Who is that person? The Masked Singer‘s seventh season started making headlines before the premiere even aired, thanks to one controversial contestant.
One month before the show’s March 9 premiere, DeadlineIt was reported that panelists Robin ThickeAnd Ken JeongAfter one of the new characters was unmasked, they walked off the set. Rudy Giuliani. The former New York City mayor’s costume remained a secret at the time, but some fans were upset that the otherwise apolitical show had chosen such a polarizing figure for the cast.
Nearly two years after the series was criticized for inviting an ex-Alaska Governor, the Giuliani controversy erupted. Sarah PalinTo compete as a Bear The Going RogueAfter performing a rendition, author was sent home by the network in March 2020. Sir Mix-a Lot‘s “Baby Got Back.”
Later, Palin said that she did the show to respond to her critics. “I knew it would be so refreshing and so freeing and well, in a real respectful way, kind of a walking middle finger to the haters out there in the world where I could do whatever I wanted to do and not care what anybody said because they wouldn’t know until after the fact,” she said during a May 2020 episode of the Masked Singer aftershow. “So it all worked out.”
Giuliani wasn’t unmasked during the season 7 premiere, but the episode still made headlines after the McTerrier accidentally knocked his own head off mid-performance. Despite trying to hide his face, the contestant was able to get unmasked at the conclusion of the episode. He was voted the poorest performer of evening.
Although he returned home first, Duff GoldmanEven though he was in McTerrier’s costume, he had a great time competing on the show.
“I had so much fun on The Masked Singer,” he said in a post-show video shared via the series’ official Instagram account. “Everybody here is so cool. I put on this outfit and all of a sudden, I know I’m singing for millions of people, and I totally didn’t care. It was incredible.”
Charm City Cakes founder was also the first person to lose their mask during the show. Mickey RourkeFamously, he unmasked himself in his first appearance in season 4. However, he did this intentionally and self-eliminated.
The Masked SingerFox at 8 p.m. Wednesdays ET. Scroll down to find out more about each contestant.