilities on the show and hopes to incorporate a little bit of what he picked up while performing as the entertaining amphibian.
He repeatedly mentioned a reinvigorated love for music and as a fan, I can’t wait to see how his music evolves from this experience.
The season began with a performance from Turtle, and it almost ended with him being crowned as the champion.
For his finale performance, Turtle sang “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, which brought Nicole, Ken, and a number of audience members to tears.
Alas, he was edge-out by Night Angel during the final voting and had to unmask as he fell short of winning the Golden Mask trophy.
Jenny and Nicole were able to guess his true identity (Which makes it 2 for 2 in our theories as well).
Jesse McCartney was a recurring guess periodically by the panelists all season, and the clues all came together on the very last night.
McCartney was the strongest male vocalist in the competition this season, and in his own words, said that the experience was:
Night Angel had – HANDS DOWN – one of the strangest and scariest-looking costumes the show has ever had.
Lucky for her, she also had one of the most powerful and soulful voices to ever grace the show and a signature vibrato that could not be ignored.
She sang “River Deep Mountain High” by Tina Turner, which showcased her full vocal range during the finale.
As the Golden Mask trophy came down to her and Turtle, she got the most votes and won the competition.
Finally, she was able to rip off that creepy-looking mask, and her identity revealed.
Panelists Jenny and Robin were able to trace the clues back to this amazing artist when they locked in their final guesses. (We also got a sweep for the finalists’ identities in our theory for Night Angel)
Kandi Burruss was crowned the champion of season 3 as she admits to regaining her confidence in singing during the show, which she had lost ever since she stopped pursuing her music career.
This was an unbelievable revelation for the judges and audiences alike because Burruss, as the Night Angel, constantly killed during her performances every week, and was nearly perfect this season.
Burruss, however, admitted to being intimidated by several of her peers in the show and even looked up to a couple of them who were personal idols for her.
“How am I going to get to the end with such incredible people on this show?” she said while reflecting on her time on the show.
Tonight, she proved to everyone and more importantly to herself that she belongs among those incredible people as the first woman champion of the Masked Singer!
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