While the Country Music Association Awards had been controversially going ahead on the ABC community Wednesday regardless of a pair coronavirus scares, over on Fox there was a way more accountable, completely masked competitors, The Masked Singer, between a well-known Nashville couple and a former nation little one star. The latter, the Sun, is (spoiler alert!) almost certainly LeAnn Rimes. But extra on her later. But we do know for certain, after this week’s Group A finals, that the eradicated Snow Owls are the Country Music Association’s 1990 Male Vocalist of the Year, Clint Black, and his spouse of 29 years, actress/singer Lisa Hartman Black.
The first duo to compete in Masked Singer historical past, the Hartmans sounded beautiful harmonizing on “The Prayer” and later throughout what host Nick Cannon referred to as the sequence’ first “love ballad smackdown” in opposition to the Popcorn on “Because You Loved Me.” But ultimately, their gimmicky (sure, gimmicky even by Masked Singer requirements) hydra-headed/conjoined-twin/Cinderella-egg-carriage costume was too cumbersome, and it stored them from performing on the identical degree as their rivals. (This was particularly noticeable throughout the episode’s opening group variety of P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” — which had the Popcorn and Sun making full use of the stage, whereas Clint and Lisa had been caught of their bedazzled cracked egg like Derek Smalls in a malfunctioning Spinal Tap pod.)
But Lisa had liked being a Snow Owl, telling the judges, “When I first saw the costumes, I actually cried, because they were so beautiful but also so sweet. I couldn’t wait to get into them.” Nicole Scherzinger, the one choose to guess the Owls’ identification accurately, gushed, “Y’all were truly the heart of this show,” and he or she urged them to launch new music collectively (most likely not coincidentally, they simply dropped a brand new duet single); Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg referred to as them “the lovebirds” of The Masked Singer. Clint, moved by their kindness, continued this lovefest by telling the judges, “You guys were no Simon Cowell!”
So, the Sun and Popcorn superior to the Season 4 semifinals, the place they may finally compete with the survivors from Groups B and C. Whooooo are the Sun and Popcorn? It’s fairly apparent by now… however let’s assess this week’s performances and clues, simply to verify.
The Sun, “Piece of My Heart”
I don’t fairly perceive why there have been S&M centaurs onstage, wanting like four-legged backup dancers from Iceland’s Hatari performance at Eurovision. But not even that leather-harnessed spectacle might distract from this solar goddess’s radiant vocals. Judge Robin Thicke was particularly impressed along with her “sultry” rock ‘n’ roll efficiency, saying it was on a “whole other dimension.”
The clues: The Sun’s “Sol Mate” talked about taking street journeys of their RV, and there have been additionally Christmas-angel windchimes, cows, and a point out that the Sun has recorded at the least one single that was licensed gold. Past episodes’ clues have referenced little one stardom, early profession burnout, “ugly rumors,” despair, “dirty feet,” and Zenning out in a “sanctuary.”
Judges’ guesses: Katharine McPhee, JoJo, Jewel, Demi Lovato.
My guess: Jaded visitor choose Niecey Nash didn’t suppose the Sun is a married girl, as a result of the Sol Mate simply appeared too in like to be a typical husband! (Apparently Niecey was not as moved as the opposite judges had been by the Snow Owls’ above-mentioned show of masked marital bliss.) But I’m satisfied that the Sol Mate was LeAnn Rimes’s still-smitten husband and Northern Lights vacation film co-star, Eddie Cibrian — and that the Sun is due to this fact LeAnn. The country-crossover singer is an RV enthusiast; her debut single “Blue” went gold; she launched her first album at age 13; she’s been tabloid fodder for years; and he or she’d about to launch an album impressed by her meditation observe, CHANT: The Human & The Holy. This outlook is as clear as a sunny day.
The Popcorn, “Domino”
Jessie J songs are not simple to sing, however the Popcorn obtained it poppin’ and completely pulled it off. Robin was shocked to listen to a brand new dimension to her voice, in a wholly larger register, gasping, “You just flipped the script” and admitting that he was abruptly extra confused than ever. But after this week’s clues bundle, I felt much less confused and 100% safe in my guess.
The clues: The Popcorn’s greatest buddy is a “Queen” well-known for her karaoke events, and he or she has really been on The Masked Singer herself. We additionally noticed a Russian doll and a stuffed-animal deer. Past clues have included a hair crimper, hoop earrings, a Rubik’s Cube, a rainbow flag, and mentions of overcoming “severe anxiety” and a “bizarre condition.”
Judges’ guesses: Taylor Dayne, Cyndi Lauper, Anita Baker, Anika Noni Rose.
My guesses: I guessed a pair weeks that this is Taylor Dayne, who has battled anxiety, agoraphobia, and bulimia; is a girl of the ‘80s and a fierce LGBTQ+ ally; and has been known to rock some seriously crimped hair. But the BFF clue sealed the deal: Taylor’s bestie is King of Queens star, karaoke obsessive, and onetime Masked Singer visitor choose Leah Remini. Also, Taylor obtained her begin as a singer in a Russian nightclub. So, all of those clues are telling to my coronary heart that it is her.
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