After weeks of hearing about The Masked Singer‘s almighty Super Nine, the top three performers from Groups A, B and C finally took the stage on Wednesday’s April Fools-themed episode.
Host Nick Cannon reintroduced the competitors and offered new clues about each group. Group A — Kangaroo, Turtle and White Tiger — have a combined 15.4 million Instagram followers. Group B’s Banana, Frog and Kitty have all been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, and Astronaut, Night Angel and Rhino of Group C racked up seven Grammy nominations between the three of them.
During the clue packages, the disguised celebs offered a super clue, and once their performance wrapped, they cleared up a rumor that might’ve fooled the viewers and judges about them by sharing what they’re not. Then after each set of three masked stars sang, the audience voted on their least favorite performance from every group. White Tiger came in last for Group A after singing “I’m Too Sexy,” Banana fell to the bottom in Group B, and Rhino’s Jonas Brothers cover made him Group C’s loser.
When Robin Thicke offered up his guess of Billy Ray Cyrus for Banana, the “Blurred Lines” singer noted that he once performed with one of Cyrus’ daughters and commented on the infamous black and white striped suit he wore while shaking it with Miley at the 2013 VMAs. “I was supposed to be a referee,” Thicke claimed.
At the end of the night, panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Thicke decided which of the bottom three singers would get sent home. Banana and Rhino lived to fight another day, meaning White Tiger did not prove to be king. Judges and viewers alike had been suggesting former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was under the White Tiger costume — and they scored a touchdown with that guess.
“I’ve always loved dancing and my dance moves were always one of a kind and I always felt like I was never on rhythm, so when I got asked to do The Masked Singer, I knew I was in. I wanted to do it,” the retired NFL pro, 30, said after being unmasked. “I wanted to learn how to sing and also I really wanted to learn how to dance.”
Some of his former teammates recognized those dance moves, though. “One or two of my teammates did contact me like, ‘Dude, that is definitely you. I know your moves, I’ve seen those moves in the locker room plenty of times,’ ” Gronkowski said. When McCarthy suggested he come out of retirement and return to the NFL locker room, the three-time Super Bowl winner responded, “You never know.”
Gronkowski went on to thank the panel for the unique experience.
“Thank you guys,” he told the judges. “I enjoyed every performance in front of you guys. I love you guys so much. I’m just so thankful to be here. Legends right in front of my eyes.”
Scroll down for a breakdown of what happened when season 3’s top nine competitors came together on Wednesday.
Clues: running a 10K; 40 lbs. is a quarter of his body weight; “I’m hardcore about being the best at everything I do.”; “I had to become one with the turtle, like a method actor.”; “I’m not a dancer.”
Super clue: The Amazing Adventures of Shellboy comic, which costs $10.15
Song: “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
Guesses: Chris Evans, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Brian Littrell
What they’re not: “I’m not known for just one thing.”
Clues: “I came here to show my strength and bounce back after being vilified by kanga-rumors of my past.”; “I’m incredibly nervous every time I’m on that stage.”; “I’ve been put through hell this past year.”
Super clue: A kangaroo doll
Song: “Not Ready to Make Nice” by Dixie Chicks
Guesses: India Arie, LeAnn Rimes, Amber Rose, Jordin Sparks
What they’re not: “I may be a kangaroo, but I’ve never lived in Australia.”
Clues: “raunchiest party on the block”; “When I first got here, I’d never sung in front of a crowd. I didn’t even know what an eight-count was.”; “I know I don’t have the best voice, trust me.”
Super clue: Flossing and shooting a basketball
Song: “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
Guesses: Rob Gronkowski, Joe Manganiello, JJ Watt
What they’re not: “I’m just not brawn, I’m brains. I even wrote a best-selling book.”
Clues: “Since starting young, for a large part of my life, I struggled with my self-image, regardless of my success. My mind only saw darkness and ugliness when I looked in the mirror.”; “I get to let my freak flag fly.”
Super clue: Last season’s Tree, because “Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year.”
Song: “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion
Guesses: Vanessa Hudgens, Avril Lavigne, Nicole Richie, Emma Roberts
What they’re not: “I was not dreaming when Robert Redford helped me to get my very first role.”
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Clues: “I was just a party boy looking for a good time”; “A traumatic injury from my past made me forget the lyrics in my second performance.”
Super clue: A mullet
Song: “Sweet Home Alabama” By Lynyrd Skynyrd
Guesses: Billy Ray Cyrus, Bret Michaels, Brad Paisley
What they’re not: “Blue-collar has many, many meanings. When I say blue-collar, I’m a funny guy, but I’m not standup funny.”
Clues: “The passion for performing I lost over the years has been totally reinvigorated.”; “I had to be all concerned about my image.”; “I even take a power nap before each performance.”; “You’re getting served.”
Super clue: A knight in shining armor
Song: “Jump” by Kriss Kross
Guesses: Omarion, Lil’ Romeo, Sisqo
What they’re not: “I’m actually not a trained dancer at all. Do you feel me, baby?”
Clues: “cloud nine”; “facing rejection in my past”; “I’ve avoided putting myself front and center for years.”; “Helping others for so long has made spreading my own wings feel incredible.”; “I feel like I can see endless possibilities in my future.”
Super clue: A tricycle
Song: “Rise Up” by Andra Day
Guesses: Brandy, Tamar Braxton, Tisha Campbell, Oprah Winfrey
What they’re not: “I’m not just a voice, I’m a mogul.”
Clues: “Earlier in life, I tried to be what everyone wanted me to be.”; “I became comfortable playing a role.”; “Music has been my passion since I was a child.”; “I’ve risen up the Billboard charts and you may even have an album of mine.”
Super clue: A slot machine
Song: “What a Man Gotta Do” by the Jonas Brothers
Guesses: Vince Gill, Derek Jeter, Duff McKagan
What they’re not: “I’m not nearly as tall as you think I am.”
Clues: hitting a pot; an Exploring Earth book; “no tether attached”; “For years, I’ve been searching for a chance to blast away labels that have been imposed on me.”; “On my old planet, something happened that changed the course of my career. I was forced to start over but negativity made it difficult to launch again.”; “I’m not a competitive guy.”
Super clue: a broken world record
Song: “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
Guesses: David Archuleta, JC Chasez, Ryan Tedder
What they’re not: “I’ve never had traditional voice training.”
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on Fox.