The second episode of “The Masked Singer” started with the Llama, the accordion-carrying singer who crooned Tom Jones‘ infamous song “It’s Not Unusual” (watch above). After his untimely elimination at the end of the show, the Llama’s big reveal was shocking … but let’s save that reveal till the end.
Guest judge Jason Biggs guessed Johnny Knoxville, and Robin Thicke agreed — really? Ken Jeong said it was Joel McHale — because he supposedly loves Tom Jones and plays an instrument. Jenny McCarthy mused that it could be Zach Galifianakis. Also, names like Gallagher and Weird Al were tossed around … this panel was way off.
Let’s break it down: that accordion is in reference to the singer’s performance on Jimmy Fallon when he attempted to play “New York, New York” on the accordion and famously failed. And the four legs that keep him standing are his three beautiful children and his wife.
And the Llama’s clue about “envisioning my success” and “visualizing being the greatest of all times” — well this Canadian (according to an Oprah Winfrey interview on October 9, 2009) dreamed of becoming a famous singer since he was two. It all added up to Michael Buble.
Drum roll: IT WAS DREW CAREY. That’s right, he plays the accordion … and the hint about envisioning success was all about Carey’s struggle to stardom.
He flunked out of college twice, worked as a waiter and a bank teller, but he loved to write jokes — and he worked and worked and he made it, and he’s got a great voice. Cheers to Drew. The panel should’ve kept the Llama.