The judges on The Masked Singer had a double hit on Wednesday in guessing that Alien was La Toya Jackson.
Robin Thicke, 41, quickly agreed, saying: ‘I’ve thought it was La Toya for a while, from the body language to the voice.’
Alien singer: La Toya Jackson was revealed as the celebrity under the Alien costume during Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer
There was still audible shock from the audience when a member of one of pop’s most famous families emerged from under the red costume.
It was also a surprise for the other judges, who still thought it was most likely a younger model or reality star, with guesses including: Bella Hadid, Paris Hilton, and sisters Nicole and Sofia Richie.
‘She is loaded with sexiness which is why I think it might be Carmen Electra,’ guest judge J.B. Smoove, 53, insisted, while Jenny McCarthy earlier asked: ‘How can she not be a model? She’s the hottest thing I’ve ever seen.’
But Nicole said: ‘She said at the beginning that her family was looked at for being weird. Then the other week I heard that sweet Jackson-type tone in her voice. Then the [police] badge was from Indiana – that’s what gave it away for me. And La Toya had a pet snake.’
Wild guesses: Alien drew wild guesses from the judges but two of the panelists were right
Spot on: Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger both guessed that Alien was La Toya
After her unmasking, La Toya – who sang Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s – said: ‘It feels absolutely wonderful. You guys were so great – I love all of you.
‘The reason I did this is actually because people have a tendency to pre-judge you,’ she explained. ‘I just wanted to do it to see how far I could go.’
Ken Jeong, 49, then told her: ‘I love you. My wife says it’s OK.’
Good times: La Toya after singing Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s said she joined the show to see how far she could go
Wife approved: Ken Jeong told La Toya that he loved her and that his wife was OK with it
She was not the only famous star who performed, with host Nick Cannon revealing: ‘Between them, these six stars have 54 Grammy nominations, 41 gold records, have made 49 films and starred in eight Broadway shows.’
Jenny wondered if Rabbit could be close to home – admitting his clues lined-up with her husband, Donnie Wahlberg, who gained fame with New Kids On The Block.
‘He hasn’t answered the phone every time Rabbit is on stage,’ she joked.
Hit song: Rabbit performed the Stevie Wonder song Isn’t She Lovely
Family relationship? Jenny McCarthy admitted the clues lined up with her husband Donnie Wahlberg
The circus-themed performance of Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely had the judges all guessing he was a boyband star, with other suggestions including ‘N Sync members J.C. Chasez or Joey Fatone.
One clue had them guessing Billy Ray Cyrus, with Nick joking of the 57-year-old: ‘I don’t think Miley’s daddy could move like this anymore. He’d achy break something.’
Bee, already assumed to be a long-time singer, revealed she has 10 Grammys.
Great buzz: Bee revealed that she has 10 Grammy Awards and is a ‘very close friend’ of music legend Tina Turner
‘You are obviously a living legend and we are honored to have you on the show,’ Robin told her after her performance of What’s Love Got to Do With It by ‘very close friend’ Tina Turner, 79.
He was once more adamant that it was Gladys Knight, with the others also suggesting Patti LaBelle or Anita Baker.
‘Nobody’s grandma does this all day,’ J.B. insisted, saying they must ‘have the rep of being sexy’ and joking that he wanted the costume for his wife.
Special guest: J.B. Smoove joined the panel and provided more comic relief
‘Nobody would be on a freaky-a** show like this and not get ideas,’ he said.
Monster opened the show singing the Joan Jett & the Blackhearts song I Love Rock N’ Roll, with Nicole telling him: ‘You are absolutely one of my favorites.’
‘He’s been my favorite for the last few episodes,’ Robin agreed, saying he makes him ‘smile from ear to ear.’
Monster mash: Monster opened the show singing the Joan Jett & the Blackhearts song I Love Rock N’ Roll
‘The monster’s been probably the funniest on the show,’ he added, predicting it could be Tommy Davidson – until Monster told them: ‘I was not on the show In Living Color.’
Saying he could not be ‘a bad boy for life,’ Monster said he had to ‘step back in the ring’ and was ‘all teed up’ and ‘coming out swinging.’
‘I don’t know any boxers who releases albums,’ Ken said, with J.B. joking that it could be Mike Tyson.
The host: Nick Cannon kept the one-hour show on Fox moving
‘The panel is way off, by miles, and I love it,’ Monster said after. ‘I remain a favorite. I’m gonna be the last man standing, trust me.’
Lion’s performance of Lady Gaga’s Diamond Heart left Jenny calling her a ‘tue star’ who ‘always delivers.’
‘You are a golden piece of gawdy jewelry,’ J.B. told her. ‘If I was a rapper I would wear you around my damn neck. I don’t know who the hell you are, but god dang it, I’m impressed.’
Roaring performance: Lion took on the Lady Gaga song Diamond Heart
Nicole praised her ‘great soulful country tone’ while Jenny was convinced she was from a girl group, guessing Mel B from The Spice Girls. Other guesses included someone from Destiny’s Child or Hailee Steinfeld.
Their confusion grew with her clue that she has ‘a subscription to a monthly murder-mystery game’ – with Ken joking: ‘Angela Lansbury? Nailed it. Show’s over.’
As Nick, in a sparkly jacket and gold turban, stood next to Monster, J.B. told them: ‘This is the snazziest prom couple I’ve seen in my life.’
Snazzy couple: Monster and Nick were called ‘the snazziest prom couple I’ve seen in my life’ by J.B.
Peacock performed last with the Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face, with Jenny saying: ‘He is a star. You were born to be an entertainer.’
Indeed, Peacock had revealed he was a ‘showbiz prodigy’ who had been on ‘magical paths’ starring on ‘stages and screen’ and ‘hosted award shows.’
‘That’s Neil Patrick Harris,’ Jenny predicted confidently, with J.B. suggesting Wayne Brady.
Showbiz prodigy: Peacock performed last with the Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face
Solid guess: Jenny guessed that Peacock was actually Neil Patrick Harris
‘You need a residency in Vegas,’ J.B. told him
La Toya was the seventh celebrity unveiled, following NFL player Antonio Brown, comedian Tommy Chong, former quarterback Terry Bradshaw, comedian Margaret Cho, actress Tori Spelling, and talk show host Ricki Lake.
The Masked Singer returns next Wednesday on Fox.
Hit show: La Toya was the seventh celebrity unveiled on the hit Fox show that already has been renewed for a second season