Following last week’s “The Masked Singer” unmasking(s) of Russian Dolls, only the Final 4 costumes were still in the hunt to win the Golden Mask: Black Swan, Piglet, Yeti and Chameleon. During Wednesday’s semifinals episode they performed yet again for panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger, plus guest judge Darius Rucker, but who was eliminated in fourth place? Also, who was revealed to be hiding underneath Cluedle-Doo‘s Renaissance rooster mask?
Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 5, Episode 10, titled “Semifinals,” to find out what happened Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite costumed characters on Fox’s reality TV show and who you think has what it takes to win the entire competition. Nick Cannon hosts the Emmy-winning program.
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8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘The Masked Singer’!” In last week’s Feisty 5 episode, the remaining singers took the stage with Hanson (Russian Dolls) ultimately being voted out. “We have never taken to the stage wearing matching outfits before but I think this might become a thing,” they said during their unmasked interview. That left only four contestants still in the running to win Season 5 of “The Masked Singer.” Who will be eliminated before next week’s finale? Let’s find out!
8:10 p.m. — Yeti says this experience has been about keeping an open mind, which is something he learned to do later in life. Growing up without his dad in the picture was hard, even though he still had his family. When he was a grown up his dad knocked on the door. Yeti had a choice: open himself up to life or close the door. He opened the door, not only inviting in forgiveness, but new possibilities that even led him here. By leaving that resentment out he could walk a new path paved with positivity. Throughout this clue package we see “North Pole Post Office,” a volleyball (or some ball) and a man with a Santa beard. Tonight Yeti is singing “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. He’s getting down to this funky tune and dancing about as good as one could in that giant costume. That was a fun way to kick things off! For an additional hint, Yeti drops a hint to Nicole and he says, “Nicole, I will never forget the time we were rubbing elbows down in Santa Monica.” The panel thinks Yeti could be Marques Houston, J-Boog, Justin Bieber or Sisqo.
8:17 p.m. — Black Swan is proud of herself for surrendering to this challenge and facing her fears head on. Who would have thought some black feathers and a sparkly beak would make her realize how free she was as a little girl? Reflecting back, there’s a lot she’d say to that younger swan. There may be a voice inside your head that tries to tear you down and make you feel like you’re not good enough. But you are good enough. A wacky, bizarre opportunity will come your way and give you wings you never expected. So be unafraid and remember you are the world’s rarest bird for a reason. Throughout this clue package we see a maple leaf, a name tag that says, “Hello my name is 1” and a fish tank. Tonight Black Swan is singing “Tequila” by Dan+Shay. It’s got more of a sexy, R&B groove than the original but I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing. She has a fantastic voice, but I don’t like this song choice. And this isn’t the time to drop the ball with your song choice! Her soaring voice will probably save her, but I am a little worried for her. Black Swan drops a hint to Robin that says “Celebrity VIP” and she says she is a huge fan of Robin’s and she even loves his dad jokes. It was great bumping into him at an afterparty. The panel thinks Black Swan could be Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Anne Murray (thanks Ken), Bjork, Alanis Morissette or Carly Rae Jepsen.
8:28 p.m. — Chameleon loves his character as much as he loves himself. What’s special about him is his confidence and his ability to adapt and adjust. Moving around as a kid was very challenging because you have to learn how to move and groove. That’s how he trailblazed his own path to create his own brand to reach millions. Throughout this clue package we see three bricks and a reference to Great Britain. Tonight Chameleon is singing “Oh Boy” by Cam’ron and Juelz Santana. He always brings the party to the stage and that’s what’s so fun about this rapping lizard. He also loves his old-school rap which brings back a lot of great memories for me. Chameleon drops a hint to Darius and he says, “We shared a stage and Phoenix was there. And the corndogs were delicious.” Phoenix was Caitlyn Jenner and this makes Darius guess Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald. Other guesses from the panel include RiFF RAFF and 2 Chainz.
8:39 p.m. — Piglet had a grueling schedule for most of his career. But now he just loves the simple life at home with his family. Landscaping, grilling and football Sunday fun day is his idea of a good time. He tries to set an example for his kids every day and he hopes being here has shown them how to take risks, work hard and not take themselves to seriously. He worked his tail off to be here and he can look himself in the mirror and be proud of that. Throughout this clue package we see tree with instruments and a llama (is that a reference to Drew Carey?). Tonight Piglet is singing “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi. I’ll say this about Piglet, he knows how to pick the right songs. This is the semifinals and he’s pulling out all the stops with this power ballad. Piglet drops a hint to Jenny that is a poker chip and he says “I’ll always go all in for you, especially for charity.” The panel thinks Piglet could be Drew Lachey, Joel Madden or Tim McGraw.
8:55 p.m. — Who is Cluedle-Doo? We are about to find out! He comes out singing “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison. Okay, this guy has a pretty cluckin’ good voice. He even has some solid dance moves, but I have no idea who he is based solely on his vocals. He even shakes a tailfeather at the end. He sends a clue to Ken and says, “Ken, this is not the first time we’ve been around animals together. But it will be the last.” This leads the panel to guess Kevin James, Jamie Foxx or Akon. Finally, Cluedle-Doo pulls off his mask and reveals himself to be Jenny’s husband Donnie Wahlberg! Jenny falls to the floor before asking, “Have you been sneaking in and lying?”
8:59 p.m. — Now it’s time for us to find out which three masked singers will perform in next week’s finale. The singer forced to unmask tonight is Yeti! That means Black Swan, Chameleon and Piglet will compete for the Golden Mask trophy. Before Yeti takes it off, we will learn what the panel’s first impression guesses were as well as their final ones. Ken thought he was Justin Bieber and he sticks with it. Nicole thought it was Jason Derulo but changed her mind to Mario. Jenny’s first impression was Mario but she’s switching to Ne-Yo. Robin thought it was Omarion and he’s holding to it. Darius gets just one guess and that is Sisqo. At last, Yeti pulls off his mask and reveals himself to be multi-platinum recording artist Omarion! That’s one point for Robin towards the Golden Ear trophy.
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