SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 8, Episode 10, ‘Battle of the Semi-Finals’ which aired Nov. 24 on Fox.
Two episodes in one week? “The Masked Singer” returned on Thanksgiving night for its semi-finals (and what appeared to be another subtle jab at host Nick Cannon’s baby-making skills, via a chyron hinting that he’s sitting at the children’s table ).
The Thanksgiving-themed installment saw comedian Nikki Glaser unmasked as Snowstorm, leaving two finalists – Harp and Lambs – for next week’s finale.
Glaser was unmasked after facing Harp and Lambs in a three-way battle royale (in which all three took turns singing the song “Since U Been Gone”, by Kelly Clarkson).
For Snowstorm, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg nailed Nikki Glaser. Robin Thicke thought she was Whitney Cummings. Nicole Scherzinger chose Iliza Schlesigner. Ken Jeong got Kristen Wiig right.
Nikki Glaser as Snowstorm joins Ray Parker, Jr., as Sir Bugaboo, Linda Blair as Scarecrow, 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 Pi-Rat, Chris Kirkpatrick as Hummingbird, Eric Idle as Hedgehog and William Shatner as Knight as celebrities revealed in “The Masked Singer” in season 8.
This season, “The Masked Singer” has adopted a new “King or Queen of Masked Singer” format. This meant that three or four costumed celebrities performed each week, but only one moved on to compete against two or three other people the following week.
This led to the semi-finals, with Harp surviving Round 1 and being first to the semi-finals, while Lambs won Round 2 and also joined in the semi-finals, with Snowstorm winning Round 3.
“The Masked Singer” season 8 featured costumes including “Bride”, “Avocado”, “Venus Fly Trap”, “Sir Bugaboo”, “Scarecrow”, “Hedgehog”, “Mummies”. Themed episodes included ‘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 included 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 combined 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,” according to Fox.
Here are the contestants and their performances on night nine:
Snow Storm (Nikki Glaser)
Song: “Thinking of You” by Katy Perry
Previous songs: “Thank U, Next”, by Ariana Grande, “Sweet But Psycho”, by Ava Max
Trace: “Squiggling”. (Bob Saget) “Squiggly monster was a dear friend of mine who is no longer with us and it’s strange to cry in this voice. But he was the reason I did this show because his experience of him was so rewarding and I’m so happy that he was able to have it before he died. My performances were for him whether he wanted to or not.
Voiceover package: “Ever since I was little, I always dreamed of becoming a pop star. When I was in high school, I took singing lessons. And one day in high school, my mom said she got a call from my teacher, saying, “I’m sorry, but your daughter doesn’t have it.” That was the day my dream died. That’s why I’m grateful to still be on this show. I am so thankful for the opportunity to express myself in a way that I never thought I would be able to artistically. And hopefully I can make it to the finals next week and I can continue to inspire any grown kids out there who don’t think they have it. Because I promise you, you have it. You just have to unmask it. If my singing teacher is watching, don’t change the channel. Because proving you wrong one day has kept me going all these years. This is for you, dream slayer!”
Panel assumptions: Whitney Cummings, Nikki Glaser, Kristen Wiig
Hypothesis of the previous panel: Erika Jayne, Countess Luann, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Olivia Rodrigo, Sabrina Carpenter, Kathryn Hahn, Heather Graham, Zooey Deschanel, Iliza Schlesinger, Aubrey Plaza, Whitney Cummings
Harp (moving to next week’s finale)
Song: “About Damn Time”, by Lizzo
Previous songs: Pink’s “Perfect”; Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”; “Thanks for Being a Friend” (The Golden Girls theme song)
Trace: Oprah Winfrey “When I first met Oprah, I brought my mom with me and was going to introduce me to her, but before I did, she greeted me and already knew her name. You know you’ve made it when Oprah knows your name and your mother’s name.
Voiceover package: “I’m really excited to get to the semifinals and I really want to win. I’m so grateful to be here because I’ve always been a fan of the show. Me, my family and friends watch it all the time, and it was very difficult to say nothing. Now my sisters don’t know, my father doesn’t know, my friends don’t know. My man doesn’t know. He thinks he’s making a movie. My mom’s the only person I’ve ever told. My mother and I are very similar. She was a singer just like me, she’s like my rock. If I had a handful of people who believed in me the way my mom believes in me, I know I can go up that far. That woman thinks I can do anything. I want to win this for her. Thank you mom for being such a great example in my life and for being my best friend.
Panel assumptions: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Amber Riley
Hypothesis of the previous panel: Amber Riley, Ashanti, Yvette Nicole BrownQueen LatifahJordin SparksFantasyJennifer HudsonJill ScottFantasyAriana DeBose
Agnelli (let’s move on to next week’s finale)
Song: “I need you now”, by Lady A
Previous songs: “Hot N Cold,” by Katy Perry; “Ironic”, by Alanis Morissette
Trace: “Meeting.” “For a long time, I never thought we would ever sing on stage together again. But I never gave up on getting back together with the three of us. It’s unthinkable for us not to sing together again for the rest of our lives.”
Voiceover package: “This Thanksgiving, there is nothing we are more grateful for than the other. And that’s something we’ve always known, even when we were little girls. We were young women when we hit it off. And even though we were grateful, we were so exhausted that we started having problems. And it was just very sad. We knew that going our separate ways was the best decision at the time. It was good for us. It really gives you perspective and pause. And you can find yourself. When we got together, it was as if no time had passed. And that bond is what we will carry to the semifinals. We’ve won other awards in our lives, but it’s been a long, long time. And we are ready for another victory. We’re just going to fight over who gets to take the trophy.
Panel assumptions: All Saints, Spice Girls, Wilson Phillips
Hypothesis of the previous panel: The Kardashian, Haim, The Chicks, The Corrs, Fifth Harmony, SWV