On January 2, Fox presented America with a mysterious new competition called “The Masked Singer”. The show is based on the South Korean hit show “King of Masked Singer”, in which celebrities of various talents perform on stage in front of a studio audience and a panel of judges. The only catch is that they do their performance in costume as a disguise. Each week, a celebrity is elected by the studio audience, takes off their mask and reveals their identity.
Season 1 featured many famous faces including Tori Spelling, La Toya Jackson, Joey Fatone, and others. Costumed performers were dressed as a rabbit, monster, lion, crow, pineapple, bee, peacock, or alien. The jury is just as famous as the singers and includes Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger. They also had several famous guest judges from week to week trying to help them guess who was hiding behind the masks.
“The Masked Singer” is the type of show that attracts viewers. Competitors give the public a variety of clues as to their identity. These clues can be as obvious as piecing together something like the bunny (Joey Fatone) dancing on puppet strings to reference NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” music video, but it can also be something small. as a state on a license plate with the celebrity’s birthday on it. The performances were fun to watch and some of the clues were incorporated into their routine.
This first season, there were plenty of fun moments that got fans guessing and watching every week. When the Poodle was dismissed, the judges made all of their final guesses. The poodle turned out to be comedian Margaret Cho, whom none of the judges guessed. The humorous part was that she was playing Ken Jeong’s sister in his sitcom “Dr. Ken” and even he didn’t realize it was her behind the mask. Another moment of laughter occurred there. week after Jeong guessed correctly: he wore a crown for the set of the next show and wanted to be called “The Reigning Champ”.
There were many articles and polls all over the internet about who was who and trying to figure out all the clues that artists provided. Several fans believed the bee was Gladys Knight, the peacock was considered Donnie Osman or Neil Patrick Harris, and signs listed T-Pain or Jamie Foxx as the monster. These guesses came from the multiple clues given as well as the recognition of their voices.
The season finale aired on Wednesday with the last three remaining contestants: The Peacock, The Monster and the Bee. After many weeks of clues, viewers were eager to see who was hiding behind the masks. The final episode began by explaining the many clues given for the 12 masked singers and recapping those who had already been unmasked. Then the three finalists played once more.
The Peacock sang Ray Charles’ Shake A Tail Feather as his final performance, which showed his evident enthusiasm throughout the season. “I can’t make you love me” was perfectly interpreted by the bee. She showed the judges, the audience and home viewers that she had come to win with her powerful voice. The Monster rocked the crowd with a cover of “This Is How We Do It”. He showed off his dancing and singing skills.
After several weeks of this competition, judged on their performance and the public voting for their maintenance, the three finalists were revealed. In third place, the bee turned out to be the legendary knight. The crowd were amazed to see her and were honored to be in the presence of a music industry icon. The peacock was awarded second place and turned out to be Donnie Osmond. His outgoing personality and love of the show was the reason he reached second place. Finally, the monster was crowned the first winner of “The Masked Singer”. The monster was actually T-Pain, who will coincidentally perform at JMU on April 16.
Although he is known to use autotune in the majority of his songs, his natural voice earned him the top spot. Season 1 of “The Masked Singer” was amazing. There were amazing performances as well as distinguished guests in a fun environment. Fans will be very happy to see who takes part in Season 2. People who love mysteries, love music, or just want singing contests should tune into this show.
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