Admit it. One of the main reasons you watch “The Masked Singer” is to feel smarter than the panel. The four judges — Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke — sure say some pretty bone-headed things when they are trying to guess the names of the famous faces hidden behind those elaborate masks.
Two of them – Jenny and Robin — took to the stage at the Television Critics Association winter tour to defend themselves. Jenny got in the first jab. “We weren’t sitting there able to Google.” But what about between shows? Robin insists, “I never Googled.” And his wild speculation certainly confirms that as he thought the likes of the hugely successful Judge Judy would compete on “The Masked Singer.”
Why was Robin willing to look so dumb to viewers, who are convinced they are as right as he is wrong. “I really wanted it to be pure.” As he notes, “the whole point of the show is that you want to be honest.”
Jenny jumps in to defend her off-the-wall comments. “Our mics are on all the whole time, we’re spewing out names constantly.” Sure, but why was she saying that the Unicorn, who after all turned to be D-lister Tori Spelling, was Lady Gaga?
Below we catalogue the silliest things said by this foolish foursome. First up, we take a look at their dumb guesses about the six contestants who are still in the competition and will be competing on the February 13 quarterfinal. And click on our spoilers to have their real identities revealed if you dare before episode 7 airs Wednesday on FOX.
Alien: Paula Abdul (Nicole); Nicole Richie (Jenny); and Britney Spears (Ken).
Bee: Chaka Khan (Nicole); Diana Ross (Ken); and Tina Turner (Jenny).
Lion: Mel B (Ken); Kelly Rowland (Jenny);and Michelle Williams (Robin).
Monster: David Alan Grier (Ken); Derek Jeter (Robin); and Lil’ Rel (Nicole).
Peacock: Criss Angel (Robin): Wayne Brady (Nicole); David Hasselhoff (Ken).
Rabbit: Zac Brown (Robin); Jake Gyllenhaal (Nicole), Joey McEntire (Jenny); and Donnie Wahlberg (Ken).
And let’s not forget how far off the mark the judges were about the six contestants who’ve already been unmasked:
Deer (who was Terry Bradshaw): John Elway (Ken); Peyton Manning (Jenny); and Brett Roethlisberger (Robin).
Hippo (who was Antonio Brown); Odell Beckham Jr. (Robin); Allen Iverson (Nicole); and Deion Sanders (Ken).
Pineapple (who was Tommy Chong): Jimmy Buffett (Ken); Sugar Ray Leonard (Robin); and Kid Rock (Nicole).
Poodle (who was Margaret Cho): Kathy Griffin (Jenny); Chelsea Handler (Nicole); and Judge Judy (Robin).
Raven (who was Ricki Lake): Star Jones (Ken); Meghan McCain (Nicole); and Raven Symone (Jenny).
Unicorn (who was Tori Spelling): Lauren Conrad (Jenny); Gabby Douglas (Robin); and Denise Richards (Nicole).