TV's worst panel has absolutely no idea who is under the mask of the losing celebrity this week ... are their guesses getting worse?
It was the final phase of the first round of competition on "The Masked Singer," introducing us to the last batch of masked celebrities we had to try and identify.
And right away, we were treated to two seasoned professionals and two ... not. But the other two both gave us serious comedy vibes, cracking us up with their antics throughout their performances.
At the same time, these new celebs proved just as elusive as the first dozen we've met, though we're starting to feel like we have some good guesses on three of them.
As for the fourth, who also was the one eliminated on the night, we had absolutely no clue. And neither did TV's worst panel, so we don't feel quite as bad. Believe us, when they know and we don't, we feel awful!
Tonight, it was the weakest performer who got the boot, but we're going to make you power through the terrible (and occasionally good) guesses made by our illustrious panel of Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger first. We do this because we love ... to torture you.
FLOWER vs EAGLE
Flower may have been slow to hit the stage, but once she started to perform, she dominated it. Without much movement, like a Mariah Carey, she nevertheless had total control from top to bottom, as well as a very distinctive and raspy voice. Could this be the show's first legend?
Guesses: Based on the clue package, there were direct allusions to Mariah and Tina Turner, though the voice was definitely closer to the Tina school of thought. Nicole went to one of last year's favorite guesses, Patti LaBelle, which isn't a bad thought, either.
Jenny latched onto the word "empire" in the clue package and came up with Taraji P. Henson, but we're not sure she'd call herself a legend. She also said she's been in every field, from baking to clothing to crafts ... and always wears makeup (even to the grocery store), so there's a diva aspect as well.
Robin didn't seem to have a guess, instead throwing out modern singers with that kind of range, while Ken threw all his chips into the very wrong Bjork basket. The internet seemed to back the Patti theory, though we did see an interesting guess for Macy Grey, who has a similar rasp to what we heard.
Just like Gladys Knight last year, I think the judges just guess the legends wrong on purpose🤷🏾♂️. They know damn well that flower is Patti Labelle 😂 #MaskedSinger— Chester M. Tucker (@Beats4pnm) October 10, 2019
The judges on The Masked Singer are the worst guessers like yea I'm sure MARIAH CAREY had nothing better to do than sing for you in an flower costume— Lexi Featherston (@lindsayl0whan) October 10, 2019
Eagle was doing a very karaoke version of Meat Loaf, so clearly this wasn't a professional singer by any means. But he has a certain charm about him, and a natural sense of humor that comes through in body language. He's not ... good, per se, but he's entertaining.
Guesses: Robin had a great guess off the top with Howard Stern, as Eagle dropped lots of hints about doing interviews, listening to other people's stories and hanging out with rock stars. Also in the preview episode, he dropped a hint about 105.8 (Eagle's body temp) that could easily be a radio station.
Eagle also spoke about losing a parent recently and suffering a health scare. That put Robin into Pauly Shore, who recently lost his mother, while Jenny juggled Howard Stern and Adam Carrola (and later Jeff Goldblum). Ken Jeong, however, went with Craig Ferguson.
I think the Eagle is Brett Michaels— Michelle McMahon 🐾 (@Michelle241994) October 10, 2019
a) his dad died in August
b) he has had a health scare
c) he wears red bandanas pic.twitter.com/pffKDCWJHc
PENGUIN vs FOX
Penguin did not come across as a professional singer, and actually seemed nervous to be doing this at all. A diminutive presence, she was clearly out of her comfort zone, but she stayed in tune and had a pleasant quality and tone to her voice.
Guesses: Jenny came out with a strong guess after Penguin's package noted that she had been told she wasn't pretty, smart or funny enough with Kathy Griffin. After her performance, she said she didn't feel any judgment at all, which still fit.
She also had a hit list that included comedy club owners, casting directors, the press and herself and talked about her career being on ice, which happened to Kathy after her infamous Donald Trump beheading photo.
An earlier guess was Raven-Symone, which Robin resurfaced after Penguin grabbed Nick's butt, and that's another solid guess. The internet was all over the place, with guesses from Tonya Harding to Lindsay Lohan and Amy Schumer, and even some more support for Raven-Symone. Honestly, they're as lost as we are.
I think the penguin is raven Simone idk why , I just do #MaskedSinger— PrettyDarkSkinn🌸 (@_Kaaliaah) October 10, 2019
Anyone else think the penguin might be Amy Schumer, always being told theyre not prettyand not funny?? #maskedsinger— Ethan Marquardt (@EthanMarquardt5) October 10, 2019
Fox has a theatricality about him that permeated every moment of that performance, like this was a Broadway stage. He has a polished and professional sounding voice, like this is something he's been doing for a long time.
Guesses: Our first guess, out of nowhere, was "Hamilton" breakout star Leslie Odom Jr. based on his body language and presence, and Jenny McCarthy threw his name out, too. Nicole went with Anthony Mackie, as the clue package mentioned on-air superhero persona.
Fox also had a clue about dabbling in different genres from Doogie to Doubtfire, which could be "Doogie" co-star Max Casella, who has a Broadway background and appeared in a "Big Momma" film, which has a "Mrs. Doubtfire"-like premise.
Ken continued his not streak by guessing Tyrese Gibson, before switching to Jamie Foxx after Fox spoke, but that's a little too on the nose. The internet, on the other hand, was feeling a very Wayne Brady vibe, which is another solid guess. Wayne appeared with Neil Patrick Harrison on "How I Met Your Mother" and Robin Williams dropped by "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
The Fox is definitely Wayne Brady. One of his clues mentioned Doogie and he was on How I Met Your Mother. Boom. #MaskedSinger— ajw (@ajwalrod) October 10, 2019
SMACKDOWN : Eagle vs Penguin
Eagle laid down some smacktalk, but Penguin came back with a full-blown karate kick. Both were giving off a strong comedic vibe by this point, but we were definitely feeling Penguin more as an overall entertainer ... plus, her voice was stronger, if still not strong enough to win this show.
Winner: Look, this one was virtually a no-brainer. Penguin has the sweetest personality and she's a little spitfire to boot. Plus, as the stronger singer and bigger personality -- surprisingly -- she was a lock to win this round, sending Eagle to the unmasking.
Before the final unmasking, it was time for the final guesses. Jenny settled on Adam Carrola, while Robin argued himself into Howard Stern, which was our final guess as well (even though we think Howard is too tall).. Ken doubled down on Craig Ferguson, while Nicole switched it up after the Smackdown to go with Jeff Foxworthy.
But guess what, we were all wrong and way off, as it was Dr. Drew Pinsky from "Lovelines." Who knew he had a singer's desire inside of him? Oh, and it was again close to home for Ken, as he used to fill in for Dr. Drew on his show, while Jenny was close with her guess, as he's part of Adam Carolla's network of shows.
"The Masked Singer" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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