A HEARTFELT performance of a Rascal Flatts song put the Bull at the top of viewers’ lists, while the Skunk’s hints about her education ‘outside the classroom’ added more mystery to The Masked Singer.
In his performance, the Bull sang What Hurts the Most, lamenting his lonely high school experience and moving the judges with his emotional presentation.
The Skunk, on the other hand, played coy, but her video clue package was full of hints.
Books played a big part of the clue, with titles like “Iron Out Your Swing,” Expect the Unexpected” and “The Big Book of Acting.”
This season of the Masked Singer includes an all-new Take It Off buzzer that instantly eliminates a contestant, and songs never before performed on the show.
This season of The Masked Singer brings a brand-new roster of costumed performers.
Here’s who you can expect to see this season:
This season, The Masked Singer will split its contestants into A and B groups.
Those groups will compete against each other throughout the season before the best from each group meet in the final.
Read our Masked Singer live blog for the latest news and updates…
WHO IS THE CATERPILLAR?
Because viewers haven’t met Caterpillar on The Masked Singer yet, it’s anyone’s guess who the celebrity behind the mask could be.
However, the video shared by The Masked Singer on Twitter did have one major clue to help sleuths watching at home try to narrow down their guesses.
“You might not know who I am yet,” Caterpillar said in the clip. “But I can say a tailor would, especially this one.”
Then a photo of Taylor Swift popped up on screen, suggesting that the contestant knows the “Shake It Off” singer.
“What connection could #CaterpillarMask and @TaylorSwift have? 🤔 #TheMaskedSinger,” the caption read.
Two of the guesses in the replies for the post were Todrick Hall and Karlie Kloss.
FANS REACT TO TONI BRAXTON’S ‘DOUBLE-MASKING’
“I can’t believe she was singing through that mask. God bless her. Bravo to Toni Braxton,” said one Twitter user.
“I’m so glad she showed up wearing a mask during her performance to protect her health,” said another.
“It’s so important to see on TV especially when like no one is wearing a mask in the audiences of competition shows…”
TONI BRAXTON WORE A MASK UNDER HER MASK
Underneath her Pufferfish mask, Toni Braxton wore a surgical mask.
The star, who has lupus, doubled-up to take extra precautions for her health.
She said that The Masked Singer is the first real ‘fun’ she’s had since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
PUFFERFISH IDENTITY REVEALED
After voting contestant Pufferfish off the show, the panel’s first-impression guesses were revealed.
Robin initially guessed Jessica Alba, and Jenny chose Jennifer Lopez.
Ken’s guess was Issa Rae, which he changed to Zoe Saldana at the last minute.
And Nicole, who originally guessed Paula Abdul, changed her guess to Monica.
In the conclusion of the episode, Pufferfish was unmasked as Toni Braxton–who no one guessed.
THE BABY TODDLES ONSTAGE
The panel guessed that the Baby was an action star following his performance of My First, My Last, My Everything.
Ken guessed Hugh Jackman, while Robin guessed Chuck Norris.
“Vin Diesel was in The Pacifier!” Ken said.
‘I MARCHED TO THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM,’ SAYS BULL
The Bull supported guesses from viewers on Twitter that he’s truly Todrick Hall, making references to a childhood spent putting on solo shows at home, and dedicating his performance to his ‘first heartbreak.’
He performed What Hurts the Most, by band Rascal Flatts.
The emotional performance left the panel and audience starstruck.
“Nothing in this universe could ever hold you back,” said Nicole.
When the Bull’s locker full of clues was rolled out, it was revealed to hold an entire cheer squad.
Ken guessed Darren Criss, who was a star on high school musical show Glee.
Robin guessed Brandon Flowers or Rufus Wainwright, both rock singers with wide vocal range.
Jenny guessed Kevin Jonas or Zac Efron, which Nicole excitedly agreed with.
PUFFERFISH REVEALS ‘SHELTERED,’ ‘RELIGIOUS’ CHILDHOOD
In her clue video, the Pufferfish revealed she had a conservative, sheltered childhood.
She performed Levitating, the Dua Lipa hit, while in an underwater wonderland full of other fish, coral, and clams.
Her locker full of clues only stumped the judges further: it included a “spelling bee champion” sash.
“Is this M.I.A.?” asked Ken. “Spelled out as letters?”
Jenny and Robin both guessed Nelly Furtado, but Robin thought it could also be Vanessa Hudgens.
Nicole and Jenny said the performer, who was disguising her voice, was ‘driving them crazy.’
WHO IS THE PEPPER?
Covered in hot red, just the sight of Pepper heats things up. Featuring a skirt made of bunches of red tulle, and thigh-high laced boots, Pepper was made to stand out.
Pepper’s costume was revealed on September 12, 2021.
‘WE ARE NOT WORTHY,’ NICK SAYS AS PANELISTS GUESS
“That was the funk, the stank, the Skunk,” said Robin about the Skunk’s powerhouse performance.
Her locker full of clues included lots of glitter, a projector, and a feather boa.
The disguised star made a reference to her “miseducation.”
‘Miseducation makes me think of Lauryn Hill,’ said Ken.
Robin ran through a few names: Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, and Fantasia, who he toured with.
Nicole guessed Janelle Monae, who’s an actor and a singer, and always wears black and white–just like the skunk.
SKUNK SAYS ‘SCHOOL WAS EASY FOR ME’
The Skunk said that school was easy for her–until life introduced a “different path” for her.
The judges wondered if the Skunk left school to raise a child.
Then she took the stage to perform It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, by James Brown.
WHO IS THE HAMSTER?
After the first wildcard performance of the show, judges made their guesses for the wildcard performer.
The character’s goofy dancing, and propensity to “ham” it up, lead the panel to muse if he was a professional comedian.
To make their guesses, judges put the names of celebrities into hamster balls and sent them to host Nick Cannon in a pneumatic tube.
Nicole said a “real showman” like Jack Black could be in the costume.
Bill Murray or Brendan Fraser was behind the mask, guessed Ken.
And Jenny guessed Albert Brooks or Tim Allen.
The items in the hamster’s locker full of clues included a baseball bat and a plush strawberry.
THE FIRST WILDCARD ENTERS: THE HAMSTER
“I felt stuck in a bit of a wheel, going round and round,” said the Hamster in his introductory video, as the furry character was introduced as the first wildcard of the show.
The hamster performed Roy Orbison’s song Oh, Pretty Woman with a team of backup dancers in hamster costumes and tracksuits.
ALL FOUR JUDGES GUESS INCORRECTLY
Meanwhile, Nicole, 43, and Robin, 44, both insisted the person was Tracee Ellis Ross and “proved” their point by The Masked Singer contestant belting out her mom, Diana Ross’ hit, I’m Coming Out.
Once the flowing green headpiece was removed from the actress, the panelists were floored by the big reveal.
However, Jenny McCarthy claimed she “should’ve guessed” it was the talented star as she previously “had it written down.”
“I knew, I just know you,” Nick told the natural beauty on stage – which she giggled and asked how he really knew it was her.
MOTHER NATURE: UNMASKED
Mother Nature was unmasked as Vivica A. Fox.
“This has been exhilarating,” Fox said. “I’ve done so many things in my career but I’ve never done this before.”
WHO WAS UNMASKED LAST NIGHT?
Once he was unmasked, the contestant told the panel: “It was hot in this suit. The mask weighed like 55 pounds.
“I was sweating, smiling and singing.”
Nick then asked: “The reason you did this show is because it’s your mom’s favorite show right?”
The NBA star replied: “Yes and this morning at set, my mom was like, ‘What are you doing? You’re on the Masked Singer? Oh my god!’
“I would have stayed here all Summer.”
WHAT IS THE TAKE IT OFF BUZZER?
If one of the judges is certain they know the identity of a contestant, they can use a new feature, the Take It Off buzzer, to identify them on the spot.
If the judge’s guess is correct, the contestant is unmasked and leaves the competition.
If the judge is incorrect, the contestant stays, and the judge loses two points from their season-long scorecard of correct guesses.
The judge who guesses the most contestants correctly wins the Golden Ear trophy, and successful usage of the Take It Off buzzer will win them two extra points.
MOTHER NATURE: THE CLUES
Tiffany Haddish and Aisha Tyler are the top guesses for Mother Nature’s identity, thanks to some of the clues given out during the show.
Some fans believe the Girls Trip actress is the star inside the costume since Wayne Brady was mentioned in the clues, and she was recently joined by him on Friday Night Vibes.
Others said it’s her because she doesn’t have kids, which was also a clue, and the contestant seemed to be “someone who isn’t a singer.”
One fan chose Aisha as a good possibility because they “saw Wayne Brady in the clue package, and she was the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? which we know he was a panelist on.”
Another guessed the 51-year-old talk show host because she’d previously taken on the role of Mother Nature in the Santa Clause movie franchise.
A third suggested her after seeing the clue about “realizing that kids were not in her future and that was a struggle for her.”
WHO IS MOTHER NATURE ON MASKED SINGER?
Mother Nature was one of two contestants that were eliminated following night one of season 6.
Despite being eliminated, it is still unknown who is behind the mask.
Fans believe her to be either Tiffany Haddish or Aisha Tyler.
Mother Nature will be unmasked on night two of the season 6 premiere on Thursday, September 23.
The celebrity revealed that their reasoning behind choosing the costume was because, “Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with.”
WHO IS THE JESTER ON THE MASKED SINGER?
With extra-long sleeves and oversized shoulders, Jester is quite the character.
The Jester’s costume has a diamond and plaid pattern scheme. The mask holds three plaid-patterned curved horns.
The mouth is quite captivating and creepy, with an over-exaggerated grin and a hypnotic print.
THE OCTOPUS UNMASKED: SEE MASKED SINGER CONTESTANT’S INTERVIEW
The Octopus was unmasked on the first half of the season 6 premiere of The Masked Singer on Wednesday night.
The show’s Twitter account shared an interview with the man behind the costume, Dwight Howard, after his identity was revealed.
“He came, he swam, he conquered,” the account wrote of the first contestant revealed this season.
WHEN DOES THE MASKED SINGER COME BACK?
Season six of The Masked Singer debuted on Wednesday night.
It was the first of back-to-back premiere episodes on September 22 and 23.
The second half of the premiere airs TONIGHT, Thursday, September 23.
WILL THE MASKED SINGER BE ON STREAMING SERVICES?
Viewers can watch The Masked Singer live on Fox.
But if you missed the premiere on Wednesday and can’t catch the second half on Thursday, you can watch the show with your favorite streaming services such as Hulu, Tubi, or fuboTV.
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