The Masked Singer has returned to scramble our cerebellums once again — perhaps even more so, because this season’s clues are tougher than ever. But one mystery contestant who got scrambled early on was the Egg, a.k.a. Johnny Weir. The egg cracked under the pressure, so to speak, and literally had (rhinestone-studded) egg on his face, when Weir became the first celebrity to be voted off the show on Wednesday’s Season 2 premiere.
Weir gave two vivacious performances that went over easy - his sassy Blondie cover was no yolk! - but his chances were quickly fried when he went up against the more vocally soaring Butterfly and the scary-good comic timing of the Skeleton. Well, at least the Egg won’t have to be walking on eggshells trying to keep his identity a secret.
The other contestant to suffer a meltdown on night one was the Ice Cream, a.k.a superstar gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. The Masked Singer judges - Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger - put the show on an extreme crash diet this week, cutting out the two edible-themed contestants in one go.
The Ice Cream’s “Old Town Road” cover was cool, and he really served it during his sweet second performance of Devo’s “Whip It,” but he got iced out when he went up against the Tree’s Christmas sparkle and the Ladybug’s spotless performance. Oh well — at least the Egg and Ice Cream (or Egg Cream, if you’re into Bennifer-style name mashups) went out with perma-smiles on their polymer faces.
OK, OK, apologies for all the rampant pun abuse. Obviously a show that spectacularly opens with Nick Cannon shouting, “Time to get weird!” as he emerges from the mouth of a wall-sized Mr. Roboto/Hanacare mask while dressed like Morris Day attending a masquerade ball isn’t something to be taken too seriously. That being said, producers are not playing this season.
Johnny Weir through the years
Johnny Weir through the years
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Johnny Weir skates during the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park?s Annual Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on December 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Johnny Weir of the U.S. performs his free skating programme during the Figure skating Grand Prix of Russia in Moscow, November 27, 2004. REUTERS/Dima Korotayev DK/CVI/WS
The 2004 US national champion Johnny Weir, performs during the free men's event at Paris' ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, November 20 2004.
Johnny Weir of the U.S. performs his short program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating-Cup of Russia in St. Petersburg November 25, 2005. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
Figure skater Johnny Weir of the U.S. skates during a practice session at the Palavela figure skating venue ahead of the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, February 9, 2006. The 2006 Winter Olympics begin on February 10. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Johnny Weir of the U.S. greets the audience after his free program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating-Cup of Russia in Moscow, November 25, 2006. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (RUSSIA)
Three-time National Champion Johnny Weir answers a reporter's question about a previous injury during a news conference at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington January 24, 2007. REUTERS/Richard Clement (UNITED STATES)
Bronze medal winner Johnny Weir, the former National Champion, looks at his medal as he stands on the winners podium for the men's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington January 27, 2007. REUTERS/Richard Clement (UNITED STATES)
Johnny Weir of the U.S. performs his free programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cup of Russia in Moscow November 24, 2007. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (RUSSIA)
Johnny Weir of the United States performs during the gala exhibition for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Goyang near Seoul December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (SOUTH KOREA)
Feb 10, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Figure skater JOHNNY WEIR of the United States Olympic Team poses for their USOC team portrait.
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Johnny Weir of the U.S. waves after his routine in the men's figure skating short programme at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (CANADA)
Johnny Weir of the U.S. (L-R), Brian Joubert of France and Michal Brezina of Czech Republic show their medals during an awarding ceremony after the Men's Free Program competition at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy in Nagano, central Japan November 7, 2009. Joubert won the event, with Weir and Michal in second and third respectively. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN SPORT FIGURE SKATING)
Johnny Weir of the U.S performs during the men's free skating event of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Tokyo December 5, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN SPORT FIGURE SKATING)
Johnny Weir of the U.S. leaves the rink after his routine in the men's figure skating short programme at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (CANADA)
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir arrives at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ENTERTAINMENT FIGURE SKATING)
Ice skater Johnny Weir arrives at the 23rd annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York March 24, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT FIGURE SKATING PROFILE)
Former figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir poses on arrival at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Having realized that most of the TV-viewing public has access to Google and Wikipedia, they’ve made America’s most bonkers new guessing game much more challenging, with tighter “military-grade” security and vaguer clue packages. Last season, I had already won the Yahoo office pool by week three, guessing every contestant correctly… but Season 2 may be my Waterloo.
While I did figure out that the Egg was Weir from a snow-globe clue; lines about “going for the gold,” being “egg-stra,” and “enjoying a good sparkle”; and the fact that his first performance was Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” (Weir has skated to multiple Gaga hits in the past), the Ice Cream much a much colder case."
But while there’s even more this Masked Singer season to boggle the brain, there is also much, much more to dazzle the eyes. After being totally robbed at this month’s Creative Arts Emmy in the Outstanding Costuming category (the one time in my life when I actually rooted against RuPaul’s Drag Race, which won instead), the show is back with custom costumes that make last year’s outfits look like something off the Nov. 1 clearance rack at the Spirit of Halloween superstore.
While eight more costumes will be unveiled next week on part two of the season premiere, I think The Masked Singer has already clinched the 2020 Emmy thanks the Aeon Flux styling of the Butterfly, the Tim Burton-does-Vegas razzle-dazzle of the Skeleton, and the magnificent Cousin It-like pile of Lisa Frank rainbow tinsel that is the Tree. (I would totally wear that Tree outfit to all my holiday parties this year, by the way.)