The masked dancer – basically The masked singer but, you know, with the dance – must be the wackiest show on TV right now. This week’s Group B playoffs featured a nuclear green sloth (who may or may not be Will Ferrell) twirling a love-themed ribbon on a stick. An officer and a gentleman, for example.
But wednesday Masked dancer The episode took a surprisingly serious turn, when the butterfly was revealed to be kidnapping survivor-turned activist Elizabeth Smart.
unlike others Mask celebrities who have always actively pursued fame – various singers, rappers, athletes, YouTubers, actors and comedians – Elizabeth was suddenly put in the spotlight at the age of 14 under tragic and terrifying circumstances, when she was kidnapped to a knife in her bedroom and held captive for nine horrific months in 2002. Her heart-wrenching, headline-grabbing survival story inspired two made-for-television films as well as two books written by Elizabeth, and the head of the Elizabeth Foundation. Smart, now 33, has become one of the foremost advocates for missing persons and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. You wouldn’t expect a public figure like Smart to sign up for such a dumb show and appear on national television dressed as a giant glittering bug – or that her unmasking would be such an emotionally charged watershed moment.
“My grandmother passed away very recently, but she was so much fun. She never let a moment pass. And so when that opportunity presented itself, I thought, “I’m living a pretty serious life, and I’m going to take this opportunity and have fun,” ”Elizabeth explained to host Craig Robinson. A visibly moved Brian Austin Green – the only one Masked dancer judge to correctly guess the identity of the moth – told him: “May I just say that, for what you have been through in your life, you have been an inspiration to so many people and you have done so good with a very difficult situation, and we need more people like you on the planet. Thank you.”
While the butterfly is metamorphic Masked dancer trip ended on Wednesday, Elizabeth really seemed to let herself go and enjoy the experience, and she surely made her grandmother proud. The other three mysterious celebrities from Group B have made their way to the Super Six semi-finals, where they will soon face off alongside three competitors from Group A (TBD next week). Smart’s reveal was definitely a shock (kudos to Brian for getting that one), but maybe Zebra, Cotton Candy, or Sloth will be easier to identify, depending on the performances and clues here- below.
What’s black and white and awkward all over the place? Zebra! This striped saboteur promised to bring back sexy with his partner routine at K-Ci & JoJo’s’ All My Life ” 90s slow-jam – but this number was so wacky and goofy, I almost thought the week Last, Ice Cube, Bill Nye, had returned, newly disguised, in some sort of nerd revenge plot rebound. Whatever the zebra, it is do not a professional dancer. But the jury’s resident vibeologist, Paula Abdul, believed the zebra actually moved like a professional boxer.
The clues: Last week we had a lot of boy band references, but I’m starting to suspect that the Zebra is not an artist by trade. This week, we saw the mighty “ZEO” sitting at an executive desk for a company that sells “Daddy’s devices,” and other visuals included a sports medal, wrestling, cinnamon, a fish and a record broken. The zebra said he survived his tough childhood thanks to the love of his mentors and friends, so now he wants to give back. His “Word Up!” the verbal cue was “champion”.
The judges’ assumptions: Conor McGregor, Tony Robbins, Alex Rodriguez, Floyd Mayweather, Mario Lopez, Tito Ortiz.
My guess: Guess I’d better change my guess from last week… that was, uh, Clay Aiken. Mayweather seems like a better bet, since his old nemesis was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, aka “The Cinnamon Head”. Floyd also competed for the WWC and on Dancing with the stars, and it has its own foundation to help underprivileged youth.
While this fluffy lady’s cute club dance on Lady Gaga / BLACKPINK’s bop “Sour Candy” wasn’t as impressive as last week’s aerial stunt, it was still pretty sweet. She exhibited a ton of courage, stamina, and, as Paula observed, core strength. He may be another famous athlete – but one who got serious dance training.
The clues: She missed a lot of teenage daily activities and was “frozen” from other children because she always tried to “balance practice” with school. We saw a lipstick (the second clue of the season on the lips, after last week’s pouting cupcakes), an American flag, a hawk and a storybook. His verbal cue was “team spirit”.
The judges’ assumptions: Jenna Dewan, Tara Lipinksi, Kristi Yamaguchi.
My guess: I still haven’t totally ruled out my guess from last week, Julianne Hough, but now I think this could be a competitive skater, sports commentator and two-time author Tara Lipinski. (LIPinski? Get it?) A lot of clues this week were Olympians, and one clue last week was number 3 – Tara’s age when she started skating, and maybe a reference to her wetsuit. historic triple loop / triple loop at the 1998 Winter Games.
Sloth was definitely going for gold – at least comedy gold – with his ribbon-twirling rhythmic gymnastics routine for “Up Where We Belong.” His funny comrade Ken Jeong even said this stuffing trick her favorite dance of the season so far.
The clues: We saw sports equipment, a Say anything-style boombox salute, and a cruise ship. The sloth spoke of living in a foreign country, not fitting in and being taken for a “bad boy”, but said he finally “took a chance and jumped in.” His verbal clue was “the leading man.”
The judges’ assumptions: Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Derulo, Will Ferrell.
My guess: Last week I thought it was Todrick Hall, but could the Sloth be – listen to me – legendary singer David Lee Roth? Roth once lived in Tokyo, people thought he was “just a gigolo”, and he once decided he “might as well jump”. And one of the clues from last week was the initials “DR”! (The Van Halen rock star dropped the “Lee” from her name last year.) And “Roth” rhymes with “Sloth”! yes I know That’s a long guess at, but Sloth’s hammered personality and physical comedy totally gives me the Diamond Dave vibe of “Dance the Night Away” right now.
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