And then there were five, fair viewers. It truly feels like this Masked Singer season has been chugging along for about 17 months, but we’re now down to the final handful of disguised crooners.
Our reliable panel of, um, experts — that would be Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger — is joined this week by Jeff Dye, who is apparently a comedian. The producers didn’t even bother to give him the obligatory mask to wear for the first 30 seconds of the episode so viewers can try to guess who he is. Because WHO?
(For the record, we’ve gone from Jamie Foxx as a guest panelist at the top of the season now to Jeff Dye.)
First up this evening is Frog, who tosses out clues that include bread lying on the ground, the fact that he has a kid and several references to Footloose. No stranger to dancing, Frog serves up Young MC’s party jam “Bust a Move” and hops around all over the stage.
This week, the contestant’s are revealing a highlighted item literally in the form of a “clue package” — i.e. a cardboard box — and Frog’s is a model airplane. Jenny now thinks the covered-up amphibian is Anthony Mackie, given that he played Falcon in Captain America and the Avengers flicks. Robin Thicke is still stuck on Bow Wow, while Jeff zeroes on the city of Seattle and goes with Sir Mix-a-Lot.
We get a hot air balloon, a rainbow and cherry blossoms as clues for Kitty, ahead of her performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Inside her revealing package is a bow and arrow, which she says “should help you target who I am.”
Jenny goes with Lea Michele, given the rainbow and balloon clues and Lea’s voice work in the 2014 animated film Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. That’s a decent guess, as opposed to Jeff’s assumption that Kitty is the Olsen twins. Not one or the other; both of them.
Rhino lets us know he has a wife and three little ones at home, and drops further clues that involve a hand-traced turkey on a piece of paper and ballet slippers. He belts out Righteous Brothers classic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and says the show is helping him to win “an eternal battle with self-consciousness.”
Rhino’s package contains a navy hat. Nicole reminds us all that Jason Aldean and onetime American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr welcomed a baby girl named Navy Rome last year. Jeff, meanwhile, thinks Rhino is Trace Adkins, given the traced bird on paper clue. Ken, however, announces that Rhino is JAG — as in the TV series in general, since he can’t remember David James Elliott, the main actor’s name. Nicole tells Ken he’s “the best at being the worst.”
A red light and a map of the country of Colombia are shown at the top of Night Angel’s clues package. She gives a decent take on Donna Summer disco anthem “Last Dance,” which she says she used to sing as a four year old into a hairbrush.
Ski goggles and snow boots are revealed in Night Angel’s box. Despite these snowy clues, Ken skips the obvious TLC member, Chilli, and goes with T-Boz. Nicole opts for Tameka “Tiny” Harris.
The final and best showing of the night comes courtesy of Turtle, who gives a moving performance of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” It’s impressive enough to get the entire audience and all the panel members on their feet, which I believe is a first for this pony act.
Turtle’s initial clues include a Wanted poster (which could mean the now-defunct British boy band), a green mop, poker chips and various superhero references. His cardboard package contains a zombie. Jeff guesses Turtle is Walking Dead star Norman Reedus. Nicole comes up with Jesse McCartney for some reason, while Ken opts for Howie D from Backstreet Boys.
Time to say “so long” to cute Kitty. All the fool panelists proved to be wrong, of course, as the mask comes off and out pops the face of Jackie Evancho. Host Nick Cannon marvels over the fact that 10 years ago he stood on the America’s Got Talent stage and pronounced Jackie the winner.
Time and reality shows slow down for no one.