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The Masked Singer returned Wednesday night, after a Thanksgiving hiatus, and ET is following along throughout the wild one-hour episode to break down all the craziest moments, best performances, and most revealing clues!
Tonight, Fox's smash hit reality competition series brings back four familiar costumed contestants back to the stage to sing their hearts out yet again. The Fox, Thingamajig, The Tree and The Butterfly are all trying impress America with their voices and, more importantly, drop some huge hints to help us figure out their alter egos.
Meanwhile, the panel of celebrity "detectives" -- including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy, as well as returning guest star Joel McHale -- try their best to guess the singers' secret identities, before one more singer is unmasked.
The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, and you can watch and follow along as we delve into the glorious madness and bizarre, captivating chaos that is The Masked Singer.
The Butterfly Gets Unmasked!6:00 PM:
After the panelists cast their votes, it turns out that Thingamajig will be back to sing again, while The Butterfly is heading out tonight.
At least we'll finally find out who was belting out all those amazing performances! But first, the judges have to make their final guesses.
Panelists Final Guesses:
Jenny: Michelle Williams
Nicole: Michelle Williams
Ken: Mel B
Joel: Victoria Beckham
Robin: Michelle Williams
After working hard to get her Butterfly mask off, the costumed contestant reveals herself to be none other than Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams! Which means Jenny, Nicole and Robin (and us, for that matter) all called it!
The excited panel clearly have nothing but love and appreciation for the singer and her journey, and that love is reciprocated.
"It was a beautiful experience," Williams says of her time on the show. "Yes, I've been on big stages, but for me personally this was something for me to know, like, 'You got this.'
Michelle starts to get choked up as she explains how being on the show has been a "confidence builder," and her tears are getting the panelists misty-eyed as well.
"I haven't worked all year, since December of last year, so this is a way to come back strong, and I'm so glad to share it with y'all," she added with a smile.
Smackdown Round: The Butterfly Faces Off Against Thingamajig5:51 PM:
The Smackdown Rounds are a great addition to this season, and this week's head-to-head might be the best thus far.
The Butterfly, who is just an undeniably great singer, belts out a killer rendition of Imagine Dragons' "Believer," that just lights the place up.
However, Thingamajig has a little something up his plaid sleeve, and he busts out an awesome performance of "Caught Up" by Usher.
It's hard to tell who was truly better, as both numbers were awesome, and now it's up to the judges to figure out who should be going home - no audience voting this time around.
Thingamajig VS The Tree!5:42 PM:
Now that Thingamajig and The Tree have faced off, it's up to the audience to vote on who moves on and who will face off against The Butterfly.
However, they torment us with a commercial break before the big reveal.
After the commercial break, we learn that The Tree's Bonnie Tyler performance bested Thingamajig's Michael Buble cover, and the green monster is going to go head to head against The Butterfly.
The Tree Sings From the "Heart"5:41 PM:
The Tree has always been a good performer, but with her performance of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" tonight, she's really showing off some incredible talent.
The Tree hits the song's iconic high notes with such skill that all the panelists give an immediate standing ovation.
"Honestly, you make me happy every time that you sing," Jenny marvels.
"Being The Tree is so much fun, I love it," The Tree says, giving a totally unhelpful clue. "But it's all consuming and I've let my other responsibilities fall by the wayside while I'm doing this."
Nicole thinks it's Lisa Kudrow (based on the Friends references in the clue package, but those are almost definitely misdirects).
Jenny thinks it's Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.
Ken thinks it's actress Nia Vardalos.
Joel says it could be Megan Mullally.
The Tree -- NEW CLUES!!5:36 PM:
- Says, "With all the confidence the panel has given me, I feel like I've finally come into my own."
- We see an embroidered sign that reads, "What Is A Friend?"
- Says, "I'm singing and dancing like no one is watching. Not even a smelly cat."
- Says, "The spotlight is dynamite and I plan on shaking my big fat tree stump all the way to the end," while jumping on a bed and holding a bundle of dynamite sticks.
- We see a witch hat on her kitchen counter top, next to a stack of soup cans.
- Says, "Tonight, I'm living in a powder keg and giving off sparks."
Thingamajig Tries Thingama-Tinder5:32 PM:
Thingamajig's romance with Nicole has been an on-going storyline, and this week the green fuzzy monster's search for a relationship plays into the theme of his performance.
Based around finding a love connection on a "Date-a-Majig" app, Thingamajig belts out a charming rendition of "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble.
The effort works, because Nicole is clearly enamoured.
"Nicole, what's your perfect date? Because I want to start planning ahead," Thingamajig says, flirting from the stage.
Jenny says she thinks it's a basketball player just from the height.
Robin thinks it's Montell Jordan.
Ken says he "knows exactly who this is" and then suggests Brian McKnight.
Nicole jokes that Thingamajig is "a narcissist, just like all my other exes." Considering she and Nick used to date, and the show threw up a pic of them from back in the day, it was a pretty hilarious dig.
Finally, Joel says he thinks it's Dennis Rodman (based on Jenny and Nicole suggesting it to him).
Thingamajig -- NEW CLUES!!5:26 PM:
- Says, "In my line of work, I'm used to hustling every day."
- Says, "I've learned that if you really want something in life, you have to commit to it 110 percent."
- We see Thingamajig at a makeshift wedding alter exchanging vows with another Thingamajig.
- Says, "I've got to be my own No. 1 right now."
- We see him lifting a platinum album.
- Says, "I suffered a setback recently... now that I got my groove back, I'm more laser-focused than ever to make it to the end."
- We see an envelope with the words "To: My love, From: Maryland."
The Butterfly Vs. The Fox!5:22 PM:
After the first face-off of the night, The Butterfly and The Fox put their fate in the hands of the audience, who vote on who should stay and who's going to the Smackdown Round.
While it must have been a close call, the people showed The Fox a lot of love, and sent The Butterfly to the Smackdown.
It'll all come down to who she faces off later tonight.
The Fox Delivers a Number as Smooth as "Tennessee Whiskey"5:20 PM:
This whole season, The Fox has made the panelists think he was part of a boyband, because of his great dance moves. So, to prove his voice is his true calling card, he strips things down this week with a soulful cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton.
The tune absolutely floors the panelists and even brings Nicole to tears.
Joel says, "I usually joke about everything but that was the best performance I've ever seen on the show."
The Fox then gives us a surprising hint.
"I am so glad, I'm getting the chance to work with my friends, even though my friends don't know they are working with me," Fox says, gesturing to the panel and making them very confused.
Robin says it's A.J. McLean.
Ken thinks it's Jamie Foxx (still).
Jenny thinks it could be Taye Diggs.
The Fox -- NEW CLUES!!5:14 PM:
- Says, "I've got to be clever if I want to make it to the end."
- We see him playing a white piano in the middle of a field with his little fox child.
- He says he chose The Fox because the animals are "cunning and strong and yet oftentimes underestimated. I felt that way a lot in my career."
- There are four men in all-white body stocking costumes that run and dance around the piano. It's very weird.
- There's a chalkboard sign that says, "Yes, and..."
- Calls himself a "True, blue superhero."
After the clue package, Joel jokes, "I feel like I'm on drugs after watching that."
"That's just our show in general," Nicole quips.
The Butterfly Isn't "Sorry" for Slaying5:09 PM:
The Butterfly hits the stage and is seriously looking to win this whole thing with a vocally impressive performance of Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry" that wows the judges and leaves the audience chanting her name.
"She came to fight!" Nicole says. "When you sing, your soul is on fire!"
"It is by far the best perfromance I have ever seen from someone dressed up like a bug," Joel joked.
"I am brought to tears after every performance, because you guys have helped take away the insecurities about my voice," The Butterfly says, thankfully.
The Panelists' Guesses:
Jenny says she thinks it's Michelle Williams.
Robin suggests it could be Leona Lewis or the singer Monica.
Ken says he thinks it's Kerry Washington (for very confusing, convoluted reasons).
The Butterfly -- NEW CLUES!!5:04 PM:
- Says, "I'm used to sharing the stage with giants,' as we see a football on a table.
- Says, "This metamorphosis has allowed me to tackle some of my deepest insecurities."
- We see a tea pot with a tag that says "Hot 100 degrees."
- Says, 'Being center stage has summoned a new power I never knew I had. As The Butterfly, I found the spirit to begin again."
- We see a Playbill for an unnamed play that includes an ancient pyramid image.
- Says, "If you want my future, forget my past. I'm done apologizing for who I used to be."
Two Exciting Face-Offs!5:02 PM:
The Masked Singer is back!!
After taking a week off, TV's craziest show is back, and we've got two awesome face-offs tonight:
Butterfly Vs. The Fox and Thingamajig Vs. The Tree
With Joel McHale on the panel, this should be a real fun episode!
Last week, after one of the most exciting musical showdowns of the season thus far, fans had to bid farewell to The Flower, who turned out to be none other than the Godmother of Soul herself, Patti LaBelle.
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