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As much as we love The Masked Singer (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET, CTV) for its core entertainment values—secret celebs singing amazing songs while we try to guess who they are—there’s something to be said for the comedy of the show.

Typically that means judge Ken Jeong riffing with host Nick Cannon about their respective heights or everyone making fun of Ken’s ludicrous celebrity guesses. But every once in a while the magical Powers That Be bring on a guest judge that just ups the laughs. Two weeks ago that was Anthony Anderson, and this week (in a genius move), they brought Ken’s former Community co-star, Joel McHale, back into the mix after a season one guest appearance.

It was the reunion we all needed. Watching those two jab each other and throw each other under the bus in a fun and playful way just brought a whole new layer to the show. It’s a relationship we loved on Community, and it was equally fun to see it rekindled on the judging panel. Nobody does deadpan like Ken… except maybe Joel. Can we just get six seasons and a movie of those two commenting on everyday life, please?

But seriously, who is that?

Anyhow, as fun as the commentary and banter was, there were also some more jaw-dropping performances to get into. This week it was Flower versus Rottweiler and Leopard versus The Flamingo, the real fantastic four if we say so ourselves. To say it was the toughest elimination of the season would be an understatement, but it’s also worth mentioning that there are only great singers left at this point. Every week is tough.

That’s where showmanship comes into it. You could totally see that Flamingo wanted to bring it with her version of “Lady Marmalade,” so it’s no wonder that Robin Thicke called it the best performance of the season. Or that Nicole Scherzinger pointed out how that bird is the strongest female contestant in this thing. Flamingo is in it to win it, and while we’re not 100 per cent sure the singer (WHO IS SHE?) is going to win it all, we have no doubt that she’s going to go super far.

But back to this week. Flamingo easily beat Leopard, who at this point we want to stick around for his personality alone. We’re still getting some strong Ru Paul vibes, but the judges have been guessing all over the map on this one. Personally, we loved Joel’s assessment that Leopard has to be Alec Baldwin because he “has like 13 kids” and so he obviously “needs the money.” Whoever he is, his singing has been good, but his commitment to the character makes him next-level.

‘Petal’ to the metal

Next to Flamingo though, it was clear Leopard would be in the bottom alongside Flower, who was edged out by another amazing Rottweiler performance. While our own guesses are pretty wide-ranging on Rottweiler, we’ve been pretty convinced since day one that Patti Labelle was underneath those pretty petals. With a voice like that, how could it not be her?

So when the audience voted for Leopard to stay and Flower to be unmasked, the reveal was probably the least shocking of the season (although to be fair we’re not sure anything can top last week’s Kelly Osbourne reveal). That said we felt like we were saluting a queen, especially when Labelle took off her mask and blew us all away once again with that voice.

Her unmasking really is our loss, because we could listen to her croon it up all night long. However, there are still more performances to be sung and more masks to be unveilled, and so now we have to move on to next week and the ominously titled episode, “Clash of the Masks.”

We can’t wait.

The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.