'The Masked Singer' Recap: Butterfly's Wings Clipped

Michelle Williams Masked Singer
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Michelle Williams in the “Clash of the Masks” episode of The Masked singer on FOX.

With Patti LaBelle now gone from The Masked Singer, the only way to go from here is likely down. (Reminder: this is the show where T-Pain triumphed over Gladys Knight last season.) Tonight we have something completely different, though; Joel McHale is here as a guest panelist! Just kidding -- it feels like Joel probably lives in the studio’s janitor’s closet at this point. With any luck he’s set up shop with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in there, too.  

Joel once again joins permanent fixtures (until their contracts need renegotiated) Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger to guide us through Face-offs between performers ridiculously shrouded in mystery. And away we go.

Butterfly vs. Fox

As a clue, Butterfly says she’s used to sharing the stage with giants, and a football is shown on screen. This either means she was part of a very popular group or she’s perhaps performed at the Super Bowl. Or both! Whatever the case may be, rest assured, Ken will guess the wrong person. Butterfly also throws out a Spice Girls lyrical reference when she says, “If you want my future, forget my past.” Hmmm.

Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” is the winged contestant’s song of choice this evening. Jenny thinks it’s Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame under the maskt. Robin wonders if it’s Monica, while Ken goes on a long, incoherent rant about how it has to be Kerry Washington, which prompts Joel to ask, “Is Ken paid by the word?”

Next up, Fox gives us another clue when he says he hopes the world will see him like his young offspring does, as “a true blue superhero.” He then skips this dance moves this time around for a tender, stripped down performance of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Fox throws the entire panel for a loop when he divulges the final clue that he’s friends with either all or some of them. Specifically, he says, “I’m so glad I’m getting a chance to work with my friends, even though my friends don’t know they’re working with me.”

At any rate, we won’t be finding out who Fox is this week, as it’s Butterfly who’s voted into the Smackdown.

Thingamajig vs. Tree

When you have a Thingamajig doing battle with a tinsel-strewn Tree and using a Michael Buble song as his weapon of choice, you know you’re in for quality. Indeed, the lumbering, fuzzy-masked contestant switches things up this week with a charming rendition of Canadian crooner Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.” He’s still sending Nicole’s heart aflutter with a fair amount of on-screen flirting, which I guess is Fox’s attempt at an answer to NBC’s Voice lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.

The panelists are clueless on Thingamajig’s identity. Robin thinks it might be Montell Jordan, while Ken pulls Brian McKnight’s name out of his rear end. Jenny goes with Dennis Rodman.

Moving on, Tree throws out a Friends “Smelly Cat” reference in her clues package, and that has Nicole’s mind set on Lisa Kudrow. Tree’s performance of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘80s staple “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” does nothing to tip anyone off, vocally, as to who this person might be, but I just want to know why no one every does the Nicki French rendition of the song on these damn things? Clearly that’s a missed opportunity for assured glory.

Tree survives this Face-off, which means Nicole’s man Thingamajig joins Butterfly in the Smackdown.


Butterfly is up first, and goes with Imagine Dragons’ 2017 smash “Believer.” Thingamajig counters with Usher’s Confessions hit “Caught Up,” which ends up being the smarter move because…

Eliminated: It’s Butterfly who gets the boot. And despite the red herring London clues in recent weeks (not to mention that Spice Girls “Wannabe” line earlier tonight), the very American Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child is the one under the mask. Jenny’s on a roll.


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