This past Sunday, the television event of the year took place on Fox, featuring glittering bespoke costumes, dazzling choreography, superstar performances, crowd-pleasing pop hits, strategic game-playing, and surprise celebrity cameos.
I’m talking about the Season 3 Masked Singer premiere, of course. What did you think I was referring to? I mean, did anything else of note happen Sunday?
Anyway, on Sunday’s big premiere, the Robot was demasked to reveal the grinning and copiously tattooed face of hip-hop luminary Lil Wayne. Weezy left the competition way too soon, but not before he entertained us all with an animatronic entrance to the theme music of Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” and his raspy rendition of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” This wacky Wednesday, the brain-boggling series settled back into its regular timeslot, as the Group A Playoffs continued apace… and sadly, another worthy contender went his way, way too soon.
Yes, the drama was saved for the Llama, who — despite delivering an impressive cover of Tom Jones’s “It’s Not Unusual” that had judge Jenny McCarthy telling him, “You upped your game” — was given the old hoove-ho at the end of the episode. But the Llama did manage to pull the wool over all of the judges’ eyes, because none of them guessed that he was... comedian and TV host Drew Carey!
Wow. Who knew Drew could sing like this? The price may be right...but this verdict was so, so wrong. Carey should have advanced. I wish he could have at least hung around long enough to cover Ian Hunter’s “Cleveland Rocks.” Damn it!