In a surprising turn of events on Season 10, Episode 4 of “The Masked Singer,” actor Michael Rapaport, who had never sung in public before, made his singing debut on the popular Fox unscripted series. Rapaport was unmasked as the Pickle, becoming the latest costumed celebrity to exit the show, which aired on October 11. This article delves into Rapaport’s singing journey, his experience on the show, and the reactions from the panel of judges.
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Michael Rapaport’s Singing Debut: The unmasking of Michael Rapaport as the Pickle marked his first-ever public singing performance. In an interview with Variety, Rapaport expressed his initial nervousness about the endeavor, emphasizing that he is not a singer or dancer. Despite his apprehensions, he shared that he had a great time on the show and that he came with the intent to win, even though he didn’t secure victory in the season. He jokingly declared that the “impression of the Pickle” would live on forever.
Panel’s Failed Guesses: Throughout his masked performances, none of the judges correctly guessed that the Pickle was actually Michael Rapaport. Ken Jeong believed it could be Howard Stern, while Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg guessed Conan O’Brien, Robin Thicke named Joel McHale, and Nicole Scherzinger suggested Charlie Sheen. Rapaport took pride in keeping his identity a secret throughout the competition.
The “Battle Royale”: In a musical showdown, the Pickle and S’more squared off by performing “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy. S’more emerged victorious in this “battle royale” and advanced to the Group A Finals along with Cow and Gazelle. Had Rapaport continued, he mentioned that he had a disco number prepared for the following week, highlighting his determination to win.
Rapaport’s Upcoming Comedy Tour: Following his appearance on “The Masked Singer,” Michael Rapaport is taking his comedy show on tour across the country. He has upcoming appearances in Chicago on October 20 and October 21.
Other Unmasked Celebrities: In this season, Michael Rapaport joined Tom Sandoval as Diver, Anthony Anderson as Rubber Ducky, and special guest Demi Lovato as Anonymouse as the unmasked celebrities so far.
Additional Season 10 Highlights: The episode that featured Rapaport’s unmasking was themed around the 2000s. It began with Season 6 winner Jewel, who opened the show with her 2001 hit “Standing Still.”
“The Masked Singer” Season 10 introduces a new format with three groups followed by Battle Royale semi-final episodes. Wild Card contestants return this season, and the “Ding Dong Keep It On Bell” allows judges to save one contestant from elimination and advance them directly to the finale.
The season includes sixteen celebrity singers with new costumes like “Donut,” “Anteater,” “Hawk,” “Hibiscus,” “Diver,” “Gazelle,” “Royal Hen,” and a life-size “S’More.” Additionally, celebrities who were previously unmasked on the show return to celebrate its 10th season.
Upcoming Themed Episodes: The season offers themed episodes including a tribute to Elton John, a “Trolls Night” tied to the release of DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls Band Together” in November, a “Harry Potter Night” for the Halloween week, “NFL Night,” “One Hit Wonders,” “Disco,” “2000s Night,” “I Wanna Rock,” and “Soundtrack of My Life.” The show features host Nick Cannon and panelists Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Robin Thicke.
Other Performances in the Episode:
- Cow performed “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake.
- Gazelle sang “Lucky” by Britney Spears.
- S’More delivered “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s.
- Pickle, portrayed by Michael Rapaport, sang “Beverly Hills” by Weezer.
“The Masked Singer” is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, with James Breen serving as showrunner, and executive producers Craig Plestis and Nick Cannon.
The show continues to captivate its audience with entertaining performances and celebrity unveilings, making it a hit among viewers.