Group B took the stage for the first time during Wednesday night’s episode of “The Masked Singer” and proved to be a formidable collection of animals and creatures. (Group A is expected to return next week.) One by one, Black Swan, Chameleon, Grandpa Monster, Phoenix and Piglet performed for the votes of the virtual audience and panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. Which four costumed characters sailed through to the next round and who was forced to unmask in front of America?
Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 5, Episode 2, titled “Shamrock and Roll,” to find out what happened Wednesday, March 17 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.
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8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘The Masked Singer’!” In the season premiere, the Group A contestants took the stage for the first time: Raccoon, Robopine, Russian Dolls, Seashell and Snail. After they all strutted their stuff, the votes came in and Snail was eliminated. Guest host Niecy Nash unmasked the slimy creature, revealing famed Muppet Kermit the Frog. “I’m never gonna hear the end of this from Miss Piggy,” he joked in his exit interview. But enough about last week — let’s find out who from Group B will be unmasked first!
8:10 p.m. — Our first creature on stage tonight is the sultry Black Swan. Black Swan is incredibly rare (we see a “Wanted World’s Rarest Bird” poster). She was caught up and hung up by a Hollywood deal she couldn’t resist (we see a number 5 and a diamond ring and a chess piece). As she walked over an “X,” she says her faithful flock flew to her rescue and set her free. Tonight Black Swan is singing “Barracuda” by Heart. This song takes a lot of pipes and the ebony bird is letting her voice rip. Her vocals are naturally in a high register, but this performance is impressive. Jenny calls it “insane” and Robin says it’s nice to have a “badass” on this season. After tossing in their first impression guesses, the panel says Black Swan could be Anya Taylor-Joy, Camila Cabello or Leona Lewis.
8:20 p.m. — Next up on the stage is Grandpa Monster, who has trained for battle before. After shuffling out in his walker, we learn Grandpa Monster can’t believe the trouble-making fool he was as a youngster. We see a blackboard with the number “6” on it and says a teacher pulled him aside and let him know he was smarter than the character he was playing. We see a test score of 97% and a weight that weighs 6.2 tons as a couple men in black play with a beach ball. Tonight Grandpa Monster is singing “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega and has a bit more energy than I thought he would. I expected a more rough, low-registered voice than he’s giving us but Jenny mentions he sounds “young.” Is this monster fooling us? Nicole found it funny and surprising before the panelists guest Grandpa Monster could be Johnny Manziel, The Miz or Scott Disick.
8:30 p.m. — As we reach the halfway point of tonight’s episode, Cluedle-Doo reveals that in one week’s time some new competitors will enter the competition. But first, the Chameleon hits the stage looking incredibly tall. Chameleon is riding a motorcycle as he says he keeps the “tech” in “technicolor.” His pops taught him to keep up with the times, and years later when his career nearly tanked, Chameleon leaned on his tech-savvy skills from his childhood to change the game. Now he’s here to change this game and he won’t be blending in! The numbers 23 and 7 are featured. Tonight Chameleon is singing “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly. Showing off a few disco moves while rapping, this colorful lizard has some serious flow and rocks the stage with some nice swagger. Jenny says she loves the tone of his voice before the panel guesses he could be Dwight Howard, Redfoo or Nick Cannon.
9:40 p.m. — Next up to the stage is the feathered Phoenix. She may be a little older based on her difficulty walking to center stage. She says when people see her, they always see a winner, baby. But she’s graced the cover of many magazines and actually hidden behind a mask for most of her life. Her dad taught her how to shoot for the stars and eventually millions saw her as a super hero. We see Phoenix has many children and learn she never had the chance to tell her father the truth. Tonight Phoenix is singing “Tik Tok” by Kesha. It takes about about five seconds to know this is Caitlyn Jenner, but let’s see if the panel can figure it out. She’s not a good singer or performer, but at least she’s having fun. The panel guesses the Phoenix could be Jonathan Van Ness, Caitlyn Jenner or RuPaul.
9:50 p.m. — The last performer to take the stage tonight is the Piglet, who knows how to stay cool even in the heat. Piglet hasn’t always been lucky in love, but he’s a hopeless romantic. We see that he’s given away a few roses and the world saw his heart break, but he continues to wear his heart on his sleeve. This entire clue package is very “Bachelor” themed. Tonight Piglet is singing “Speechless” by Dan + Shay and he can sing! The panel is taken back by his suave vocals, but I think this sounds like Nick Lachey from 98 Degrees. Ken says it’s “game over” after Piglet’s silky vocals before the panel delivers their guesses: Adam Lambert, Charlie Puth or Liam Hemsworth.
9:59 p.m. — The votes are in and the first singer in Group B forced to unmask is the Phoenix. But first, Niecy retrieves the first impression guesses from the vault: Laverne Cox (Robin), Perez Hilton (Nicole), Caitlyn Jenner (Ken and Jenny). Nicole changes her guess to Jonathan Van Ness and Ken changes his to RuPaul. So who is the Phoenix? It is, in fact, Caitlyn Jenner! Despite changing his final guess, Ken still gets one point towards the Golden Ear trophy along with Jenny. That’s a wrap for tonight!
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