“The Masked Singer” is back, and with that comes the first goodbye. Actually, the first two goodbyes, because this season starting with an unmasking frenzy.
The Hummingbird (singing): “I don’t want to be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately.”
Fox’s “The Masked Singer” kicked off its eighth season with some big voices.
The Harp (singing): “Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel.”
Their first group featured a Harp, a Hummingbird, a Hedgehog and a Knight.
The Hedgehog (singing): “Love, love me do.”
They’re going to duke it out for a chance to make it onto the next round.
This season the stakes are even higher, because there’s a double elimination every episode…
The Harp (singing): “Made a wrong turn once or twice.”
So they’re really going to have to bring it.
Nick Cannon, Ken Jeong and audience members: “Take it off! Take it off!”
And Wednesday night, two performers got the boot.
Nick Cannon: “Robin Thicke was right!”
First up, the Hedgehog, whom you might recognize from “Monty Python”: the legendary comedian Eric Idle.
Eric Idle: “It’s a little hot in there, yeah. Actually, this is John Cleese’s real body.”
The Knight (singing): “If you’re blue, and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits, puttin’ on the ritz!”
Next, the Knight … or you might know him as Captain Kirk: the iconic actor William Shatner.
William Shatner: “I thought, ‘I’ll sing falsetto. No, no, no! Don’t sing falsetto.’ I said, ‘Well, people will know who I am.’ No, it’s not about that. It’s how entertaining you are.”
Both put on decent performances, but “decent” isn’t good enough for “The Masked Singer.”