The nightmare day has lastly come. Part of me started to harbor hopes that the preliminary experiences had been a mistake, or that the early backlash led to the elimination of the, erm, controversial second. But at the identical time, then, all of my arduous work (learn: enduring seven cumulative hours of Jenny McCarthy’s common speaking voice, which is de facto extra of a shout harking back to your drunkest aunt at Thanksgiving) would have been for naught.
And then, it occurred. On Wednesday night, after preserving us ready for greater than a month, Rudy Giuliani was formally revealed as considered one of the remaining contestants on this season of Fox’s The Masked Singer. The highly-dreaded unmasking got here towards the finish of the season, rendering each prior reveal completely anticlimactic. The soulful-voiced Cyclops? Lost’s Jorge Garcia. The leggy purple lemur? Supermodel Christie Brinkley. Does anybody care? No.
Back in February, earlier than the seventh season even premiered, the bonkers celebrity-singing competitors made headlines when Deadline reported that the corrupt politician and lawyer to Donald Trump was considered one of the costumed contestants. The article stated that the surprising unmasking prompted judges Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong to stroll off set.
Several episodes handed without any hint of the former New York City mayor, however earlier this month, the present’s creator, Wonwoo Park, primarily confirmed his spot on the forged in an interview. “It can be taboo [in Korea] to have somebody controversial or political on the present,” Park informed Deadline. “But it could possibly’t all the time be nice when the masks comes off and the extra Masked Singer seasons [globally] we do, the extra we notice you’ll be able to’t all the time have contestants that everyone loves.”
This quote raises the apparent query of: Why the hell not? Why can’t it all the time be nice when the masks comes off? It needs to be! This is a present during which skilled soccer gamers gown as big stuffed animals and sing covers of ‘80s pop songs. It needs to be nothing if not nice. Why can’t you all the time have contestants everyone loves? Don’t you choose the contestants? Why do we want to see Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani on right here?!
“But it could possibly’t all the time be nice when the masks comes off and the extra Masked Singer seasons [globally] we do, the extra we notice you’ll be able to’t all the time have contestants that everyone loves.”
Alas, I digress. It appeared a secure guess that Wednesday’s episode would lastly characteristic Giuliani, as we had been down to the final batch of masked singers who had but to carry out. And nearly precisely midway by the episode, after three different performances, he appeared. The contestants are divided up into three groups: the Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly. Giuliani was, naturally, batting for Team Bad as a character referred to as “Jack in the Box.” Going into his efficiency, Jack in the Box is nameless to the viewers and panel of judges. But, with the weeks of buildup and context clues, viewers at house might simply surmise that this could, in the end, be the vampiric one.
He is wheeled on stage inside a big crimson field emblazoned with a neon inexperienced query mark and, in lieu of a drum roll, his character’s reveal is preceded by the appropriately haunting nursery tune “Pop Goes the Weasel.” What emerges from the field is presumably the picture that greets you at the gates of Hell. Unlike the different cartoonishly lovely characters on the present, Rudy’s costume is a rainbow-winged hen with the face of the Jigsaw puppet. He launches into a spoken-word rendition of—I swear I’m not joking—“Bad to the Bone” and whoever is accountable for tune choice needs to be fired for making me hear the cursed phrases “I wanna be yours, fairly child” come out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth. The efficiency is adopted by a clue package deal that references the disastrous Four Seasons Total Landscaping press convention.
It most likely would have been worse if the producers put him in every other class, branding him “cuddly” and costuming him in a fuzzy Pepto-Bismol-pink wooly mammoth go well with, for occasion. But all of it feels a bit too on-the-nose, whereas missing even an oz. of self-awareness. Jenny McCarthy speculates that he’s somebody necessary, revered, and with hordes of adoring followers, so… fairly shut!
When it comes to the finish of the episode, it’s a no-brainer that Giuliani can be eradicated and thus unmasked—his efficiency was by far the worst. When the Jigsaw masks comes off, the vibes are… awkward. The digicam cuts to viewers members with their mouths agape. Poor clueless Nicole Scherzinger asks if it’s Godfather actor Robert Duvall, to which a stone-faced, extremely pissed-off Ken Jeong replies, “No, that’s not Robert Duvall.” McCarthy appears to be a real Giuliani fan, thanking him for showing on the present, and Nick Cannon affords up the egregious understatement that his look is a shock.
By the time he begins his encore efficiency, Jeong has had sufficient. “Yeah, I’m accomplished,” he says, strolling off the stage.
And identical to that, we’ve unlocked a new stage in the simulation.