It was the day before Thanksgiving, but every day is Halloween in costume competition The Masked Singer. And the show was definitely still in the Halloween spirit on Wednesday, with its (presumably delayed due to the World Series) episode Fright Night – which culminated in two oh-so-talented and spooky horror icons being unmasked at Witches’ Hour. But this very rock horror picture show ended with a twist, when one of the contestants, the Scarecrow – who turned out to be one of horror cinema’s ultimate icons – practiced a self-exorcism by unmasking.
Only one other celebrity in masked singer the story had never done this before (although forgetful host Nick Cannon, who clearly has a lot on his mind these days, claimed it was a series premiere): When Mickey Season 4’s “The Gremlin” Rourke violently ripped off his helmet and suddenly quit. This week, the Scarecrow volunteered to remove her own pumpkin head and forfeit the competition – though she went about it less scary than Mickey, and she actually had a much better chance than Mickey of passing. in the next round. In fact, judge Ken Jeong had just declared his raspy rendition of Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra” to be the most magical performance of the night.
“Wait, wait, wait, wait!” the Scarecrow intervened, just as Nick was about to announce the episode’s first elimination. “I have something to say! I love this show so much. I have come to share how much I love you and what you have all done for the world and family entertainment. But I would like to officially bow out and unmask myself, and let these two amazing competitors go on,” she continued, pointing generously to her rivals, the Snowstorm and Sir Bug-a-Boo. “These competitors are the real deal. …I have a really special reason to be here and I want them to enjoy the stage and all the accolades they so deserve.
The shocked judges’ mouths opened so wide they looked like living, breathing rubber Scream masks. But before this great pumpkin smashed, the judges had one last chance to find out its identity. They zeroed in on her horror movie clues and a specific witch clue, and guessed it might be Hocus Pocusit’s Bette Midler, The Witches of Eastwickby Susan Sarandon, The witches“Angelique Huston, Fatal attractionby Glenn Close, Halloweenis Jamie Lee Curtis, or Screamby Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore or Parker Posey.
But if only they had focused on the rainbow roller skate from the Scarecrow Clue Pack, it would have led them to the 1979 cinematic classic. Boogie on wheels and Golden Globe-winning actress Linda Blair. (Linda won this Globe for The Exorcistnot for Roll to dancejust to be clear.) The “turning heads” clue was another obvious clue that the judges kind of overlooked.
The judges were so stunned when Linda unscrewed her head that they looked like they were about to spin and spit pea soup. “There is a legend in the building!” Nick exclaimed. “My mind is soufflé! I have never been more shocked by this series than I am right now,” said Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg.
Linda’s performance was surprisingly sultry and funky, which might explain why the panel didn’t guess it was the 63-year-old performer formerly known as Regan MacNeil. But Linda had clearly picked up some rock star swag from her many past musical boyfriends, including Rick Springfield, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Neil Giraldo, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and most notably Rick James. It’s really has been the kind of girl you hear about in new wave magazines! Los Angeles powerpop band Redd Kross even wrote a song about her.
But Linda didn’t continue The Masked Singer to show off his pop chops or his rock cred. Founder of the animal welfare organization Linda Blair World Heart Foundation, she was a woman on a mission to spread the word, and she felt that mission was accomplished. “Let me tell you what [The Masked Singer does] for me and what you do for the world: you get us out of what is the most difficult time in history for an hour a week,” she began, thanking the judges. “I care for animals that are abused and dumped on the streets. I have a foundation. …I travel the world and do what I can to make it a better place. You have no idea, your kindness and your love. And if you can heal me, despite the pain I feel trying to save those who don’t deserve what is happening, we can do better. And I feel that you are my family.
“Thank you, Linda, for using this platform in the best possible way,” said Ken, who called it his favorite revelation. “We love you!”
So that left last week’s reigning queen, Snowstorm, and this week’s other new contestant, the four-legged Seuss-like Sir Bug-a-Boo. But even though Sir Bug-a-Boo’s moving and catchy version of “Devil With the Blue Dress On” had Jenny (who seemed to be wearing a Terri Nunn-from-Berlin Halloween costume for some reason) thrilled with her ” beautiful tone,” after battling the blizzard on Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” his masked singer dreams have been ghosted or shattered. (I personally thought he did better in battle, with a raucous rap better suited to the song.) And we found out—as Jenny guessed almost immediately—that it was Ray Parker Jr.
Well, of Classes it was Ray! Not only did this colorful crooner sound like the “Ghostbusters” theme singer and Motown legend, but three of his key clues were green silta old fashioned landline phone with three question marks on itand even a real ghost! I swear the show’s producers weren’t even trying to be opaque when they put together Sir Bug-a-Boo’s clue package this week; they might as well have strapped a proton pack to Ray’s back while they were at it. I don’t know why the other three judges even bothered to suggest it could be Jordan Peele, Randy Jackson, Lil Rel Howery or one of the Wayans brothers…or why Jenny changed her guess at the last minute to ghost hunters actor Ernie Hudson.
“Man, you’re such an accomplished musician and you wrote some of the biggest hits in the world as a Motown-era guitarist – everyone from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye – and you really are a fixture in this industry for so long,” Nick said excitedly, to which Ray joked, “And I thought I was going to be a permanent fixture on this To display! … But I mean, when you all need someone else to come on this show and you need someone more, who are you going to call?
So that meant Blizzard retained her crown for a second week, after her cool-as-ice solo performance of Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho,” so she’ll now head to the season semi-finals. 8 against the previous reigning queens the harp and the lambs. It is already abundantly evident that the harp is Amber Riley and the lambs are Wilson Phillips (The masked singer the producers did not their clues too difficult either), but who is the Snowstorm?
I’m a little less sure about this one, and the judges’ guesses were all over the place; last week they thought blizzard might be Anna Kendrick, Heather Graham, Katherine Hahn, Iliza Shlesinger, Aubrey Plaza, Whitney Cummings or Zooey Deschanel, and this week they threw in random names like Olivia Rodrigo, Sabrina Carpenter and various Real Housewives. But I’m sticking to the guess I made last week: I believe it’s actress Nikki Glaser. It looks like him.
But the clues (which admittedly were a bit trickier in this case) also add up. The Snowstorm said she had to have the “coldness” to survive in her male-dominated job, and women have always struggled on the comedy circuit. She said she shared the stage with Rob Lowe and absolutely killed that Comedy Central roast Rob Lowe. (One of his visual cues was roast chestnuts too.) She mentioned “speed-dating”, which Nikki has been doing on Instagram Live during the pandemic, and of course Nikki is the current host of blind date. We saw a house and a welcome mat, references to Nikki’s Welcome to Nikki Glaser? reality series, and heard the phrase “pitch-perfect”, most likely a nod to her Perfect television special. And finally, we saw a “Masked Universe” comic… and, well, Nikki is a stand-up comic.
The Masked Singer will leave Halloween behind and get into the current spirit of the holiday on Thursday — yes, the 24th, Thanksgiving — with a special semi-final episode that will determine which two contestants advance to the Season 8 grand finale. So, if you prefer watch the Lambs vs Snowstorm vs the Harp than the Bills vs Lions or Patriots vs Vikings, Fox has you covered this day from Tofurkey. See you later.
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