They’re baaack! If you missed Alien, Bee, Poodle, Rabbit or Raven on last week’s episode of Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer,” you were in for a treat Wednesday night as this group of costumed celebrities returned. Joining regular panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke for the second week in a row was guest judge (and celebrity aficionado) Joel McHale. After the judges and in-studio audience watched all five performances, they voted to eliminate the weakest singer. So who was forced to unmask in front of America this week?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 1, Episode 4, titled “Another Mask Bites the Dust,” to find out what happened Wednesday, January 23 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’!” In last week’s third episode the other group of contestants — Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion — returned to face the judges, with Deer being eliminated. He removed his mask to reveal NFL personality Terry Bradshaw, which didn’t really shock too many people as he was the choice of most of the panelists. This week we’re reuniting with Alien, Bee, Poodle, Rabbit and Raven, and before the end of the hour one of these celebs’ true identities will be revealed.
9:05 p.m. – First up tonight is The Rabbit. During his last performance he “bounced to new heights.” Some images in his package included “Shakeology” which is a workout drink. He once found safety in a group, but sometimes not getting to be yourself can leave you feeling boxed in. Now, each week he gets to “cook up something new.”
9:10 p.m. – Singing “Wake Me Up” by Avicii featuring Aloe Blac, Rabbit definitely has a voice and the panel thinks he could be from *NSync and have ruled out Corey Feldman. I still think it’s JC Chasez. Who’s with me? Robin said he seems like a seasoned performer and thinks he heard a bit of a twang in his voice this week. Nicole loved the vocals. Some suggestions from the panel were the men of Lady Antebellum or Rascall Flatts. Both Joey Fatone and JC were brought up again. Nicole, who has toured with *NSync, asked if they’ve ever toured together. Rabbit said there have been too many people for him to remember, so to me that’s a “Yes.” Rabbit finished things off by saying he also likes to rhyme and rap. Hmm…
9:15 p.m. – Next to take the stage is the Alien. Let’s hear some clues. Last time, Alien thought some of the comments from the panel were hurtful. Once again, Alien mentioned that she dreamed about being a young girl, before the whole world knew her and her family’s name. She said, “You may think I’m out of fashion, but I’m here to rise above all that” while levitating above a bed. Last time I had a hunch she was LaToya Jackson. Maybe I was right?
9:20 p.m. – Singing “Lovefool” by The Cardigans, the Alien is definitely soft-spoken like LaToya. Jenny questions if it could be Kate Moss, hung up on her fashion comment. Robin still thinks it’s Bella Hadid. Come on! So far I think I have the best guess. Ken mentions Paula Abdul and Nicole agrees the Alien is about the same size as Paula. Nicole mentioned the performer’s tone and said it reminded her of the Jacksons. Alien gave the panel one more clue, saying she’s a quadruple threat. When asked if she’s ever been a professional recording artist, Alien reveals that she’s recorded many things. Robin then immediately throws out Paris Hilton as an option.
9:25 p.m. – Raven is about to perform, but first let’s get some clues! This journey has taken her places she never thought she would have the courage to revisit. She confronted the loss of her beloved with her last performance and feels like the clouds began to part. She was once the loneliest bird among all others and nobody recognized her beauty, until years ago when a man came to town. He took her away from her flock. Also the year 1968 was shown, which happens to be the birth year of our most popular Raven guess: Ricky Lake!
9:30 p.m. – Singing “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, it’s almost too obvious this is Ricky. Now that it’s ingrained in my mind it’s so easy to hear it in her voice but the panel is still stumped. Nicole wonders if it’s Raven Symone even though the costume would be a bit obvious. She doesn’t believe Raven is a professional singer, but when she sings she believes it. Jenny believes she knows who it is, but won’t say it. What’s the point of that, Jenny?! Joel throws out Sally Jesse Raphael. Then Jenny finally reveals who she is convinced Raven is: Sherri Shepherd. Oh, Jenny is so wrong! Nick said if it were Sherri she would be grabbing his ass. Then Ken, who has been in a film with Sherri, asked if Raven had ever been in a movie with him. Raven replied, “Only in my dreams.” That’s because it’s Ricky Lake!
9:35 p.m. – It’s time to find out some more clues about that pesky Poodle! She loves being anonymous. She could be someone we’ve known for years and we’d have no idea. She must be flawless to do this role of the Poodle “justice.” Whenever she wants to practice her new material, she turns to her best friends. Poodle seems to go back and forth between hinting at being a comedian and a judge. Interesting!
9:40 p.m. – Singing “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, Poodle begins high up on a swing hung from the ceiling. Her voice is a bit richer than I remember it being before. She doesn’t sound like a professional singer and Jenny mentions her fit body and mentions Jillian Michaels as a possibility. Robin and Jenny noticed the words “verdict” and “justice” and joked about Kellyanne Conway. For her final clue, Poodle says “I have been fired multiple times,” after which Jenny proclaimed Kathy Griffin! Joel added on Omarosa as an option just for fun.
9:45 p.m. – Last to take the stage is the sultry Bee! After her last performance I was convinced it was Gladys Knight while many of our readers were certain it was Tina Turner. Let’s listen in for more clues! During the promo, peaches were shown. Hello! “Midnight Train to Georgia” is a Gladys classic! She also said, it doesn’t how many awards you have, you have to be willing to flip the script. Gladys has done some acting in her day as well. I think I’ve got this!
9:50 p.m. – Singing “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, Bee is hoping the modern classic will help conceal her voice. Midway though the song, Robin proclaims “I recognize the vibrato.” Nicole says there is a soulfulness and richness to Bee’s voice. Jenny and Robin agree with me, saying Gladys Knight. Nicole was thinking Dionne Warwick or Patti LaBelle. Has Nicole ever heard either of those two sing? They sound nothing like Bee. Ken then begins to wonder if it is one of the Supremes.
9:59 p.m. – It’s time for one of these masked singers to be UNMASKED! The votes are in. The masked singer who must take it off is…Poodle! Final panel guesses include Judge Judy, Jillian Michaels, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman and Melissa Rivers. And the poodle is…Margaret Cho! That’s a wrap for tonight. Who will be unmasked next week?