‘The Masked Singer’ Episode 2: Pineapple’s Prospects Go Up In Smoke

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No, of us: Last week’s premiere of bonkers actuality competitors collection The Masked Singer was not some hangover-induced, post-New Year’s Eve/Day hallucination. Fox truly did that.

And on Wednesday (January 9) night time, host Nick Cannon assured one and all that “TV’s wildest singing present” was again for episode two, full with celeb hodgepodge panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Six disguised celebrities had been trotted earlier than the viewers final week, with the Hippo, a.ok.a. Antonio Brown, getting the boot for having the weakest efficiency. Oh, come on. You know Antonio Brown. As in Pittsburgh Steelers large receiver Antonio Brown? Celebrities, folks.

Another half-dozen supposedly well-known performers in masks had been launched in episode two. Which 5 made the minimize and whose disguise was eliminated? Hold on tight and browse on to see how all costumed drama performed out.

Rabbit vs. Alien

Some dude decked out in a straight jacket with a rabbit masks on struts throughout the display. The clues he provides to his identification are a lifeless giveaway to just about everybody besides the skilled panel of Robin, Jenny, Ken and Nicole. “I’ve spent most of my life on stage, however by no means alone,” says Rabbit. “Now I pop up right here and I pop up there. Synchronized singing is my forte… The final masks standing is gonna be me.”

Let’s add this up: “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Synchronized singing. He’s carrying a straightjacket, similar to *NSYNC member JC Chasez did on the quilt of his 2004 solo album, Schizophrenic. This is a straightforward one, proper? Well…

Rabbit tears via a shortened model of Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and, to their credit score, Robin and Ken guess that he’s both Lance Bass or Joey Fatone from *NSYNC. Close, however no cigar -- or, as Jenny places it so eloquently, “Joey has a method larger intestine than that bunny.”

Facing off towards Rabbit is Alien, a feminine performer who notes, “In my household, anonymity is a totally alien idea. Growing up within the public’s eye, my life was by no means my very own. I let others outline me, however nobody will ever management me once more.”

The mentions of a well-known household and “management” ought to ship any nasty boy or woman’s thoughts to Janet Jackson, as ought to Alien’s whispery voice whereas singing Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.” Alas, having no concept who Alien might be, Ken, who's married, opts to make cracks in regards to the mysterious singer trying like “an attractive toothbrush” and desirous to take her on a date to IHOP.

Adding to that elegant panel commentary, Nicole surmises about Alien, “I don’t suppose you’re an expert singer.” At this level, I actually do hope and pray that this explicit masked singer is Janet Jackson, who amassed a minimum of ten chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 over a 15-year interval. (Nicole eked out one -- ONE! -- solo prime 40 single stateside, and it peaked at No. 39.)

I digress. The winner of the primary face-off of the night time is Rabbit, which implies Alien is beamed to the underside three.

Raven vs. Pineapple

Black-clad Raven hits the highlight subsequent, full with feathers and a cage across the disguised performer’s head. The panelists aren’t fairly in a position to pinpoint this chook’s gender till she belts out Kesha’s “Rainbow” and divulges a feminine voice. As for the clues to her identification, Raven says, “All my life, I’ve listened to different folks’s tales, so now it’s time to share mine. I’ve at all times been a sunny form of individual. No one talks greater than me.”

Raven’s competitor is a man with a pineapple on his head and a Hawaiian shirt hanging open to disclose faux six-pack abs. Think about that each day of your lives, tv followers.

Pineapple states that he beat a life-threatening illness, has been within the public eye for many years and “this OG takes issues as they arrive.” He then provides such a godawful efficiency of Gloria Gaynor’s glitter ball basic “I Will Survive” that I ponder how 2019 might be doing me this flawed so early within the sport? If disco wasn’t lifeless by the early ‘80s, buddies, it actually is now.

Robin quips, “I don’t suppose I’ve skilled something like this since Burning Man,” whereas Jenny guesses, given the Hawaiian apparel, that Pineapple may be Cheech Marin or Tommy Chong.

Predictably, Pineapple is rolled to the underside three by the viewers and panelists, whereas Raven is protected to flap one other day.

Poodle vs. Bee

The ultimate face-off comes between Poodle and Bee, as a result of why wouldn’t it? The former factors out that ever since she was a little bit woman, she liked to be on stage and tackle a personality. She additionally notes that she comes from a musical household. Meanwhile, Bee says, “In my lengthy profession, I’ve flown to hovering heights. Being a employee bee retains me younger. You can name me Queen Bee. I’m trying ahead to singing to a brand new technology.”

Poodle rocks out to Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker,” whereas Bee provides a soulful efficiency of Sia’s “Chandelier” that has me questioning if it’s vocal powerhouse Chaka Khan buzzing below that masks. Poodle is in the end left stung by Bee as soon as the votes are tallied and should march off to the underside three.

Eliminated: It’s no shocker when Pineapple is diced for the having the night time’s weakest displaying. What’s truly stunning is that Jenny guessed the fruity performer’s identification appropriately earlier: 80-year-old comic Tommy Chong.

And with that, one other episode of The Masked Singer has gone – you guessed it — up in smoke.