* Caution: Spoilers below!
The Masked Singer returned for the fifth week of Season 5 on Wednesday, and after four hilarious Group B performances, and another all-new wild-card contestant, fans witnessed one of the most surprising and rightfully revolutionary twists in the show’s history.
The Piglet, The Black Swan and The Chameleon and The Crab met in the Group B Finals, and had to compete with an entirely new wild card competitor: The Bulldog!
The Bulldog was featured in all the pomp and circumstance as previous wild-card contestants, including a pack of revealing clues and a memorable (if not somewhat toned down) costume.
He then delivered a fun high falsetto rendition of New Edition’s “Candy Girl” that really impressed the show’s panel of famous “detectives,” including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy.
However, when it came time for the audience to vote for their favorite, guest host Niecy Nash had a big surprise up her sleeve. She revealed that this week, votes will not be cast or counted, adding, “Instead, I decide who gets unmasked!”
This change of pace left the judges shocked and confused, with Nash finally revealing that he decided to unmask the newcomer, The Bulldog!
Although the panel had made guesses about the first impression, none of them were revealed and the panelists did not even get a chance to make their final guesses. Instead, the Bulldog was told that he had to unmask himself immediately.
Soon, the reason for this really strange twist was revealed! The Bulldog was actually a long time Masked singer host Nick Cannon!
Days before season production began, Cannon tested positive for COVID-19 and Nash stepped in to direct the show for the first half of the season. The producers promised that Cannon would return later in the season, but no one had the slightest idea that he would return as part of the competition.
After four seasons as host, Cannon finally got a chance to put on a mask and sing his heart out on stage, and he was surprisingly good at it. In other circumstances, it looks like he might have had a chance to move on, at least a little longer.
“First of all, let me tell you that I dedicated my performance to you because you really are a queen, and you step in for me when, you know, during my illness, during a difficult time for me, and to be able to see you do it. Yours is amazing and shines. here, I really appreciate you, “Cannon shared. “Thanks a lot.”
He also admitted that acting like The Bulldog made him super nervous “to perform in front of my people.”
“I have a new respect for all of our masked crusaders, from season one to all these people here on this stage,” he added with a smile.
Before the presentation of Cannon’s Bulldog, the show was already packed with incredible numbers. The Black Swan started off with a cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”, and managed to do the vocal icon justice by hitting some seriously impressive high notes.
The Piglet followed up their performance with a heartfelt and moving cover of Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which managed to bring McCarthy to tears as it made her think of her own son.
“The mommy in me got me,” McCarthy shared, wiping tears from her eyes. “Oh my gosh, Piglet. I have to tell you, I hadn’t heard that song before, and it made me so emotional, the way you sang it you can tell that you’re a family man. So much for me, just by listening to it.”
“Whoever you are, you touched my heart and I really hope you win this competition,” added McCarthy.
The Crab showed a different side of himself with a funk-infused rendition of Rick James’s “Give It to Me Baby.” After the number, he appeared to have some kind of panic attack and had to be escorted off stage, claiming that he could not breathe under the mask. However, after a break, he came back ready for feedback and to hear the panel’s guesswork.
Finally, The Chameleon showed their talents with a rendition of Dead Prez’s “Hip Hop” that demonstrated how masterful his fluidity is and solidified in the minds of most people that he could truly be a professional performer.
Next week, fans are likely to be hoping to see Cannon back in the spotlight when the Group A final begins, and one last wild card is introduced.
In the meantime, if you’re trying to crack the mystery of the contestants in costume like the rest of America, check out our updated list of spoilers, tips, and best guesses, where we break down all the clue packs and make wild (surprisingly accurate) predictions on the tracks. singers’ secret identities.
Check out the video below to hear more about the wild and unexpected debunks that have already rocked the fifth season of The Masked Singer.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on Fox. To learn more about this exciting season, check out the video below!