‘The Masked Singer’ season 9 episode 1 recap: Which 2 famous faces unmasked in ‘Season 9 Premiere’? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG] (2023)

TV’s favorite guessing game returns with all-new singers, all-new themed episodes and the “Champion of the Masked Singer” style competition. Every episode features sudden elimination and double unmaskings, but there is a new twist entering the competition this season: for the first time ever, panelists will have the opportunity to save a singer from looming elimination with the “Ding Dong Keep it On” Bell.

Who will be revealed and who will reign supreme? Play along with host Nick Cannon and celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Three celebrities will perform in the all-new “Season 9 Premiere” episode of “The Masked Singer.”

Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 9, Episode 1, to find out what happened Wednesday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite costumed characters on Fox’sreality TVshow and who you think has what it takes to win the entire competition.

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8:00 p.m.— “Previously on ‘The Masked Singer’!” In theSeason 8 finale, Harp won the Golden Mask trophy and removed her mask to reveal singer and actress Amber Riley. Lambs (music trio Wilson Phillips) were the runners-up. But enough about last season — let’s get started with the first performance of Season 9!

8:05 p.m. — Nick welcomes the audience and panelists to this exciting season premiere. He then quickly introduces the first singer with a “cult following,” the Mustang! It’s a sexy black horse with plenty of swag. Let’s dive into the clues! She states, “From the outside my life may look like a shiny carnival. I’ve sold out arenas, I’ve won awards and even collaborated with Elvis. But, this ride has come with its fair share of pain. I’ve almost died more times than I can count, but I’m a survivor. I’m hell on heels. Every time I’m counted out I come back stronger than before with my herd by my side. So tonight, I’m reigning in all my horse power as the sexy, mighty, Mustang. And, after facing death, how scary can singing here be?” Visual clues included Mustang walking through a carnival with an emphasis on the Ring Toss, a bucket of soap, dumbbells, volcanoes and a bird in a nest with three eggs.

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8:10 p.m. — Mustang is singing “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake. Nicole quickly comments on the performer’s “beautiful voice,” but she sounds a little nervous to me. I’m not she’s a professional singer, but she has some pipes. What a start to the season! Jenny calls it “effortless” and says she’s “a true star.” For an additional clue, the men in black bring out a swag bag containing a magazine cover of Most Beautiful People. Mustang says, “I truly believe that beauty comes from the inside, but this time it’s on the cover. The panel gives a few guesses: Pink (Ken), Suzanne Somers (Robin) and Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders (Nicole).

8:15 p.m. — The singer to take the stage is the Gnome. He’s a big boy! In the clue package he reveals, “Just like a wise, magical gnome, observing the forest around him, I’ve become a mainstay in your lives over the course of my storied career. Just ask the producers! I really have done it all. I’ve joked with the cleverest comedians from Robin Williams to Ben Stiller. I’ve performed with the biggest names in music from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Madonna! And my address book includes all the president’s men, from Barack to Biden. But there’s always more to do, especially when you’re working for the fun of it. Because being a true entertainer isn’t about money or awards – it’s about going to bed every night having put a smile on someone’s face and being proud of what you’ve done.” Visual clues included a butterfly, a little red bird, an umbrella, bundt cakes, a trophy with Tony Danza‘s face on it and a stethoscope.

8:20 p.m. — Gnome is singing “When You’re Smiling” by Billie Holiday. He’s got a fantastic, crooning delivery and Robin says, “I recognize that voice.” His gravely tone and lack of movement lead me to think he’s an older performer. Nicole says she is “captivated” and his voice “melted my heart.” Jenny thinks this could be the biggest celebrity legend they’ve ever had on “The Masked Singer.” The extra clue is a Kennedy Center Honors medal. Gnome says, “I met President Biden and said, ‘I used to be as tall as you,’ and he said, ‘I used to have hair like you.'” The panelists guess Gnome could be: Dustin Hoffman (Nicole, Robin) or Robert De Niro (Ken).

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8:25 p.m. — The last performer of the night is Medusa. “She’s got a great body,” Nicole chimes in as the snake-headed creature emerges. In her clue package she reveals, “I grew up far from the spotlight, a dancer in the dark, and I never quite fit in. I mean, look at me. But fitting in was never something I really worried about because I knew early on I was born to stand out. So, I did my own thing and ignored anyone who wanted me to conform. Embracing my oddities, snakes and all, has taken me far. From the Super Bowl to this very stage. That’s right, technically I’ve been here before. But this time I’m here to compete and ‘Masked Singer’ feels like the perfect stage for me. Because honestly, look around, it doesn’t get much weirder than this.” Visual clues include giant chess pieces, references to Greece, a tattoo of a heart on fire that says “True Love,” a photo of Buckingham Palace, asteroids, the planet Saturn and the sun.

8:30 p.m. — Medusa is singing “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish. She definitely sounds like a professional singer. Robin quickly says, “Whoa!” Her soft, whispery tone soon erupts into beast-like rocker screams. Yes! It’s easily the performance of the night. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this speechless in nine seasons,” says Nicole. For an additional clue, the men in black bring out a DVD case that says “340 million sold! — Medusa: Snakes on the Astral Plane.” “Sometimes success comes in the grayest of places,” Medusa says. Guesses for Medusa are Ellie Goulding (Jenny), Meghan Markle (Ken) and Lorde (Nicole).

8:35 p.m. — Nick explains the “Ding Dong Keep it On” Bell. If anyone is voted out, the panelists can save them by ringing the bell, but they can only save one singer from each round of competition. The three saved performers will then battle it out on a special episode of “The Masked Singer” later this season.

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8:45 p.m. — The studio audience has voted and the results are in. The first singer to get unmasked is the Gnome. Before Gnome takes it off, the panel will reveal their final guesses: Robert De Niro (Ken), Tony Bennett (Jenny) and Dustin Hoffman (Robin and Nicole). At last, the Gnome reveals himself to be the legendary Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Dick Van Dyke! Nicole bursts into tears while Nick says, “This is the most seasoned and decorated entertainer we have had on our show.”

8:55 p.m. — The time has now come for the Battle Royale. Mustang and Medusa will each put their own unique spin on “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Mustang sounds good, but Medusa is in her own league and wins this battle. It’s time to unmask the Mustang!

9:01 p.m. — Before Mustang takes off the mask the panelists submit their final guesses: Pink (Ken), Joan Jett (Jenny), Suzanne Somers (Robin) and Wynonna Judd (Nicole). The Mustang finally rips off her mask and reveals herself to be country superstar and multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans! That’s a wrap for this season premiere. Next week Medusa will face off against two new challengers in “ABBA Night.”

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After one of the most downright amusing performances on nine seasons of the Fox singing show, which culminated in him hilariously walking all the way off the stage, Rock Lobster was unmasked to reveal comedian, actor, and television host Howie Mandel.

Who is polar Bear on Masked Singer? ›

When that too-cool-for-school bear unmasked, it was revealed to be hip-hop founding father Grandmaster Flash, who, as part of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip-hop act to do so.

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So far, we've seen singer Lulu (Piece of Cake), ex-professional footballer and presenter Chris Kamara (Ghost), singers and married couple Martin and Shirlie Kemp (Cat & Mouse), snooker star Stephen Hendry (Rubbish), comedian Katherine Ryan (Pigeon), actor Daisy May Cooper (Otter) and singer Claire Richards (Knitting).

Who is Medusa on Masked Singer 2023? ›

After the Gnome was revealed to be TV icon Dick Van Dyke, the celebrities disguised as Medusa and Mustang did battle in a sing-off set to Rihanna's chart-topper “Diamonds.” After Mustang lost she was revealed to be country music superstar Sara Evans. That left us wondering who was hidden under the Medusa mask.

Who was the monster on The Masked Singer? ›

It Was Revealed To Be Singer Chaka Kahn. Fans had guessed this singer from the first episode, but the judged took a while to catch on. After months of waiting, The Masked Singer's season 3 premiere aired, allowing fans to return to their favorite pastime: guessing celebrities' identities based off of ambiguous clues.

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After a fierce battle waged with many different vocal styles and performances, the colorful reptile placed third in Wednesday night's finale of The Masked Singer, and was unmasked to reveal singer and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter.

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Harry Michael (born February 12, 1991), known professionally as Masked Wolf, is an Australian rapper and singer from Sydney, New South Wales.

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Sign up to our free IndyArts newsletter. Natalie Imbruglia was named the winner of The Masked Singer as she was unmasked as Panda.

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The 'To Sir With Love' hitmaker belted out a rendition of Ed Sheeran's hit song 'Shivers', but still found herself in the bottom three alongside Jacket Potato and Rubbish. The panel were in complete shock as Lulu was revealed to be Piece of Cake.

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Contestants aren't allowed to talk to other contestants

Not only do the judges, audience and majority of The Masked Singer staff not know the disguised identity beneath the costumes, but contestants don't know who they're competing against either!

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When the scaly reptile shed his skin on Wednesday's episode of The Masked Singer, he was revealed to be the Singing Surgeon himself, Dr. Elvis Francois. Francois first joined The Masked Singer family during the TMS aftershow in season 3, and he later released an EP Music Is Medicine to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.

Who was the fluffy monster on The Masked Singer? ›

They knew that the fluffy pink creature in front of them was none other than legendary singer Chaka Khan. Khan was the latest celebrity to be unmasked in the series, in which celebrities are disguised as they perform various songs.

Who was inside of Robin in masked singer? ›

Before the night ended yesterday we saw the Robin's mask removed and revealed the identity of the celebrity underneath as English singer, dancer, TV personality and actor Aston Merrygold.

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Among the many wonderfully deranged performances The Masked Singer has given us, Nick Carter belting Journey in a sequined pink crocodile suit is actually pretty run-of-the-mill.

Who is Popcorn on masked singer? ›

In a crushing triple elimination, the Popcorn was revealed to be none other than three-time Grammy-nominated '80s hitmaker Taylor Dayne.

Who is Baby Elephant masked singer? ›

The celebrity costumed in the a fuzzy pink elephant mask turned out to be Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley.

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Who won The Masked Singer tonight? ›

And we have a winner! Season 8's reigning queen is Harp, whose powerhouse performances made her unstoppable. The golden mask was revealed to be shielding Glee star Amber Riley.

Was Rudy Giuliani on the mask singer? ›

A refresher: On the April 20 episode of The Masked Singer, Rudy Giuliani was revealed as the Jack in the Box character, and no one was amused.

Is Peppa Pig a guy? ›

Peppa is female. She is the star of the show and while she may be pink, her father and little brother are too. Peppa wears red, not pink and does not sport bizarrely elongated eye-lashes.

Is Peppa Pig a she? ›

Peppa Pig is a English preschool animated television series by Astley Baker Davies. The show follows Peppa, an anthropomorphic female piglet, and her family, as well as her peers portrayed as other animals. The show first aired on 31 May 2004. The seventh season began broadcasting on 5 March 2021.

Who is Peppa Pig Mummy? ›

Mummy Pig is mummy to Peppa and George and lives at home with them and Daddy Pig. She has lovely long eyelashes and usually wears a lovely orange dress.

Did someone choke on masked singer? ›

She's choking!” Crew members rushed to the stage to help Firefly take off her heavy mask allowing her to breathe properly before she was taken off stage. Love how Ken jumped back into Dr mode and started heading to the stage to make sure she was ok. Thankfully she was able to finish her performance.

Who is Mother Nature on masked singer? ›

In the end, none of them got points for the Golden Ear Trophy, because Mother Nature was revealed to be none other than actress, producer, and TV host Vivica A. Fox.

Who is the Skunk on masked singer unmasked? ›

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Who is zombie masked singer? ›

Former Wiggle Emma Watkins Unveiled As Zombie On 'The Masked Singer' "I'm actually very grateful to Zombie, and I owe her everything.” The fifth celebrity was unveiled on last night's episode of the Masked Singer Australia, revealing former Wiggle and children's entertainer Emma Watkins.

Who was under the peacock mask in The Masked Singer? ›

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Who was unmasked as armadillo on The Masked Singer? ›

The two both correctly guessed that the golden Armadillo was none other than Duane Chapman, a.k.a. Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Who was Queen of Hearts on masked singer? ›

Singer/songwriter Jewel was unmasked as the Season 6 winner of “The Masked Singer,” having wowed the show's panelists and fans while disguised as the Queen of Hearts.

Who is jellyfish Masked Singer? ›

Jellyfish was revealed as Glee and DreamGirls star Amber Riley. She confessed: "I really tried to pick songs that people would not recognise my voice. "I thought they were way off with the guesses, it was kind of funny to be honest. I KNEW Jonathan Ross would get me though."

Who was inside of Robin in Masked Singer? ›

Before the night ended yesterday we saw the Robin's mask removed and revealed the identity of the celebrity underneath as English singer, dancer, TV personality and actor Aston Merrygold.

Who might panda be in Masked Singer? ›

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