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‘The Masked Singer’ Recap: Taco Gets the Toss

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Taco on The Masked Singer on March 4, 2020.

It’s zero hour for Group B on The Masked Singer, as tonight will determine who of the last three contestants from this disguised bunch will live to warble another day.

For those of you with far better things to do on Wednesday nights, Group B started out with six, but lost Tony Hawk (Elephant) and, scandalously, Dionne Warwick (Mouse) in recent weeks. One more belter from this pack will get the boot before we move on next week to Group C.

Joining panelist mainstays Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger this time around is Season 1 champ T-Pain, the Auto-Tune king formerly known as Monster.

Here’s what went down on Wednesday (March 4) night.

Kitty

After a group performance of Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life,” Kitty’s best friend, also in disguise, shows up to clue us in that the feline contestant “didn’t have a ton of friends and got bullied” in school. Kitty then turns out an impressive performance of Miranda Lambert’s country crossover jam “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

This episode’s gimmick involves each contestant gifting one of the panelists a friendship bracelet. In this case, Kitty gives Robin one with the word “Fireworks” spelled out in hearts. The frisky feline explains, “I gave this to you because the first time we met was lit.” Me-ow.

Taco

I still have PTSD from watching a singing taco croon “Fly Me To The Moon” two weeks ago, and I’ll never forgive The Masked Singer for that. Clues include the shelled contestant’s best friend saying the two of them “both love our children, our little shrimps,” while obscured by a seafood platter. Another big hint is a menu with the letters M and E highlighted -- as in Emmy.

Taco keeps it old school and goes with a Motown classic in the form of The Four Tops’ “Can’t Help Myself.” Nicole blurts out “Babe, I love Taco… Taco makes me so happy.” To this host Nick Cannon replies with a wink, “Taco makes me happy, too.” Class.

Taco’s friendship bracelet is given to his “friend Nicole” and contains the word “kiss.” Nicole ponders if the costumed contestant is Barry Manilow, while Jenny guesses Jerry Springer. Right. Moving along.

Banana 

Banana’s daughters appear silhouetted in black and tell us that the peel-clad contestant taught them how to drive with racing karts. Banana then takes the audience to church with a spirited performance of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” complete with gospel choir. 

“My father is like my best friend and he recently passed away,” Banana says. “This song was our jam.”

Banana’s bracelet, for Jenny, bears the words “nineties love.” He tells the panelist, “We had a little chance to hang as friends. We had a great time, and I love you. You’re an awesome person.”
Jenny wonders if the yellow contender is racer Michael Andretti. Says she, “Back in the ‘90s, we became friends at the Playboy mansion.” Glamourous.

Frog

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Someone headless woman billed as Frog’s “team member” informs us that she “looked out for him when he was in L.A.” We also see a green bow tie flash by.

The Gap Band’s funky 1982 gem “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” is Frog’s song of choice tonight, and he’s serving it with some impressive footwork. T-Pain is the recipient of the amphibian’s bracelet, which has the phrase “all we do is win” on it -- a reference, perhaps, to DJ Khaled’s 2010 cut “All I Do Is Win,” which featured, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and, of course, T-Pain. Hmmm.

Eliminated: Taco crumbles to bits via the votes, and my weekly nightmare can finally come to an end. That Emmy clue was a good one, as Taco turns out to be Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron. He points out that Jenny wrote the blurb on his book, I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can, while Nicole received a perfect score during her winning stint on DWTS while dancing to Prince’s “Kiss.” 

Ain’t that a kick in the pants?

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