'The Masked Singer' Recap: The Eagle Has Crash-Landed

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 Host Nick Cannon and The Eagle in the “Return of the Masks: Group D” episode of The Masked Singer on Oct. 9, 2019 on FOX.

Now, friends, I know what you’re thinking: In just two short weeks, we’ve already watched so much A-list talent fall by the way side in this second season of The Masked Singer -- Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila; that YouTube guy who plays video games or bakes cupcakes or whatever -- so who, who, WHO in Hollywood could possibly be left under some unturned stone to drape a plush disguise over?

As it turns out, there’s still one more group of four contestants to get through tonight (Oct. 9). The stakes couldn’t be higher. Actually, I’m lying; there are no stakes. These people are simply at risk of pulling their masks off at an exaggerated slow rate on television before slipping back to whatever corner of yesteryeardom they were fished out from.

And so it goes. Flower, Eagle, Fox and Penguin must prove to the high-class panel of Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg that they’ve got the pipes to sail on through to another week of glory.

Flower vs. Eagle

Flower is the first to strut out and throw us some clues. She claims she’s dipped her “petals in just about everything,” then explains that she never goes to the grocery store without lipstick or pumps on. “After sowing the seeds of this empire with my bare hands, I’m just ready to have a little fun and be free,” Flower notes.

The floronic contestant belts out an extremely soulful rendition of Dolly Parton’s 1980 smash “9 To 5.” Jenny picks up on the “empire” clue and thinks Flower is Taraji P. Henson. Nicole throws out Patti LaBelle’s name. Ken continues to be Ken and seems adamant that Flower is Bjork.

Next up, Eagle lumbers out looking like a castoff from Easy Rider in his fringe jacket, bell bottoms and red headband. He clues us in that he’s soared to great heights as the face of his field, but after a serious health scare and the loss of a parent, he realized life is too short to let his dreams fly by. Life, as it also happens, is way too short to listen to his terrible take on Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.

Robin thinks Eagle is throwing his voice to disguise it. He guesses that the feathered contestant could be comedian Pauly Shore, who last year lost his mother Mitzi Shore, famed for having founded Los Angeles venue The Comedy Store. Jenny wonders if Eagle is Howard Stern.

In the end, when votes for this Face-off are tallied, Eagle lands in the bottom and must head to the Smackdown later in the show.

Penguin vs. Fox

Thus we are introduced to the final two new contestants of the season. First to waddle out is Penguin, who tell us that it’s in her DNA for her voice to be heard. She explains that she’s been told she’s “not pretty enough, not smart enough” her whole life, then notes that she’s going to sing for those of us who dare to be different.

Penguin then blesses the masses with a so-so performance of Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s Grammy-nominated hit “The Middle.” This has Nicole guessing that the costumed songbird might be Megan Mullally. Robin feels it’s maybe Jenny’s cousin Melissa McCarthy, while Jenny suggests Penguin might be Kathy Griffin.

Enter Fox, who, like Flower, thankfully has a pretty fantastic singing voice. Fox tells us he’s an “on-air superhero” who does his best work at night. He also drops clues about working with “Doogie” and “Doubtfire.” Fox then rips through an impressive, soulful version of early Maroon 5 hit “This Love.”

Nicole is getting Anthony Mackie vibes, while Ken throws out Tyrese Gibson and Jamie Foxx. As if Jamie Foxx would ever set foot within a mile of this thing.

Fox is the clear winner, and Penguin is voted into the Smackdown.

Smackdown

Eagle and Penguin must duke it out to flap their wings another week. The former gives another atrocious vocal performance, this time of Nancy Sinatra staple “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”. Penguin counters with a sassy take on Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It.” Eagle predictably emerges as the loser.

At some point Jenny threw out there that Eagle might be comedian Adam Corolla, and she was almost correct. It turns out that it’s celeb doctor Drew Pinsky -- who was Corolla’s onetime Loveline co-host -- under the feathers.

Funnily enough, Dr. Drew gives Dr. Ken a proper scolding, as the Hangover star actually used to fill in for him on Loveline. Oh, Ken.

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