It was Thanksgiving Eve, but every day is Halloween on a costume contest The Hidden Singer. And the show was definitely still in the Halloween spirit on Wednesday, with its Fright Night episode (presumably delayed due to the World Series) – which climaxed with two such talented horror icons being unveiled by the witching hour. But there was a twist ending to this very rocky horror picture show, when one of the contestants, the Scarecrow – who turned out to be one of the ultimate icons of horror cinema – exercised self-sufficiency by unmasking his himself
Just one more celebrity in Hidden Singer history had never done this before (although oblivious host Nick Cannon, who clearly has a lot on his mind these days, claimed it was a series first): when Mickey “The Gremlin” Rourke retired from Season 4 violently off his headgear and abruptly quit. This week, the Scarecrow volunteered to remove her own pumpkin head and forfeit the competition — although she went about it less scary than Mickey did, and actually had a much better chance than Mickey did of moving on to r next round. In fact, judge Ken Jeong had just declared that she had seen Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra” as the most magical performance of the night.
“Wait, wait, wait!” interrupted the Scarecrow, just as Nick was about to announce that the episode had been deleted for the first time. “I have something to say! I really love this show. I came to share how much I love you and what you all have done for the world and family entertainment. But I would like to officially bow out and unbag, and let these two amazing contestants go on,” she continued, gesturing generously to her contestants, the Snowstorm and Sir Bug-a-Boo. “These competitors are the real deal. … I have a very special reason for being here and I want them to enjoy the stage and all the honors they so deserve.”
The terrified judges mouths opened so wide, they looked like living, breathing rubber Screaming masks. But before this wonderful pumpkin cut itself, the judges had one last chance to discover its identity. They focused on her scary movie clues, and one particular witch clue, and speculated that this could be Hocus PocusBette Midler, The The Witches of EastwickSusan Sarandon, The WitchesAngelica Huston, Fatal AttractionGlenn Close, Halloween‘s Jamie Lee Curtis, or ScreamingNeve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, or Parker Posey.
But if they had only benefited from the rainbow roller skating of the Scarecrow’s pack of clues, that would have led them to the 1979 cinematic classic correctly. Roller Boogie and to Linda Blair, a Golden Globe-winning actress. (Linda won that Globe for The Exorcistnot for Roller Boogiejust to be clear.) The “heads turn” clue was another obvious one that the judges somehow ignored.
The judges were so amazed when Linda unscrewed her head, they looked like their own heads were about to spin and spit pea soup. “There’s a legend in the building!” Nick exclaimed. “My thinking is blow! I’ve never been more shocked by this series than I am right now,” said Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg.
Linda’s performance was unexpectedly sultry and funky, which may be why the panel hadn’t guessed that this was the 63-year-old artist formerly known as Regan MacNeil. But Linda had clearly picked up rock star swag from her many musical lovers, among them Rick Springfield, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Neil Giraldo, Tommy Shaw of Styx, and most notably Rick James. This is true was the kind of girl you read about in new wave magazines! LA powerpop band Redd Kross even wrote a song about it.
But Linda didn’t go ahead The Hidden Singer to show off her pop chops or her rock cred. The founder of the animal welfare organization Linda Blair World Heart Foundation, she was a woman on a mission to get the word out, and she felt that mission was complete. “Let me tell you what [The Masked Singer does] to me and what you are doing to the world: You are taking us out of the most difficult time in history for one hour a week,” she began, thanking the judges. “I deal with animals being abused and thrown in the streets. I have a foundation. … I travel the world and do what I can to make it a better place .You all have no idea, your kindness and your love. And if you can heal me, in as much pain as I am trying to save those who don’t deserve what is happening, I we can do better. And I feel like you are my family.”
“Thank you, Linda, for using this platform in the best possible way,” said Ken, who declared this to be his favorite reveal of all time. “We love you!”
So, that left last week’s reigning queen, the Snowstorm, and this week’s other new contender, the four-legged, Seuss-like Sir Bug-a-Boo. But while Sir Bug-a-Boo’s charming and exciting take on “Devil With the Blue Dress On” had Jenny (who seemed to be wearing a Terri Nunn-of-Berlin Halloween costume for some reason) curious about his “ beautiful tune,” after he battles the Blizzard on “Somebody’s Watching Me,” by Rockwell Hidden Singer dreams are ghosted, or shattered. (Personally I thought he did better in the fight, with a raspy rap more suited to the song.) And we found out—as Jenny had guessed almost immediately—that this was Ray Parker Jr. .
Well, oh course it was Ray! Not only did this colorful crooner sound exactly like the “Ghostbusters” theme singer and Motown legend, but three of his key cues were green slimean an old school landline phone with three question marks on itand even real spirit! I swear the show’s producers weren’t even trying to be opaque when they slapped together the Sir Bug-a-Boo clue pack this week; they might as well have just strapped a proton pack to Ray’s back while they were at it. I have no idea why the other three judges even bothered to suggest that it might be Jordan Peele, Randy Jackson, Lil Rel Howery, or one of the Wayans brothers… or why Jenny changed her guess at the last minute i Ghostbusters the actor Ernie Hudson.
“Man, you’re such an accomplished musician and have written some of the biggest hits in the world as a guitarist from the Motown days – everyone from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye – and just being in this industry for so long really,” Nick said excitedly, and Ray said, “And I thought I’d be a permanent game on this show! … But I want to say, when you need someone else to come on this show and you need someone extra, who are you going to call?”
So, this meant that Snowstorm retained her crown for a second week, after her ice-cold solo performance of Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho”, so she will now go to the Season 8 semi-finals against the queens that reigned in the past. the Harp and the Lambs. It’s already quite clear that Amber Riley is the Harp and Wilson Phillips is the Lamb (The Hidden Singer producers did not their too hard clues too), but who is the Snowstorm?
I’m a little less sure about this, and the critics’ guesses were everywhere; last week they thought Blizzard could be Anna Kendrick, Heather Graham, Katherine Hahn, Iliza Shlesinger, Aubrey Plaza, Whitney Cummings, or Zooey Deschanel, and this week they tossed around names random like Olivia Rodrigo, Sabrina Carpenter, and various Real Housewives. But I stick to the guess I made last week: I believe this is comedian Nikki Glaser. It sounds like her.
But the clues (which, admittedly, were a bit more difficult in this case) add up too. The Snowstorm said she had to be “cold-blooded” to survive in her male-dominated line of work, and historically women have had a hard time on the comedy circuit. She said she shared the stage with Rob Lowe, and he absolutely killed it at that Comedy Central Rob Lowe roast. (One of her visual clues was roasting chestnuts, too.) He talked about “speed-dating,” which Nikki did on Instagram Live during the pandemic, and of course Nikki is the current host Blind date. We saw a house and a welcome mat, references to Nikki’s Welcome Home Nikki Glaser? reality series, and heard the phrase “pitch-perfect,” probably a nod to her Perfect television special. And finally, we saw a “Masked Universe” comic book… and, well, Nikki is a stand-up comic.
The Hidden Singer is leaving Halloween behind and getting into the holiday spirit on Thursday – yes, the 24th, Thanksgiving – with a special semi-final episode that will decide which two contestants will move on to the Season 8 grand finale. So, if you’d rather watch the Whites vs. the Blizzard vs. the Harps than the Bills vs. the Lions or the Patriots vs. the Vikings, Fox has covered this Tofturkey Day. See you then.
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