Christmas came early with a special edition of The Masked Singer (Wednesdays at 8ET on CTV) on Tuesday night, when the six remaining masked celebrities took the stage for the ultimate showdown and left us in agony over the thought of someone going home. So it’s not even the teensiest bit surprising that when Tree, Rottweiler, Thingamajig, Leopard, Flamingo and Fox took the stage in front of the judges and guest-judge T-Pain (who took it all home with his Monster mask in the show’s first season), we had no idea how things were going to shake out.
Those personal connections
It seems like the judges had no clue either. We can only imagine how hard it is for them trying to decipher who these celebrities are, especially since they’ve often shared the stage with them. (Remember when Raven-Symoné was unmasked in front of Anthony Anderson, who plays her big brother on black-ish?)
More than once the performers hinted at personal connections with the judges on Tuesday night, from Fox saying he’s spent one of the best weekends of his life with one of the judges to Leopard revealing he once presented at an awards show one of them attended. We seriously don’t know how those judges can sit up there and just not know. It’s driving us mad trying to figure it all out from the comfort of our homes.
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The most meta moment of the night though had to come when Fox effortlessly performed Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” featuring T-Pain. Obviously it was a fun choice because T-Pain was physically there, but the judges have also been guessing Fox is Jamie Foxx since the beginning. At this point we think whoever is under that mask is just trolling them.
She’ll be home for Christmas
Fox’s number wasn’t the only impressive one. Thingamajig won over hearts when he serenaded the audience Nicole Scherzinger with John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and Flamingo energized everyone with her rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”
Rottweiler definitely didn’t dog it when he crooned out Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved,” Leopard continued to be the fun one with Fun.’s “We Are Young,” and Tree shook her tinsel to Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” to … well, glory.
Unfortunately it was Tree who was chopped at the last minute and eliminated, much to everyone’s dismay. It seems like a bad omen to cut the Christmas Tree right before Christmas, no? Regardless, she just couldn’t cut it (pun intended) and the judges each had one final guess as to her identity.
A complete mystery
We always look to Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy in times like these, because as the two resident judges who happen to make the best guesses we really needed their help with this one. We were originally thinking anyone from Kris Jenner to Mariah Carey, but when it comes to matters of celebs, in Jenny we trust.
That’s because the person under the mask was not Amy Sedaris, as Robin and Nicole guessed. Nor was it T-Pain’s guess of Mariah Carey or Ken Jeong’s guess of Bebe Neuwirth. Nope, the celebrity under the mask was none other than former SNL alum Ana Gasteyer, and we practically fell off our chairs when she was revealed. Who knew she could sing like that?!
We really, really should have known. And so should have Ken, who starred with Gasteyer in A Christmas Story.
“It wasn’t that long ago, Ken,” she said after being unmasked. “And I sang a major number!”
We can’t really blame him though, because we’re kicking ourselves too. We faithfully re-watch Gasteyer’s “Schweddy Balls” sketch with Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin every holiday season. Her soup clues made total sense in retrospect considering she was in the “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld. And add in the fact that she recently released a Christmas album, and all the clues were right there.
You got us again, Masked Singer. Just please go easy on us Wednesday night, when the anticipated double elimination goes down and we have to figure out not one, but two new identities heading into the grand finale next week.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.