SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched “The Masked Singer” Season 7 Episode 6, “The Double Mask-Off – Round 2 Finals,” airing April 13 on Fox.
The mystery of host Nick Cannon’s missing shirt was left unsolved on Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” but the show sent another celebrity in disguise to its final round. That meant two more contestants were eliminated in a double exit on this week’s show: Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman as Armadillo and Jennifer Holliday as Miss Teddy.
Armadillo aka Chapman was elected after singing the traditional anthem “Amazing Grace”. Previous songs he performed included Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man” and The Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law”.
As for Holliday, as Miss Teddy, she sang “Mercy” by Duffy. Before that, she performed Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It to My Heart” and Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me”.
“This might be the biggest shake-up in ‘Masked Singer’ history,” panelist Ken Jeong said of Miss Teddy’s exit.
For Armadillo, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and Nicole Scherzinger did it right with Dog the Bounty Hunter. Robin Thicke thought it was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Ken Jeong cast Al Pacino – to laughter from the audience and fellow panelists. Guest panelist Leslie Jordan thought it was Gary Busey.
For Miss Teddy, Nicole Scherzinger got it right with Jennifer Holliday, and guest panelist Leslie Jordan agreed. Ken Jeong guessed Yolanda Adams. Robin Thicke thought it was Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg went with Gloria Gaynor.
(Previous panel guesses for Armadillo have included Chuck Norris, Erik Estrada, Vin Diesel, Gary Busey, Jay Leno, William H. Macy, Tommy Lee Jones, and Al Pacino. Past guesses for Miss Teddy have included Lauryn Hill, Vanessa Williams, Jill Scott, CeCe Winans, CeCe Peniston, Loretta Devine, Gloria Gaynor, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Mavis Staples.)
Last week’s “mega clue” for Armadillo/Chapman was keys and a motorcycle, while “Leader of the Pack” played.
“Let me paint a picture of who I once was,” Chapman, as Armadillo, said during this week’s clue package. “Even though I’m on Team Good, I used to be bad. I mean behind bars pretty bad. I was on the fast track to being killed on the road. Until I received a piece of advice that upset me. I was told that I had the power to transform my life. I just had to find my passion and my faith. So tonight is a song my mom sang to me to get me through these tough times. My bond with her is what will get me into the final. Mom, this is for you.
Miss Teddy/Holliday’s “mega clue” last week was a Grammy.
“Some may say my career is a masterpiece,” Holliday said in this week’s clues file as Miss Teddy. “As a young teddy bear, I had no idea what I was getting into. So I followed my heart and took a chance. I was beyond nervous for my first audition, and I got the job! And it turns out that’s the only audition I’ve ever had to do. I was an instant hit. But it wasn’t easy. I had ups and downs. I was afraid that if I didn’t use my talent, no one would like me. But my fans made me realize that was not true. So tonight, I want to make it to the final for them, give them back the love they’ve given me for decades. It means everything to me.
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman as Armadillo and Jennifer Holliday as Miss Teddy join the unmasked celebrity roster which also includes Penn and Teller as Hydra, Christie Brinkley as Lemur, Jorge Garcia as as Cyclops, Jordan Mailata as Thingamabob, Duff Goldman as McTerrier, and Joe Buck as Aries.
The Final Showdown featured Chapman as Armadillo, Holliday as Miss Teddy, and the ever-unmasked Ringmaster performing Blondie’s “One Way or Another”. Ringmaster (“Team Good”) and Firefly (“Team Good”) are now ready for the finals.
“The Masked Singer” entered Season 7 with 15 contestants, which were split into “The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly”. Costumes this season include THE GOOD: Ringmaster, Armadillo, McTerrier, Firefly, Frog Prince; THE BAD: Hydra, Ram, Jack in the Box, Cyclops, Queen Cobra; THE CUDDLE: Baby Mammoth, Thingamabob, Lemur, Space Bunny, Miss Teddy.
Season 7 contestants have 112 movie appearances, 15 Grammy nominations, eight Emmy nominations, seven Super Bowl performances, two Hollywood Walk of Fame stars, and two world records.
In another change, the show’s panelists don’t appear to be competing for a “Golden Ear” trophy based on their first impressions of each masked performer (which McCarthy won twice, but Scherzinger won last season) this season.
Here is the other contestant and his performance on night six:
Ringmaster (“Team Good”)
Song: “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
Voice off: “Looking at the web in my live, I remember my first day at a prestigious school, when I was just a little guy. I was surrounded by some of the best of the best and I wondered if I would ever be pretty good. And that pushed me to work even harder. I always did my own thing, and my mentors wanted me to join the crowd. So I did. I had never been part of a band before. And we tried our best to make it work, but I knew I wanted more. So I took a risk and did something completely different. And it’s been paying off for ten years. Tonight , no clowning around. This playmaker will be at the center of the final.
Clues: NASA, hula hoops, laughing emoji, “Welcome to Nashville”, juggling, “B-“, a “no” sign on a holiday elf doll, “A++”
Interview: “It would mean the world to me to make it to the final. Music is my first love. And I would be so honored to be able to continue performing on this stage for all of you.
The panel guesses: Sarah Hyland, Noah Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris
Previous songs: “The Rise,” by Miley Cyrus; “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj
The previous panel assumes: Olivia Rodrigo, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrissette, Zara Larson