For the now-inaugural season of Fox’s quirky reality singing competition “The Masked Singer,” the end is nigh in sight. Five of its dozen costumed contestants remained since the show premiered in January. On the eighth episode aired Wednesday, February 20, on Fox, there were only three left following the first double elimination from the competition. Thus far the unmasked singers revealed have been mostly of fields outside music and singing: NFL singers, comedians, actresses. The seventh eliminated was singer LaToya Jackson, the first singer revealed. The trend would go that only recording artists remain of the competitors. For episode 8, that prediction was only half-right.
E! Online reports that “The Masked Singer” bid farewell to two of its remaining five contestants during the semi-finals episode on Wednesday. For week 8, the Bee, Rabbit, Monster, Lion and Peacock went head to head in a five-way sing-off for the five-person panel of Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Melissa McCarthy and guest panelist Kenan Thompson. In the course of events, Lion and Rabbit were found wanting for the week and were compelled to unmask. The reveal solidified the notion that the remaining masked singers were actual recording singers, though the resultant pair was one group member and an actress with Broadway experience.
As it turned out, Lion was Rumer Willis, daughter of Hollywood big-names Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and an actress in her own right. Along with her slate of TV and film roles, she has also performed on Broadway since 2015, on a production of “Chicago” no less. Reality show experience for Rumer is on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” season 20, while her Fox network presence is on “Empire.”
Meanwhile, Rabbit is the second singer unmasked in the show, and like LaToya Jackson before her, the guy is famous for being part of a group: Joey Fatone of NSYNC. His career after the boy band days included his own Broadway stints, namely “Rent” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Fatone also hosted karaoke game show “The Singing Bee” on both NBC and the Australian edition, plus competed in “Rewrapped” on Food Network. His most current hosting gig is for “Common Knowledge” on Game Show Network, with these duties also concurrent with his “Masked Singer” participation.
“The Masked Singer” will conclude next week in a two-hour special with back-to-back episodes, one showing the preparations for the actual final round, where Monster, Peacock and Bee sing to be the last singer to unmask, as the show’s winner.
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