The New Golden Ear Trophy Puts Panelists In Hot Seat
Host Nick Cannon announced the implementation of the Golden Ear Trophy which tests how well the judges can guess correctly who the singer is behind the mask based on first impression. Judges Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Robin Thicke were shocked by the twist of the night with stakes risen.
The Sun Slays Lizzo's Hit
What would be a better way to start off the evening than with Lizzo's powerful song, "Cuz I Loved You." The Sun delivered some incredible vocals that left all the judges on their feet. Their guesses include famous stars Demi Lovato and Katharine McPhee. Based on the performance and clue package that hinted at the star knowing how to shine, Jeong deemed that the star was the legendary Madonna.
The Giraffe Gets The Party Started
The Giraffe took the stage that has the entire audience dancing to his rendition of the Black Eyed Peas hit, "Let's Get It Started." In his clue package, he stated that he "took gigantic risks and became the butt of everyone's jokes" and has experienced a "roller coaster of a career." The panelists' guesses include singer-songwriter Garth Brooks, rock star Travis Barker, and rapper Vanilla Ice. Many fans speculated that the singer behind the mask is Hamilton creator and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Popcorn Takes on Pink!
After an amazing cover of Pink's hit "What About Us," the judges were left wondering who's older-sounding voice is hidden behind the popcorn mask. A Tiger King reference in her clue package made Jeong believe that Carole Baskin was behind the mask. Jenny McCarthy believes the voice is home to the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll herself, Tina Turner. Nicole Scherzinger, however, believes that the singer is the legendary Mary J. Blige.
Snow Owls Allude To On-Stage Reunion
For the first time ever, The Masked Singer has a duo. The pair stated in their clue package, "You haven't seen us together in a while, but now it's time for a family reunion." They took on A Great Big World's emotional song "Say Something." The panelists' guesses include Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Donny and Marie Osmond, and Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara.
The Dragon Is Revealed!
The dragon's identity was revealed in the premiere episode as hip-hop rapper Busta Rhymes. Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger correctly guessed the identity of the star who took on LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out." The crowd went wild as many were shocked to see this musician behind the dragon mask.
To watch more iconic performances, check out The Masked Singer airing every Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX.
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