On Wednesday night, “The Masked Singer” season 7 began with numerous accidents.
The first accident of the night happened when McTerrier literally lost his head after his performance. He stumbled around the edge of the stage, lost his balance, and his head toppled off. He was quick to turn around and hide his face while the judges turned their backs. Production assistants were able to rush on stage and help him get his hat back on, but that didn’t save him from elimination at the end of the night.
In a similar shocking development, Firefly – who made it past last night’s elimination and will return in a future episode – got choked up on stage… literally. Judge Ken Jeong, who is a doctor, rushed out of his chair to help out while calling for a medic. Firefly took a time-out backstage, recovered, and was able to come on to deliver the strongest performance of the night.
McTerrier Bites Off More Than He Can Chew On ‘The Masked Singer’ Premiere
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After singing “Everybody’s Working for The Weekend” by Loverboy, McTerrier was voted off for elimination. The familiar judging panel was unable to guess his identity.
Robin Thicke guessed Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg guessed a comedian like Jeff Ross.
Ken Jeong went with Mike Meyers due to the Scottish accent.
Nicole Scherzinger also leaned into the accent and guessed Ewan McGregor.
However, it was really Food Network star Duff Goldman hiding beneath the white fur. After his unmasking, host Nick Cannon asked him what was going through his mind when his mask fell off.
“I didn’t want to get sued,” Duff quipped. “I thought, ‘aw, no, you can’t do that!’ I was really I worried I messed it up for everybody.”
However, the judges were quick to reassure him.
“You were incredible, dude,” Ken said.
“And you made this a great premiere, man,” Nick added.
When he asked Duff why he wanted to do the show, he explained, “I have a daughter and she just turned one two days ago.”
“She is going to love this someday,” Jenny said.
The other contestants who took the stage and moved on were Thingamabob, Cyclops, and Ram.
Duff Goldman Breaks Down His ‘The Masked Singer’ Appearance
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In an interview with Variety, Goldman explained that he was unable to see anything in his costume.
“I sang the whole song and right at the end I have this big howl that I do. And I felt no stage under my foot,” he explained. You can’t see, you are blind in that costume. And I didn’t realize I was that close to the edge of the stage. And so when I felt my foot over the edge, I jumped back. And in jostling it too much, my head came off.”
When asked why he chose “Working for the Weekend,” as his first song, he replied, “I think it’s the first song you hear when you’re watching ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High.’ And it’s one of my favorite movies. But I also wanted to sing a song that is one of those songs that everybody knows but they all forgot about.”
If he hadn’t been selected for elimination, the “Ace of Cakes” star revealed that he would have gone on to sing “All Star” by Smashmouth. Although he admitted that he’s not a singer, he admitted that he also plays the bass and the drums – something he showed off before his vocal performance.
“I’ve been in a ton of bands and I don’t really want people looking at me,” Duff joked. “Look at the singer, I’m doing my thing.”
He also explained the use of his Scottish accent in an attempt to try to confuse the judging panel. “Well, I was a Scottish Terrier had a kilt on and I was like, maybe I could convince these guys I was Scottish,” he said. “I was just trying to throw them off. I thought it was pretty good. I thought people would be like, ‘yeah, this guy is definitely Scottish!’”
He clarified: “I’m not trying to imitate a Scottish accent. I’m trying to imitate Mike Myers imitating a Scottish accent and I think I pulled it off.”