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somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

Welcome to the fourth season of FOX's (and apparently America's) favorite show. This season features sixteen masked contestants, with 46 Grammy nominations, 23 platinum records, 10 Hall of Fame appearances, one Olympic gold medalist, over 281 million records sold, appearances in over 5,475 episodes of television and 151 films, five Super Bowl appearances, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and one Time 100 honor.

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. Sixteen 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.
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 4
TBA

Guest panelists from past seasons
Jamie Foxx
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.

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. Plus, this season is introducing voting from at-home fans versus a live audience, so expect there to be some tomfoolery in the results.

What happened in the past three seasons?
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3

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, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Tony Hawk, Lil Wayne, Jesse McCartney and the past three winners, T-Pain as "The Monster", Wayne Brady as "The Fox", and Kandi Burruss as "The Night Angel".

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, Kandi Burruss)
- occasionally from FOX competitor networks (e.g. Drew Carey, Tom Bergeron, Ana Gasteyer)
- 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.

Big thanks to Hazo for providing the majority of this intro from the season 3 thread.

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somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

Current Group: Group A

The Contestants:

Baby Alien

The show's first puppet character.
Revealed as: TBA

Seahorse

Revealed as: TBA

Serpent

Featuring a set of six animatronic tails
Revealed as: TBA

Crocodile

Revealed as: TBA

Broccoli

Revealed as: TBA

Gremlin

Revealed as: Mickey Rourke

Mushroom

Revealed as: TBA

Whatchamacallit

Revealed as: TBA

Jellyfish

A costume leftover from last season, now seeing the light.
Revealed as: TBA

Lips

Shamelessly lifted from the second season of the French version of the show.
Revealed as: TBA

Squiggly Monster

Revealed as: TBA

Snow Owls

Yep, a duo mask. Will compete and be unmasked as one.
Revealed as: TBA

Popcorn

Revealed as: TBA

Sun

Revealed as: TBA

Dragon

Revealed as: Busta Rhymes

Giraffe

Revealed as: TBA

somekindofguy fucked around with this message at 01:07 on Oct 1, 2020

somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

Show has started. Sun seems the front runner so far, though Popcorn might give her a run for her money.

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE




Ja Rule would be funny because of Fyre Fest

Edit: thanks for picking up the thread somekindofguy. I didnít intend on watching this season but oh well

Hazo fucked around with this message at 00:49 on Sep 24, 2020

somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

No problem man. If it helps, this season is slated to be shorter than last season, with a triple elimination before the final. Why they didn't just stick with season 2's format is beyond me.

Nice to see Busta Rhymes again. And they did a song I liked too. Good night overall.

Also: if you want to see how other countries are doing The Masked Singer, the Australian version recently concluded their second season and put all the performances online. I'd call it a step up over the first season, even with the lack of an audience. Enjoy!

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

Take me to your Shida





somekindofguy posted:

Show has started. Sun seems the front runner so far, though Popcorn might give her a run for her money.

I didn't think Popcorn was very good at all

This is probably wrong but my first guess for Sun is Emily Blunt. Don't really have a guess for the other three acts from tonight.

hamsystem
Nov 11, 2010

Fuzzy pickles!


I'm like 99% sure snow owls are Clint and Lisa Black. I don't know much of her stuff but I grew up in the south and his voice is instantly recognizable.

somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

Group B is on now, and they have been teasing a ragequit or something like that.

Personally seems like Whatchamacallit might go home if this was normal.

EDIT: WELP. Gremlin goes home, and it's frigging Mickey Rourke.

somekindofguy fucked around with this message at 01:03 on Oct 1, 2020

Hazo
Dec 30, 2004

SCIENCE




Huh. That was weird.

But it was a good guess and Mickey Rourke is a legit insane person so he probably decided he had to go somewhere to do something crazy.

somekindofguy
Mar 9, 2011


Grimey Drawer

Tonight's episode didn't do much for me. The faffing about with the judges just felt a lot like filler, when we would have gotten a group performance by now...

Also, they are apparently doing a Super Six instead of a Super Nine, along with a triple elimination. Just feels rushed when they had a perfectly good 16 mask format in Season 2.

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Fallen One
May 1, 2007

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

somekindofguy posted:

Tonight's episode didn't do much for me. The faffing about with the judges just felt a lot like filler, when we would have gotten a group performance by now...

Also, they are apparently doing a Super Six instead of a Super Nine, along with a triple elimination. Just feels rushed when they had a perfectly good 16 mask format in Season 2.

Yeah, episode was pretty meh except for Sun. And here I thought Ken seemed very slightly less obnoxious this season, that didn't last long. I don't get why they went back to group A before introducing group C and I agree season two had the best format. I like seeing them competing in different groups, the same ones every time get stale especially if you don't like almost any of them (I didn't care for anyone in the third group of season 3).

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