This post contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of The Masked Singer.
Before The Masked Singer could begin Vegas Night, they had to reveal the identity of Hummingbird, the last contestant booted in the previous week's premiere.
When the colorful bird popped off his mask, *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick appeared.
Judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke kicked themselves for not guessing the boy bander, 50, after tossing his name out for different characters across the past seven seasons.
Two new competitors would take on Harp in hopes of becoming the reigning king or queen. Panther introduced himself first.
"Right from the jump, I was at the top of my game and rubbing shoulders with Beyoncé, until one day people thought I was dead — even my own family," Panther said in his clue package that displayed a basketball, "DEF" and "ENSE" signs and Panther's creed tape. "I had the rare opportunity to attend my own funeral and see how others would remember me."
Panther referred to himself as "a scholar, a son, a lover and a leader" and referenced that he "started back at one."
The giant cat belted "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone and Scherzinger, 44, called it "a really soulful, beautiful performance."
An acrobat brought out an additional clue: a globe and the word "victory."
"Panther believes that victory isn't just about winning," Panther said. "Victory means the world to me."
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Pi-Rat came up next.
"I had a unique way of making my own friends and I always got a laugh," the rat said in his clue package of his younger self.
Pi-Rat said his "family said I got talent, but everyone else thought I was a total dummy," then admitted, "I'm never the leading man."
The package also showed a puppet, the phrase "late laugh" and Dinner for Dummies.
Pi-Rat jammed out to Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and, afterward, comedian Carrot Top offered up another hint: a menu.
"Well, I like to think that I have something special to share with the world, and you're getting a little taste of it tonight," Pi-Rat said.
Comedians Robert Smigel, Terry Fator and Jeff Dunham all arose as possibilities for Pi-Rat.
Harp returned to the stage to defend their title.
"I've been labeled 'competitive' my whole life, but I don't see that as a bad thing," Harp said in their clue package that featured a witch hat and 3-D glasses again, as well as a Night Night CD. "It means you worked hard to be the best, and I'm bringing that energy to the stage tonight."
The golden Harp belted "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston. "That's an angel," said Osmond, 64.
Scherzinger agreed, "You are going to wear that crown straight to the semi-finals."
For Harp's additional clue, Scherzinger received a juggling ball that said "collaborated."
"Well, you know, Nicole, I always love seeing our names together," Harp said. "We should make it happen again soon."
Host Nick Cannon announced that the time had come for the studio audience and panel to vote for their favorite performance of the night. The undercover celebrity to receive the fewest number of votes would unmask immediately, while the other two would battle it out in a face-off.
Cannon, 41, revealed that Pi-Rat would be the first to go home. The swashbuckling rodent popped off their disguise and Osmond's guess of ventriloquist Dunham, 60, appeared.
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That meant Harp and Panther would compete in the face-off.
The concealed stars both put their spin on Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild," but Harp's concluding note truly stunned the judges.
"That is one of the greatest notes ever hit on that stage in Masked Singer history," Scherzinger said.
The judges voted again and determined that Harp's reign would continue and they would move on.
Accordingly, Panther popped off his blue mask and revealed "This Is How We Do It" singer Montell Jordan.
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The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.