The ’90s Dream Is Crushed For ‘Masked Singer’ Contestants The Walrus And Milkshake


The Walrus and Milkshake are the final rejections of season 8 of ‘The Masked Singer’. (Photos: TBEN)

Sunday was ’90s Night on The masked singerwith judge Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, all dressed up for the occasion as Tragic Kingdomera Gwen Stefani; host Nick Cannon cosplaying as Bobby “The Crab” Brown, as his privilege; and Tag Team introduce each clue pack with a “Whoomp! There it is!” neglect. We even had Girl meets world *NSYNC star Danielle Fishel and Lance Bass drop by. This made Lance the third *NSYNC member to appear on The masked singerafter Season 1’s Joey “The Rabbit” Fatone and this season’s Chris “The Hummingbird” Kirkpatrick, so all we need now is Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez to complete the set and get everything in, um, in sync.

Yes, the dream of the 90s lived on The masked singer, and in general I love the dream themes this season – previous episodes have included Andrew Lloyd Webber Night, TV Theme Song Night and even Muppets Night. But I’ve found that the new season 8 format, which has every episode double-eliminated almost immediately, is more of a nightmare. (See my lengthy diatribe about how this format change sucked much of the fun and suspense out of the series.) This week was no exception, with two mysterious singers already unmasked at the end of just an hour’s episode. All the judges complained that this was an episode where all three contestants really deserved to stay, and annoyed fans on Twitter seemed to agree. But the ’90s dream was sadly crushed for both the Walrus and the Milkshake.

Jenny actually thought the Walrus, who put his own spin on the 1992 Spin Doctors hit “Two Princes,” was the aforementioned JC Chasez, while her fellow judges suspected the tusked, slightly hoarse warbler could be another heartthrob from Joseph Gordon. -Levitt, John Stamos, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez or Scott Wolff. But only Robin Thicke found out Blossom sitcom star Joey Lawrence was the Walrus. (goo goo g’joob. Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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“I saw all the different shows you’ve been on in your career, and I remember when you released a song, I was like, ‘Wow, I want to have a video and have my song [be like that]”Because we looked a bit alike,” Robin confessed to a very flattered Joey. Jenny was a newly converted Joey fan and exclaimed, ‘Where are your albums? You need albums! You need a lot of albums!” – to which Joey replied that he did intend to make music again. “You should, man; you sounded great,” Robin said. So Joey may bloom again… but it was all over for the Walrus.

The Milkshake also didn’t bring all the judges or voters of the studio audience to the yard (sorry, again — this time for the off-theme mid-2000s reference), though its swaggy rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Jump on It” tricked judges Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong into thinking he was a legitimate hip-hop “superstar” like LL Cool J, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Nas, Ice Cube or even TI (If this had TI, I’m pretty sure Robin, the former “Blurred Lines” employee at TI, would have sorted that out quickly.)

Instead, this dairy king turned out to be NFL driving back Le’Veon Bell, who tried to take on the lambs in a Roxbury-worthy duel of Haddaway’s “What Is Love” but just couldn’t stand their blissful, mixed, bleating harmonies. But this might not be the last we heard of Le’Veon either. “I’m really trying to show my talents, you know? A lot of people know me from the football field. I just wanted to get on a different job and show people that I’m more talented at things other than just football.” ,” he explained.

So this meant that the reigning queen, or queens, held their title for a second week: the fuzzy flock known as the lambs. These pop stars-in-sheep’s clothing harmonized gloriously on Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and had Nicole exclaim, “Oh my God, your voices are incredible! You sound like a record up there!” Just from their girl group’s vocals alone, it was clear that these musical mutton and chops were Wilson Phillips, as I suspected last week. But just in case anyone reading this needs more convincing, these were the clues:

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We know the lambs are childhood “besties,” and we saw references to SoCal cities of Beverly Hills and Venice—and Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson, and Wendy Wilson grew up together in California. We Saw The Word ‘FAMOUS’ On Designer Jeans — And These Women Have fame in their genes as the offspring of the Mamas and the Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. We saw a diamond ring — mostly as a reference to bridesmaids, with an iconic cameo from Wilson Phillips. And the Lambs bragged that they’d collaborated with Paul McCartney—and Wilson Phillips contributed backup vocals to McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” in 2015. Other tips included a mention of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which Wilson Phillips covered in 2004; “dreaming” (either a reference to the Mamas and the Papas’ biggest hit or to Wilson Phillips’ own single “The Dream Is Still Alive”); and “reality” (Wilson Phillips starred in their own reality TV series, Still holding on, in 2012, and Carnie has appeared on multiple reality shows). It is by no means an impulsive gamble when I say that the lambs are Wilson Phillips.

So, can the Lambs last just one more day and make it to this season’s semifinals alongside season 8’s reigning queen, Amber “The Harp” Riley? Find out next week when they take on two more new entrants.

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