SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you haven’t seen Season 8 Episode 3 of “The Masked Singer,” “TV Theme Night,” which aired October 5 on Fox.
“Brady Bunch” brothers Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland, as well as entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John were the next celebrities to be revealed on “The Masked Singer,” as the show celebrates Wednesday night’s episode “TV Theme Night.” “
The mummies turned out to be Williams, Knight and Lookinland while Fortune Teller was John. Of this week’s three appearances, the “Brady Bunch” brothers were the first with the fewest votes.
John was later exposed as a Fortune Teller after going head-to-head with the returning winner Harp in a battle royale (in which both took turns singing the theme song “Full House”). Harp won for the third week in a row.
“TV Theme Night” opened with judge Robin Thicke singing the theme song to “Growing Pains,” as a tribute to his late father, sitcom star Alan Thicke. He also introduced his mother, singer and actor Gloria Loring, who was in the audience.
For Mummies, Nicole Scherzinger was right with Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland; Robin Thicke agreed. Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg chose the “Home Improvement” brother trio of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Zachery Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith. Ken Jeong thought it was Joey, Matthew and… Martin Lawrence.
As for Fortune Teller, Ken Jeong got it right with Daymond John. Robin Thicke said it was Ray-J. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg chose Damon Dash. Nicole Scherzinger went with Ryan Seacrest.
For the “Brady Bunch” brothers, Williams was first approached about doing “The Masked Singer” and convincing his co-stars to get involved. Knight – you may remember, Peter Brady almost messed things up for his siblings when his voice started to crack, inspiring “Time to Change”, aka “When It’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Reorder” — was less enthusiastic about the idea.
“It’s common knowledge that I’m a fair-weather friend of music, it’s not my thing,” he told Variety. “But as Brady, he always seems to be there. So this was an opportunity for the three of us. The way it was put to me is that Barry and Mike realized this wasn’t going to happen because I probably wouldn’t say yes. And I thought, you know, that’s a terrible position to be in. So, however I felt, I had to get up to make it happen. And it was a great experience. I’m glad I did it.”
Lookinland said he had to get used to his disguise on set. “For example, I love to chat and just talk to the wardrobe people, talk to the transpo guys,” he said. ‘There was none of that, zero. We were hooded and hidden.”
The trio also noted that they have a shorthand with each other after more than 50 years. “It’s very much a family dynamic,” Lookinland said. “These are my best friends. We have our roles.”
The group also admitted to being in shock that they couldn’t do more than this episode and had other songs ready to go. “I wasn’t upset about being eliminated, I was more devastated,” Williams said. “I was numb… I was sure we’d at least go head to head in the end. It was like someone hit me in the stomach with a baseball bat!”
Daymond John as the Soothsayer and Barry Williams/Christopher Knight/Mike Lookinland as the Mummies joined Montell Jordan as Panther, Jeff Dunham as Pi-Rat, Chris Kirkpatrick as the Hummingbird, Eric Idle as the Hedgehog and William Shatner as the Knight as the celebrities revealed in “The Masked Singer” in Season 8.
Multiple eliminations in one episode are the norm this time around as “The Masked Singer” takes on a new “King or Queen of Masked Singer” format. This season, three or four celebrities will be performing in costume every week, but only one will win and compete against two or three more people the following week.
That continues throughout the season; in week one it was the harp that moved forward; the Harp then also survived week 2 and week 3. That means that the Harp survived Round 1 and now moves on to the semi-finals, because after each round three finalists will compete against each other in the semi-final.
“The Masked Singer” enters Season 8 with costumes such as “Bride”, “Avocado”, “Venus Fly Trap”, “Sir Bugaboo”, “Scarecrow”, “Hedgehog”, “Mummies”. Themed episodes include “Vegas Night,” “Comedy Roast,” “Hall of Fame,” “Muppets Night,” “Andrew Lloyd Webber Night,” “TV Themes,” “90s Night,” “Thanksgiving,” and ” Fright Night’. Guests this season include Donny Osmond, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Muppets, Will Arnett, Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, Tori Spelling, Jon Lovitz, Jodie Sweetin, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group, Lance Bass, Danielle Fishel, Sheila E and Drew Carey.
The Season 8 contestants “have a combined 32 Grammy nominations, 16 Emmy wins, 8 gold albums, 4 Golden Globe nominations, 42 books, 10 Teen Choice awards, and 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
These were the contestants and their performances on night two:
Harp (WEEK 3 WINNER)
Song: “Thank You for Being a Friend” (“The Golden Girls” theme song)
TV dinner clue: Tori Spelling reveals a clue: “Purple mashed potatoes.” “This purple mashed potato is almost too pretty to mash, but who doesn’t love a good mashed potato?”
Voice-over package: “I knew from the beginning that the king of the jungle was after my crown. But I wouldn’t go out without a fight. This queen lives to fight another day. But heavy is the head that wears the crown. And between you and me, it can be quite nerve-wracking to know that I have to fight again. So this week I’m trying to remind myself to have a little fun, live in the moment, and just enjoy my reign. So, my royal decree, I give you my next delicious clue.” [Christmas cupcake with Santa on top.]
Panel suspects: Jill Scott, Fantasia, Ariana DeBose, Amber Riley
Previous songs: “Perfect”, by Pink; “I’ve Got Nothing”, by Whitney Houston
The panel’s previous guesses: Amber Riley, Ashanti, Yvette Nicole Brown, Queen Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson
Mummies (BRADY BROTHERS: Barry Williams, Chris Knight, Mike Lookinland)
Song: “Theme of the Monkees,” The Monkees
I like this: Eternal Summer
Note: Happy #5
TV dinner clue: Tori Spelling Releases: “Blended Barry Brothers Smoothie Packets.” “It’s good for the soul. Refreshing, classic. And the smoothies are pretty good too.”
Voice-over package“Hey you, turn up the volume on that TV. We’re coming to you live and in vibrant color. Now sit back and you’ll hear a story of how it all came to be. You watched us grow up; you, we can even make you feel like we’re your family They say siblings are the strongest, right? You’re absolutely right. We learned a lot from each other. And we probably taught you a few life lessons too. And while we’ve already had a “Being unavailable for a while is what we are most known for. Tonight it feels so good to get the mommy family back together for another reunion. So whatever you do, don’t change that channel.”
Panel guesses: “90210” guys; “Brady Bunch” guys; the Lawrence brothers
Fortune Teller (DAYMOND JOHN)
Song: “Moving on Up” (“The Jeffersons” Theme Song)
I like this: Play lottery
Note: Avoid storms
TV dinner clue: Jodie Sweetin shares the clue: New York Fresh Pizza Dough.” “With a little time you can also make your own piece of cake from dough.”
Voice-over package“Growing up watching TV in Queens, I had visions of being a great music king. I wasn’t the best singer, so I tried to make it as a dancer. But I was defeated by Jermaine Dupri. With the help of my mother, I found a unique way to break into the industry. Soon everyone wanted a touch of me in their music videos. Then an unusual offer came along while I was keeping up with the Kardashians. If they hadn’t been there, I might have missed it. That boy from Queens went on. And tonight I’m singing a TV classic that celebrates just that.”
Panel guesses: Steve Harvey, P. Diddy, Jonathan Cheban, Daymond John, Ryan Seacrest