SPOIL ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched Season 5, Episode 5 of “The Masked Singer,” which airs April 7 on Fox.
Nick Cannon is back. The host of “The Masked Singer”, who had been absent so far in Season 5 due to a positive COVID-19 test, returned on Wednesday in the most appropriate way possible: he was the surprise contestant “wild card” unmasked at the end of the episode.
Cannon joined the show as the Bulldog and performed New Edition’s “Candy Girl”. Guest host Niecy Nash, who was replacing Cannon, feigned ignorance about who the Bulldog might be. But at the end of the episode, she announced that instead of the usual public vote to unmask a candidate, she was pulling the rank and deciding who to reveal herself.
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Of course, she chose the Bulldog, and Cannon unmasked to reveal that he was back and ready to resume his reception duties.
“I dedicated my entire performance to you and you get me started?” Cannon joked to Nash. “I was trying to go all the way!”
Entering the show “The Masked Singer” for the first time after hosting the past four seasons, Cannon admitted it was more difficult than expected. “I never thought I would be nervous, but my heart was beating so fast,” he said.
Panelists Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke were not given a chance to give their latest estimates due to the unusual nature of this unmasking. But after his performance, the names they came up with included Andy Samberg, Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock.
Thicke noted that Cannon managed to hide his voice by singing “Candy Girl” in the falsetto of the song. The sign may also have been thrown out by the clue “And … live from New York is Saturday Night Live,” which Cannon explained as the Bulldog, “My niche is New York.” I’m just a comedy lover who loves to be live. “
Cannon’s voiceover as Bulldog wasn’t much help, however: “All my life I’ve had to do it on my own. To be up to all the challenges that are presented to me. I made movements on all the green fields, with panthers and pit bulls. Run fast like a human torch. Yes, I am a hot dog. Technically the sexiest dog in the world, people. But don’t be fooled by all the beasts, I’m a big sweet on the inside. I’ll sit, stay, give you my paw, whatever it takes for you to love me. So beware of dog kisses. Now this puppy is about to blow the last two jokers out of the water. And become the most popular animal on stage. And I dedicate my performance to someone very special [Nash]. “
It wasn’t the only unusual moment in this week’s episode, which Nash called “more chaos than this stadium has ever seen” Earlier the crab nearly collapsed – and almost took it off his costume, like Mickey Rourke in season 4.
“It’s hot, it’s hot, I can’t breathe,” Crab said as he ran backstage. “It’s hot in this thing!”
Cannon was the final ‘wildcard’ contender, a new wrinkle this season in the battle for the Golden Mask trophy. The celebrities in season 5 have been split into two groups of five (A and B). Additionally, the series has added a new character, a rooster named “Cluedle-Doo,” who promises to add a bit of trouble to the proceedings and share additional clues with viewers.
This season’s costumes include Raccoon, Seashell, Black Swan, Snail, Monster Grandpa, Phoenix, Chameleon, Russian Doll (s), Porcupine, Piglet, and Orca Wildcards and Crab. Cannon as Bulldog joins previously unmasked celebrities Logan Paul (Grandpa Monster), Danny Trejo (as Raccoon), Caitlyn Jenner (as Phoenix), and Kermit the Frog (as Snail).
Season 5 contestants have 26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Oscar nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold medals and two world records.
The show’s panelists are also competing for a “Golden Ear” trophy based on their first impressions of each masked artist (which McCarthy last won). Jeong and McCarthy Wahlberg each had a point so far, heading into this episode. This week, the “first impression” guesses were neither counted nor revealed.
Here are the other contestants and their performances in Episode Five, “Group B Finals – The Wildcard Ulti-‘Mutt ‘”:
Song: “How Will I Know”, by Whitney Houston
Black Swan Significant Object Clue: Ceramic unicorn. “This is to commemorate one of my best friends, a fantastic singer who is no longer with us.”
Guess from the panel: Emily Osment, Victoria Justice, Brenda Song
Voice off: “With each performance, I start to shake my nerves. It’s like the mask brings all that confidence trapped inside. And all this anonymity brings me back to my beginnings. Literally. When I started my career, I was afraid of how my appearance might be perceived. So I sent my auditions faceless, to be judged solely by my talents. But when people finally saw me, I was right. I was not quite what they expected. This experience made me hesitate to go back there. But recently I took a big step forward and realized it was time to take a leap of faith. So I dived head first. And now that I’m anonymous as a black swan again, I’m learning that life doesn’t depend on how other people see me. But always stay true to myself.
Previous songs: “Barracuda”, by Heart; “In My Blood”, by Shawn Mendes
Riddles from the previous panel: Anya Taylor-Joy, Camilla Cabello, Leona Lewis, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson
Song: “7 years”, by Lukas Graham
Piglet Significant Object Index: Dog plates. “These identity plates are the most important thing in my life, I always have them with me.”
The panel guesses: Zayn Malik, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson
Voice off: “This experience was the most unexpected adrenaline rush after a static year. And all it took was put on a pig costume! Years ago, I was really getting toast. It was a difficult time. But then someone unexpected appeared and changed my life. She saved me from the heat and gave me a whole new start. And because of her, now I’m a father. Which brought a whole new purpose to my life. I finally found someone I want to grow old with. Which is perhaps the best gift of all. “
Previous songs: “Speechless”, by Dan + Shay; “Good to be alive (Hallelujah)”, by Andy Grammer
The previous panel guesses: Adam Lambert, Charlie Puth, JC Chavez, Austin Mahone, Jonathan Knight
Crab (former Wildcard)
Song: “Give it to me baby” by Rick James
Crab Significant Object Hint: Melon. “The greatest artist, Sammy Davis Jr., used to wear it when he was doing ‘Mr. Bojangles. And I admire it so much that I have worn it as much as possible.
The panel guesses: Martin Lawrence, Bobby Brown, Shawn Stockman
Voice off: “Being on stage for the first time was difficult. Both physically because it was difficult to breathe and emotionally. There is a beauty to play in the show that reminds me of being a kid. When I got into all kinds of trouble. My mother tried to keep me on the straight and narrow path. She made me sit in the kitchen while she prepared food every night. At first I hated it. Then I realized that she wasn’t just trying to teach me how to cook, she was teaching me the value of family and hard work. What started out as punishment turned into passion. And now my kitchen is the heart and soul of my family. Now tonight I can’t wait to let go with a song that I know they’ll love.
Previous songs: “Ain’t No Sunshine”, by Bill Withers
The previous panel guesses: Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill
Song: “Hip Hop”, by Dead Prez
Chameleon Significant Object Hint: Warm buffalo wings. “I always cook something in the kitchen.”
The panel guesses: Flame Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly
Voice off: “It was so nice to impress the panel with my smooth flow last time around. But there is one person I want to impress more than anyone. My little chameleon. When I was a kid, I fell in love with other cool reptiles. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But now I’m dedicating myself to being a superhero ninja for my little one. I decided to practice martial arts. Finally, I reprogrammed my mind, body and soul. Martial arts taught me to process my emotions, and now I teach little chamas, it’s cool to express feelings. I’m here to surprise my lizard as a superhero chameleon.
Previous songs: “Ride Wit Me”, by Nelly; “21 questions”, 50 Cent feat. Nate dogg
The previous panel guesses: Dwight Howard, Redfoo, Nick Cannon, Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade, 2 channels