Nick Cannon returns as host

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Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon, Jenny McCarthy et Robin Thicke

Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon, Jenny McCarthy et Robin Thicke
photo: Michael Becker / Renard

The masked singer Nick Cannon has been going on for a while now. Shortly before the launch of season five, it was announced that the former Mr. Mariah Carey had tested positive for COVID-19 and Niecy Nash reportedly stepping in to host Fox reality contest until he can safely return to work. (Cannon’s hate speech scandal did not prevent him from going on stage, but at least public health issues did.) Well, Cannon has apparently had good health and will be returning as host on next week’s episode. Nash was a welcome change for fans of the very expensive guessing game, but it will be nice not to hear Judge Ken Jeong calling her “mom” every 30 seconds.

[Details of the April 7 episode of The Masked Singer discussed below.]

On tonight’s episode, Bulldog entered the competition as one of the “wild” contenders added to the mix periodically, one of many “game-changing twists” this season. Bulldog’s nasal rendition of New Editon’s “Candy Girl” closed an evening which also saw performances by Black Swan (likely “Leave (Get Out)” singer JoJo), Chamelon (likely Wiz Khalifa) and Piglet. (certainly Nick Lachey); as well as last week’s wild card entry King Crab, who had a mild panic attack after overheating in his costume.

The unfortunate panic attack actually provided an interesting behind-the-scenes look on set as cameras followed poor Crab to their waiting area where they unmasked him behind a curtain. But that drama aside, the main event was the scheduled revelation of the “America’s vote,” which was to dictate which candidate was to be eliminated and unmasked. On the pre-COVID seasons, The masked singer asked his live studio audience to vote with the judges. To prove that the vote was actually taking place, they were showing images of members of the public and judges looking at their phones, wondering which warbler to send the wrapper. Because this season the live audience is actually just footage from old seasons, we were told that a small group of superfans had the opportunity to vote from their homes – but it was never explained how these superfans watch these episodes in real time, so how can we trust him? (Like with Dancing with the stars, the producers never revealed how the judges’ votes are weighted against the audience’s vote, so there was always some shenanigans going on anyway.)

But, this week, Niecy Nash was tired of the masquerade. As the five remaining Group B candidates stood in front of her waiting to hear the results of the vote, Nash—channel Georgia Republicans– revealed that she was a game-changer, rejecting the votes and deciding on the loser herself. The judges were shocked (or at least feigned shock) when Nash named Bulldog his choice to unmask, but it all made sense once it was revealed it was none other than Nick Cannon in mask. of golden dog.

So now we have Nick Cannon back, everyone. Yay…?

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