Following four successful seasons on FOX, The Masked Singer Season 5 premiered on Wednesday, March 10. At the end of the episode, the latest famous face was unmasked and exposed to fans of the hit reality singing guessing game.
Another season, another round of guessing.
The first 5 contestants taking part in The Masked Singer Season 5, otherwise known as ‘Group A’, were introduced on Wednesday night: Seashell, Russian Dolls, Porcupine, Snail and Raccoon.
The anonymous celebrities this season will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winners T-Pain (The Monster, Season 1), Wayne Brady (The Fox, Season 2), Kandi Burruss (The Night Angel, Season 3) and LeAnn Rimes (The Sun, Season 4).
As usual, the judging panel consisting of singer Robin Thicke, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, comedian, actor and qualified doctor Ken Jeong and media personality Jenny McCarthy were present for the proceedings.
Actress and comedienne Niecy Nash debuted in her first episode in a short-term stint as host. Nash is filling in for stalwart Nick Cannon, who was recovering from coronavirus at the time of filming. Cannon is expected to resume his role later in the season.
Here’s a rundown of each performer and what they sung in the episode:
Russian Dolls: “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson
Snail: “You Make My Dream” by Hall and Oates
Seashell: “Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette
Raccoon: “Wild Thing” by The Troggs
Robopine: “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross
Although the clue package suggested “Russian Doll” was one person, it was revealed during their performance that multiple singers were involved. Additionally, “Porcupine” objected to this name and opted to be referred to as “Robopine” instead.
Once everyone had sung, the time came for one masked celebrity to reveal their true identity. Although they delivered a strong performance, the Snail was the unlucky contestant eliminated at the end of the episode.
Robin Thicke’s first impression guess for Snail was Seth MacFarlane, Ken Jeong’s was Jay Leno. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger originally guessed Adam Carolla but switched to Billy Crystal, while Jenny McCarthy also believed Carolla was under the mask, before deciding on Senator Ted Cruz.
The Snail was revealed to be…. legendary Muppet star, Kermit The Frog!
After being unmasked, Kermit said of his time on The Masked Singer Season 5: “As they say, it’s not easy being green. Sometimes, it’s even harder being a snail. I am never going to hear the end of this from Miss Piggy.”
Snail’s elimination leaves nine official contestants remaining in the running, as well as the yet-to-be revealed wildcards and the non-performing Cluedle-Doo character.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays on FOX