The Masked Singer is really upping the celeb wattage in Season 3. Following Jason Biggs last week, Scientology and The Aftermath star Leah Remini hops into the guest panelist chair alongside regulars Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. I know exactly what you’re thinking: We’re not worthy.
In case you’re just tuning in, the powers that be have mixed things up a bit this year so that the 18 contestants are all divided into Groups A, B and C. They’ll then compete within their own groups until only three so-called singers remain each in A, B and C. This will apparently form what Nick Cannon refers to as the Super 9. Fancy!
This time around, we’re down to the last four contestants in A, and someone’s getting the boot tonight. Following a group performance of KISS’s “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Turtle, Miss Monster, Kangaroo and White Tiger head into their final face off.
So there’s a new gimmick in which clues from each of the contestants’ loved ones are given. It sounds interesting, but winds up being a whole lot of vague nothing. For instance, Turtle’s disguised 9th grade teacher “Miss S” mumbles something or other about hoping the shelled crooner has the time of his life while a globe flies by the screen with Seoul, South Korea prominently displayed. The panelists just blink with vacant eyes.
Turtle offers up a solid rendition of Shawn Mendes’ 2017 smash “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” which prompts Jenny to declare he’ll surely make it to the Super 9. As a final clue, Turtle tells Nicole, “I’ll never forget the morning we spent together. It was Turtley awesome.” Gosh. Run me a cold shower, STAT.
Miss M’s masked hairstylist refers to her as his spiritual mother, but I’m just gonna keep calling her Chaka Khan. After a few more clues that involve bears and socks — possible Chicago references — the disguised diva rips through Lesley Gore classic “You Don’t Own Me.”
Miss Monster tells Robin Thicke that the two of them had a rendez-vous in Sin City. This has him thinking Gloria Gaynor might be under the mask until Nicole, at the last minute, suggests it’s Chaka Khan. THANK YOU. Robin agrees, and these cads seem to be earning their paycheck for once.
Kangaroo’s younger brother tips us off that he perceived his singing sister to be a drama queen in their younger years, until tragedy struck their family. She’s now his angel.
The masked marsupial serves up a decent rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” then tells Leah that the two of them “sat at the same table, and your courage has encouraged me.” Perhaps they shared an auditing session back in the day?
Moving right along, White Tiger is just terrible. How this guy got through the first two episodes is beyond me, but it probably has something to do with him choosing rap songs over ones where he actually has to sing. This time he goes with Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” and it’s trash personified. Naturally the panel loves him.
Jenny and the gang toss out guesses on who’s lurking beneath the tiger garb, but Ken is convinced it’s Fabio and that’s all that matters to me.
Eliminated: This is The Masked Singer, where idiocy reigns, so of course Miss Monster, the best singer of this bunch, gets the axe. And sure enough, it turns out to be Chaka Khan.
I may need to just reset my brain and get behind White Tiger. He’s probably going to win this season.