A tall tale: 'Masked Singer' Giraffe turns out to be '90210' star
Another Beverly Hills 90210 star was revealed on The Masked Singer this Wednesday after Tori "The Unicorn" Spelling had a memorable de-horning in season 1. And it was a more surreal moment than when the Flaming Lips played the Peach Pit After Dark and at least as musically credible as a David Silver DJ at the Beverly Hills Beach Club.
So before Wednesday night, until the moment the giraffe was exposed, I had my own neck, so to speak, and enthusiastically and emphatically insisted that the giraffe was Tommy Lee of Motley Crüe. Judge Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg thought it was just another rock and roll drummer, Travis Barker from Blink-182. Both seemed solid guesswork at the time, but it turned out that the giraffe was the artist formerly known on-screen as David Silver and Tori's love interest: actor and occasional rapper Brian Austin Green.
Guest judge Joel McHale was most likely to agree to guess Jason Priestly, but no one saw this reveal - not even Robin Thicke, who was apparently on a tween hip-hop duo with Brian called Think Twice before 90210, this masked singer host Nick Cannon called "the white Kris Kross". (This short-lived music project was probably no better or worse than Brian's only studio album, the 1996 Pharcyde-produced One Stop Carnival, which AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny once described as “pale, uninspired, and unbearably arrogant.” Wow, the things I learn on The Masked Singer! This show is edutainment at its best!)
“We were best friends as teenagers. I went to the 90210 set with him the whole time. I love you. I can't believe it's you, ”Robin exclaimed before jumping on stage to do a duet with Brian and giving us the impromptu Think Twice reunion we had all asked for.
I'm not going to stick my neck out again and predict that Brian's short Masked Singer run will restart his music career, and I can't ignore the unfortunate, ironic timing that Brian was eliminated in the same week that his ex-Megan Fox ' new friend Machine Gun Kelly has the country's # 1 album. Ouch. (By the way, Machine Gun Kelly did a fantastic job as Tommy Lee in The Dirt biography, so it all seems kind of connected.) But Brian had a lot of fun during this week's Get Down on It and his previous one. " Let's Get It Started "performance - in no way pale, uninspired, or unbearably arrogant! So if Brian Austin Green / David Silver / The Giraffe ever get into that and want to start it off with a special one-off performance at a 90s rave, I'll swap an egg and attend. To paraphrase Steve Sander's baffled but delighted reaction to the Flaming Lips in 1995, I've never been a huge fan of new TV rap music, but the giraffe rocked the house!
Group B will be back next Wednesday so we'll have to wait a few more weeks to meet up with Group C, which the Broccoli (who should definitely do Dana Carvey's "Choppin 'Broccoli" song from SNL) and the Jellyfish (which better include covering all of the spilled milk), the bipedal lips (which have to seriously sing some real Flaming Lips), and the mushroom which I suppose will be the psilocybin variety because this show is trippy as hell. In the meantime, after seeing the surviving Group A participants again, I am refining my guesswork - something I seem to really need to work on after getting so very, very wrong about the giraffe. Let's look at the clues:
The popcorn, "Falling"
Popcorn's spectacular rendition of Harry Styles' tearful fine line breakup ballad was neither cheesy nor kitschy. But it sure was flavorful! This was an exquisite voice, clearly the work of a professional diva who knows how to make it pop. All the judges gave her a standing ovation and Robin raved, "The nice thing about this show is that they can't show you their feelings with their face, so you have to hear it in the voice. All the emotions, all the tremors, the power, the strength, the vulnerability was expressed in this performance. Excellent, beautiful! "
The hints: The popcorn was “not always a healthy snack” because in her youth she suffered from “severe anxiety” and a “bizarre state” that put her in an “emotional prison”. Other clues included a hair crimper, Rubik's cube (meaning this is an '80s star), a rainbow flag, and soap operas.
Judges' assumptions: Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams.
My guess: The references to the premiere of the popcorn season (hoop earrings, "Puff", a "Proud Merry-Go-Round") made me think that this was Mary J. Blige. And some of this week's clues are in line with that assumption: the queen of the hip-hop soul has been very open to her mental health problems, and her hit “No More Drama,” for example, tried the soap theme Young and the Restless. But the internet believed that this was Taylor Dayne all along. Taylor has fought against anxiety, agoraphobia, and bulimia. is a woman of the 80s and a bitter LGBTQ + ally; and it has been known to rock frizzy hair seriously. Most of all, the popcorn sounds very similar to her. All of these new clues tell me to my heart: the popcorn is indeed Taylor.
The snow owls, "Like I'm losing you"
Despite the fact that these two were dressed like giant winged creatures of the night and slipped out of a bedazzler whitechocolatespaceegg (that's a Liz Phair reference I threw in for no reason), this still seemed like a CMA Awards performance . Their vocal interplay was effortless and heavenly. Whether the snow owls are a real romantic couple, blood relatives, or a professional musical duo, it is obvious that they have been singing together for years. This was a performance to really make fun of!
The clues: We saw a witch's hat, the letter D, an anchor and a basketball with the initials “DAL” as well as verbal mentions of an “avalanche of emotions”, a “tip of our hats”, a “knight in shining armor” and the famous one Waterboy line “You can do it! “Combine that with the previous notes on pearls, roses, and Christmas, and that's a lot to process.
Judges' Guesses: Rob Schneider and Elle King, Will Farrell and Rachel McAdams, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.
My guesses: OK, I'm not going to lie - this one really gets me down. Whoooooooo is it? When the owls first flew that season, I was convinced that Season 1 Donny "The Peacock" Osmond had returned to the Masked Singer Nest in a different kind of feathered shape, this time with Sister Marie. But this week, when the male snowy owl revealed that his duet partner had helped him through a “chaotic breakup” and stood by him despite “backlash from the community”, I ruled out that possibility because Donny has been with his wife since 1978 (and I don't think his pre-marriage hit “Puppy Love” was a little too messy). That mention of "separation" along with a line about "low spots" could mean that the owls are Garth and Trisha. But that's unlikely because in their previous episode, the Owls said they haven't been seen together for "a while" and that this was a "family reunion". Plus, Garth stopped cosplaying after the Chris Gaines era didn't work out. If they're a country couple, it may be Clint Black (who recorded Christmas albums) and wife Lisa Hartman (star of the bewitched spinoff sitcom Tabitha) who have a daughter named Pearl. Or it could still be Donny & Marie. Marie was an anchor on The Talk, and the chaotic breakup / community backlash could point to Donny's alleged alienation from the rest of the Osmond family. (Gosh, figuring out identity, just one secret celebrity is hard enough, but two? One of them, as far as I know, could be Liz Phair.)
The sun, "pray"
The sun really burned the stage this week with its fiery rendition of Kesha's power ballad with a heart on sequin sleeves. Judge Nicole Scherzinger declared this to be her favorite voice in the history of the Masked Singer or her story and confessed: “I broke up!” Between the popcorn, the sun and the seahorse of Group B, the mysterious girls really make it this season.
The Clues: She "missed much of her childhood growing up in a broken home" and is a "wizard at making yummy treats" and "burning ugly rumors". References to "dirty feet" and "walk the line" suggested she is a country star.
Judges' Guesses: Anna Kendrick, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Mandy Moore, Demi Lovato, Katharine McPhee, Carrie Underwood.
My guess: Some of the clues last time around - about child stare, career burnout, depression battles, and a current zenned-out new age lifestyle - initially made me speculate that the sun was an actress, singer, goop guru is Gwyneth Paltrow. But now it's as clear as a sunny day that this goddess with the golden neck "The only mom who walks the line," singer LeAnn Rimes. (If only she was disguised as the ugly coyote instead of the sun, I would have found out much sooner!) A recently relaunched YouTube video of LeAnn singing Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You" on her tour bus sounds exactly like her Performing that hip-pop banger by The Sun at the Season 4 premiere of The Masked Singer and a redemption song like this week's Praying was exactly the kind of empowerment anthem a rumor mill survivor like LeAnn clings to could.
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