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This article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of The Masked Singer.
Remember that Korean singing show where Ryan Reynolds secretly performed “Tomorrow” from Annie in a unicorn mask last year? Called The Masked Singer, that show now has U.S. version, and season 1 premiered on Fox this month. (You can also catch it on Hulu). It’s already a hit.
The musical game show involves a dozen celebrities clad in elaborate costumes and full face masks that hide their identity while they sing karaoke before celebrity judges Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, and Nicole Scherzinger, with Nick Cannon as host. If you’re wondering what makes it special, well, Yahoo has some thoughts:
“This show has ev-er-y-thing: More entertaining blind auditions than The Voice, wilder costumes than RuPaul’s Drag Race, bigger ‘big reveals’ than The Swan, prettier livestock than anything on Animal Planet, more C-list celebrities than a ’70s Game Show Network rerun of Match Game PM, and more so-bad-it’s-good taste than Eurovision.”
Celebrity contestants who will keep the judges and the audience guessing throughout the season range from “Grammy Award winners to legendary athletes, and everything in between,” Fox promises. One celebrity is eliminated each week, which is the only time their identity will be revealed.
So far, NFL star Antonio Brown was unmasked as the performer behind the hippo costume when he was eliminated in the first episode, while actor Tommy Chong was eliminated and unveiled as the singer behind the pineapple mask in the second episode Wednesday night.
It’s unlike any singing competition we’ve ever seen, and a huge part of the fun is guessing the celebrities behind the ridiculous masks—something the internet has made a game out of, based on clues given on the show. Among those that have hazarded a guess for each of the contestants include Just Jared, Us Weekly, E News, and Yahoo.
It keeps Twitter users on the edge of their seats while simultaneously loving and hating the show (or the judges or themselves for watching it). Sure, users think it’s “stupid”—but they’re watching.
Just sitting here wasting another Wednesday night watching #TheMaskedSinger . The stupidest show on tv, yet here I sit.— Lisa Stevenson (@lisamt83) January 10, 2019
Kids are asleep. Wife is out. So I’m alone at home and decided to try the Masked Singer. A guy in a pineapple just sang I will survive and the judges guessed - not as a joke - that it was Barack Obama. And I’m still watching. Life in the off-season comes at you fast.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) January 10, 2019
We’re here for these users roasting the judges and their guesses. “I really like this show but the judges need to go, they’re so annoying,” said user @_melissa9822.
You could give Jenny McCarthy a clue saying— [soul cool] (@DashingSoulJay) January 10, 2019
"I was on top for a while until I fell off"
and she'd be like
"Well you know who was on top? King Kong was on top of the Empire state building and he fell off. So it has to be King Kong" #TheMaskedSinger
*performer walks on stage*— Brandon Gooley (@bgooley26) January 10, 2019
Judge - well they have 2 legs so it must be Betty White #TheMaskedSinger
People are “obsessing” over which celebs are behind the masks, sharing iPhone notes with their best guesses.
unicorn - Tori Spelling— StevieB (@frain_barts) January 10, 2019
Deer - Terry Bradshaw
Monster - t-pain
Peacock - Donny Osmond
Lion - Rumer Willis
Rabbit - JC Chasez
alien - LaToya Jackson
Pineapple - Tommy Chong
Raven - Ricki Lake
poodle -Margaret Cho
bumblebee - Gladys Knight#TheMaskedSinger
The show also has Twitter on edge because it’s making “elder” artists like Gladys Knight and Tommy Chong trend—but not for the reason people fear:
"Gladys Knight" is still with us. Every time I see an elder's name trending, I can not help but fear that they have transitioned. Glad she still here, love her and the pips. #MidnightTrainToGeorgia is still one of the all-time great soul songs.— Black Talk Radio News w/ Scotty T. Reid (@blacktalkradio) January 10, 2019
TV: Dont stress, Gladys Knight is ok.— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 10, 2019
"Gladys Knight" is trending because of my new fave show, #TheMaskedSinger. The American audiences think the masked bee is Ms Knight.
gladys knight trending just gave me a heart attack— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) January 10, 2019
"Tommy Chong" is trending because Tommy Chong is on a TV show, not because Tommy Chong is dead or a horrible human being. I was very nervous when I clicked on that.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) January 10, 2019
Tommy Chong is trending but not dead. Don't panic.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 10, 2019
You may not have the patience to wait and watch each celeb get unmasked weekly, but we can always count on Twitter reactions to be just as or even more entertaining than the viral show. See you next Wednesday.
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.