'The Masked Singer': The Snow Owls Fly Off While Popcorn and Sun Reveal Big New Clues!
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The Masked Singer returned Wednesday night for another evening of mystery, music, and madness! ET is following along throughout the wild and wacky one-hour episode to break down all the craziest moments, best performances, and most revealing clues -- which will come courtesy of some close, personal friends and family of the costumed contestants!
Group A hits the stage for the last time tonight, and fans are getting a chance to see the group's three remaining characters (if you count the Snow Owls as a single character) sing their hearts out -- and share some revealing clues about their secret identities -- in a battle for spots in the Final Six!
Everyone's favorite panel of celebrity "detectives" -- including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy -- will try their best to guess the singers' secret identities, as fans at home keep their eyes peeled for all the smallest and most revealing hints.
The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, and you can follow along with ET in our Live Blog, right here:
The Snow Owls Are...
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black!
It turns out, Nicole knows her stuff!
"When I first saw the costumes, I actually cried," Lisa shares. "Because they're so beautiful, but they're so sweet. I couldn't wait to get into them."
Clint has a lot of praise for the panel, sharing, "Y'all are so nice and made us feel good every time!"
The pair then close out the show with an unmasked encore of "The Prayer" and it's actually better than their first performance, and is genuinely touching. Even Ken is crying!
The Final Guesses
Robin's First Impression Guess and Final Guess: Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
Jenny's First Impression Guess: Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams. Jenny's Final Guess: Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
Ken's First Impression Guess: Derek and Julianne Hough. Ken's Final Guess: Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito.(What??)
Nicole's First Impression Guess: Donny and Marie Osmond. Nicole's Final Guess: Clint Black and Lisa Hartman.
Niecy's Final Guess: Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna.
The Smackdown Winner Is...
After a commercial break, we come back to hear how the judges voted after the Smackdown Round.
The costumed contestant and Smackdown winner is The Popcorn! Meaning she's moving on and The Snow Owls are going to get unmasked.
As a final clue, the Snow Owls "Hatch" out of the egg, giving the panel a chance to see who they really are."
The Smackdown Round!
"This is a battle between birds of prey and complex carbohydrates!" Nicole exclaims. "It's anybody's game!"
The Snow Owls kick things off with a duet of "Because you Loved Me" by Celine Dion, and it is very country.
The Popcorn comes back swinging with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams, and even The Snow Owls are feeling the love.
The Smack Talk:
The Snow Owls say, "We went out on a limb and gave our crowning achievement performance."
The Popcorn says, "The Popcorn came here to pop!"
So, you know, that doesn't really help when it comes to picking a winner, but it's all good. This show is about fun and love, not trash talk. Unless it's from or directed towards Ken!
The Votes Are In!
The singer going directly to the Final Six is... The Sun!
This means the Smackdown is going to pit The Snow Owls against The Popcorn!
The Popcorn Knocks 'Em Down Like Dominoes
The Popcorn certainly knows how to command a stage, and she does just that while singing Jessie J's "Domino"
"She flipped the whole script!" Robin exclaims. "Just when I thought I knew exactly who it was, she comes out and she started the song with a completely different tone in the highest register. I'm completely confused right now!"
The 'Game Changing Clue'
The Royal BFF shares, via robot, "To my friends up there, not only have I been here before, but in the show's history, one of you has also guessed Popcorn."
Nicole is pretty sure it's Taylor Dayne. (And Nicole suggests Taylor's BFF is Leah Remini, who hasn't been a contestant but has been a guest panelist in a previous season!)
Niecy says it's Cindy Lauper (and later she suggests it could be Anika Noni Rose).
Ken thinks it's Anita Baker.
The Popcorn -- NEW CLUES!!
- We meet The Popcorn's "personal cheerleader" and "Queen BFF," who appears as a Russian Nesting Doll and seems to also have a New Jersey accent.
- We see bunny ears and a stuffed deer around the Royal BFF.
- Says, "I don't have to tell you, my BFF has an amazing voice. But I can never get her to sing at my famous karaoke parties."
- Says, "She's singing for you all here, on a STAGE I'VE BEEN ON BEFORE!!" (WHAT!??!)
- The bunny ears are attached to a bowl of matzo ball soup.
- Says, "Now everyone can revel in her majesty."
The Snow Owls Share a Prayer
Together The Snow Owls sing "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, and while it's not their best performance of all time, it is sweetly sentimental and they had some nice moments of harmony.
"That was such a beautiful version of that song," Nicole marvels. "You have my heart and I know you have America's heart."
The 'Game Changing Clue':
The pair's Branchy Buddy comes out to share the clue on the wheeled robot (who also crashed into a wall a few times, because, as Jenny says, "it's 2020" and even out robots are drunk).
"Two Snow Owls sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G," the Branchy Buddy sings as the Snow Owls kiss, confirming that they are in fact a couple and not siblings!
Niecy says it's Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly.
Robin thinks it's Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
Ken suggests it's Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
The Snow Owls -- NEW CLUES!!
The Snow Owls:
- Say, "Sharing a stage is new for us, but being together up here feels more and more like home."
- Their clue is from a longtime fan who has been with them "since the beginning." The clue-giver is a creepy nightmare tree referred to as their "Branchy Buddy."
- We see a snowy forest with a rocking horse, a space shuttle toy and a glass of red liquid. Possibly a Shirley Temple or a Roy Rogers. Or a cranberry juice."
- He says, "The owls have been perching on my arm for over 20 years now."
- He says, "For two total opposites, they really compliment each other. Sir Owl always pushes Lady Owl to believe in herself."
- We see a model of The Parthenon.
- He says that Sir Owl has the louder voice of the two, so Lady Owl often gets overlooked, "So it's been amazing to watch her step out from under his shadow and truly shine."
The Sun Give Us a Piece of Her Heart
For her number The Sun sings "Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin, and she certainly has the vocal range for it, which is impressive.
However, for some reason, there are some weird, freaky and downright unnecessary centaurs standing on either side of the stage. They may or may not be CGI? It's weirdly distracting. The rest of the performance doesn't really have anything to do with centaurs or mythology. It's legitimately creepy, but I guess it doesn't really impact The Sun's talent at all, so whatever.
"Sun, I love you! You chose the perfect costume for all that you do, because you could not have shined brighter tonight," Niecy exclaims. "Good job!"
The 'Game Changing Clue:'
We get the clue from The Sun's family member from the clue package -- as communicated through a remote controlled robot device.
The Sun's Sol Mate says, "The Sun is actually Golden! She's got at least one single that went certified gold!"
Ken says it's Katharine McPhee.
Niecy thinks it's could be JoJo or Jewel.
Jenny suggests it could be Demi Lovato.
The Sun -- NEW CLUES!!
- This clue package is delivered by her "Sol Mate," which is a guy with a silver windshield reflector for a face and a flannel jacket.
- He's seated near an RV trailer, and there are some cow toys on a stool.
- There's a framed photo of the northern lights.
- We see blue angel wind chimes.
- They say they've been going on road trips and we see signs for Baltimore, Alaska, Mexico.
- He says, "I'm always wasting fuel blasting the AC because she's so dang hot."
- He says, "I know Sun really misses entertaining people. She's never taken this long from spreading her light to the rest of the world."
New Clues and an Old Tradition
As it turns out, with only four singers left, the show is getting creative with how they do things.
Tonight's clue packages will -- just as they did last season -- feature friends and family of the costumed contestants giving hints to their identities.
Also, were gonna be getting the Smackdown Round once again! I can't wait!
The Group Performance
The Snow Owls, The Sun and The Popcorn hit the stage for a big group performance of Pink's "Raise Your Glass."
"Each one of you are such heavy hitters," Nicole marvels after the number. "This is gonna be the greatest showdown we've ever had in the history of Masked Singer."
Niecy Nash Is a New Face on the Panel
There's a guest panelist tonight, and it's Reno 911 and Nails star Niecy Nash!
This time around, they didn't have her come out as a fake contestant. Instead she's just seated at the panel with a cat mask, but she's bringing a lot of fun sass.
Ken Is Studying Up
Ken brings a whole stack of books for studying because he's tired of being a laughing stock, apparently.
"When I'm waking down the street, little kids, including some babies, look at me and go 'Your the dumbest judge in the world. Even I get stuff more than you,'" Ken says, looking forlorn. "I go, 'Oh really? Have you even been in one Hangover movie?!'"
The books include NFL Players Who Are Leos and Celebrity Rashes. It's hard to imagine these books will help, because he's obsessed with his bizarre theories, but who knows!
Group A Is Back!
There's only three acts (and technically 4 contestants) left in Group A, and they are fighting for one of the two spots in the Final Six.
Evidently, two contestants from each group will earn those slots. (Even if no one from a group, lets say Group C for instance, deserves to be in the Final Six, but whatever!)
If you're trying to crack the mystery of the costumed contestants like the rest of America, check out our running list of spoilers, hints and best guesses, where we break down all the clue packages and make wild (surprisingly accurate) predictions about the singers' secret identities.