It’s only been two weeks but America is already obsessed with “The Masked Singer,” Fox’s reality TV show that tasks celebrities with hiding their identities by performing in outrageous costumes. So far two singers have been unmasked: Pittsburgh Steelers player Antonio Brown as the Hippo and comedy legend Tommy Chong as the Pineapple. That means 10 celebs are still in the competition, with five performing in Wednesday’s third episode: Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion. Which one of these five was unmasked this week, which welcomed Joel McHale as a guest judge?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 1, Episode 3, titled “Five Masks No More,” to find out what happened Wednesday, January 16 at 9/8c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite costumed celebs on Fox’s reality TV show, who impresses you the most, and who you think will ultimately win. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.
9:00 p.m. — “Previously, on ‘The Masked Singer’!” Host Nick Cannon and judges Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke tried to guess who was hiding behind the Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Pineapple, Poodle and Bee masks. Pineapple, aka Chong, was eliminated, leaving the remaining five to perform on January 23. This time around we’re re-visiting the five singers — Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion — from week one as they perform for the second time. Let’s get this week’s “who-sung-it” started!
9:07 p.m. – The Lion is up first tonight so let’s dive into some more clues about their identity. Lion feels like a front-runner after the positive comments she received last week. From the clues, Lion seems like someone who is politically involved and has walked in some marches. But not much else was revealed. She’s singing “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone and sounds fantastic. She started out veiled behind behind some jewels before sashaying her way to the front of the stage. Vocally and visually Lion is slaying it tonight.
9:10 p.m. – Nicole loves how Lion is so poised on stage and has such a great stride. Jenny is convinced she is a professionally trained singer, but Nicole disagrees. Joel thought the performance was sexy. Ken confesses “I am part of your pride!” Robin noticed that, vocally, Lion may be more seasoned/older. Jenny questions if it is Kelly Rowland, which I know it is not. Other names thrown around were Hailey Baldwin and Emily Blunt (get real!). Lion then gave one more clue: “I have nothing gold or platinum on my walls….yet!” That means she likely isn’t a recording artist. Lion said the panel is not even close to guessing who she is.
9:17 p.m. – Let’s see how Deer does next! In the last round Deer lost to Lion and commented he wasn’t at the top of his game. He used to be able to “sell salt to a slug.” He also said he knows how to throw. Most likely he’s a former quarterback. Singing “Get Your Shine On” by Florida Georgia Line, Deer has a solid voice! I keep thinking this is Terry Bradshaw. Any other guesses? I’m not blown away by this performance, but he sounds okay. Let’s see what the panel thinks.
9:20 p.m. – Nicole thinks Deer is an athlete, but has decent vocals. Jenny thinks he’s older based on the size of his antlers. Joel threw out Brett Favre as a possibility before asking, “Why don’t we just ask him who he is?” Robin said it could be Brett Roethlisberger. Then Nicole agreed with my sentiments, Terry Bradshaw. But then, Deer revealed he had multiple world titles in track and field, but then moved on to “horses.” The track and field comment confused me. Hmmm.
9:27 p.m. – Let’s check for more clues about Peacock, who I was convinced early on it’s Donny Osmond. He said last time he performed it felt like he was five again. He started his career as a teenybopper, but has also been cast in some dramatic roles. His final clue is that he has a terrible fear of heights. As he begins singing “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, my thought that this is Donny Osmond is only reinforced. He’s definitely a seasoned performer, but Jenny thinks his voice sounds “young.” The panel is loving Peacock’s showmanship. So dramatic!
9:30 p.m. – Ken thinks Peacock is a professional singer and one of the front-runners to win. Nicole said he’s a natural-born performer. Joel called it the best singing performance he’s seen from someone singing a peacock mask. Joel threw out Neil Patrick Harris, while Robin suggested Criss Angel or David Copperfield. Nicole thinks perhaps it is David Hasselhoff. Peacock confirmed to the panel that he HAS performed in Las Vegas, causing Robin to shout out Tom Jones.
9:38 p.m. – The always elegant Unicorn is up next! For years, she has lacked confidence because she lost her “sheen.” She came to conquer her fear of singing and being judged, and she’s done it! This week, she wants to exude “model behavior” and tonight she’s going for the gold. She’s singing “Oops…I Did It Again” by Britney Spears. She’s definitely not a trained singer. Last time she performed, clues led me to think Tori Spelling. Based on the vocals, I still think that could be true, but this weeks clues confused me.
9:40 p.m. – Jenny loves how vulnerable Unicorn is and said she almost pooped a rainbow. Nicole mentions Denise Richards because she “lost her sheen,” but also said it could be a gymnast because of her comments about flying and going for gold. The panel then threw out names like Gabby Douglas, Mary Lou Retton, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. When asked if she was known for being a gymnast, Unicorn responded, “In the bedroom!”
9:48 p.m. – Last up tonight is the ever-so-troubled Monster. Almost being unmasked last time was a “really hard pill to swallow.” He took a drive up “from the south” and we then saw New York in the background. Now, he’s back in the “swing of things” and looks to be a bit of a party monster. Singing, “I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw. The Monster can definitely sing! If he’s not a professional singer, he’s definitely the best singing athlete of the season, that’s for sure. The powerful falsetto note at the end basically proved he’s been a recording artist, but who knows? I’m confused about this one.
9:50 p.m. – Robin called Monster’s performance his favorite of the night. He applauded him going for the big notes. Nicole thinks he’s adorable, but is confused now. She initially thought he was a comedian, but now believes he must be a singer. Robin thought perhaps it is Nelly, but Nelly doesn’t sing as far as I know. Monster then said “I like to keep my head in the game.” Maybe he is an athlete who can actually sing! That made Robin throw out Derek Jeter, while Nick chimed in Kevin Hart. What does everyone else think?
9:59 p.m. – It’s time to find out who will be unmasked! The studio audience and panel voted for their favorite performer and it was a close contest! Tonight’s masked singer who must reveal themselves is…Deer! That means Monster, Unicorn, Lion and Peacock are safe. I can’t wait to find out who it is! Before unmasking, the panel had a few final guesses. Robin suggests Terry Bradshaw based on how the Deer laughs with his shoulders. Nicole agrees. Jenny says Peyton Manning. Joel agrees about Terry Bradshaw. Finally, Ken suggests John Elway. Were any of them right? The Deer is…Terry Bradshaw! Terry thanked everyone for voting him out because he couldn’t handle the stress anymore. That’s a wrap for tonight! Next week another famous face will be unmasked.