SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen “The Masked Singer” Season 6, Episode 9, “Group A Semi-Final,” don’t read any further, which aired on Fox on November 10th.
Anyway, the nonsense, it won’t be “unwritten” anymore: Both John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – of the Sex Pistols – and singer Natasha Bedingfield are the latest celebrities to be revealed in Fox’s “The Masked Singer”. Lydon / Rotten was exposed as a fool, while Bedingfield turned out to be Pepper, as featured in Season 6’s ninth episode, “Group A Semi-Final”.
For Jester, no one understood Lydon / Rotten correctly. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg thought it was Dee Snider. Ken Jeong went with Roger Daltry. Nicole Scherzinger suspected Gene Simmons. Robin Thicke said it was Flea. Guest panelist Will.i.am went with Joe Elliott, Def Leppard’s lead singer.
“You only have one life and you have to explore all possibilities and you must not be restricted by anyone for no reason,” said Lydon, also known as the front man of Public Image Ltd.
Lydon / Rotten as Jester sang “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” by Soggy Bottom Boys. He previously performed Alice Cooper’s School’s Out.
“This show is a riot! So much fun, ”he said in the show’s voice over. “But it’s very difficult because it’s a completely different way of working. As a joker, I have to act like a curmudgeon who only slipped in at the last minute. Haha! The other singers have all struggled through the season, and there comes the Jester, the man who came in from the cold. The person I think will get the most kick out of this is my wife. We have been together for 45 years. But unfortunately her health is no longer what it used to be. But no disease can stand in the way of my love. And when she sees that, it will be a total blast for her. And she will know without a doubt that it is me. “
In an earlier episode, Lydon had also hinted at his true identity: “I was called an icon. You could say I changed the course of history. I was even voted one of the 100 Most Influential People of All Time. But I was also called a villain. I have insulted heads of state, been banned from famous places. Though, in reality, I’m not a bad guy. In fact, that’s why I’m here. To show the world I’m a lovable, sensitive, multi-faceted clown who just wants to make you laugh. I will do everything I can to entertain this court, and this is no joke. “
Then there was Pepper, and Nicole Scherzinger got Bedingfield right. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg thought it was Dido. Ken Jeong went with Pink. Robin Thicke said it was Mandy Moore. Guest panelist Will.i.am went with Sia.
Bedingfield played Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” as Pepper. Her previous songs included “Jealous” by Labrinth and “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande. Should she continue, Bedingfield said her next plan was to sing “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen.
Bedingfield said it was hard to keep her presence as a “masked singer” a secret, especially after her fans quickly found out and started leaving pepper emojis on their social media. “I’m just trying to ignore it and some people were like, ‘I bet my house is them,'” she said.
Bedingfield was selected as the wild card, which means it was quickly pushed into production. She told Variety that she decided to challenge herself. “And it’s a huge show. I actually find the show very entertaining. And it was really fun playing it to my nieces and nephew. Get them to look and see it, and obviously I didn’t tell them, but they knew it was me right away. “
In her voice-over, Bedingfield said she joined just days before the competition started, which meant “I had to adjust very quickly. I can’t believe I made it to the semi-finals. My whole goal is to discover another side of myself. I had the good girl thing going for a long time, and the pepper comes with a lot of spice and spiciness and energy. Tonight I’m going to examine my ability to tell a story. All of the songs I’ve sung so far are full of emotions, like recovering from pain. But the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced is watching the person I loved and who I loved most face the unthinkable. I just remembered that I wanted things to get better, and this song reminds me of that. “
Other assumptions made by the panel previously were Hailee Steinfeld, Idina Menzel and Elle Goulding.
Natasha Bedingfield (Pepper) and John Lydon / Johnny Rotten (Jester) joined “Mama June” on Shannon and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (Beach Ball), Rob Schneider (Hamster), Ruth Pointer (Cupcake), Larry the Cable Guy (Baby), Tyga (Dalmatian), Toni Braxton (Pufferfish), Vivica A. Fox (Mother Nature) and Dwight Howard (Octopus) are the next celebrities to be exposed in Season 6 of “The Masked Singer”.
“The Masked Singer” entered season six with the return of a studio audience for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. This season’s costumes include Baby, Banana Split, Beach Ball, Bull, Caterpillar, Cupcake, Dalmatian, Hamster, Jester, Mallard, Mother Nature, Octopus, Pepper, Puffer, Queen of Hearts, and Skunk.
Season 6 entrants combined 85 Grammy nominations and 27 wins, three Academy Award nominations, 12 Emmy nominations, 12 Razzie Award nominations, two Super Bowl appearances and two Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The show’s panelists will once again compete for a “Golden Ear” trophy based on their first impressions of each masked performer (which McCarthy has won over the past two seasons). Jeong went eighth in a row with one point ahead of everyone else.
To Jester, Thicke’s first impression was Alice Cooper; McCarthy Wahlberg’s first choice was Dee Snider. Jeong selected Roger Daltry. Scherzinger gave Sammy Hagar for her first impression. Nobody won a point.
As for Pepper, Thicke’s first impression was Carly Rae Jepsen; McCarthy Wahlberg’s first choice was Lana Del Rey. Jeong chose Kesha. Scherzinger gave Bedingfield her first impression. Scherzinger got a point, which means she is now level with Jeong.
Also new this season is a “Take It Off” buzzer, which allows panelists on the show to require a celebrity to take off their mask ahead of time if they believe they know who it is. If you are right, you will receive two additional points towards the Golden Ear Tally. If they are wrong they will be “severely punished”.
This week Jeong pressed the button for Pepper and guessed Sara Bareilles. And he was wrong.
Here were the other participants and their performances in Episode 9, “Group A Semi-Finals”:
Song: “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Previous songs: “Drop of Jupiter” by train; “What Hurts Most” by Rascal Flatts; Britney Spears’ Circus; “Let You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan
Bling-Shot Notice: For Will.i.am: “Ring” “We have more in common than you think. Is that ringing a bell? “
Voice over: “Last time that number was very vulnerable, I had to dig deep and showed the panel exactly what I can do. I can’t believe I’m in the semi-finals. I’m more nervous than ever in my entire career. I’m used to being a solo artist, but this is a whole new level of the profession. I have a habit of comparing myself to other people until it can be crippling. I picked a song that I hope will let everyone know I’m a real triple threat. “
Panel suspects: Billy Porter, Usher, Jason DeRulo, Ne-Yo
Guesses from the previous panel: Hunter Hayes, Lance Bass, Brian Littrell, Sisqo, Dwayne Johnson, Darren Criss, Justin Timberlake, Brandon Flowers, Rufus Wainwright, Kevin Jonas, Zac Efron, Donald Glover, Anthony Ramos, Leslie Odom Jr., Taye Diggs, Cheyenne Jackson, Lil Nas X
Song: “Finally” by Etta James
Previous songs: “Diamonds” by Sam Smith; “It’s a World of Man, of Man, of Man,” by James Brown; “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips; “Square Biz” by Teena Marie
Bling-Shot Notice: For Nicole: “love”. “Nicole, I think you could say we have a love connection.”
Voice over: “Now it’s the semi-finals and the pressure is great! There is strong competition here. It increases the commitment for me as a performer. For me, Bull is the one to beat. It makes me rethink a few things. I need more passion, I need more emotion. I need more soul No matter what these other candidates bring, I make every song I sing my own. Tonight I’m bringing out the big guns. Etta James’ ‘Finally’. And I was told that she would like me to portray her in a movie. But to be honest, I’m most proud these days that my kids can see me perform on this stage. Your mom still has it. “
Panel guesswork: Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Jill Scott
Previous panel guesses: Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Fantasia Barrino, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Faith Evans
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