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Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


FOX appears to be committed to airing this show until the heat-death of the universe, so welcome back for a third season. This season got another upgrade, now featuring eighteen masked contestants, with a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos, and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records.

What Is it?
Based on (copied from) the South Korean reality show King of Mask Singer, this singing competition is everything about the modern celebrity landscape and reality TV mashed together in a nightmarish pastiche featuring admittedly incredible costumes, synthesized voices, terrible puns, and brick stupid panelists. Eighteen public figures ("celebrities" doesn't really work here) are dressed in full garish costumes and face off against one another by singing song covers in their real voices. Before each song, they play a sizzle real of the singer offering (in a concealed voice) a short biography in order to give clues as to their identity.

Entertainment Weekly posted:

These additional competitors will shake up the format, as the contestants will be split into three groups of six: Group A, B, and C. Group A will kick off the first three episodes as six singers are whittled down to three. Then the audience will meet Group B as they also go from six to three, and then the same with Group C. The final nine contestants from these three groups will then come together and battle it out the rest of the season for the Golden Mask Trophy. One celebrity will still be unmasked in each episode, including the premiere.
The show airs Wednesday at 8PM ET on Fox.

Meet the Host
Nick Cannon, in different head dresses and hairstyles.

Meet the "Judges"
Robin Thicke: Songwriter, record producer, and noted domestic shitbag. He appears to be trying very hard to be The Serious One on the meaningless panel.
Jenny McCarthy: Yes, her. Everyone's favorite anti-vaxxer observes things around her and makes preposterous guesses. Yet somehow, I'm assuming through the magic of editing, she appears to pull a last-minute correct guess just before the unmasking.
Ken Jeong: Former MD and current prolific comedic actor. Gives up the veil of taking any of this remotely seriously almost immediately into the first episode. Did not correctly guess a single singer in the first season.
Nicole Scherzinger: Formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole is the other person seemingly making guesses in earnest. Constantly drunk.

Confirmed Guest Panelists for Season 3
Jamie Foxx (episode1)
Jason Biggs (episode 2)
Leah Remini (episode 3)
Gabriel Iglesias (episode 5)

Guest panelists from past seasons
Keenan Thompson
J.B. Smoove
Anthony Anderson
Joel McHale (please come back)
T-Pain
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Why Should I Watch?
It's the closest thing we have to modern day water-cooler talk. Unlike singing reality shows of the past, you don't just get to argue with your acquaintacnes about who is more talented-- you also get to argue about clues, heights, and voices! Destroy your relationships and isolate your family members with your increasingly furious opinions of whether the Banana's voice is too high to be JJ Abrams! It's also so goddamned weird.

Vulture posted:

The vibe of the whole thing is “what if Gritty walked out on a soundstage made to look like an arena concert, belted out Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me,’ was described as ‘a professional’ by Jenny McCarthy, took off his head to reveal he was Joey Fatone, and the entire experience felt three clicks away from an episode of Black Mirror?”

Cosmopolitan posted:

This lovable show is the only pure thing on television as far as I'm concerned, and I'm convinced it has the ability to heal our country. I'm also semi convinced I've hallucinated the entire thing

Vox posted:

What’s wild about The Masked Singer — which is a reality show singing competition, but only nominally — is that it’s essentially all of those things at once.
[...]
To watch The Masked Singer is to feel vaguely like you’re living in a dystopian movie, but also knowing that you’re one of the placated, one of the sheeple who sits and watches the rock-stupid hit TV show that keeps everybody from questioning the unjust society they live in while the protagonists roll their eyes at your complacency. To watch it is to wonder if Neo and Agent Smith from The Matrix are having a mind-bending fistfight right behind you that you would see if you just turned around and looked away from The Masked Singer’s wonders. Except then you might miss the Monster!

Something Awful Forums Member Toxic Fart Syndrome posted:

Holy crap I am watching The Masked Singer on Hulu and I have no idea what's going on but I really expect Katniss Everdeen to break through my door or take over the broadcast...

The A.V. Club posted:

Just... just watch this. Just watch it. For us. Watch this, for us.
And it's fun to argue with people about your guesses. Last season, the Internet mostly figured out who everyone was after only a couple of appearances. By all accounts, they're trying to make it much more difficult this time around.

What happened in the past two seasons?
Season 1
Season 2

Masked singers of the past have included Terry Bradshaw, Gladys Knight, LaToya Jackson, Tommy Chong, Seal (not dressed as a seal), Donny Osmond, Joey Fatone, Kelly Osbourne, Patti Labelle, Adrienne Bailon, Ninja, and the past two winners, T-Pain as "The Monster" and Wayne Brady as "The Fox."

What have we learned?
Time is cyclical, we're all going to die, and this show is all we have.

Oh you mean about the constestants?
The revealed singers have tended to be:
- active in the reality show community (e.g. Rumer Willis, Tori Spelling)
- not from FOX competitor networks (I yearn for Nick Offerman or Megan Mullally to be a contestant but alas)'
- promoting a new show or album
- not currently prominent artists (it's not Lady Gaga or )

Who are this season's contestants?
Find out in the next post.

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Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


Current Group: Group B

Let's meet the first round of contestants! I am borrowing heavily (stealing) from Good Housekeeping, Vulture, and Entertainment Weekly because I'm old and they have a pretty good track record of breaking down the figures on this stupid and amazing show.
***Predictions are included below, so be aware of potential spoilers***

GROUP A

Robot



Clues
1) Robot has a connection to cowboy culture and Texas, according to a season 3 promo video.
2) "PT" was called out during Robot's clue package.
3) The Robot has been perceived as "inhuman" but has a lot of love to give.
4) The Robot's clue package featured a toy skateboard crashing into a toy fire truck.

***REVEALED*** in the first episode to be Lil Wayne.


Llama



Clues
1) In a promo clip for the show, Llama is seen with a "Sounds of Seattle" CD.
2) "23.3 The Wool" was called out in the video, as well.
3) The Llama is wearing a camera around its neck.

***REVEALED*** to be Drew Carey.


White Tiger



Clues:
1) White Tiger boasts eight large blue stones on its costume.
2) Costume designer Marina Toybina told Entertainment Weekly, "He’s just fun, outgoing, incredible, and loves his costume. It is somebody that enjoys his performance and is definitely larger than life on stage.”
3) The White Tiger was teased as a clam-shucking champion with 51 clams.
4) The White Tiger featured the beginning of Abraham Lincoln's Gettsyburg Address in his clue package.
Top Predictions: Rob Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski

Scorching hot take: It's Gronk. Played in Super Bowl LI (51 clams) and LIII (clue package had "5/3" in the background). Four score and seven years equals his jersey number 87.


Kangaroo



Clues:
1) The Kangaroo has a pouch (which is only found in female marsupials).
2) The creature is wearing multiple chains around its neck.
3) The Kangaroo wants to "bounce back" after getting thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons "by her own admission."
Top Predictions: Jordyn Woods, Natalie Imbruglia, Lindsay Lohan


Miss Monster



Clues:
1) A reskin of T-Pain's season 1 winning Monster. Is there a connection? Who knows??
2) Miss Monster sports big pink lips, a huge bow, and long sparkly finger nails.
2) A promo featuring Miss Monster teased that season 3 was "going to be lit!"

Top Predictions: Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Molly Ringwald

*** REVEALED to be Chaka Khan


Turtle



Clues:
1) The Turtle is rocking jet-black hair and a leather jacket.
2) In a promo video, the Turtle is seen next to a framed purple jersey with a "C" on it and a team photo on the wall.
3) The Turtle has a connection to burgers or cooking out.
4) The Turtle feels like everyone around him fought "tooth and nail for the dream."
5) The Turtle cleaned a surfboard in his clue package video.
Top Predictions: Jesse McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass

Scorching hot take: According to people who know better (aka my wife and her friends) it's Jesse. Vulture has a pretty good breakdown at the link above.

Group A members advancing to ~The Final Nine~:
Gronk, Kangaroo, Turtle

__________________________________________


GROUP B
Pulling heavily from ScreenRant since they have a better summary for this batch of contestants.


Elephant



1) Elephant has a connection to birds.
2) Elephant says that they "canvassed park benches" when he was younger.
3) The security guards featured in Elephant's clue package perform lots of skateboard-like flips.

*** REVEALED to be Tony Hawk


Banana



Clues:
1) Banana is used to performing on a stage, according to a promo video.
2) The fruit is seen on a red carpet during a promo.

Scorching hot take: I actually know this one. I grew up listening to his albums and I know Bill Engvall when I hear him.


Frog


Clues: Frog's clue package was helpful in pointing to Bow Wow that pointed out his skills and stature. Obviously, the quality rapping and the size of Frog fit Bow Wow, but there were specific clues hiddne in the package that really gave it away. In the video, there was a flyer for the 1996 Olympics. This confused some, as it got fans thinking Frog must be an athlete. But the location of the 1996 Olympics is what is significant, as Atlanta is where Bow Wow lives. There was a clue that $106 dollars, which points to Bow Wow hosting BET's 106 & Park. Lastly, there was a bag on the floor with food labeled "Leftovers," more commonly referred to as a doggy bag which happens to be the title of his second album. Based on all of the clues, it's safe to say Frog is Bow Wow.


Kitty



Clues: The voice gave away that this was indeed a skilled singer and the size let fans know it was one of diminutive stature. At 5'2" with history as a trained Broadway star, all signs pointed to Sarah. The clue package made reference to a stage performer as well with scenes of a live theater audience. She talked about wanting to wipe the slate clean and about wanting people to think of her as who she has become, not who she was. As a former child star on the show, Modern Family, which is currently ending, this would make sense as her wanting a fresh start in her career.


Taco




*** REVEALED to be Tom Bergeron.

Clues: This one came down to the voice. As the host of some of the most popular shows like Dancing with the Stars and America's Funniest Videos, he has a voice people have heard a lot. The clue packaged offered a stack of VHS tapes, many did link this to AFV, but thought of its previous host Bob Sagat because the next clue was a trolley car and Full House was in San Fransisco. However, Bergeron recently recorded a song called "Some Things I Don't Understand" for the Mister Rogers tribute album - which ties the trolley car to him as well. The height was the deciding factor between guessing Bob Sagat and Bergeron. Sagat is 6'4" and would tower over host Cannon, but Taco was notably smaller than the host which fits with Tom Bergeron better. If you're still not convinced. That voice should do it.


Mouse



*** REVEALED to be Dionne Warwick, in an almost unanimous agreement from the judges.

Clues: Every new group has given us one music legend and the minute mouse started singing people knew this was that singer. Dionne Warwick's voice is as well known as her hits. Fans flooded social media saying it was the music legend as soon as she started singing. It was clear the way they helped her in and out that it was an older singer and the clue package started out with her saying she was small but had always been a leader in her field. She isn't exactly known for being small, but she is definitely a leader in her field. A clue showed a "Bang Bang Formation" and Warwick had a song from the James Bond series called "Mr.Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." The numbers "19" and "79" were featured and in 1979 Warwick moved to Arista and released her album, Dionne. She said she never accepted anything less than gold. Warwick sang the song "Solid Gold" which was the theme song to the show by the same name. While other names have been thrown around, it seems likely Mouse is music icon, Dionne Warwick.

Hazo fucked around with this message at 18:52 on Mar 5, 2020

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

There's only one
Human race
Many faces
Everybody belongs here

I doubt Kangaroo is Natalie Inbruglia. Same with Monster and Molly Ringwald.

I don't think it is her, but Monster sounds like Wanda Sykes to me.

Failson
Sep 2, 2018

Can do stupid things.




Fun Shoe

Pro thread title.

I want new Monster to be Lil' Kim. It isn't, but I would be entertained if it was her.

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




The llama kinda gets rid of the whole 'not of fox' thing, dont it?

swickles
Aug 21, 2006

I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just some QB that I used to know


White Tiger is Gronk, they didn't even need a clue package. It walked out and everyone was just like "well, thats Gronk". They may as well had re-enacted the SNL Masked Singer sketch with Eddy Murphy as Buckwheat.

Miss Monster might be Queen Latifah, although my mom pointed out that she doesn't move at all and is escorted out to the stage and back, making it seem like its someone older who can't navigate the costume well, and there are a couple good guesses posted here that fit with that idea.

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


Watermelon Daiquiri posted:

The llama kinda gets rid of the whole 'not of fox' thing, dont it?

Drew Carey’s stint on Who’s Line was carried by ABC Family, now called Freeform and, before that, Fox Family.

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




yeah but before that it was on abc, iirc

and besides im pretty sure it didnt start airing on abc family until after they bought it from fox

Watermelon Daiquiri fucked around with this message at 03:53 on Feb 12, 2020

ghost emoji
Mar 11, 2016

oooOooOOOooh


Miss Monster sounds exactly like Chaka Khan but if it's not her, then my second guess is Missy Elliott.

Seiyal
Jul 9, 2015

In my mind I just pretend. My brain is my only true friend.


I appreciate that even in the group song, they've finally relented to the fact that Tiger cannot sing at all and didn't get a solo.

Crusty Nutsack
Apr 21, 2005

WHY BE A FATCAT WHEN YOU CAN BE A SMOKERAT?


"I love breakfast" lol

Color Printer
May 9, 2011

You get used to it. I don't
even see the code. All I see
is Ipecac, Scapular, Polyphemus...




Wow, this is Tiger's worst singing yet by a loving mile. Jesus christ

Crusty Nutsack
Apr 21, 2005

WHY BE A FATCAT WHEN YOU CAN BE A SMOKERAT?


Color Printer posted:

Wow, this is Tiger's worst singing yet by a loving mile. Jesus christ

he seems to think he's above even trying anymore. he can't even stay on beat. I hate him so much

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


For Kangaroo: I thought “I’ve sat at the same table as you [Leah Remini] and I admire your courage” was a fellow Scientology cultist, but apparently Jordyn Woods was on Red Table Talk with Jayda Pickett Smith and so was Leah, but on different episodes. Should’ve known Fox was too cowardly to gently caress with The Church, at least that directly.

Seiyal
Jul 9, 2015

In my mind I just pretend. My brain is my only true friend.


.... seriously? I didn't think they had the best performance but it *had* to have been better than the Tiger!

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


Lmao gently caress you Gronk

Color Printer
May 9, 2011

You get used to it. I don't
even see the code. All I see
is Ipecac, Scapular, Polyphemus...




Are you loving kidding me?

Crusty Nutsack
Apr 21, 2005

WHY BE A FATCAT WHEN YOU CAN BE A SMOKERAT?


this show is so dumb this time around, the next groups need to be better

loving gronk ugh

Color Printer
May 9, 2011

You get used to it. I don't
even see the code. All I see
is Ipecac, Scapular, Polyphemus...




I actually thought the new format where they have three episodes with a group of 6 eliminating one each time was fine, up until they made me listen to a blatantly non-singer all three episodes in a row, getting worse each time, and then didn't even kick him off in any of them

EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, this format blows. There's no variety. And after Gronk, I am dreading seeing groups B and C. They can't do this more than once...............right?

Color Printer fucked around with this message at 02:22 on Feb 13, 2020

LadyPictureShow
Nov 18, 2005

Success!





Color Printer posted:

I actually thought the new format where they have three episodes with a group of 6 eliminating one each time was fine, up until they made me listen to a blatantly non-singer all three episodes in a row, getting worse each time, and then didn't even kick him off in any of them

EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, this format blows. There's no variety. And after Gronk, I am dreading seeing groups B and C. They can't do this more than once...............right?

It can't be that bad, I'm sure the other ones will all have a little smidge if ability. Fox is all up on Gronk's jock right now. In a preview for an upcoming episode of that Gordon Ramsay show, Gronk is the special guest.

I said 'Oh gently caress you, Gronk!' at the TV. Bad enough you clowned on the Bills for so long, now you gotta show up everywhere?!

And to repeat my question I accidentally posted in the old S2 thread:
Was Gronk even singing during that group number?

LadyPictureShow fucked around with this message at 03:30 on Feb 13, 2020

Color Printer
May 9, 2011

You get used to it. I don't
even see the code. All I see
is Ipecac, Scapular, Polyphemus...




I know it's a rigged popularity contest, but they're not supposed to make it this blatant lmfao

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

There's only one
Human race
Many faces
Everybody belongs here



Told you so.

gandlethorpe
Aug 16, 2008



I really wanna get into this show as a fan of singing and cute costumes, but Jenny McCarthy repulses me. Can they do a version where she's edited out? Is her presence at least mostly ignorable?

MichiganCubbie
Dec 11, 2008

I love that I have an erection...

...that doesn't involve homeless people.


At least we don't have to see Gronk for a few weeks.

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

There's only one
Human race
Many faces
Everybody belongs here

gandlethorpe posted:

I really wanna get into this show as a fan of singing and cute costumes, but Jenny McCarthy repulses me. Can they do a version where she's edited out? Is her presence at least mostly ignorable?

I find it unfathomable that she is on this show. She is known to be an insane anti-vaccer who has caused a ton of damage. Yet she is given this highly public job? It sucks.

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

you're a flower. you're also a rainbow and a river. you are the manifestation of all perfection and i want to i don't fucking know, but you are fucking perfect




Nailed it

Fallen One
May 1, 2007

" Whoa! Death? He's come for me!... Death is sleeping too..."

Good lord, I disagreed with some eliminations a little in season 2 but this is ridiculous. loving Gronk. The new format sucks too; I want to be introduced to everyone as soon as possible. If you have someone really bad at least they wouldn't be on three episodes in a row in the past 2 seasons.

Failson
Sep 2, 2018

Can do stupid things.




Fun Shoe

Gotta go with the consensus here. New format is bad, and they could at least try to make it look like the singing still sorta matters.

Gronk is so awful.

Also some of the costumes are really slapdash. Turtle and Kangaroo look like they were finished in a hurry.

LadyPictureShow
Nov 18, 2005

Success!





My boyfriend, who is generally pretty upbeat about things (and unlike me doesn't already dislike Gronk) said after the reveal:

"I thought this show was about singing, not who can make the biggest rear end in a top hat of themself."

Poor Chaka. I absolutely love her.

I dislike the format, and I dislike how all the judges keep saying is 'oh Tiger, you're such a fan favorite!'

Side note, Chaka Khan performed in one halftime show. So kangaroo and turtle have some combo of three appearances.

Seiyal
Jul 9, 2015

In my mind I just pretend. My brain is my only true friend.


Now onto Group B candidates this episode with the 6 being Frog, Elephant, Kitty, Banana, Taco and Mouse.

The judges took my guess of Kitty being space Julianne Hough and I've got no current guesses for the Frog/Elephant since I missed the first part of the episode.

I'm hoping we don't have another White Tiger in this group though...

Crusty Nutsack
Apr 21, 2005

WHY BE A FATCAT WHEN YOU CAN BE A SMOKERAT?


I am usually not good at guessing so this is probably dumb but maybe kitty is Mena Suvari? those rose petals gave off a big American Beauty vibe. She also apparently sang in/for that movie

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


Bob Saget is a REALLY good guess but he’s like 4 inches taller than Nick Cannon and the taco was not.

Seiyal
Jul 9, 2015

In my mind I just pretend. My brain is my only true friend.


Ahh, I thought we were getting a new segment but nope, it's just a fight promo.

Also the group so far seems really solid, the singers have been decent. It's encouraging that this seems like a strong group 4/6 in.

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


Mouse is Dionne Warwick

Edit: Banana is Bill Engvall. I got one on my own!

Hazo fucked around with this message at 01:50 on Feb 20, 2020

Seiyal
Jul 9, 2015

In my mind I just pretend. My brain is my only true friend.


Yep nope not even close there on that one.

Harold Krell
Sep 10, 2011

I truly believe that anyone and everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.



Hazo posted:

Bob Saget is a REALLY good guess but he’s like 4 inches taller than Nick Cannon and the taco was not.


It’s close, but based on the voice, I’m 99.9% sure Taco is Tom Bergeron.

WescottF1
Oct 21, 2000
Forums Veteran

Based on seeing him in concert several times over the years, I'm almost 100% certain Banana is Bret Michaels.

ghost emoji
Mar 11, 2016

oooOooOOOooh


Frog: Bow Wow

Kitty: Emma Watson

Taco: Tom Bergeron

Mouse: Dionne Warwick

Banana: Bill Engvall

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE


OP updated.

ghost emoji posted:

Kitty: Emma Watson

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Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

There's only one
Human race
Many faces
Everybody belongs here

Yeah, I'm gonna go w/ no on that, too.

My guess for taco is Dana Carvey.

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