'The Masked Singer' Week 6: Big Clues, Tearful Performances and a Wild New Wildcard!
By Zach Seemayer
The Masked Singer returned on Wednesday for the sixth week of season 5, and is bringing fans all the fun performances, wild costumes and frustratingly enticing clues that they've come to love! ET is following along throughout the entire hour-long episode on Wednesday to break down all the biggest moments.
The Group A finals kick off tonight, so The Seashell, The Russian Dolls, Robopine and The Orca -- as well as one final mysterious wildcard character who has yet to be revealed -- will be musically duking it our for their place in the Super 8!
Meanwhile, America's favorite panel of celebrity "detectives" -- Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy -- will try their best to guess the singers' secret identities, as viewers at home keep their eyes peeled for all the smallest and most revealing clues.
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 season 5!
Who's Under the Mask?
No one even came close to guessing The Orca's real identity!
After the traditional long unmasking ceremony, filled with chanting, The Orca revealed himself to be rocker Mark McGrath!
"Can I just say one thing? Dave Grohl! Bon Jovi? My head is just as big as Orca's right now!" McGrath said with a big smile.
"I love you guys! Thank you so much," he added.
So now, we have the Super 8! The Seashell, Robopine, The Russian Dolls, The Yeti, The Black Swan, The Crab, The Chameleon and The Piglet! This is going to be one epic competition in the weeks to come!
First Impressions and Final Guesses
Jenny's First Impression: Dave Grohl Jenny's Final Guess: Kelly Slater
Nicole's First Impression: Dave Grohl Nicole's Final Guess: Dave Grohl
Robin's First Impression: Billie Joe Armstrong Robin's Final Guess: Billie Joe Armstrong
Ken's First Impression: Jon Bon Jovi Ken's Final Guess: Billie Joe Armstrong
And the Singer Going Home Is...
The Orca! WHAT!?! On any given week, if you make three of the panelists cry, that's basically a ticket to the next round.
When Nick reveals that The Orca is going home, Ken is dumbfounded and the panel stand up to give him a round of applause and share their love.
It's Time to Vote!
It's that time again, where the audience votes for who they like most, and the contestant with the least amount of votes has to unmask.
Strangely, I have no idea who is going to get the axe this week! Most weeks, it's been pretty clear who was the weakest, but all the characters absolutely delivered this week, and I think it's going to be a really tough call!
As usual, we'll have to wait until after the commercial to find out who's going home.
The Yeti Has Us In Love
For the second week in a row, the wildcard sings a New Edition song. The Yeti's cover of "If It Isn't Love" is quite a bit more technically skillful than Nick's cover of "Candy Girl" last week. (Although Nick still slayed his performance!)
The Yeti has a lot of swagger and talent, with a silky voice and some sweet moves -- which are all the more impressive considering the bulky costume. If he can move this well in that furry get-up, I imagine he certainly knows how to dance like a pro when he isn't decked out like a sports mascot.
The dancing, the vocals, the set design and the impressive pyrotechnics come together to create a really memorable debut -- and suddenly I'm worried this wildcard Yeti might indeed take a spot in the Final Eight.
"A professional has entered the building!" Nick declares. "As a fellow wildcarder, that's what I was trying to do last week!"
"It kind of blows my mind," Ken shares. "Like, you already are the frontrunner now, that's how good you are. That was outstanding!"
After the panel gives their first impression guesses for The Yeti -- by writing them in snowballs and throwing them onto stage -- Nick brings out his cannon yet again and blasts a t-shirt over to Robin, who unfolds the light blue shirt to reveal the word "Aphrodite."
The Yeti clarifies, explaining, "Yeti is all about love, love, love."
Jenny thinks it could be Ray J.
Nicole suggests it could be Justin Bieber... apparently.
Ken then blows Nicole's unlikely guess with a totally insane suggestion that it could be SNL alum Taren Killam. Even Nick calls the guess "horrible."
The Yeti -- FIRST CLUES!!
- Says, "As a yeti, I only come out of hiding for a mammoth reason. And here, it's to be a wild force to be reckoned with."
- He's carrying a bundle of wood in his arms.
- Says, "Where I come from, too many yetis become monsters. But I had a secret weapon: a village of warrior women who were always there to show me the way."
- The Yeti enters a house -- designed to look like the Golden Girls set -- and is greeted by some older ladies.
- Says, "Having them as motivators and teachers was golden. And they made me the abominable gentleman I am today."
-Says, "Knowing these warriors had my back, gave me the confidence to go for the mountain top when others wouldn't even dare."
- We see a red paper heart.
- Says, "Yetis are usually chased from the village, but I was raised by it. Being here is a thank you to them."
The Final Wildcard!
The last wildcard character of the season is, indeed, a Yeti! The furry monster gets pulled out onto the stage in a cage and jumps out with some youthful energy.
Also, The Yeti's costume might honestly, be one of the coolest costumes of the season, if not of the whole show! It's legitimately rad.
The Orca 'Rose' To The Occasion
This week's performance is far cry from The Orca's wild and high-octane debut -- although it only makes sense that he's coming out with a slower, more down beat classic, considering how emotional his clue package was.
Coming out from the wings, The Orca is showing his range with a performance of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," and it's clear he's got a lot of experience with performing. He knows how to hit every beat, how to play to an audience and how to tell a story with his intonation alone.
Nicole and Ken are brought to the edge of tears by the performance, and Robin gets choked up talking about The Orca's powerful clue package.
"I lost my fathers a few years ago," Robin shares, referring to his dad Alan Thicke, who died in December 2016 at the age of 69. "He was my hero, my idol, so I totally connect with your story and I hear what you're trying to say with that song."
The Orca appears to be moved to tears by the feedback, and Robin says it was a "really heartfelt and beautiful performance."
"You know, Robin, I just really appreciate your words," The Orca shared. "So, to choose this song, as a celebration of my dad -- I'm a dad of 10-year-old twins -- the last thing I ever thought was that I'd be crying inside an Orca costume. This was for my pops. I miss him."
As Nick says, the Orca gave up a few clues voluntarily, but he still decides to shoot out a cannon clue. This time, however, the shirt goes flying so far it sails over the back of the set. Nicole grabs it and shows the shirt simply reads "Purrrr."
"You know I've got a heart, but I also like to Purrr-ty," The Orca says, pronouncing it like "party" but with more purring. "So there's three clues in that there shirt."
Ken thinks it could be Fred Durst or Bille Joe Armstrong.
Jenny suggests it might be Jeremy Renner.
The Orca -- New Clues!!
- Says, "Last time I had to pull out all the stops as the first-ever wildcard, and it was a lot of pressure!"
- Says, "But I channeled my hero, my father, and the nerves washed away."
- Says, "I always looked up to my dad, and when I told him I was gonna be a dad, it brought him so much joy!"
- Says, "Even though his health was deteriorating, he became laser focused on the baby's baptism."
- The Orca and his Orca dad are seeing swimming among Swedish Fish candies.
- There's a red fly swatter.
- Says, "He hung on, just long enough to see the ceremony. Days later, he passed, and I felt rudderless in an ocean of tears."
- We see The Orca with two little Orcas of his own -- one purple and one green.
- Says, "I'll never forget his last words. He said he was proud of me for being a dad, above all else. And it brings me so much joy to know his spirit will live on for generations."
The Seashell Sings Us Something Good
This week, The Seashell is giving off all kinds of fun and funky vibes, giving us a totally different, sultrier side of her vocal abilities.
The songstress has no trouble belting out a killer cover of "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus and Chaka Khan, and it blows the panel's collective mind.
This seems to be a more confident, sexier number than we've seen before, and she definitely wasn't lying in her clue package when she said it was going to be a blazing performance.
"The soulfulness that we saw tonight took it to a whole other level," Nick says of the performance.
"This really is a game changing season, because everyone is changing up their game," Nicole marvels.
Nick fires off another t-shirt clue up to the panelists, and while Nicole and Robin are on their feet ready to fight over it, the shirt flies directly to Jenny, who doesn't have to even move an inch to catch it. The pink shirt reads "Motown."
"Motown brought my family together," The Seashell shares.
Jenny suggests it could be Ashanti or Mya.
Nicole thinks it's Keke Palmer.
Robin guesses it might me Alicia Silverstone.
The Seashell -- NEW CLUES!!
- Says, "I've been so fortunate, my entire career, to walk in a variety of shoes," as she walks around an undersea shopping mall.
- We see a pink and white three-tiered wedding cake.
- Says, "One of the things I'm most proud of is that I've been called a trailblazer and a role model."
- Says, "Sometimes I get stopped when I'm out shopping, or at the movies," as a guy runs up to ask for her autograph. "It's the biggest honor."
- Says, "When I was younger, shells like me weren't given many opportunities to be seen."
- We see her shopping at the "Superhero Supply Store."
- Says, "But I fought the current flowing against me. And now, seeing so many people following my path, that's what keeps me going strong."
- She picks up a bottle of "Strength Supplement" pills.
- Says, "Now tonight, I cannot wait for everyone to see what I have in store as I continue to blaze forward."
Cluedle-Doo Clues Us In
Okay, first off, just a quick note -- I was SURE it was going to be revealed that Cluedle-Doo was actually Nick Cannon. But now that Nick was revealed, I'm back to square one when it comes to guessing who this is.
Anyway, he's back with new clues. He's taking us "somewhere nobody has gone before -- inside Robopine's eye!"
We get a look at Robopine's cybernetically enhanced POV, as he looks out over the panel. He labels Robin as a "Hopeless romantic," Jenny has a "Loves to Talk" label, Ken's keyword reads "We've both changed,' and Nicole's tag is "Friend with benefits."
Robopine Takes a Seat
While it looked like we might get to see Ken get into a brawl with a giant cyborg rodent, Robopine instead simply takes a seat at the edge of the stage, exhausted by Ken's nonsense.
"He's taking a seat," Nick says. "See, he's leading by example! Sit your ass down!"
Ken then suggests it could be Terrence Howard.
Robin then surprises everyone when he agrees with Ken that it could be Terrence Howard.
The Robopine Kills This Performance
The Robopine's voice in the clue package hasn't really seemed to match up with his singing voice even once all season -- which makes me kind of suspicious. However, when it comes to soulful gravitas, Robopine could give any crooner a run for their money.
This week, he's slowing things down with the iconic Roberta Flack tune "Killing Me Softly with His Song," and it's defiitely a showcase for the contestant's emotional side. It also proved to be a showcase for his dance moves as he threw in some choreo in the middle of the number.
"Honestly, there isn't anything he can't do," Nicole gushes. "He's got the voice, and then today he did the choreography. Wow."
Nick fires his cannon at the panel and Jenny catches the clue: A black shirt with the letters "AKA" on the front.
"My first show I came out and they said 'Porcupine,' and I said, 'No, I'm Robopine.' So, 'AKA,'" Robopine offered, somewhat unhelpfully. As Ken suggests, it might mean the contestant is someone who has frequently changed his name.
Jenny thinks it could be Jamie Foxx (Again! Man, that bad guess jar is filling up).
Ken suggests it could be Will Smith or Tom Cruise (because he's just bad at this), and Robopine responds by literally walking off the stage to chase Ken down -- right in time for the commercial break.
Robopine -- NEW CLUES!!
- The clue package takes place in what looks like some sort of jungle temple or ancient ruins.
- Says, "I wasn't sure what to expect from this masked adventure, but now I'm on a mission to make sure I get to the end."
- Says, "I know a good mission, because I've been on one my entire career. A quest for a certain golden relic."
- We see the number six painted in purple on a stone column.
- Robopine rotates a bronze statue of an Eagle.
- Says, "It's been an action-packed, fast-paced ride! I've dodged boobytraps and I've overcome so many times where my life has nearly crumbled."
- We see the letters "M M" in gold sitting on a stone, and as the temple starts to shake, the second letter falls and flips upside down, spelling "M W."
- Says, "I always escape, because I've been jonesing for that idol," while outrunning a rolling boulder, like the opening scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc.
- Says, "But for now, I'm chasing a new idol -- the Golden Mask! And winning it would be more proof that the ultimate relic will be mine!"
- Robopine discovers a golden chalice with a $1 bill inside it.
- As he runs off, a basketball ref blows a whistle and makes the gesture for a traveling penalty.
Nick Cannon Shows Off His Cannon
For this week's bonus clue, we're going to see Nick whip out his cannon. That is to say, a pressurized air cannon that literally shoots out clues at the panel.
The T-shirt cannon fires out a red shirt that Ken catches, and the shirt features yellow writing that reads, "What goes around comes around."
"We have been together for some time, but as fate would have it, it was time for us to come back together to this stage," one of the Dolls shares."
Nicole suggests it could be The Pentatonix.
Ken thinks it could be the Jonas Brothers.
Jenny suggests it could be the members of 98 Degrees (even though Nick Lachey is almost certainly Piglet!).
The Russian Dolls Want You To Want Them
So, from the jump, the Russian Dolls are throwing a curve ball, as there are now four of them on stage! Except, the three dolls singing appear to be small, while one bigger Doll behind them doesn't move and may be just part of the set design.
The confusion doesn't distract, however, from their great performance of Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me," and it's undeniably clever to throw the panel a curveball like that.
"That was so good" Nicole exclaims after the number. "Wow!... you guys are raising the bar!"
"I mean, what a performance to welcome back Nick Cannon!" Jenny yells.
The Russian Dolls -- NEW CLUES!!
The Russian Dolls:
- The clue package is set in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
- Says, "Performing on this stage is a far cry from where we started."
- Another one says, "Oh fore sure! Life on the stage was definitely not glamourous."
- Says, "We performed everywhere, from parking lots to softball fields. Even pizza restaurants."
- There's a snow globe featuring the Snow Owls from Season 4.
- The address of the pizza joint they are in front of is 288 8th Ave.
- Says, "We put our heart and soul into every performance, and the years of hustle paid off when we finally got the chance to perform for the president. And we crushed it! We raised the roof, of the White House!"
Nick Is Back With His Capes!
As much as Niecy did a great job, there's a wonderful familiarity to seeing Nick Cannon come out in a Mardi Gras mask and a full-on cape to kick off the night.
Nicole reveals that they decided to get Nick a gift upon his return -- which mostly included Nicole and Ken serenading Nick with a special tune (if you can call what Ken is doing "singing").
A Final Wildcard!
As The Orca, The Russian Dolls, The Seashell and Robopine duke it out of the remaining spots in the Super 8, there's still one more wildcard twist to contend with.
With the small clues doled out in the intro, it's fairly clear the wildcard is going to be a Yeti, but we'll still have to wait and see.
The Group A Finals Are Here!
Nick Cannon is back, we're got performances from characters we haven't seen in some time, and generally speaking tonight sounds like it's gonna be epic.
Not sure how I feel about Nick Cannon kicking off the intro with a broad smile and declaring "Daddy's home," but, I guess we can all just live with it.
In the meantime, 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.
Check out the video below to hear more about the wild and unexpected unmaskings that have already rocked the fifth season of The Masked Singer.