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‘The Masked Singer’ Premiere Recap + The First Singer is Unmasked

Kyle Montplaisir

Kyle Montplaisir

Masked Singer Premiere RecapMICHAEL BECKER / FOX

It’s finally here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Masked Singer premieres tonight with its first six costumed contestants singing to compete for another week. And one star will be unmasked!


But who will it be? And how many of the celebrity singers can you guess? Let’s see how we fare in the first episode of The Masked Singer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv_qCDK9xYw

#PeacockMask

First up is the Peacock, going head-to-head with the Hippo. His clues talked about making a “comeback” and being a “showman.” He then sang “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman. Based on the song choices, the judges thought it might be Hugh Jackman or Zac Efron, but quickly ruled those two out. Online, the most popular guesses are Donny Osmond, Neil Patrick Harris, and Elton John. Those are all definitely possible!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuI0rAB_G_0

#HippoMask

Against the Peacock, we have the Hippo. He’s definitely an athlete from his intro package, talking about celebrations and stadiums. Football we would guess? The Hippo sings “My Prerogative,” with plenty of Fortnite dances in the performance. He’s definitely got a lot of energy! The judges think it’s almost for sure an athlete too. Robin Thicke guesses Odell Beckham, Jr., which is probably the best guess from the pack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKHwcuNvrTM


#MonsterMask

Next up is the Monster versus the Unicorn. His intro package of clues included him in a cave, talked about being mislabelled and having a mixtape. The Monster kicks it off with a performance of “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. And he’s got some pipes! I could’ve done without the one-eyed monster backup dancers though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ysbYD4JBQ

#UnicornMask

The Unicorn’s backstory was about how she grew up in a wealthy neighborhood but never had a chance to live her dreams. She was rejected when she tried to pursue them. Now, she’s back with something to prove! The Unicorn sings “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Honestly, her voice is pretty weak and it’s hard to decipher from the backtrack. The judges guess anything from Lindsay Lohan to Ireland Baldwin to Paris Hilton!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuRGR0HN5T0

#DeerMask

The Deer is up next and he has the toughest matchup of the night, the Lion! His package makes it pretty clear he is an athlete of some sort. A football player? A fighter? He sings “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons for his Premiere performance. The judges think he could be a wrestler like John Cena or Stone Cold Steve Austin. But then they work their way to Peyton Manning. This is definitely the best guess of the night so far! He was on the Broncos and the Colts so the horse connection makes sense. Could it actually be Peyton? Our money is on him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxqA_sxZDgw

#LionMask

Last up is the most anticipated singer of the night, the Lion! The Lion says she’s here to “Roar!” She says some would say she’s “Hollywood Royalty” but she’s here to prove herself. The Lion sings “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” to end the night. Her performance stole the show! She definitely has to be some sort of dancer or singer. And we’re getting strong girl group vibes. Could it be someone from Fifth Harmony? Or Nicole Scherzinger’s group, The Pussycat Dolls? That would be an epic reveal.

First Masked Singer Revealed

But now it’s time for our first contestant to be eliminated. It’s between the Hippo, Monster, and Deer. And the judges decide the first singer to be unmasked will be the Hippo! When it comes time, we find out that the Hippo is…Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver! It looks like this show will bring in the big names after all.

Well that’s it for the exciting first week of The Masked Singer! Next week, six new artists will sing to keep their masks on for another performance. Who do you think the other five singers from tonight are? Let us know and join us again next week for The Masked Singer!

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About the Author

Kyle Montplaisir
Kyle Montplaisir is a contributor and host at Talent Recap. He is the lead detective for the site on 'The Masked Singer' and an encyclopedia of knowledge on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kyle is originally from Arizona, but now lives in Los Angeles. When he isn’t watching talent shows and game shows, Kyle loves eating dessert, singing karaoke, and spending time with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Stella

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