It’s been a big week on the hit Fox show The Masked Singer. After a special episode on Tuesday night revealed that former Saturday Night Live star Ana Gasteyer was the celebrity wearing the “tree” costume, the semi-final on Wednesday night unmasked two more big names – a four-time Grammy winner and an NBA star.
After it was revealed that the Leopard received the least amount of audience votes after he performed Shirley Bassey’s Big Spender, host Nick Cannon asked the panel – Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Dr. Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger – for their final guesses.
McCarthy guessed Eric Benet and Jeong went with Jeff Goldblum. But, Scherzinger and Thicke agreed that it had to be Kiss From a Rose singer Seal.
“You’ve been an amazing addition to this season and one of our highlights, no question. You’ve been in character the whole time, and I had no idea who you were the first couple of performances,” Thicke told the Leopard. “But I do feel like I recognize that very famous magical tone of yours. I think it’s Seal.”
It turns out that Thicke and Scherzinger were exactly right. In addition to the tone of his voice, Scherzinger picked up on the singer’s British accent and the architecture diploma in the clues package.
Seal – whose real name is Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel – said that he was sad that it was over. And, he also admitted that he did the show for the four children he shares with ex-wife Heidi Klum – Leni, 15, Henry, 14, Johan, 13, and Lou, 10 – who are big fans of the show.
Seal saw The Masked Singer as a great opportunity to make his kids laugh, as well as himself.
As for Thingamajig, he had all of the panelists stumped except for Jeong, who never guesses correctly. Jeong figured out that the Thingamajig was Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo – who had a season-ending knee injury in January 2019 – after his performance of Bing Crosby’s Winter Wonderland.
“It has been a rough year for me,” said Oladipo. “But, to be able to come out here and put smiles on people’s faces here and just do something fun for once and kind of get away from the game has been awesome, so it’s nothing but a blessing,”
Oladipo has been flirting with Scherzinger all season as Thingamajig. And, when McCarthy asked if he was ready for a date, Oladipo said, “anywhere, any time, any place.”
The Masked Singer is now down to three finalists – Fox, Rottweiler, and Flamingo – and they will compete for the golden mask trophy on Wednesday, December 18th on Fox.