Money can’t buy lessons…and apparently it can’t keep you going long-term The Masked Singer, either.
Wednesday was One-Hit Wonders Night on the show, and the episode introduced a new group of mysterious season 10 celebrities, Group C. But one of those contestants, Hibiscus – aka the artist formerly known as Countess Luann, L. was knownuann de Lesseps – was a unique warbler. The Real Housewife of New York was quickly eliminated from the competition after her performance on the Weather Girls’ disco hit “It’s Raining Men” faded.
As far as singing reality stars go, Luann, who you may remember, scored a viral hit in 2010 with “Money can’t buy lessons” and still appears regularly in her own cabaret show, didn’t sound terrible. She definitely did a much better job than Janice Dickinson (judge Robin Thicke’s guess) would have done – she stayed mostly in tune, showed lots of attitude and sex appeal, batted her big Barbie eyes, and did her best as she sang against the music Anteater in a smackdown of Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” (Side note: Toni is far from a one-hit wonder. Find out more about her here.) And she didn’t seem to have any hard feelings about her early exit, flirting with host Nick Cannon and saying she had “so much fun” and “the best time”!
But Luann couldn’t keep up with Group C’s other prominent cosplayers, Donut, Anteater and Candelabra, all of whom I believe are truly experienced recording artists. And on that note…let the guessing game begin again with Group C!
The Donut, “Hooked on a Feeling”
This puff pastry had a loud, booming sound that sounded like butter. “Your voice sounds like a classic record,” enthused juror Nicole Scherzinger. “They just don’t make voices like that anymore.”
The hints: This “compatriot” was “part of a mega-hit” that “catapulted him to No. 1,” but then he was pigeonholed for this “rough and turbulent” performance. He’s actually a long-time “theater connoisseur” who’s “had hit after hit after hit,” and he understands The Masked Singer as a chance to return to his roots and have some fun after the “hardest year of his life.” Visual clues included cowboy boots, a Cupid’s bow and arrow, and a police badge.
Jury assessment: Sylvester Stallone, Jeff Bridges, Tom Jones.
My guess: This is John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke The Dukes of Hazzard But has also appeared in theater productions such as Chicago, 42nd StreetAnd Grand Hotel and has 18 country hits on the charts, including four No. 1 hits. He also lost his wife Alicia to breast cancer earlier this year. The donut is definitely the good old Schneider. I know Bo.
Anteater, “Walking in Memphis”
This little ant-man with the big voice delivered a powerful, soulful cover of Marc Cohn’s Grammy-winning hit that judge Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg “fell in love with” and moved Nicole to tears. “This is a voice that reminds me of my childhood,” Nicole enthused. “It just felt like home.”
The hints: He’s had a long career, but he’s “learned the hard way that fame isn’t everything.” After getting caught up in some “bad deals,” being careless with his spending, and losing everything, he traded the “good life” for a chicken coop and a pet donkey named Jasper. Visual clues included a yacht, an eye, a puma and an angel. He mentioned that he once performed for 40% of the world’s population – and Robin noted that the only televised event that drew that many viewers was the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Jury estimates: Rick Springfield, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bryan Adams.
My guess: Whoa-oh, here he comes! I have little doubt that the Anteater is half of the duo that sang Hall & Oates’ “Maneater.” It sounded like yacht rocker John Oates on both “Walking in Memphis” and “Mickey,” plus Hall & Oates had a cougar in their “Maneater” video and scored a hit called “Private.” Eyesand played at Live Aid. But on top of that, John became famous Bankrupt in 1987, whereupon he sold his possessions and started over, living a quieter life in Colorado. You don’t have to be a private investigator to figure this out.
Candelabra, “One Thing”
This diva lit up the stage with her fiery Amerie cover. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a professional recording artist,” announced an impressed Robin. Jenny called this radiant showwoman a “f***ing star.”
The hints: She “always had a fire inside of her” as she “sat in her room” hoping to achieve her dreams, and she got her first break at the age of 12. Other clues included a phone call from Kevin Hart, a butterfly and map from California, the word “princess” and a Christmas present labeled “Santa’s Naughty List.”
Jury estimates: Mariah Carey, Regina Hall, Brandy, Anika Noni Rose.
My guess: I believe this is Oakland, California-born R&B star Keyshia Cole, who recorded with MC Hammer at age 12; is known as the “Princess of Hip-Hop Soul”; has a single, “Forever Is a Thing,” which mentions butterflies; is friends with Kevin Hart; and has a bit of the image of a naughty girl. And the Candelabra definitely sounds like “professional recording artist” Keyshia.
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