Season 8 of ‘Masked Singer’ kicks off with unmaskings of William Shatner, Eric Idle

“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.”