Spoiler alert: don’t read in advance if you haven’t watched season 9, episode 9 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired April 12 on Fox.
She was the “Masked Singer on Space Night,” but the “Masked Singer” could also have been celebrating a “90s night.” That’s because the two stars revealed in Wednesday’s episodes were both TV stars from the era: Melissa Joan Hart (of “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” fame) and Alicia Witt (“Cybill,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”). Hart was revealed to be Lamb, while Whit was Dandelion.
Witt won the previous week as Dandelion, but her journey ended here. For Dandelion, panelist Ken Jeong Wit guessed right. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg thought it was Milla Jovovich. Robin Thicke went with Sara Bareilles and Nicole Scherzinger named Zooey Deschanel.
For Lamb, McCarthy, Wahlberg, Thicke, and Scherzinger got it right with Hart. Jeong goes rogue with Michelle Williams.
Like last season, “The Masked Singer” once again adopted the “Champion of Masked Singer” format. In each episode, three costumed celebrities will perform, but only one will win and move on to compete again the following week. After each round, three contestants will compete in the semi-finals.
This means that one contestant will be revealed midway through the episode, with the top two singers facing off in a “battle royal”. After Witt was revealed as Dandelion, that left Lamp and UFO to take on “Rocket Man” by Elton John. Lamp received fewer votes and was revealed as Hart; UFO is moving.
New this season has “Ding Dong Keep It On.” In the new twist to the competition, panelists will have the opportunity to save a singer from imminent elimination, but the bell can only be rung three times during the first three rounds. These three singers will face off in a special episode in a battle to get back into the competition. Last week, the bell rang for the last time, and the praying mantis was rescued. The bell is now turned off for the remainder of the season.
Melissa Joan Hart as Lamp, Alicia Witt as Dandelion as Dee Snider as Doll, Kristen Quinn as Scorpion, George Wendt as Moose, Holly Robinson Betty as Fairy, Alexa Bliss as Axolotl, Lily Pons as Jackalope, Malin Ackerman as the Chipmunks, Michael Bolton as The Wolf, Grandmaster Flash as Polar Bear, Debbie Gibson as the Night Owl, Howie Mandel as the Rock Lobster, Sara Evans as the Mustang, and Dick Van Dyke as the Gnome as the unearthed celebrities them this season.
The Masked Singer enters Season 9 with 21 contestants including Mustang, Axolotl, California Roll, Dandelion, Moose, Gargoyle, Jackalope, Doll, Polar Bear, Night Owl, “Rock Lobster,” “Gnome,” “Macaw,” “Squirrel,” “Wolf,” and more to be announced. Tim Chappelle is costume designer this season.
Season 9 contestants boast 28 Emmy nominations, 6 Grammy Awards, 10 gold albums, four Golden Globe nominations, five medals, 26 books, two Tony Award nominations, five Lifetime Achievement Awards, and four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, selling a total of 95,231,000 records.” Season 9 will present All-new episodes, including “ABBA Night,” “New York Night,” “DC Superheroes Night,” “Sesame Street Night,” “80s Night,” “Movie Night,” and more.
Here were the contestants and their performance on the ninth night:
Lamp (Melissa Joan Hart)
Song: “Venus” by Bananarama
plate guesses: Alyssa Milano, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Tara Reid, Ali Larter
an idea: (delivered by Daphne Zuniga): “Cover Girl”. “Let me make it clear: MAXIM.”
Audio commentary package: “Welcome aboard the Masked Singer Airlines. I’ll be your flight attendant, Lamb. Our final destination today is space. I’d like to start by warning you all that tonight’s trip might get a little bumpy. I’m terrified of singing, especially in front of people. But after navigating the silver sky as a pre-teen, I got used to my fair share of turmoil. As if growing up in public wasn’t hard enough, I barely had time for myself to figure out who I actually was. But being a teen queen darling has come with some top notch perks, from Ryan Reynolds to Mario Lopez to James Van Der Beek. I’ve locked my lips with some of the most iconic figures of my generation. So fasten your seat belt and please return your seat to the full vertical position as we prepare for landing.”
previous song: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
Previous painting guesses: Gene Simmons, Vince Lee, Tommy Lee, Donnie Wahlberg, Sebastian Bach
Dandelion (Alicia Witt)
Song: “Starlight” by Moses
panel guesses: Sara Bareilles, Milla Jovovich, Alicia Witt
an idea: (Pronounced by Starship Rovi): “Space Star.” “Ready for another hot clue? Tonight’s topic is perfect for me, because I have a lot of space experience.”
Audio commentary package: “I had such a blast performing in this incredibly beautiful mask. Being on stage was nothing short of magical. But, there will be two new singers tonight who can get in the way. My challenge will be connecting with people through music.” Luckily, I have my sweet dog to help me. He is the only one who knows me by my voice. So I hope he doesn’t reveal any secrets. I’m happy to go into outer space tonight. Space is important to me because it showed me early on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But it can It feels cold in space, so here’s a clue that can make you feel warm and cozy. [Santa hat with a laughing emoji.] Did that help? “
previous song: “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland
Previous panel guesses: Zooey Deschanel, Emmy Rossum, Reese Witherspoon
Song: “Yellow” for Coldplay
plate guesses: Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Emily Blunt, Kaia Gerber
an idea: (delivered by astronaut Mike Massimino): “Planet-wide.” “I don’t like to brag, but I’m not only known in America but the whole galaxy.”
Audio commentary package: “An unidentified flying object has been seen hovering over a runway in New England and heading west. The musical frequencies it broadcasts affect radio waves and mask local broadcasts across the country. Local reports in New York say it landed on the runway for 30 seconds and caught up with locals. Witnesses on the ground describe the thing as “humble” for a start. Then it catapulted into the stratosphere overnight, along with several sister ships. The latest news shows its planned trajectory for the Masked Singer stage. Look out at the universe, this isn’t a model airplane. Prepare for potential invasion now.”
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