The Masked Singer season 9 introduced the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell, and now the three saved finalists will compete in The Battle of the Saved. That bell allowed the panelists to save contestants for the first time in the reality singing competition’s history. Throughout the three rounds of the first part of the competition, the panelists, Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger, made the choice to save a contestant from going home. This decision came after the top two contestants in each round sang in the Battle Royale.
During The Masked Singer season 9, three contestants were saved by the panelists: Medusa, Gargoyle, and Mantis. These three finalists will compete against each other during The Battle of the Saved. Whoever wins will then advance to the quarterfinals, during which they will face California Roll, Macaw, and UFO. Those four contestants will then compete for the Golden Mask trophy, and the title of The Masked Singer season 9 champion. Before the three saved contestants sing, it is time to revisit their incredible performances, and the panelists’ guesses for their identities.
The Masked Singer’s Medusa Hypnotized The Panel
The Masked Singer season 9’s Medusa was the first contestant in the history of the show to be saved by the panel. On Opening Night, she captivated everyone with her mystical rendition of “Happier than Ever” by Billie Eilish. After Dick Van Dyke (Gnome) was unmasked, Medusa went head-to-head with Sara Evans (Mustang) in the Battle Royale, during which they both sang “Diamonds” by Rihanna. The panelists chose Medusa to move on to the next round.
The following week, on ABBA Night, Medusa sang “Dancing Queen.” She defeated Howie Mandel (Rock Lobster) and Debbie Gibson (Night Owl). In the Battle Royale, Medusa and Debbie sang “The Winner Takes It All,” and that’s exactly what happened to Medusa as the panelists once again chose her to advance to the next week. During New York Night, Medusa sang Frank Sinatra’s “(Theme From) New York, New York.” After Grandmaster Flash (Polar Bear) was unmasked, Medusa and California Roll competed in the Battle Royale. They sang “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel.
The Masked Singer panel chose California Roll to move on to the next round, and Medusa was about to make a shocking exit. However, the panelists saved Medusa when Nicole rang the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell for the very first time. When they thought Medusa was going to be unmasked, the panelists gave their final guesses for her identity. They all guessed that she might be a famous singer, including Ke$ha (Robin), Halsey (Jenny), Susan Boyle (Ken), and Lorde (Nicole).
The Masked Singer’s Gargoyle Rocked On
Gargoyle was the second The Masked Singer contestant to be saved by the panelists with the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell. On DC Superheroes Night, he commanded the stage with his version of “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth. After Wolf was revealed to be Michael Bolton, Gargoyle went up against Malin Akerman’s Squirrel in the Battle Royale. They both sang “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down.
The Masked Singer panelists were torn because Gargoyle and Squirrel both such stellar performances, but they ultimately voted to keep Squirrel in the competition. However, Jenny, who was dressed as Harley Quinn, used her bat to ring the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell with Nicole’s encouragement, and saved Gargoyle. Nicole said that if Jenny didn’t do it, she would have. Jenny explained that she felt that Gargoyle had so much more to give and deserved more.
Based on Gargoyle’s clues, The Masked Singer panelists were divided about whether he was an athlete or a singer. Robin thought he might be retired NFL player Antonio Gates, while Jenny guessed NFL player Odell Beckham Jr., who she said can sing. Ken and Nicole wondered if Gargoyle was a professional singer. They guessed The Weeknd (Ken) and Mario (Nicole).
The Masked Singer’s Mantis Had A Prayer
Mantis was the final Masked Singer contestant to be saved by the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell. He made his debut on WB Movie Night, and had the panelists guessing the entire time. His first performance was a rousing rendition of “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger. After Dee Snider (Doll) was unmasked, Mantis competed against Alicia Witt’s Dandelion in the Battle Royale, singing “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Although the panelists chose Dandelion to move ahead in the competition, Robin rang the Ding Dong Keep It On Bell. He explained that Mantis had tugged at his heartstrings by singing his late father, actor Alan Thicke’s, favorite song, “Old Time Rock and Roll.” In addition, his son had just played Charlie in a production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and sang “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket.” For these reasons, Robin couldn’t bear to see Mantis leave The Masked Singer competition.
Jenny noted that Mantis’ two performances sounded markedly different. During “Old Time Rock and Roll,” Mantis’ style was much more “rock” than when he sang, “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket).” In the latter song, Mantis sounded more like a Broadway star. The panel was stumped about his identity, but made some final guesses before Robin saved him. Robin thought he might be actor Dennis Quaid, while Jenny guessed actor Kevin Bacon. Ken wondered if Mantis was singer Bruce Springsteen, but Nicole theorized that he could be actor Keanu Reeves.
The Masked Singer Ding Dong Keep It On Bell was a fantastic addition to the show. It allowed more contestants to have another chance to perform, and gave the power to the panelists to save them. Medusa, Gargoyle, and Mantis are about to compete for a coveted place in the quarterfinals, and fans can revisit their clue packages to try to figure out their true identities. The Battle of the Saved is sure to be one of the most unpredictable and exciting season 9 episodes yet. The Masked Singer keeps getting better and better.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX.
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