The super six has shrunk to the first three participants of the fourth season of The Masked Singer. During the two-hour show on Wednesday evening, the mysterious singers Seahorses, Crocodile, Mushroom, Jellyfish, Popcorn and The Sun appeared before the podium guests and spectators, but only three of them made it to the finals.
Artists competed in groups of two, whereupon presenter Nick Cannon announced the candidate with the highest votes. Crocodile, Mushroom and The Sun led with the votes, so their rivals Seahorses, Jellyfish and Popcorn had to reveal themselves and eventually reveal their identity.
Popcorn, which provided a rocking cover of Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me”, was the first celebrity to take off her mask. Before she did, however, Cannon went through the first impressions of panelists Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger that they had made at the top of the season.
Originally Scherzinger thought it was Diana Ross hiding behind the popcorn costume, but after weeks of performing, she decided to change her guess to Taylor Dayne. McCarthy, who originally thought Tina Turner was popcorn, sided with Scherzinger and also named Dayne as her last guess. Meanwhile, Thick and Jeong stuck with their first hunch that Turner was posing as popcorn, while guest speaker Craig Robinson decided to join the ladies and say Dayne.
After a few rounds of The Masked Singer’s remarkable “Take it off” singing, popcorn revealed itself to be none other than Dayne, just as McCarthy, Scherzinger and Robinson had predicted.
“I enjoyed myself. No one understands how amazing this show is,” Dayne said. “The creativity here, people, your magic between all of you.”
She added, “You have made me cry so many times under this mask. And Nick, I do, I love you.”
Next up was Jellyfish, who performed an emotional cover of Rihanna and Mikky Ekko’s hit “Stay”.
When Thicke was first commissioned weeks ago to guess who was behind the green water mask, he thought it was the influential Addison Rae. But in view of all the references to the sport and the gold medals that were uncovered in the final rounds of the competition, he decided to shift his suspicions to Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas. McCarthy and Jeong also changed their guess on the first impression on Olympic athletes McKayla Maroney and Chloe Kim, while Scherzinger changed their guess on the first impression of Sofia Richie on Grimes.
As it turned out, it was Jeong who was right. After all, it was gold medalist Kim who was hiding behind the elaborate costume.
“I am such a big fan of all of you, so this whole experience was just so amazing to me. I have never performed in front of anyone before,” said Kim. “You gave me so much confidence after each week, and it was so much fun to show myself and be vulnerable. I really appreciate that.”
Seahorse was the last big unveiling of the evening.
Originally, Jeong thought the lively singer was Fergie. However, he changed his guess to Christina Aguilera. McCarthy stuck to her assumption of Halsey’s first impression. In the meantime, both Thicke and Scherzinger changed their suspicions to the singer and songwriter Tori Kelly, and they were right to do so, because she was the one who was the seahorse on The Masked Singer.
“I thought it would be fun to come here and show a totally different side of myself, feel a little bit naughty, give something [choreography],” said Kelly and later added, “To be honest, I was just so excited to hear all the nice things you guys said… I’m just excited about what it means for the rest of my career. All good things”.
Now that these three big revelations are out of the way, the only ones left are The Sun, Crocodile and Mushroom in the race for the winner of season four of The Masked Singer.
The Masked Singer will air on Wednesday night at 20:00 ET on Fox.