After tonight’s episode we are totally at a loss for words. We thought we had some solid guesses for Group C, but after the unmasking of Sarah Palin, we’ve decided anything is possible and we need more clues before we feel confident in any of our guesses.
Instead, we are taking the time to theorize about the voting methods of the show. Fans of The Masked Singer have been inquiring about the process since season and actually have come up with a theory that makes sense. The question lies with the fact that music legends (like Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick from this season) seem to get kicked off way before they should, while less talented characters make their way to the end. So, what's going on with the voting?
Unlike other competitions where at-home viewers can vote, The Masked Singer asks its live in-studio audience to vote for their favorite competitor. It’s important to note that they are voting for their favorite instead of the person they think should be eliminated (as in the least-talented).
Because of this, maybe it’s the recognizable voices that fail to get votes because the audience already knows who they are and therefore don’t need more clues to figure out their identify. And it seems Dionne Warwick would even agree. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly she stated, “When there’s a distinctive voice that is recognized, you can only go so far because I guess that’s the gist of the show itself.” Which makes sense considering this isn’t necessarily a talent-based program.
However, this theory hasn’t been the case for all eliminations. For instance, for the premiere of this season, viewers were shocked to discover that the Robot was non other than Lil Wayne, who was eliminated not because they recognized his voice, but for some other undisclosed reason. Hey, with a show like this, anything is possible.
The Masked Singer returns on Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. PT/ET on Fox.