Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from the Nov. 4 episode of “The Masked Singer,” including the identity of the unmasked celebrity.
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During “The Masked Singer” Group C playoffs Wednesday Broccoli, Squiggly Monster, Mushroom and Jellyfish battled to move on in the Fox singing competition, while shielding their identities from onstage sleuths Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.
But there were two reveals during the episode, one early in the evening. And, no, it wasn’t Mickey Rourke, aka Gremlin, back to throw a wrench in the show’s routine. Host Nick Cannon welcomed a “Mr. TV” to the stage who dazzled with “Memories” by Maroon 5. The incognito crooner turned out to be Season 2 winner Wayne Brady, who served as guest panelist.
Additional clues to Group Cs identities were revealed with the help of a magic lamp following their performances. Here’s how the genie-us of the night played out.
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Clues: Mushroom revisited his days at “North Spore High School,” where he recalled not fitting in. “I was around strange food and customs, but then I realized that, under the surface, we’re all entangled together as one,” he said. Mushroom described himself as a nerd and an outcast, which we suspect is an allusion to collaborations with hip-hop groups N.E.R.D. and Outkast. There also appears to be a connection to Season 3 contestant Kangaroo, revealed to be model Jordyn Woods.
Mushroom clocked into the competition with a soulful rendition of Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and an edible, gelatin brain served as his clue from the magic lamp. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but it makes for a pretty sweet clue,” Mushroom explained.
Guesses: Feeling a sense of “Community,” Jeong brought up his co-star from the sitcom, Donald Glover. Scherzinger thought of “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert, while Brady guessed singer/actor Jaden Smith, a suspicion Thicke endorsed.
Clues: Broccoli’s clue package had a “FoodFellas” theme, which included a meeting with “the Big Cheese” and cooking up a Hawaiian pizza. A golden anchor was highlighted as well as the mysterious combination of “3-7-2-6-5.”
Following Broccoli’s “Hello,” by Lionel Richie, a roulette wheel appeared from the lamp, showing black 26. “Take this clue for a spin, and you may land on my identity, if you’re lucky,” said Broccoli.
Guesses: Scherzinger bet on “Danke Schoën” singer Wayne Newton, while Jeong and Brady agreed on comedian Martin Short. McCarthy went with “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander.
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Clues: “As a little squiggle, I was bullied for being different, and I was struck over and over by a barrage of tragedies,” Squiggly Monster said in his package. “But through those tough times, I found that laughter was my best medicine.” A penguin and pineapple were highlighted, as well as a field of corn that began popping.
Squiggly Monster rocked with his performance of The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” but his magic lamp clue – a teddy bear – appeared to show a softer side.
“I’m here to bear it all – yes, I said that – and that starts with this very cuddly clue,” he said.
Guesses: McCarthy had her sights set on “Cheers” star Ted Danson, while Thicke thought of Mr. “Baywatch” himself, David Hasselhoff. Jeong and Brady (who for some reason went along with this) guessed former Vice President Al Gore.
Clues: Jellyfish spoke about the influence her family has on her morale. “My parents are the sea’s knees, sacrificing time and their careers so I could follow my dream,” she said before giving a shout-out to “Papa Jelly,” who she explained “helped engineer my whole world and taught me the best life hacks.”
While belting out “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, Jellyfish seemed much more confident than last week, and exhibited stronger vocals.
A stuffed tiger served as her magic lamp clue, of which she teased: “If you can earn your stripes and pounce on this clue, (purrs).”
Guesses: Thicke believed model Sofia Richie could be beneath the suit, while Jeong pictured “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star Lana Condor. Brady submitted two guesses: “Zoey 101” alum Jamie Lynn Spears (which we endorse!) and Halle Bailey, of the Chloe x Halle singing duo.
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It was an eyes-wide-shutout for Squiggly Monster, who was sent home.
Before his unmasking, the panelists’ first impression guesses and their final submissions were revealed. Most zeroed in on one stand-up guy from a popular sitcom.
McCarthy initially thought of “Full House” star/comic Bob Saget, who she reverted to. Thicke also originally guessed Saget and didn’t feel the need to change his mind either. Though Jeong first suspected Fabio, he came around to the popular guess of Saget, whom Brady also suspected. Scherzinger, who first guessed a member of the musical group the Ying Yang Twins, was the odd woman out, submitting “Office Space” actor Gary Cole as her final answer.
And four out of five members of the evening’s panel were right: It was Mr. Danny “Tannerito” himself.
“What you guys do here is why I wanted to do this, because, you know, we’re all going through a tough time,” Saget said. “I get to be part of your joy and it’s needed so bad. They said, ‘Do you want to be Squiggly Monster?’ They sent me a picture, and I said, ‘Yeah.'”
Jeong shared how much the comic icon’s praise after seeing his comedy routine about 20 years ago meant to him.
“You can tell when someone is special and someone is funny and someone is a comedian at heart,” the Saget said. “Not only that, but you were a doctor and you gave me a free exam, and I want to thank you.”
Episodes of “The Masked Singer” can be watched on Fox’s website.
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