The nightmare day has lastly come. Part of me started to harbor hopes that the preliminary studies have been a mistake, or that the early backlash led to the removing of the, erm, controversial second. But on the identical time, then, all of my exhausting work (learn: enduring seven cumulative hours of Jenny McCarthy’s common speaking voice, which is admittedly extra of a shout paying homage to your drunkest aunt at Thanksgiving) would have been for naught.
And then, it occurred. On Wednesday night, after protecting us ready for greater than a month, Rudy Giuliani was formally revealed as one of many closing contestants on this season of Fox’s The Masked Singer. The highly-dreaded unmasking got here towards the top 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 one of many costumed contestants. The article mentioned that the stunning unmasking prompted judges Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong to stroll off set.
Several episodes handed with none hint of the previous New York City mayor, however earlier this month, the present’s creator, Wonwoo Park, basically confirmed his spot on the solid in an interview. “It would be taboo [in Korea] to have someone controversial or political on the show,” Park instructed Deadline. “But it can’t always be pleasant when the mask comes off and the more Masked Singer seasons [globally] we do, the more we realize you can’t always have contestants that everybody 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 ought to be! This is a present wherein skilled soccer gamers gown as big stuffed animals and sing covers of ‘80s pop songs. It should be nothing if not pleasant. Why can’t you all the time have contestants everyone loves? Don’t you choose the contestants? Why do we have to see Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani on right here?!
“But it can’t always be pleasant when the mask comes off and the more Masked Singer seasons [globally] we do, the more we realize you can’t always have contestants that everybody loves.”
Alas, I digress. It appeared a secure wager that Wednesday’s episode would lastly characteristic Giuliani, as we have been right down to the final batch of masked singers who had but to carry out. And nearly precisely midway via 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 personality referred to as “Jack in the Box.” Going into his efficiency, Jack within the Box is nameless to the viewers and panel of judges. But, with the weeks of buildup and context clues, viewers at residence may simply surmise that this is able to, in the end, be the vampiric one.
He is wheeled on stage inside an enormous 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 on the gates of Hell. Unlike the opposite cartoonishly lovely characters on the present, Rudy’s costume is a rainbow-winged chook with the face of the Jigsaw puppet. He launches right into a spoken-word rendition of—I swear I’m not joking—“Bad to the Bone” and whoever is accountable for tune choice ought to be fired for making me hear the cursed phrases “I wanna be yours, pretty baby” come out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth. The efficiency is adopted by a clue bundle that references the disastrous Four Seasons Total Landscaping press convention.
It in all probability 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 example. 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 essential, revered, and with hordes of adoring followers, so… fairly shut!
When it involves the top of the episode, it’s a no-brainer that Giuliani shall 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 gives 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 done,” he says, strolling off the stage.
And similar to that, we’ve unlocked a brand new degree within the simulation.