‘The Masked Singer’ uncovers another legend

Mouse wasn’t so meek after all.
Published February 27, 2020 10:18 a.m. EST
Last Updated February 29, 2020 11:00 p.m. EST
THE MASKED SINGER: Host Nick Cannon and The Mouse in the “Mask-Matics: Group B Playoffs” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne /  FOX. THE MASKED SINGER: Host Nick Cannon and The Mouse in the “Mask-Matics: Group B Playoffs” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne / FOX.
Someone said a “little prayer” for the panelists of The Masked Singer (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CTV) because after a few good digs at their 25 per cent success rate of accurate guesses in the latest episode, they finally got it together and correctly identified who was under the Mouse mask. Well, everyone except for Ken Jeong, that is. But that shouldn’t really surprise viewers.

A legend is uncovered

What may have come as a surprise was when Mouse received the least amount of votes for her performance of Nat Cole’s “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” She was clearly the best singer of the bunch, but the song didn’t do much for her (clearly) legendary vocals. Meanwhile, her charisma was kind of muffled under that mask and she was relying on an old-school stage presence while some of the younger masked celebs are coming out to this thing with full-on dance numbers and… well, it’s a tough competition and a great voice isn’t the only thing you need. Just ask Chaka Khan, who was sent home over White Tiger (fans will never let the show live that one down).What did surprise fans was when Mouse received the least amount of votes for her performance of Nat Cole’s “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” She was clearly the best singer of the bunch, but the song didn’t do much for her (clearly) legendary vocals. Meanwhile her charisma was kind of muffled under that mask. She was relying on an old-school stage presence while some of the younger masked celebs are coming out to this thing with full-on dance numbers and… well, it’s a tough competition and a great voice isn’t the only thing you need. Just ask Chaka Khan, who was sent home over White Tiger (fans will never let the show live that one down).[video_embed id='1501883']Ken Jeong showed us his infamous dance moves and it was the best[/video_embed]Stellar performance or not, the panelists knew it was a real artist under there. Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and guest panelist Gabriel Iglesias went all-in on Dionne Warwick; Ken, who always wants to go against the grain, especially when it leads to a laugh, guessed it was his Costco buddy Tina Turner. Cue the head-scratching everywhere because it was 100 per cent Warwick who squeaked out of that mask. “I just want to say this to all of you, it was an absolute pleasure,” she said. “I had the best time, it was a ball.” That’s right folks, Chaka Khan, Lil Wayne, Drew Carey, Tony Hawk and Dionne Warwick have all been on The Masked Singer this season. What a ride.

And then there were four

Of course, 13 performers remain in this thing, which means there are still more than a dozen celebs to uncover. The possibilities are kind of exciting given who has already stepped out, but for right now, fans are focusing on Kitty, Frog, Taco and Banana when they take the stage again next week.At this point it’s hard to guess who might be sent home. There were those who felt like Taco and his condiment mic weren’t saucy enough to stick around after that performance of Elvis’ “Bossa Nova Baby,” but he’s still bringing the personality (and the margaritas). The fact that he’s able to make the audience laugh could land him in Group B’s top three, although a lot will depend on his song selection next week. For now, the internet seems convinced that this “last mask standing” is Tim Allen, but Tom Bergeron is a close second.Banana is bringing the side-splits too, although with an arguably weaker performance. (How do you forget the words to “Achy Breaky Heart?”) Maybe the audience was too distracted by his weird banana-faced backup dancers to notice, or perhaps the costume is too memorable not to vote for. Either way Banana is safe for now, but fans should not be surprised if his mask comes off next week to unveil… Bret Michaels? Then there’s Kitty, whose voice seems to confuse everyone. It’s like she can sing, but she can’t sing, depending on the note and song. Despite being far from purrfect she continues to impress the panelists and audiences, but that could be because she’s in a weaker group. More importantly the performer’s identity continues to baffle everyone, including the internet. Right now the top three guesses seem to be Mila Kunis, Sarah Hyland and Emma Watson, so another clue package would be pretty helpful right about now. And as for Frog? Well he leapt over the competition again on Wednesday night with those smooth dance moves and a crowd-pleasing performance of “In Da Club.” If he goes home next week fans will probably throw down, so he should be safe. Plus isn’t it just fun to see how annoyed Nick Cannon looks every time the panelists throw out another guess as to the amphibian’s identity? He (and the internet), are clearly convinced it’s someone like Bow Wow, who was on CSI like the package hinted at, BTW. But the panelists have not even come close to that yet, maybe because they’re so focused on Alfonso Ribeiro.Then again, next week is a whole new set of performances and anything could happen. Especially with season one winner T-Pain joining the panelists to dole out his own wisdom. Maybe he’ll put them on the right track with his four guesses. Or not. But the panelists would probably really love to add another win to that guess column next week so that they can redeem themselves a little bit.The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.[video_embed id='1909544']BTS and James Corden's wild 'Carpool Karaoke' ride[/video_embed]