This show is weird, you guys. In the best possible way.
For those of you not already flummoxed and/or fascinated by last week’s totally bonkers The Masked Singer Fox premiere, when NFL troublemaker Antonio Brown performed Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” in a hip-hop hippo costume -- or by Ryan Reynolds’s unicorn-headed viral performance of the Annie ballad “Tomorrow” on the original Korean version of this game show -- allow me to explain, once again, The Masked Singer's bizarre AF premise:
A dozen cosplaying mystery celebs, their faces shielded by giant masks that make Slipknot look like amateurs who shop at the Halloween superstore, sing karaoke for fallen pop star/Duets judge Robin Thicke, Community comedy doctor Ken Jeong, former Singled Out sidekick Jenny McCarthy and onetime Pussycat Doll/Popstars contestant/X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger (and exiled America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, of course).
This esteemed judging panel watches an hour of what basically looks like Eurotrash band’s Alacazar’s infamous “Crying at the Discoteque” music video and then makes terribly uninformed and almost always incorrect guesstimates about these masked men’s and women’s true identities. (Thicke hasn’t been so wrong since he thought recording Paula, an entire album for his estranged and put-upon first wife, was a good idea.) At the end of each episode, one contestant is unmasked -- and the internet predictably breaks. The show is already a breakout hit after one episode.
This week’s second unmasking victim was the one flora-not-fauna character of the entire competition, the Pineapple -- who turned out to be Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong fame) semi-singing “I Will Survive.” To McCarthy’s credit, she guessed correctly for once -- but she also guessed Cheech Marin, so she doesn't win too many bragging points. I guessed correctly too, since this one was pretty easy: The Pineapple’s clues package was full of stoner references, and he’d mentioned that he’d beaten a “life-threatening disease.” (Chong has battled cancer twice.) Chong was eliminated this week, so he took the Pineapple Express straight off the show, his chances of winning up in smoke.
Watching Chong’s bananas Pineapple performance, frankly, made me feel like I was stoned. Like I said, this show is weird.