The Masked SingerThe season 8 premiere boldly went where the Fox reality show hadn’t gone before: it went from having only a the performer of the episode moves on to the next round. The other three saw their Mask dreams die at the end of the hour – a major departure from older iterations, in which most players were present for multiple episodes over the course of the season.
But did you like this new, different masked singer? In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you think. But first, a little recap.
The four competitors in the premiere were:
HARP | A powerhouse singer who performed Pink’s “Perfect,” she was the early favorite to stay another week. His clues included: a fan of luxury cars; “I tell you, life has a funny way of getting you where you need to be”; hints of auditioning for “the greatest show in the world” when she was a teenager, but not being cast; a scarecrow hat; winner of awards for acting, singing and comedy – the latest “Gotta share with my best friends”. (Do we think it’s Joyis Amber Riley maybe?)
HEDGEHOG | A British man (I guess) of a certain age who called proudly announced that he had been “naked in PlaygirlAt one point in his career, he performed The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” with a fanfare that distracted from his lack of vocal prowess. His clues included: a snake; “It’s not my first big first”; it was part of the Olympic Games; “constant optimist”; Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Elon Musk are among his fans; he won a Tony and a Grammy.
HUMMING-BIRD | This guy looks like a jock, based purely on the amount of football references in his clue package. So it was pleasantly surprising to hear him play Gavin Degraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” and hit all the notes well. Clues include: “This hummingbird knows a thing or two about competition. It’s in my DNA”; a patriotic team; a loudspeaker; a ring; a cowboy hat; and “My special rewards that are out of this world. They’re not exactly gold, they’re silver, but that doesn’t mean second place.
KNIGHT | From the moment this man started talking, singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Fred Astaire, I knew exactly who he was. Clues included: ‘space cadet’; a bust of William Shakespeare, The Solar System; references to work on stage, television, film and with George Lucas; reference to throwing two chairs on national television; a strip of blankets; and a police badge.
SINGER WHO SWITCHED TO NEXT WEEK: Harp!
SINGER WHO WILL NOT TURN BUT WE WILL NOT SEE UNMASKED UNTIL EPISODE 2: Humming-bird!
THE UNMASKS | Knight was revealed to be star trekis William Shatner. Hedgehog was revealed to be Monty Python’s Eric Idle.
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