‘Masked Singer’ Fundamentally Eliminates 90s Girl Group, Grammy-Winning Reggae Star
This season of The Masked Singer featured questionable castings – instead of music superstars like Lil’ Wayne, Dionne Warwick, LeAnn Rimes and Jewel, we got celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman and, uh, Rudy Giuliani (the latter on the lesser episode well rated from the series already). But this week, during the double elimination episode of the Group C pre-final, the competition really ramped up with the reveal of of them true pop legends. The fact that none of the acclaimed artists made it to the finale proves that Season 7 is just getting started, with only two weeks left.
Team Bad’s Queen Cobra Trio slipped into slaying Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open,” while Team Cuddly’s Space Bunny really grabbed the New-Jack-Swinging crowd with their Hi-NRG rendition of Heavy D’s remake of the “Now” from the O’Jays That we have found love. They then went head-to-head against semi-finalist The Prince in a heartbreaking showdown of Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which judge Ken Jeong enthusiastically described as “a legit three-way contest.” Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg raves: “I’m completely freaking out! You have to go on tour together or release an album! I didn’t want it to end!” And Nicole Scherzinger noted, “It’s so hard, because everyone has an amazing voice, but their clean vocals – really different tones and textures. So I don’t know what we’re going to do.
In the end, the jury and studio audience reluctantly decided to host the Queen Cobra, whom girl group veteran Nicole correctly identified as the multi-platinum sensations of 90s En Vogue, and Space Bunny, whom Nicole and Robin Thicke correctly guessed was Grammy-winning reggae. Shaggy star. (This been him!)
As for the C-lister group who managed to outdo the two superstars and who will now embark on the Season 7 finale, The Prince, I’m convinced that this artsy amphibian is theatrical sensation Cheyenne Jackson. The clues add up completely. We saw the planet Mars, and Cheyenne appeared on the TV show Life on Mars. We saw the $20.06 price tag and a plane, and Cheyenne had a career breakthrough in 2006 when he appeared in the Oscar-nominated film United 93. We saw a diamond ring, and Cheyenne played Johnny Diamond on American housewife. We saw a wristwatch, and Cheyenne starred in three episodes of watchmen. Another visual clue was Carnegie Hall, and Cheyenne sold this prestigious venue twice. The prince also mentioned living in a “little pond” and Cheyenne grew up in Oldtown, Idaho, which he has described in the past as a “little town of mills”. And finally, the prince once received a good luck video message from his friend Jamie Lee Curtis, with whom Cheyenne just wrapped filming the movie. Borderlands.
The Prince will face stiff competition in the May 18 final – Group A’s Firefly (who is undoubtedly Teyana Taylor) and Group B’s Ringmaster (aka The Goldbergs actress Hayley Orrantia) — but he definitely gave a performance worthy of a Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” finale this week, which Nicole called “outstanding.” Jenny even predicted, “He could be our winner.” Can he really jump into the winner’s circle? Maybe… but no matter what, this toad and the viewers are ready for a wild ride.
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