'The Masked Singer': All the Biggest Clues, Best Performances & Surprising Celeb Reveals of Season 2 Premiere
By Zach Seemayer
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The Masked Singer is back and bigger than ever -- and ET is following along throughout the entire season 2 premiere to break down all the biggest moments, best performances and most revealing clues!
Fox's smash hit "who-sung-it" reality competition has grown quite a bit this year, with a field of 16 contestants rocking a slew of brand new, mind-blowingly intricate costumes and performing all new beloved hits.
Even this season's premiere is bigger than ever, running a full two hours and featuring eight contestants facing off in two groups while the panel of celebrity "detectives" -- including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy -- try their best to guess the singers' secret identities.
The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Watch and follow along as we delve into the glorious madness and bizarre, captivating chaos that is The Masked Singer.
The Ice Cream Drops the Sugary Facade
Here we go! Let's see this meltdown!
Panelist's Final Guesses:
Jenny: Rob Diedrich
And The Ice Cream Is...
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins! The pro-gamer and Twitch superstar!
Jenny screamed, "My Kids are gonna love this!" And she also seemed to be the only person who knew who it was.
He pointed out that the multi-colored streamers in his package were a reference to him being a streamer.
It was also fun how the panelists didn't even hide the fact that Ninja was cast on the show to appeal to his young audience. At least the honesty was refreshing!
The Egg Gets Scrambled and Takes Off His Mask
Here we go! The first reveal of the season!
Panel's Final Guesses:
Robin: Johnny Weir
Jenny: Johnny Weir
Ken: Jonathan Van Ness
Nicole: Christian Siriano
And The Egg Is...
After a long, hilariously unnecessary spectacle of taking off his mask, The Egg revealed himself as Johnny Weir! Proving Robin and Jenny right.
The skater said the experience "renewed" his appreciation for singing and live performance.
This actually shows that the judges might be better at guessing this season (although, I hope not! Their insane guesses were my favorite part of season 1).
The Second Smackdown!
This time, The Ice Cream sang another rather simple but popular tune with Devo's "Whip It."
The Ladybug fired back with the Pat Benatar classic "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
Ultimately, while it was a tough choice, the audience voted The Ladybug forward, meaning The Ice Cream is going home and we're just minutes away from discovering his real identity.
The Tree VS The Ice Cream
As the Ice Cream and The Tree stood on stage together, the audience voted on who should keep going on the show.
It was revealed that The Tree edged out The Ice Cream, meaning she'll be coming back to sing another day while The Ice Cream will have to face off against The Ladybug in the second Smackdown of the premiere.
The Ice Cream Takes the 'Old Town Road'
The Ice Cream delivered a lively rendition of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' remix of "Old Town Road" which was a lot of fun, and allowed the singer to deliver a performance that doesn't require a lot of vocal nuance. But it was warmly received.
Jenny says she thinks it's a YouTuber, while Ken says it could be a professional gamer like Pewdiepie.
Meanwhile, Robin thinks it could be a DJ like Calvin Harris.
Nicole suggests it could be Even Speigel.
Also, it's almost hilarious how old the panel is, and they eventually have to turn to the audience for suggestions. Most of the audience suggests it could be Marshmello.
For a final clue, The Ice Cream says, "I'm sweet and everybody loves me."
The Ice Cream -- FIRST CLUES!!
The Ice Cream:
- Says, "I caught a lot of flack for doing what I love the most."
- Says, "I am used to performing in front of millions of people," but that this is going to be very different.
- There are lots of video game audio clues, and he says he's taking this competition to "the next level."
The Tree Has 'High Hopes' for Her Time on the Show
It's hard to tell from her clue package whether or not The Tree is a singer by trade, but she's got a beautiful (if not professional) voice as she delivers a beautiful, charismatic rendition of Panic! At the Disco's "High Hopes."
Ken thinks she's famous for something related to Christmas, and guesses actress Beverly D'angelo.
Nicole says it could be Zooey Deschanel (because of being in Elf) or maybe Rachel Ray (hence the cooking clues).
Jenny says it could be actress Wendi McLendon-Covey.
The tree gives another clue when she says, "Well, I'm festive and fun and I like everyone to gather around and have a good time."
The Tree -- FIRST CLUES!!
- The costume makes it impossible to see her profile.
- "I love getting dolled up."
- We see a Public Storage locker, with the number "30."
- Says she's been "in exile."
- Talks about baking and cooking, and we see pots and pans.
- Says she wants to "jazz up her career."
The Ladybug VS The Rottweiler
After both The Rottweiler and The Ladybug sang their hearts out, it was up to the fans to vote yet again and choose between the two fantastic performers.
After all the votes were cast, The Rottweiler came out on top, meaning he's safe. Now, The Ladybug is going to have to enter the Smackdown against whoever loses between The Tree and The Ice Cream.
The Rottweiler Is Leading the Pack
While the clues all lead us to believe The Rottweiler is a football player, when he came out he delivered an amazing performance of Hall & Oates' "Maneater" that proved he's got amazing vocal skills no one was suspecting.
Ken even says that The Rottweiler is easily his favorite singer thus far (although he's also said that at least three times now, so, you know).
Jenny says it sounds like Nick Lachey (despite the fact that The Rottweiler is like six inches shorter than Nick could be).
Ken says he definitely sounds like a real performer, and it could be another boyband performer like JC Chasez.
Nicole says it's Bruno Mars, which is possible (but, you know, unlikely.)
When Nick asks what makes him a Rottweiler, the singer says he's got "a wait and see attitude." Which doesn't help at all.
The Rottweiler -- FIRST CLUES!!
- Mentions, "the pig skin under the Friday night lights." Could be an actor?
- Has a "Fantasy Champion" football ring.
- Insert shot of blue roses, for some reason.
- Says he chose the Rottweiler because "I actually was bitten by one as a kid"
The Ladybug Sings Like a 'Hero'
After some nervous hesitation, The Ladybug wowed the judges with a bombastic and big-voiced performance of "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Taylor that the panelists loved.
Robin suggests it could be Lily Collins, while Jenny says it could be Willow Smith -- both guesses based on the "born in the limelight" clue.
Ken says it could be Lindsay Lohan, which the Ladybug HATED - - which is extra funny and awkward considering Lindsay is a panelist on The Masked Singer Australia.
As an extra clue, the Ladybug said, "I've been through so much in my life, I just feel so lucky to be here. (Which is) why I picked the Ladybug."
The Ladybug -- FIRST CLUES!!
- She has a Southern-sounding voice, but it sounds forced, or possibly fake.
- "KSOR" on the side of a TV camera.
- Says, "After a lifetime of drama," she needs some love.
- Says she was born into the "limelight" and makes a reference to "every piece of gossip and family feud," which indicates she comes from a famous family.
- She has a spinner wheel with different images: A Ham, a pumpkin, a judge's gavel, a dog, a skull, a bridge, a scorpion, a baseball bat, and a police car.
The Very First Smackdown! Who Is Going Home Tonight?
This is a fun, new feature for this season, having two stars pitted against one another in an over-the-top showdown with Nick serving as ring commentator.
In reality, it's basically just the same thing as when they performed alone, but now they both sing with the other on stage and generally get to harass each other.
I love it! This is just hilariously weird and perfectly silly.
The Egg kicks things off with Blondie's "One Way or Another."
Then, The Skeleton fights back with a shockingly soulful rendition of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that showed a whole different side to his voice. (Honestly, I hate admitting this, but it really does sound like Martin Short).
After additional fan voting, The Skeleton was named the victor, meaning he's staying in the competition, while The Egg is going to be unmasked at the end of the show.
The Thingamajig VS The Skeleton
After the votes were counted, Thingamajig beat out The Skeleton, and will be moving on.
This means we'll get another chance to hear Skeleton's musical cadence when he performs in the smackdown round against The Egg.
The Skeleton Shows Off His Comedy Chops
The Skeleton hit the stage and showed that he's likely a comedian with his ability to control the stage while delivering a hilarious rendition of "Rapper's Delight."
Nicole said he's a seasoned performer and has "comedy chops" and Ken said it was "easily the funniest performance of the evening."
Jenny thinks it could be Jon Cryer, and says he's got a Nathan Lane vibe.
Robin suggests it could be Dana Carvey, as he used to be "second fiddle" to Mike Meyers.
However, Ken is SURE it's Martin Short because Ken says he has studied and idolized the comic for years and the cadence matches.
As for the extra clue, the Skeleton says, "I have no booty to shake, so all I can do is shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake your bones!"
The Skeleton -- FIRST CLUES!!
- Said he chose his costume because "I have no fear of death and I don't overeat."
- Said, "I've been around the block a few times, but I'm far from dead."
- Says, "I've always provided support, but I'm tired of playing second fiddle."
- Says, "I finally get that spotlight all to myself, I'm gonna knock 'em dead.
- Says, "Party on, dudes!"
- Holds up three keys, and has three teeth.
The Thingamajig Makes Singing Look 'Easy'
Even though he hinted he's not a professional singer, you'd never know it from his performance of Lionel Richie's "Easy."
It was a truly unexpected performance that blew the panelists away. He's got a beautiful, soulful voice and can hit some surprising high notes.
It was a real shock for Ken, who didn't expect anything special and was "blown away." While Nicole said he has "a natural voice and beautiful tone."
Robin says it could be Michael Strahan, but thinks Thingamajig might be too lean to be him.
Ken thinks the "4" on the cupcake could mean four title rings.
Jenny suggests it could be Steph Curry, but Robin says Steph isn't nearly tall enough.
Nicole says it could be Dennis Rodman, but Jenny says he's "away in North Korea."
As for an added clue, Nick asks the Thingamajig to explain what he is, and the singer said, "A thingamajig is a thing that likes to majig." So, nothing helpful.
But Robin points out that the lyric from the song her sang, "Easy like Sunday morning," could be a clue to him being an NFL star.
The Thingamajig -- First Clues!!
- He delivers a (very evenly paced) rap for his clue package.
- Says, "I'm a gentle giant, the feathery kind."
- He has a "magic case" pulls handkerchiefs out of briefcase. Could be a magician?
- "I'm here because I love to sing, though you may think that's not my thing."
- Talks about "fashion SHOOTS and dreams," and then pulls out a pair of sneakers. So he could be a basketball player or athlete.
- Presents a cupcake with a "4" candle in it.
Butterfly VS Egg
After the votes were counted, The Butterfly beat out The Egg, meaning she's going on to the next round, while The Egg will hit the stage again for the battle round to determine who goes home.
The Egg Just Wants to Dance
The Egg hit the stage and delivered a very stylish performance of "Just Dance." He's got a lot of energy and a lot of style, but he doesn't seem to have the same music chops -- although he even admitted in the clue package that he isn't a pro-singer.
Jenny says she picked up on some "skate" clues and that it could be Adam Rippon and Johnny Weir.
Ken says he thinks it's Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness.
The Egg gave us one new clue: "I'm always egg-stra, and I do enjoy a good sparkle." So, that doesn't super help. Adam Rippon or Johnny Weir sound like the best guesses thus far.
The Egg -- FIRST CLUES
- His clue package stars in a theater.
- There's a plush swan toy.
- Says, "You might FIGURE that coming to The Masked Singer is a bit of a LEAP for me. But after years of being on top of the pyramid, I'm here to join the ranks of the most versatile entertainers of our time."
-"I'm going for the gold, and I guarantee I'll be a tough one to crack."
The Butterfly Comes Out With a 'Bang'
The Butterfly comes out with a high-energy performance of "Bang Bang" that convinces the judges that she's definitely not someone who is older, and is someone who certainly knows how to sing.
The judges loved that this is the first act of Season 2, and Nicole says she thinks The Butterfly "is going to be here for a while."
Robin thinks she used to be a model, but that her voice says she's a real singer.
Nicole suggests Cara Delevingne, and later says it could be Diana Ross.
Jenny suggests Fantasia, but admits that the London clues are confusing, and then says it could be Mel B.
Finally, the Butterfly gave us a new clue: "I've got a lot of soul in these wings."
The Butterfly -- FIRST CLUES!!
- Says, "For the past year, I've been waiting patiently in my cocoon for the promise of metamorphosis."
Says, "After achieving success in many stages of life, I found myself terrified by the one place I used to call home." Then, we see a photo of Big Ben and the London Skyline reflected in her eye.
- In her cocoon, we see a photo of a double-decker bus.
- She also poses for photos. Maybe she's a model?
Harder Clues and Double Elimination
Nick Cannon kicked off the show and promised that the new season's clues will be even harder.
"It was either that or shut down Google, and I don't think we have that power," Cannon joked.
Hopefully, they won't be too hard. Although last season we got a lot of them pretty early on, so maybe it'll make the mystery last longer.
As for tonight, the show is going to be unmasking TWO stars!
Here's Who's Facing Off
The show is breaking up the contestants into two groups.
Butterfly VS Egg
Thingamajig VS Skeleton
Rottweiler VS Ladybug
Tree VS Ice Cream
Welcome Back to the Fever Dream!
Are you ready for a whole season of bonkers moments, surreal visuals, captivating mystery elements and addictive fun?
We got 16 stars in 16 epic new costumes, and I can't wait to see what hints they give, and who surprises the panelists with their amazing voices.
Obviously, not every episode will have a "The Monster Slaying a Sam Smith Cover" moment, but hopefully someone will come close!