Warning: Spoilers below.
The Masked Singer has served up two of the biggest shocks of the season — including one that left judge Jackie O reeling with embarrassment.
Last night, the reality television program delivered two celebrity “un-maskings” in a bumper episode.
The second, global superstar Macy Gray, delivered some serious celebrity credentials in a season that has so far been a bit hit and miss.
But the I Try singer, who was unveiled as the celebrity behind Atlantis, was overshadowed by a guest singer who appeared for one night only.
In a clumsy piece of network cross-promotion, viewers were introduced to Rubble, a character from Paw Patrol.
Rubble sang a mostly in-tune version of Drops of Jupiter by Train, leaving the judges guessing it was anyone from Russell Crowe, to Chris Hemsworth or even Guy Pearce.
When Sandilands finally took off his mask, Jackie — his co-host of more than 20 years — was mortified.
“This is the worst you can get,” she said.
“I’m never living this down… this is so embarrassing.”
Jackie O explained that she had been talking about The Masked Singer daily to Sandilands while at work for KIIS FM, but he “never even let on once”.
“All the while, you knew you were gonna be on it!” she said.
To add further insult to injury, Sandilands revealed that one of the clues — some footage of Rubble staring at a collection of lipsticks — was a reference to KIIS FM’s lip-shaped logo.
That news prompted Jackie O to drop her face to the desk, joking that she would be “getting fired” the next day.
It was a bad night all round for the judges, with none of them able to guess Gray’s singing voice either, despite it being distinctly recognisable.
To make matters worse, comedian Urzila Carlson actually guessed Gray correctly early on, but changed her final call to Delta Goodrem.
Even Noni Hazelhurst was thrown up as the potential celebrity behind Atlantis — something which no doubt would have left Gray feeling particularly aggrieved.
Original posted at www.perthnow.com.au