Newton’s little-known fourth law is that “Where there is reality TV, a Kar-Jenner will be.” So wouldn’t you know it, on this Wednesday night, The Masked Singer (Wednesdays, 8 pET on CTV) unmasked one of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians krew because nature must abide.
It really wouldn’t be a season of Singer without some epic bad guesses from panelist Ken Jeong, either. Heck, he’s so known for his monologue-like guesses that even interim host Niecy Nash has had to tell him to sit down on several occasions. So the fact that he actually got a first-impression guess right on the season’s second episode is... actually more surprising than the celebrity unveiling.
Last week viewers met the contestants in Group A (bidding farewell to Snail, AKA Kermit the Frog in the process). This week it was Group B and five brand new contestants who were ready to sing their masked hearts out, and truth be told they sham-rocked it during the special St. Patrick’s Day installment. To varying degrees of success of course.
Black Swan came out of the gate with a performance of “Barracuda” that would break your Heart, it was so good. The panelists were blown away by her amazing stage presence (she came onto that stage dancing around), and Niecy revealed that she wished she could throw her guess in there.
The panelists immediately went to established singers like Camila Cabello and Leona Lewis, but Ken was convinced that it was Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy. Whoever she is two things are pretty clear: 1) she’s out of her element, as per the clues, and 2) it will probably be a while before anyone knows who she is. The panelists are that sure that she’s going to make it very far in this competition.
Another standout performance of the night was Piglet, whose cartoonish costume definitely did not jive up with his soulful, knee-shaking voice. His rendition of “Speechless” by Dan + Shay was mesmerizing, and not just because it was impossible to rectify the costume you were seeing with what you were hearing.
The panelists were further floored when they learned Piglet had joined the competition just days before, which means he’s probably someone pretty big whose schedule cleared up at the last minute.
In its introduction last week the show promised tons of game-changers, which will probably really hit next week when the wildcard performers show up. For now, “game-changing” seems to mean unconventional and fun performances, especially after what has (arguably) been two back-to-back seasons of just straight-up good singers. Last week, Racoon’s survival definitely proved that, but the theme continued this week.
Chameleon with his hippy-like costume and performance of “Ride Wit Me” was super fun and colourful, even though the song choice seemed a little off for his range. The panelists were all over the place with their initial thoughts, but Nicole Scherzinger may have won the night with her take that it could be a platform shoe-wearing Nick Cannon under that thing. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate twist? For now, fans will just have to wait and see, because Chameleon was safe.
Rounding out the night’s Top 4 was Grandpa Monster, with his equally hilarious and unexpected tour around that stage. The guy threw his walker and actually got jiggy with it while singing “Mambo No. 5,” and even though he doesn’t have the strongest voice in the competition, it was probably the most fun performance of the season so far. You just didn’t know what he was going to do next.
With Piglet, Grandpa Monster, Black Swan and Chameleon safe, it was Phoenix and her performance of “TiK ToK” that landed at the bottom. While her crimson costume and fire-filled performance were beautiful, she definitely didn’t have the vocal chops or the dance moves that the other contestants brought, and so her elimination was no real surprise.
What was surprising was that Ken managed to guess EXACTLY who it was in his first-impression guess, even if he did eventually switch to RuPaul at the last minute. He should have stuck with his gut like Jenny McCarthy did though, because the Golden Ear winner (who was also correct with her first-impression guess), was right. It was none other than Caitlyn Jenner who emerged from that Phoenix costume, looking like she’d had a blast performing under there.
“Ken you’ve always been an idiot,” Jenner joked after the panelist second-guessed himself. Then, when asked why she decided to do the show she was equally smooth. “You can only work on the golf game for so long,” she shrugged.
As for what her kids, AKA all of those famous Kardashians and Jenners will think about the performance? “They’ve always known Dad’s a little crazy, I will try anything. Life’s short. You’ve got to enjoy it,” she added. “Thank you for having me, I will be on the golf course tomorrow.” (Honestly, considering Caitlyn was revealed the day before the premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians' final season, we wouldn't be surprised if marketing mastermind Kris Jenner had something to do with it too.)
With that, Ken and Jenny are tied in the running for this year’s Golden Ear trophy. Will Ken surpass Jenny and snatch that crown? Fans will just have to wait and see as the show continues by introducing those game-changing wildcards next week.
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