The masked singer really needs to quit

The masked singer really needs to quit

“Horror is the unmasking,” playwright Bertolt Brecht is said to have said. “Horror is removing masks to reveal sweaty C-lists you haven’t thought about in ages,” I would correct.

Because, seriously, it’s about time Masked singer hang up.

Tonight was the season 8 finale of the bizarre Fox singing competition. If you’re not in the know, here are the basics. The show, an American version of the South Korean format, features “celebrities” (quotation marks appearing in a few moments) donning elaborate costumes and performing covers of popular songs while a panel of judges try to guess which celebrity’s personality is behind the mask. Each episode also contains several clues about the true identities of the performers.

Masked singer debuted in 2019 and yes, it was fun for a while! Silly fun. Mindless fun. The kind of entertainment you could watch with your grandma, kid and/or cat and everyone would have a good time. Week after week, viewers tried to identify the contestants based only on their voice, clues and guesses thrown out by judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nichole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke during the broadcast. (Not that that last part helped much, given how terribly unrealistic the judges’ suggestions often were. No, Ken & Co., Denzel Washington was never it will be under sequins and feathers.)

And with COVID-19 forcing us all to huddle at home, scared and looking for various distractions to take our minds off the very scary reality, of course Masked singer was exactly the kind of thing we wanted as a break from doomscrolling and washing our products with dish soap.

But the show’s votes have often been both bizarre (Gladys Knight came in THIRD?! behind Donny Osmond and T-Pain in Season 1) and arbitrary (a/kinda/not really fan voting thing), and two relatively recent developments should serve as his deathbed.

First of all, the decision to have former New York Mayor/President Donald Trump, friend of Rudy Giuliani, compete as Jack in the Box in season 7 was a stupid grab for… notoriety? Red state love? I’m still not sure.

Second, this season’s major format change had only one singer moving each week, gutting the week-to-week tension that was more than half the show’s fun. Because if I hesitate to ask if someone is wearing an oversized giraffe costume Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Brian Austin Green or Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, I want work damn it.

He just feels the whole shebang tired Now. And to my earlier point about “celebrities”: Unmasked players were included this season Blossomis joey lawrence The Exorcist star Linda Blair, Ghost busters singer Ray Parker Jr. and The The Brady Bunch boys – most of whom would have been meh even if this show had aired in 1992.

For the record, this season’s winner was Harp, who was revealed Festivityis Amber Riley. In second place were the Lambs, a three-piece girl group from Wilson Phillips. And to bring up the trio’s biggest song, even though I know things can change and things could go my way, I sure hope the show does No hang on for one more season.

But if you don’t agree, fine. You’re in luck: The show’s holiday special airs next Wednesday at 8/7 CST.

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