Warning! The following contains spoilers for The Masked Singer Season 2. Read at your own risk!
The Masked Singer unveiled yet another group of competitors in its latest episode, and The Penguin, Eagle, Fox, and Flower all made their singing debut on the program. Some did better than others, and while they both showed plenty of pzazz, it was the two birds (Eagle and Penguin) that faced off in the elimination smackdown. The Eagle failed to fly the first time around, but could he overcome The Penguin?
The short answer, is no, no he couldn't. The Eagle didn't have the best singing voice The Masked Singer Season 2 has seen, but he was far from the worst. He just had the misfortune of being in a solid group of singers, with Flower being the strongest of the bunch. Her singing performance of Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" dominated his rendition of Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)." It takes a certain type of voice to pull off that song, and Eagle didn't have it.
It's really unfair to say Eagle had a shot in the Smackdown, as Penguin and Fox were both solid singers of near equal talent. It would've been disappointing to see one of them fall to Eagle, even if his voice wasn't that bad. He was eliminated, and was revealed to the masses. It turns out the person under the mask is often heard on the radio, but is no professional singer. Instead, it was Loveline radio host and television personality Dr. Drew!
The Eagle was one of the contestants America was truly stumped by, so it's a shame he didn't get further in the competition. That being said, it definitely feels like the less-obvious contestants (who are often poor singers) are always revealed first, which might be why their identities are so often a mystery. America isn't given a prolonged amount of time to examine clues and concoct theories, so perhaps that's why it's such a mystery?
While it is a shame that the Eagle was dropped so early in the competition, it would've been worse had he beaten out Penguin and her legitimately solid singing voice. Dr. Drew was definitely good enough to beat some weaker competitors we've seen advance so far, which shows a good deal of The Masked Singer from a competitive standpoint is just a luck of the draw. Dr. Drew isn't the first competitor to get an unfavorable match up, and he almost certainly won't be the last.
Now that Eagle is out, how does the rest of the competitors from this group fare against the rest of The Masked Singer's contestants? I'd say Penguin and Fox are mid-season exits, as both have a singing voice that is good but certainly not great. Flower sounds like a final 3 competitor, and is almost certainly an older professional singer from back in the day. While they could win this thing, we still have a long way to go before making bold predictions like that!
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