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The stakes have never been higher on The Masked Singer (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET, CTV) than they were on Wednesday night, when a Christmas-themed episode saw not one, but two celebrities unmasked. And to think we were just starting to get into the holiday spirit. Having to watch two fan favourites go home felt more like a rendition of The Grinch than anything else, especially if you consider Thingamajig’s bright green fur. Then again, all good things must come to an end so the powers that be were probably doing us a favour by taking two Band-Aids off at once.

In the spirit of things

Host Nick Cannon got into the spirit straightaway with his own rendition of “The Night Before Christmas,” rhyming how it was, “on Flamingo, on Leopard, on Fox, Rott and Thing… because at last the five of them would soon become three.” As if that Christmas-ey enough, Fox opened the show with a very pretty rendition of “This Christmas,” complete with a ballerina in a life-size snow globe.

He wasn’t the only animal bringing it on Wednesday night either. Rottweiler once again killed it with a wicked version of “Mr. Brightside,” Flamingo brought down the house with “Hallelujah,” and Leopard was on-the-money with “Big Spender.” As for the aforementioned Thingamajig? He nailed it with “Winter Wonderland,” throwing the judges for yet another turn.

Even future wife judge, Nicole Scherzinger was thrown, putting the Dennis Rodman guess back on the table. Maybe Nick was still feeling the sting of Nicole’s comment about her exes from last week, or perhaps he was just in a cheeky mood. But he flat-out asked Nicole if she’d date Dennis Rodman, and she mouthed the word “no” as the entire audience fell silent, much to the sheer joy of one Ken Jeong. Apparently Nicole just has a thing for green costumes (let’s not forget her love of Monster last season). And this is why we love this show.

Ken finally gets one right

Unfortunately, potential love connections aren’t enough to keep anyone around on this series, and Thing officially fell to the bottom of the pack following the live votes. Before he was unmasked the judges gave their final guesses, but it was Ken’s guess of Victor Oladipo that actually turned out to be right. If you were on the floor over that one, you weren’t the only one.

“You don’t get any right. So the fact that you’re so wrong and you think you’re right, right now, is hilarious to me,” Jenny McCarthy said before the unmasking. We guess there’s a first for everything? We bet Ken rides this one all the way through next season.

Now the real question is, will Oladipo and Nicole go on a date?

“We can go anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” he said when Jenny asked him exactly that. Please Santa, make it so, would you?

And then there were three

Oladipo’s unmasking definitely would have been enough action to satiate our Masked Singer-loving souls, but this was a double elimination episode. So with Thingamajig’s fate sealed, it was Leopard who was next in the pecking order.

We weren’t shocked when the celeb underneath turned out to be Seal (Robin Thicke and Nicole totally called it), but man, what a reveal. “Kiss From a Rose” is an ageless anthem, but we had no idea that the Grammy winner (and former Mr. Heidi Klum) was SUCH a character. At one point we were convinced it was RuPaul or Billy Porter under that mask, that’s how committed he was to the character.

So why did a Grammy winner and international superstar who has performed on stages across the globe decide to do the show? His kids, of course.

“They’re huge fans of the show and I thought this would be a great opportunity to make them laugh and make myself laugh,” Seal said before thanking Nick for being such a great sport to his (numerous) advances throughout the series.

And then there were three. Will it be Flamingo, Rottweiler or Fox that brings home the trophy next week? We guess we’ll have to tune in to find out.

The Masked Singer wraps next Wednesday on CTV.

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