‘The Masked Singer’ Recap: Season 8 Premieres with Two Iconic Unmaskings

Jill O'Rourke
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The Masked Singer Season 8 premiered on Wednesday night with performances from four new celebrities. The show ended with the unmaskings of Knight and Hedgehog as legendary stars William Shatner and Eric Idle. Harp was crowned the first Queen of the season, but we’ll have to wait until next week to find out who’s under the Hummingbird costume.


Knight, Hedgehog Unmasked in ‘The Masked Singer’ Premiere

The first contestant to be unmasked on Wednesday’s premiere was Knight. He performed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and showed off a funny personality when interacting with the panelists and host Nick Cannon. Guesses about his identity included David Hasselhoff, John Lithgow, and Weird Al.

Only Jenny McCarthy correctly guessed that it was iconic Star Trek actor William Shatner. When asked what it was like to compete on the show, 91-year-old Shatner joked, “It was horrible.”

The next contestant to be unmasked was Hedgehog, who performed “Love Me Do” by the Beatles during Wednesday’s show. He teased that he had won a Tony and a Grammy. Guesses included John Cleese and Bill Nighy. Ken Jeong even guessed it was Elton John, much to the crowd’s annoyance.


However, only Robin Thicke correctly guessed that it was Monty Python comedian Eric Idle. To mark his elimination from the show, Idle delivered a performance of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Life of Brian.

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Show Ends on a Cliffhanger as Harp Moves On

The contestant from this week’s episode to earn the most votes from viewers was Harp, who delivered a powerhouse performance of “Perfect” by Pink and teased that she auditioned for the “biggest show in the world” but was rejected. McCarthy told her, “See you at the finale.”


Harp was chosen as this week’s Queen of The Masked Singer, which meant Hummingbird was eliminated. However, we’ll have to wait until next week to see him unmasked. This contestant happens to be the one connected to rumors that Tom Brady will appear this season.

Hummingbird’s clues definitely pointed to football, as he said he was on a “patriotic team” who apparently won the Super Bowl. He performed “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw, showing off a pretty decent voice. Guesses included Peyton Manning and of course Tom Brady.

Brady has denied being on the show, but you never know what might happen. We’ll find out for sure next Wednesday night at 8/7c on FOX.

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