SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 8, Episode 9, ‘Fright Night’ aired Nov. 23 on Fox.
Perhaps the judges on “The Masked Singer” are finally discovering that this year’s episodic themes frequently reference the week’s new cross-dressing celebrities. This Wednesday’s episode has been dubbed “Fright Night,” so who you gonna call? “Ghostbusters” singer Ray Parker, Jr., of course. And who could even be hiding on stage? “The Exorcist” star Linda Blair.
That’s right, for the episode’s reveals, Parker, Jr. and Blair were the next stars to be exposed.
Blair, as the Scarecrow, stunned host Nick Cannon and the audience by volunteering to unmask and let the other two contestants battle it out to move on to the next week. “I love this show so much,” he said. “I came to share how much I love you and what you have done for the world and family entertainment. But I’d like to officially bow out, unmask, and let these two incredible competitors carry on. These two competitors are the real deal. I just came to disturb Ken [Jeong]. I have a very special reason for being here. And I want them to enjoy the stage and all the recognition they deserve. I have enjoyed entertaining you so much over the years.
Subsequently, Parker, Jr., was unmasked as Sir Bugaboo after facing the victor Snowstorm in a battle royale (in which they both took turns singing Rockwell’s song “Somebody Watching Me”). Snowstorm advances to the semifinals.
For Scarecrow, nobody got it right. Robin Thicke thought she was Susan Sarandon. Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg called Glenn Close. Nicole Scherzinger cast Jamie Lee Curtis. Ken Jeong guessed Parker Posey.
As for Sir Bugaboo, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg got Ernie Hudson right. Robin Thicke cast Keenan Ivory Wayans. Nicole Scherzinger thought it was Randy Jackson. Ken Jeong said Jordan Peele.
Ray Parker, Jr., as Sir Bugaboo and Linda Blair as Scarecrow join Chris Jericho as Bride, Adam Corolla as Avocado, George Foreman as Venus Flytrap, George Clinton as Gopher, Joey Lawrence as Walrus, Le’Veon Bell as Milkshake, Kat Graham as Robo Girl, Jerry Springer as Beetle, Gloria Gaynor as Mermaid, Mario Cantone as Maise, Daymond John as Fortune Teller, Barry Williams/Christopher Knight/Mike Lookinland as Mummies, Montell Jordan as Panther, Jeff Dunham as Pirat, Chris Kirkpatrick as Hummingbird, Eric Idle as Hedgehog and William Shatner as Knight as the celebrities revealed in “The Masked Singer” season 8.
Multiple eliminations in one episode are the norm this time around, as “The Masked Singer” adopts a new “King or Queen of Masked Singer” format. This season, three or four costumed celebrities will perform each week, but only one will win and move on to compete against two or three other people the following week.
This will continue throughout the season, as after each round, three finalists will compete in the semi-finals. The Harp survived Round 1 and is the first to reach the semis, while Lambs won Round 2 and will also be in the semis.
‘The Masked Singer’ enters Season 8 with costumes including ‘Bride’, ‘Avocado’, ‘Venus Fly Trap’, ‘Sir Bugaboo’, ‘Scarecrow’, ‘Hedgehog’, ‘Mummies’. Themed episodes include ‘Vegas Night’, ‘Comedy Roast’, ‘Hall of Fame’, ‘Muppets Night’, ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Night’, ‘TV Themes’, ’90s Night’, ‘Thanksgiving’ and ‘Fright Night”. This season’s guests include Donny Osmond, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Muppets, Will Arnett, Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, Tori Spelling, Jon Lovitz, Jodie Sweetin, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group, Lance Bass, Danielle Fishel, Sheila E and Drew Carey.
The season 8 contestants “boast a total of 32 Grammy nominations, 16 Emmy wins, 8 Gold Albums, 4 Golden Globe nominations, 42 books, 10 Teen Choice awards, and 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Here are the contestants and their performances on night nine:
Snow Storm (WINNER)
Song: “Sweet But Psycho”, by Ava Max
Previous song: “Thank you, Avanti”, by Ariana Grande
Scary clue: Creepy doll in a box. “Nick, isn’t that one of your kids? Safety first. Always read warnings. Now you can think of them as clues to keep the monsters away.
Voiceover package: “If they want my crown, they’ll have to snatch it from my frostbitten fingers. So, by royal order, let me leave you with a hint that’s good for you. (A house). Are you warming up? I hope not!”
Hypothesis of the previous panel: Erika Jayne, Countess Luann, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Olivia Rodrigo, Sabrina Carpenter
Panel hypothesis: Kathryn Hahn, Heather Graham, Zooey Deschanel, Iliza Schlesinger, Aubrey Plaza, Whitney Cummings
Sir Bugaboo (Ray Parker Jr.)
Song: “Devil with the Blue Dress On”, by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Like it: Trick or treat
Trace: It will not change
Ghostly clue: Green slime with a picture of Nicole. “Nicole, you and I played earlier. So I’m just smiling and laughing under this costume.
Voiceover package: “Did you hear that? He might be scared of you, but I’m used to creepy sounds. It started when I got involved in a competition with the most monstrous names in the business. And I was told that only one of us was going to date a job. I did my best, but I never imagined I’d be what they called it. I’m sure glad they did, because my work has earned a permanent place in pop culture. But I have a confession. L The whole thing was a lie. I told the world I wasn’t afraid of anything, not even a horror movie. But actually I’m terrified of the dark. There’s no night light on the Masked Singer, so I’m putting that aside tonight scared so I can smoke my competition.
Panel assumptions: Ray Parker, Jr., Jordan Peele, Lil Rel, Randy Jackson
Scarecrow (Linda Blair)
Song: “Abracadabra”, by Steve Miller Band
Weakness: Highly flammable
Trace: It never rests
Ghostly clue: A witch. “The clue is staring you right in the face. Dear kitty, which celebrity do you think I am?
Voiceover package: “Hold on tight, friends, because I’m the scariest contestant in Masked Singer history. I made the fans scream and the critics praised me. But I had to jump through hoops to get the Academy to recognize my work. I’ve turned a lot of heads in my career. I’ve also sung on Broadway. But I traded the bright lights of the red carpet for greener pastures and devoted my time to saving animals. In fact, I’ve worked with over 100 saves. But it’s you, panel, who’s going to need saving because I’m about to give a hair-raising performance. See you in your nightmares, Ken!
Panel hypothesis: Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Anjelica Huston, Glenn Close, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Parker Posey
Round 1 semi-finalist: Harp
Previous songs: Pink’s “Perfect”; Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”; “Thanks for Being a Friend” (The Golden Girls theme song)
Hypothesis of the previous panel: Amber Riley, Ashanti, Yvette Nicole BrownQueen LatifahJordin SparksFantasyJennifer HudsonJill ScottFantasyAriana DeBose
Semifinalist Round 2: Agnelli
Previous songs: “Hot N Cold,” by Katy Perry; “Ironic”, by Alanis Morissette
Hypothesis of the previous panel: The Kardashian, Haim, The Chicks, The Corrs, Fifth Harmony, SWV