The season 8 premiere of ‘Made Singer’ reveals two comedy legends

The season 8 premiere of ‘Made Singer’ reveals two comedy legends

The Knight and Hedgehog are the first revelations of 'The Masked Singer';  Season 8. (Photos: Fox)

The Knight and Hedgehog are the first reveals of ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 8. (Photos: Fox)

He was probably trying to bounce back from last season’s disastrous stunt by Rudy Guiliani, The Mask Singer pulling out all the stops for Season 8, with each week featuring a double reveal And this week was truly double, as two legends – William “The Knight” Shatner and Eric “The Hedgehog” Idle – were unmaskingly unmasked. Perhaps there have never been two celebrities more perfect for this show than the campy Trek star icon and the Monty Python a pioneer of comedy. In fact, the Idle absurdist even said, “This is one of the greatest normal things I’ve ever done!”

“I can’t believe it took me eight seasons to be on it The Mask Singer,” the Knight announced during his own hint package, Captain Kirk drawl fully recognizable even with the show’s hidden electronic effects on his voice. And he had a point. The IS Golden Throat warbler seems to have been preparing for this big moment since 1968, when he released his cult classic album The Transformed Man he covers Bob Dylan and Beatles songs, and since then he has lent his odd hours, a few for collaborations with Ben Folds, Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins, Brad Paisley, Iggy Pop, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton , Steve Miller, and Bootsy Collins. Shatner played the role of the Knight born play!

After Knight talked/sang his way through a super duper (and super weird) cover of “Putin’ on the Ritz” that would make Taco himself proud, the judges made all kinds of guesses, like John Lithgow , David Hasselhoff. , and “Weird Al” Yankovic – although, to be fair, the latter two should be on as well The Mask Singer long long ago. Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg originally described Knight as a “male version of Betty White,” but she guessed right in the end; Robin Thicke was not, although Shatner and Robin’s father Alan Thicke were friends for years. Nicole Scherzinger simply said, “I don’t even know what’s going on right now, but I am here for him!”

I was here for it too. I really wish Shatner hadn’t beamed up so early; he might have stuck around at least long enough to repeat his famous Pulp cover of “Common People”! But Shatner seemed fine with his early departure. When host Nick Cannon asked him about his Singer Mask experience, he groaned, “It was terrible. I can’t tell you how terrible it was. I couldn’t see anything. I can’t walk. The noise was deafening. The mask was destroyed. Oh, it was that crazy!”

Eric Idle was also great fun, in his own way. The IS Monty Python A genius took on a Beatles song, “Love Me Do,” complete with a backline parade—a great choice, given his many connections from the Fab Four, such as the Rutles counterpart and his deep friendship with George Harrison. Ken Jeong even guessed that Ringo Starr was the Hedgehog! Eric later told the backstory behind his choice of song: “I wanted to sing this song because it was the first Paul McCartney song he ever wrote. And so I wrote to him and asked him if I could to do it. I had a letter back saying, ‘Yes, you can do the song, but would you please tell me what show it is, so I can be sure it’s avoid?'”

This time, Robin recognized Eric’s voice immediately, as he grew up watching Monty Python with his father and now watches with his own tween-aged son. “I saw all Monty Python movie,” said Robin. “I’m a big fan, and I know your voice like the back of my hand.” Then Idle treated Robin and the other Python fans in the audience to a whole pig performance of Brian’s life classic “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Aw. I’m also sad to see Idle go so soon, but I’m hoping for some kind of Rutles reunion in the Season 8 finale – even if Paul McCartney isn’t watching.

As for the two celebrities whose identities were still under wraps on Wednesday, we’ll soon know who the Hummingbird is, as he was delightfully eliminated during the premiere’s closing credits — and will be unmarked at the top of the page. . next episode of the week! He said he was “headed for the Super Bowl,” “competition is in his DNA,” he values ​​his prize money, and has some sort of “patriotic” connection to Shaquille O’Neal, but he did a job solid singing too. Download the book Gavin DeGraw I don’t want to be. So, the judges’ guesses were all over the place, from athletes like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Deon Thomas to AOR/MOR rockers like Rob Thomas, Uncle Kracker, and Chad Kroeger. Judging from this clip of Peyton singing, I sincerely doubt he can croon well enough to pass as the Hummingbird. So, I’m just going to guess New England Patriot and Shaq pal Tim Tebow, and move on to this week’s queen of kings, Harp — because (Ken Jeong’s voice) I know just who is she

The Harp gave a majestic and almost perfect rendition of Pink’s “Perfect” that gave Jenny “Season 8 chills” and had Nicole saying, “You were so powerful. … I was surprised.” It was definitely a consummate professional work – someone like Queen Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, or Jennifer Hudson, who were among the judges. But I say that this was definitely the work of the Glee Amber Riley star.

In addition to the power vocals that were practically recognizable from the moment the harpist opened her own golden throat during the first a cappella verse, Glee delivered all the cues in it – absolutely. She described herself as “an idol for anyone who felt like an outsider,” who was on the brand with the Glee ethos. Her package of tips started with, “And I’m telling you,” and Amber was in Dreams. We saw a witch’s hat, and Amber played the Good Witch of the North in NBC’s The Wizard and he did i Bad Stories in Concert. We saw a pair of 3D glasses, which was probably a reference to the concert film Game Glee in 3D. She has won awards for acting, singing, and comedy — the last honor shared with her “besties” — and Amber has picked up the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Concert, the Evening Standard Theater Award for Best Musical Performance, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (for Gleeof course).

But perhaps most impressive was when the harpist admitted she auditioned for “the biggest show in the world” when she was a teenager, but “didn’t fit the mold and was rejected.” Well, Amber tried it American Idol at the age of 17, but she did not even make it past the producers. “You know what? I still work on Fox and I get paid! Thank you, American Idol,” she later said Come on Hollywood. And now Amber is back on Fox, and not just over her Singer Mask trial, but she might win this time. “I’ll see you at the end,” Jenny told her.

And I’ll see you next week, when the unmarked Hummingbird and four other celebrities show up to almost literally sing their faces off. Additionally, during Season 8, alumni from the show – such as Donny “The Peacock” Osmond, Tori “The Unicorn” Spelling, and Drew “The Llama” Carey – will be guest judges, and among the guests other scheduled are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sheila E., Lance Bass… and even the Muppets, for a special theme night. There will actually be some themed episodes this season, such as “Comedy Roast” (there would be a man, Shatner and Idle perfect so!), “Vegas Night,” “Hall of Fame,” “TV Themes,” “90’s Night,” and “Fright Night.” It’s clear, The Mask Singer still the show that keeps America guessing.

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