What in Gritty’s title did we simply watch? That’s the query we are able to’t shake after watching Wednesday’s premiere of FOX’s infectiously entertaining singing competitors, “The Masked Singer.” It’s so convoluted and corny — and we are able to’t wait to tune in subsequent week together with the opposite 9.2 million viewers who watched final evening.
This revamp of the favored South Korean actuality present “King of the Masked Singer” includes a dozen “celebrities” clad in loopy Gritty-like garb warbling tunes earlier than a studio viewers.
Hosted by former “America’s Acquired Expertise” escapee Nick Cannon— sporting what seems to be Samuel L. Jackson’s afro-sheen wig from “Pulp Fiction” — the present includes a surreal panel of judges: Robin Thicke (recent from his $5 million payout to Marvin Gaye’s household), Jenny McCarthy (billed as a “popular culture guru”), humorous man Ken Jeong (“Loopy Wealthy Asians”) and the vocally gifted Nicole Scherzinger, who appears decided to increase her run of actuality TV slumming, I imply judging, on either side of the pond.
For the report, none of those judges do any judging. They’re too busy doing an entire lotta guessing — largely of the clueless selection. McCarthy is very liable to shouting out the names of A-listers (Hugh Jackman, Justin Bieber, to call two) who would by no means stoop to showing on this collection — but.
Nonetheless, the singers’ identities are saved refreshingly secret (btw: arduous to imagine they haven’t leaked, seeing as how this taped in June) due to beastly disguises — and their disspeaking voices are distorted.
The way it works: The studio viewers votes for his or her fave singer in every face-off, whereas the panel of professionals determines which celeb from the underside three goes dwelling on the finish of every episode. Performances by the Peacock, Hippo, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion immediately lit up the Twitterverse — with the present’s official Twitter account dropping clues and viewers throwing out doable names behind the masks.
Listed below are a few of the high guesses for the hidden identities, beginning with the primary contestant to get the hook:
THE HIPPO: This massive fella carried out an brisk model of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” however since he couldn’t actually sing (Thicke referred to as him out for singing over a monitor), the judges panel instantly pegged as an “athlete.”
Guesses ranged from Deion Sanders (due to his iconic landing dance strikes) and Odell Beckham Jr. I assumed for positive it was Von Miller due to these distinctive eyeglasses.
Alas, it was Antonio Brown — capping a high-profile week for the Pittsburgh Steelers vast receiver. Brown reportedly had a dramatic falling out with teammate Ben Roethlisberger, one which is reportedly irreparable sufficient for him to request a commerce.
Certain, Brown was the primary to get the boot — however not earlier than whipping off that hippo head and flashing these pearly whites and washboard abs for the thirst-trappers tuning in at dwelling.
“And women, I imply, how good-looking is that this man?” Thicke hyped. “You gotta see him with out his helmet extra usually, proper?”
Quiet down, sir. Did you be taught nothing from all that “Blurred Traces” backlash?
The Peacock: This colorfully costumed contestant teased himself as a showbiz veteran from the age of 5 (“it’s been some time since your mother had a poster of me on her bed room wall”), one who knew Michael Jackson and stands 5-foot-9-inches.
The Twitterverse thinks Donny Osmond is a no brainer — however was the King of Pop actually his pal? (And does Donny have the pipes to bust out that soulful model of “The Biggest Present” from the hit Hugh Jackman/Zac Efron flick?)
Alfonso Ribeiro is likely to be a greater match. Lengthy earlier than he danced the Carlton on “Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air,” he was a toddler star who acquired his massive break in Broadway’s “The Faucet Dance Child,” circa 1983. The aforementioned King of Pop was even his mentor for a sizzling minute — Ribeiro co-starred within the notorious Pepsi commercial-gone-awry that ended with Jackson’s hair set aflame.
Plus, Ribeiro is a veteran of this type of factor after 2007, 2015 and 2017 stints on ABC’s comparable however not almost as enjoyable “Dancing with the Stars.”
One peacock-eyed viewer proffered Neil Patrick Harris since he does magic. Sure, sleight of hand was name-dropped as half as a aspect ability on this contestant’s in depth repertoire.
The Unicorn — Rising up in one of many richest neighborhoods (Beverly Hills), Unicorn at all times wished to be a singer — however her goals have been silenced by neigh-sayers.
“I haven’t seen the sort of stellar efficiency from a horse for the reason that Kentucky Derby,” Jeong stated because the Unicorn struggled sweetly by way of Rachel Platten’s “Struggle Music.”
Armchair pundits’ high decide: Tori Spelling — this tracks. The spawn of legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling talked brazenly about her mom, Sweet, criticizing her seems as a small baby, and critics have been unkind to her continuous actuality TV rotation and well-publicized cash woes. Full disclosure: We hope it’s Tori. There’s one thing oddly transferring about battle for acceptance.
Plus: Unicorn stated her nickname is “Chicken,” and Reddit says Tori means hen in Japanese in order that settles that, proper?
Lodge heiress and DJ extraordinaire Paris Hilton is one other sizzling take. Yeah, plenty of individuals have stated she will be able to’t do plenty of issues properly, however she went proper forward and did them in any case, so — not the very best match.
A darkish horse guess: Rebecca Black of “Friday” infamy. Nicely, phrase is she is searching for a comeback.
The Lion — Earlier than launching right into a strutting rendition of Fergie’s “A Little Celebration By no means Killed No one (All We Acquired),” this contestant provided this pre-performance tidbit: Lion comes from “Hollywood loyalty” (she later admits “there are a number of ladies in my satisfaction.”)
This sparked the highest on-line guess of the evening: Khloe Kardashian, after all.
“Her posture was good, her legs have been in entrance, she shook her hips proper on time. I’m telling you that that’s a well-trained skilled,” Thicke raved
“Robin, cease hitting on the livestock,” Jeong stated.
Certain, long-legged Khloe matches — however there are two different intriguing breakouts:
Rumer Willis — she’s leggy, she sings (FOX’s “Empire”), she dances (“DWTS”) — and he or she has a litter of sisters and one very well-known Mama in her “satisfaction.”
“One of many Braxton sisters” was one other guess tossed on the market, however Aubrey O’Day was the opposite guess that grabbed our consideration.
The previous Danity Kane frontwoman might be match. She has actuality TV expertise from Diddy’s “Making the Band” — and with all her tabloidian distractions, individuals neglect she really has a giant voice.
After all Jenny McCarthy saved making dumbass guesses like “Girl Gaga.” Get it collectively, Jenny, you’re a Pop Tradition Guru now! You already know a soon-to-be Oscar nominee shouldn’t be going to let the likes of you being the choose of her anytime quickly.
The Monster — This top-heavy, one-eyed ball of fur narrated his intro-package with a aptitude for the dramatic: “I’m a monster as a result of that’s what the world labeled me. I used to be on the high of my recreation, however the recreation turned on me. So I retreated into my cave to take a break from the general public eye.”
As manipulative maudlin music swells in to underscore The Monster’s hard-luck story, Jeong quips, “I feel he’s executed a while.”
We’re drawing a complete clean on this one: Who would really go on TV and cop to being a monster with belting out Queen’s “Don’t Cease Me Now”? This dude really can carry a tune. Oh, it simply dawned us: That is Cee Lo Inexperienced.
The “F*** You” singer ticks all of the packing containers. He was a pop-culture juggernaut who burned vivid — then burned out amid a collection of controversies, from an exploding telephone to accusations of sexual assault.
The Deer — This engagingly goofy critter crooned “Thunder” by Think about Dragons.
Gridiron guesses ranged from Ben Roethlisberger to Peyton Manning (“he was a COLT AND A BRONCO!,” one fan tweeted) — however NFL legend Terry Bradshaw got here out on high.
Terry is an efficient match: Social media warriors say he runs some type of a horse farm, he’s one a number of Tremendous Bowls (a clue within the intro package deal) — and that Southern twang sounds oddly acquainted to anybody who’s watched “Failure to Launch.”
Oh, and the Deer and Terry each stand 6-foot, 3-inches tall.
Tune in at 9 p.m. Wednesday to catch the subsequent installment of this responsible pleasure. Missed the primary episode? Meet up with it any time on FoxNow or Hulu.