'The Masked Singer' Season 7 Premiere's Best Performances, Biggest Clues & Wildest Moments!
The Masked Singer returned this week, bigger and better than ever. ET followed along throughout the entire season 7 premiere to break down all the biggest moments, best performances and most revealing clues.
This season of Fox's smash hit reality competition series is bringing back its stalwart panel of celebrity "detectives" -- including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy -- as well as longtime host Nick Cannon, and 15 new costumed contestants!
The show is dropping a lot of the twists it introduced in the past few seasons -- including the Golden Ear competition, the Wild Card contestants and the "Take It Off" button -- and going back to its roots with the contestants divided up into three teams and just letting the singing and the mystery speak for themselves.
The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, so watch and follow along as we delve into the glorious madness and bizarre, captivating chaos that is The Masked Singer season 7!
So Who's Under the Mask?6:01 PM:
Well, as usual, the judges were all wildly off!
McTerrier is, in fact, Food Network star Duff Goldman!
When asked why he wanted to be a part of the show, Duff shares, "I have daughter, and she just turned one two days ago!"
Which is obviously adorable!
Duff closes out the show with a lively, unmasked cover of the Loverboy hit.
Panelists' Final Guesses:5:59 AM:
Ken: Mike Myers
Nicole: Ewan McGregor
Jenny: Jeff Ross
It's Time to Vote!5:58 PM:
After five impressive performances a night full of surprises, it's come down to the first big vote!
So who's going to be getting the axe this week?
The first singer to get eliminated is, surprisingly, McTerrier! I guess he's going to get unmasked twice in one episode!
Firefly Returns!5:56 PM:
Firefly is "one heck of a fighter," as Nick says, and she returns to the stage to deliver a dramatic performance of "Ain't Nobody" by Chaka Khan once again.
Between the drama of the health care and her powerful voice, there's an undeniably captivating vibe to her soulful crooning. The panel are blown away after just a few lines and it's genuinely a memorable moment.
The song gets a standing ovation from the panelists who ALL stand on the desk for the triumphant number.
Robin calls it the "best performance of the night."
"I am so proud that you represent Team Good," Nicole marvels. "You're a fighter."
The Firefly says, "I've been performing all my life, and it feels amazing every time I step on stage."
Ken says it could be Alicia Keys.
Jenny suggests Aisha Tyler, but it could also be Monica.
The Ram Wants You to Want Him5:48 PM:
For his debut performance, The Ram -- who I feel is almost certainly an athlete, but who knows -- sings "I Want You To Want Me" by Cheap Trick, and he absolutely owns the crowd.
"I love the commitment, the conviction and the confidence," Nicole says.
The Ram says, "My entire life I've heard boos, I've heard cheers, but I'm used to telling stories under these lights and I've worked my whole life ot get to where I am today."
Jenny thinks it could be Jim Harbaugh.
Ken suggests it could be Matthew Stafford.
Robin guesses it could be Payton Manning.
The Ram then shoots back, "You're all dead freaking wrong."
The Ram (The Bad) -- FIRST CLUES!!5:44 PM:
- We see a Theater marquee with "Hamlet x Macbeth"
- A Man in Black in a ref uniform makes a touchdown gesture.
- We see a pink piggy bank with "Quarter Return" on the side.
- There's a small miniature pony.
The Show Must Go On5:43 PM:
Nick says that Firefly is back stage and being checked out by medics.
While her health is the show's top priority, "The show must go on!"
So, bring on Team Bad's The Ram!
Firefly Has a Medical Scare!5:38 PM:
Right after taking the stage and performing a few notes of "Ain't Nobody" by Chaka Khan, Firefly begins choking and coughing inside her mask.
The panel call for medics and they rush the stage to see if they can help before the show cuts to a commercial.
It's unclear if they are playing it up for drama, but this feels like a legitimately scary moment.
Firefly (Team Good) -- FIRST CLUES!!5:37 PM:
- We see a program from the Apollo Theater that has Firefly on the cover above the words "Live Comedy"
- Says, "Nothing's worse than running on empty with by buzzy schedule."
- There's a framed photo of Tyler Perry.
- There's a miniature statue of liberty.
Cyclopes Makes a Big Sacrifice5:31 PM:
The Cyclops has the kind of gravelly voice that makes his performance of "My Sacrifice" by Creed really memorable.
It's hard to tell what kind of performing history he has, but the panel and the audience really seem to love him.
The set has the panelists chanting his name, and Nicole says, "That performance was lit!"
Cyclops says, "Growing up, I connected with monsters more than heroes. I was the kind of kid who was disappointed at the end of Beauty and the Beast when he turned handsome."
Jenny guesses William Zabka of Kobra Kai.
Nicole suggests it's Danny McBride.
Robin thinks it could be Rob Dyrdek.
Cyclops -- FIRST CLUES!!5:28 PM:
- The Cyclops' clue-mericial begins with him asking, 'Are you tired of always being cast as the villain? lumped in the with baddies? Forced to lurk under dusty beds?'
- We see a compass that points to South East.
- There's a framed photo of a turtle in a cowboy hat.
- The commercial is for "cy-drops," eyedrops for bloodshot cyclops eyes. It comes in a "4 oz" can.
- There's a "Beware Cyclops" comic book.
- The slogan is "Cy-drops! Watch you life change before your very eye."
Bring On the Bad!5:26 PM:
After Good and Cuddly came up to bat, Team Bad is sending out a heavy hitter -- the Cyclops!
This costume is enorous, and it's impossible to tell anything from the costume. But he's got an amazing, animatronic glowing eye that really elevates the costume.
Back to the Show5:26 PM:
The production crew quickly gets the mask back on, and the game keeps going.
"He just sang his head off!" Nick says as he returns to the stage.
McTerrier -- in his Scottish accent -- says he's fine but was worried because he's "going commando" under his outfit.
Addressing his drumming, McTerrier says, "I play many instruments to make my art. So it's safe to say I'm an artist."
Robin says he's not buying the accent, and McTerrier says, "My accent is perfect!" Then adds the famous line from Mike Myers' character from SNL: "If it's not Scottish, it's crap!"
Ken thinks it could be Mike Myers, because of the offhanded quote.
Nicole thinks it could be Ewan MacGregor. (WHAT?)
Robin suggests it could be Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
McTerrier Is 'Working for the Weekend'5:18 PM:
For his performance of "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy, McTerrier kicks things off with a real, genuine drum solo!
This doesn't last long, and soon he's taking center stage. He doesn't seem to be a professional singer, but he's got a great stage presence and has the audience loving his act.
But then, near tragedy strikes! And everything was going so well!
In what has to be a Masked Singer first, McTerrier walks too close to the edge of the stage, nearly falls off, and then loses his head! Literally, his dog mask falls right off!
He quickly tries to cover his face and head and can be heard asking, "What do I do?!"
Then we cut to commercial!?!
McTerrier -- FIRST CLUES!!5:16 PM:
- Definitely isn't actually Scottish, but is trying to put on an accent (sort of?)
- His clue-mercial is for terry towels, because he's "always on the move and making a mess."
- We see a sparkler candle.
- He wipes clean a hatchet with a golden star on the side.
- A Man in Black shoves his face into a red cake, for some reason.
- We see a gold record on a table.
Team Good Is Up Next!5:14 PM:
After Cuddy brought some vocal star power, Team Good is sending out an adorable puppy.
McTerrier looks excited, so let's just hope he's actually Good.
Thingamabob Is a Wanted Creature5:10 PM:
Thingamabob instantly surprises everyone with an impressively soulful rendition of "Wanted Dead Of Alive" by Bon Jovi.
The set design is epic, with neon-lit band playing the song on stage in brightly colored shipping containers. Everything about this performance truly rocks.
Wow, that was epic," Ken marvels.
"Way to kick off the season 7 premiere! That was out of control amazing," Jenny declares.
Nick asks Thingamabob about how he feels about his performance and Thingmabob explains, "Rock music was something that I grew up with and it transformed me. So for me, I want my voice to be the biggest clue."
Ken suggests it's Metallica lead singer James Hetfield (thank God Ken is consistent!)
Jenny says it could be wrestler Chris Jericho.
Robin thinks it might be NFL star Terrell Owens.
Thingamabob -- FIRST CLUES!!5:07 PM:
- The clue package is in the form of a "clue-mercial" this week.
- The clue package is narrated, and is presented like a wild life infomercial.
- The narrator says Thingamabob has been "taken from it's natural habitat."
- We see a Hotel California ornament hanging on a tree branch of a tree.
- Thingamabob is being hunted by The Bulldog (which was Nick's "character" in Season 5).
- The Bulldog is carrying a butterfly net and an ammo box with the words "tackle box."
- Narrator says, "For only a couple quarters a day, you can watch this creature adapt and flourish into the future."
- We see a money jar with an image of a bell on it.
- An eagle soars overhead.
Team Cuddly Up First5:05 PM:
Apparently, this season is going a different direction in a lot of ways!
Instead of seeing all the performers of each group, we're getting different performers from diffrent groups battling it out to stay in the game.
Nick Cannon Embraces the Theme5:04 PM:
Nick hits the stage and is rocking a stylish crimson ensemble that makes him look like the fanciest gunslinger of the wild west.
Once again, having a live audience really does make all the difference. Getting to see the reactions from the crowd and Nick getting to do crowd work. This could be a good season!
Back In the Saddle!5:03 PM:
The Masked Singer Season 7 is here, and it's embracing the Western theme!
With the the teams being divided into three groups -- The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly -- it thematically makes the whole thing work.
Unlike seasons in the past, we're getting a look at way more of the characters right off the bat than ever before! No more wild cards, no more reveals. We're getting a good look at what this season has to offer right from the jump.
The costumes seem to be a lot bigger and a lot more cartoonish this season than in the past, and it will be interesting to see how fans online react to these first looks.
Check out the gallery below for a look at every single contestant who has ever had to "take it off" over the past six seasons of the show!
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