The Masked Singer (American season 5)

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The Masked Singer
Season 5
Masked Singer US Season 5 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for season five, featuring costumes from previous seasons in the background
Starring
Hosted by
No. of contestants14
WinnerNick Lachey as "Piglet"
Runner-upJoJo as "Black Swan"
No. of episodes12
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseMarch 10 (2021-03-10) –
May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)
Season chronology
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List of episodes

The fifth season of the American television series The Masked Singer premiered on Fox on March 10, 2021,[1] and concluded on May 26, 2021.[2] The season was won by singer Nick Lachey as "Piglet", with singer JoJo finishing second as "Black Swan", and rapper Wiz Khalifa placing third as "Chameleon".

Panelists and hosts

Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, television and radio personality Jenny McCarthy, actor and comedian Ken Jeong, and recording artist Nicole Scherzinger all returned for their fifth season as panelists. Regular host Nick Cannon tested positive for COVID-19 a few days before production was set to begin in February 2021; consequently, Niecy Nash guest hosted the first five episodes.[3] Cannon returned after competing as "the Bulldog" in the fifth episode.[4] Guest panelists included Joel McHale in the third episode, Rita Wilson in the seventh episode, Chrissy Metz in the eighth episode, Rob Riggle in the ninth episode, Darius Rucker in the tenth episode, and season four winner LeAnn Rimes in the eleventh episode.[5][6] The panelists once again competed for "The Golden Ear", with Jenny McCarthy winning for the second time.

Contestants

The season began with two groups of five, Group A and Group B. In a new twist, four wildcard contestants entered the competition beginning with the third episode, replacing previously eliminated contestants. The contestants among the season have a combined, "26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Oscar nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold medals and two world records among them".[7] In addition, the opening scene for the season premiere revealed that cast has, "a combined net worth over $600 million, eight marriages, 25 gold and platinum records, 459 tattoos, over 55 million records sold, over 198 million followers, three Grammy wins, three Emmy nominations, one Oscar win, nine divorces, and 146 toes."[8]

This season featured a non-contestant masked character called "Cluedle-Doo".[9][10] Over the course of 10 episodes, Cluedle-Doo periodically disrupted the broadcast to provide additional clues to the audience from his secret studio, teasing the host and panelists, while challenging the audience to discover who he was. In the semi-final episode, he appeared in person to perform "Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison for the panel, then challenged them to guess his identity. After the panelists made their guesses who he was, none of which was correct, he unmasked himself as singer Donnie Wahlberg, panelist Jenny McCarthy's husband, shocking McCarthy who did not recognize his voice.

Kermit the Frog ("Snail") is the first fictional character to have competed on the American version of The Masked Singer and "Russian Dolls" (Hanson) are the second costume to feature more than one person (the first being Clint and Lisa Black's "Snow Owls" costume from the previous season) and the first costume to feature a group of different celebrities.

Results
Stage name Celebrity Occupation(s) Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12
Group A Group B A B A
Piglet Nick Lachey Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Black Swan JoJo Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUNNER-UP
Chameleon Wiz Khalifa Rapper SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Yeti (WC) Omarion Singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Russian Dolls[a] Hanson Pop band SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Robopine[b] Tyrese Gibson Actor/singer SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Seashell Tamera Mowry-Housley Actor/TV host SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Crab (WC) Bobby Brown Singer SAFE SAFE OUT
Orca (WC) Mark McGrath Singer SAFE OUT
Bulldog (WC) Nick Cannon Comedian/TV presenter OUT[c]
Grandpa Monster Logan Paul Internet personality SAFE OUT
Raccoon Danny Trejo Actor SAFE OUT
Phoenix Caitlyn Jenner Olympic gold medalist OUT
Snail Kermit the Frog[d] Muppet OUT
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition and unmasked upon their elimination.
  The masked singer did not perform.

(WC) This masked singer is a wildcard contestant.

The celebrities who competed in the fifth season of The Masked Singer, pictured in order of elimination (L–R):


Caitlyn Jenner ("Phoenix"), Danny Trejo ("Raccoon"), Logan Paul ("Grandpa Monster"), Nick Cannon ("Bulldog"), Mark McGrath ("Orca"), Bobby Brown ("Crab"), Tamera Mowry-Housley ("Seashell"), Tyrese Gibson ("Robopine"), Hanson ("Russian Dolls"), Omarion ("Yeti"), Wiz Khalifa ("Chameleon"), JoJo ("Black Swan"), and Nick Lachey ("Piglet")

Not pictured: Kermit the Frog ("Snail")

Episodes

Week 1 (March 10)

Performances on the first episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Russian Dolls "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson undisclosed SAFE
2 Snail "You Make My Dreams (Come True)" by Hall & Oates Kermit the Frog OUT
3 Seashell "Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette undisclosed SAFE
4 Raccoon "Wild Thing" by The Troggs undisclosed SAFE
5 Robopine "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross undisclosed SAFE

Week 2 (March 17)

Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Black Swan "Barracuda" by Heart undisclosed SAFE
2 Grandpa Monster "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)" by Lou Bega undisclosed SAFE
3 Chameleon "Ride wit Me" by Nelly undisclosed SAFE
4 Phoenix "TiK ToK" by Kesha Caitlyn Jenner OUT
5 Piglet "Speechless" by Dan + Shay undisclosed SAFE

Week 3 (March 24)

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Russian Dolls "Wonder" by Shawn Mendes undisclosed SAFE
2 Raccoon "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash Danny Trejo OUT
3 Robopine "All of Me" by John Legend undisclosed SAFE
4 Seashell "Confident" by Demi Lovato undisclosed SAFE
Wildcard Orca "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister undisclosed SAFE

Week 4 (March 31)

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Grandpa Monster "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett Logan Paul OUT
2 Piglet "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)" by Andy Grammer undisclosed SAFE
3 Black Swan "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes undisclosed SAFE
4 Chameleon "21 Questions" by 50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg undisclosed SAFE
Wildcard Crab "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers undisclosed SAFE

Week 5 (April 7)

Performances on the fifth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Black Swan "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston undisclosed SAFE
2 Piglet "7 Years" by Lukas Graham undisclosed SAFE
3 Crab "Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James[e] undisclosed SAFE
4 Chameleon "Hip Hop" by Dead Prez undisclosed SAFE
Wildcard Bulldog "Candy Girl" by New Edition Nick Cannon OUT

Week 6 (April 14)

Performances on the sixth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Russian Dolls "Want to Want Me" by Jason Derulo undisclosed SAFE
2 Robopine "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack undisclosed SAFE
3 Seashell "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus feat. Chaka Khan undisclosed SAFE
4 Orca "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison Mark McGrath OUT
Wildcard Yeti "If It Isn't Love" by New Edition undisclosed SAFE

Week 7 (April 21)

Performances on the seventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Piglet "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters undisclosed SAFE
2 Robopine "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye undisclosed SAFE
3 Chameleon "Regulate" by Warren G feat. Nate Dogg undisclosed SAFE
4 Yeti "Lonely" by Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco undisclosed SAFE
5 Russian Dolls "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars undisclosed SAFE
6 Crab "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins Bobby Brown OUT
7 Seashell "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany Tamera Mowry-Housley OUT
8 Black Swan "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon undisclosed SAFE

Week 8 (May 5)

Performances on the eighth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Yeti "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock undisclosed SAFE
2 Robopine "Water Runs Dry" by Boyz II Men Tyrese Gibson OUT
3 Piglet "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins undisclosed SAFE
4 Black Swan "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder undisclosed SAFE
5 Russian Dolls "Shallow" by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga undisclosed SAFE
6 Chameleon "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" by Busta Rhymes undisclosed SAFE

Week 9 (May 12)

Performances on the ninth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Russian Dolls "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John Hanson OUT
2 Black Swan "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran undisclosed SAFE
3 Piglet "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder undisclosed SAFE
4 Yeti "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts undisclosed SAFE
5 Chameleon "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams undisclosed SAFE

Week 10 (May 19)

Performances on the tenth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Yeti "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang Omarion OUT
2 Black Swan "Tequila" by Dan + Shay undisclosed SAFE
3 Chameleon "Oh Boy" by Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana undisclosed SAFE
4 Piglet "Bruises" by Lewis Capaldi undisclosed SAFE

Week 11 (May 26) – Finale

Group performance: "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes[f]

Performances on the eleventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Chameleon "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio feat. L.V. Wiz Khalifa THIRD PLACE
2 Black Swan "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" by Michael Bolton JoJo RUNNER-UP
3 Piglet "Faithfully" by Journey Nick Lachey WINNER

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Masked Singer
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "Season 5 Premiere - Return of the Masks" March 10, 2021 1.3/9 5.66 0.7 2.33 2.1 7.99 [14][15]
2 "Group B Premiere - Shamrock and Roll" March 17, 2021 1.2/9 5.12 N/A N/A N/A N/A [16]
3 "Group A Wildcard Round - Enter The Wildcards!" March 24, 2021 1.2/8 5.20 N/A N/A N/A N/A [17]
4 "Group B Wildcard Round - Rule of Claw!" March 31, 2021 1.2/9 5.05 0.4 1.35 1.6 6.40 [18][19][g]
5 "Group B Finals - The Ulti 'Mutt' Wildcard!" April 7, 2021 1.1/8 4.79 0.6 1.81 1.7 6.60 [20][21]
6 "Group A Finals - In the Nick of Time!" April 14, 2021 1.2/8 5.17 0.5 1.75 1.8 6.92 [22][23]
7 "Super 8 - The Plot Chickens!" April 21, 2021 1.2/8 5.08 0.6 1.91 1.8 6.99 [24][25]
Special "The Sing-A-Long: The Maskie Awards" April 28, 2021 0.8/6 3.62 0.2 0.79 1.0 4.41 [26][27]
8 "The Spicy 6 - The Competition Heats Up!" May 5, 2021 1.1/8 4.71 0.5 1.73 1.6 6.44 [28][29]
9 "The Quarter Finals - Five Fan Favorites" May 12, 2021 1.1/8 4.77 0.4 1.48 1.6 6.25 [30]
10 "Semifinals" May 19, 2021 1.2/8 5.23 0.5 1.71 1.8 6.95 [31]
11 "Finale" May 26, 2021 1.4/9 5.51 0.4 1.54 1.8 7.05 [32]

Notes

  1. ^ The character performed in two costumes during the first and fifth performances and in three costumes during the second and third performances. When revealed, Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson were underneath the main Russian Doll costume. Performances that utilized four costumes had one being used as a prop.[11]
  2. ^ The character was originally introduced as "Porcupine"; his name was changed to "Robopine" before his first performance.
  3. ^ No vote was made by the panelists and superfans. Instead, Nash selected "Bulldog" to be eliminated. It was then unmasked to be Cannon, as part of transitioning the show's host duties back to him without the final guesses being obtained.[4]
  4. ^ Kermit was voiced and performed by Matt Vogel, though Vogel was not revealed on camera.[12][13]
  5. ^ Following the performance, Crab's performer (Bobby Brown) had to be briefly taken to his dressing room when he became overheated and short of breath in the costume.
  6. ^ Rimes, who served as a guest panelist for the episode, also sang in this performance with the three finalists.
  7. ^ Live+7 DVR ratings were unavailable, so Live+3 DVR ratings are listed instead.

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