A week ago, on the last Wednesday of September 2019, Fox once again put American reality singing competition audiences in a guessing mood when the second season of their very unorthodox contest “The Masked Singer” premiered. With the network a bit more confident that the premise of unmasking anonymous singers when they are eliminated will draw viewers, the number of contestants has been upped from 12 to 16, while the September 25 premiere saw a double-length start with two eliminations at once. This Wednesday, the guessing games continue as four more masked singers went onstage, and a third was ousted.
USA Today tells us that for the second week of “The Masked Singer” season 2 on Fox, four other contestants from the pool got to compete in sing-offs for the first time, following the eight that got first crack last week. For week two, the contestants were Black Widow against Leopard, with the loser of their face-off having to take on whoever came short between Flamingo and Panda. Returning judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke started making their guesses on the four, based on their interview pieces and performances, with some fearless predictions being thrown about.
Black Widow would beat Leopard on the first face-off. Guesses on the former’s identity ranged from Amber Riley of “Glee” fame, to Cardi B due to her brief twerking maneuver. Leopard actually caught the panel by surprise, due to looking feminine but belting out Queen’s “Somebody to Love” in a man’s voice. He lost out to Black Widow’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” however. On face-off 2, Flamingo belted out “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers which won against contestant 4, Panda, who sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” Predictions for Flamingo posited that she was quite possibly a singing group member, like with Destiny’s Child. Panda on the other hand was pegged as a female athlete, either Venus Williams or Ronda Rousey.
Now at risk, Panda and Leopard would take on each other in the Smackdown round. Here, Leopard channeled the late Aretha Franklin with “Respect” and ultimately prevailed over Panda’s rendition of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” This soung choice pretty much reinforced the suspicion of being a sports-woman, and it was confirmed when, being eliminated, Panda unmasked to reveal herself as boxer Laila Ali, daughter of the late great Muhammad Ali. Incredibly, she had been the first guess by Robin Thicke when Panda came on, though he said it was merely a joke.
Hosted by Nick Cannon, season 2 of “The Masked Singer” airs Wednesday evenings on Fox.
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