The Masked Singer Season 5 kicked off with one of its craziest costumes ever — only to unmask the star wearing it immediately. The acclaimed singing competition challenged viewers to guess the identity of "The Snail" in its premiere episode. When the episode ended, the snail was the very first one to be unmasked.
The Masked Singer remains one of the TV events of the year whenever it is on, whether you're watching the live broadcast or streaming it after the fact. Those without a cable package, satellite subscription or digital antenna can stream the show live on FuboTV, which currently has a free trial offer here. You can also catch it the next morning on Hulu, with a free trial offer here. Scroll down the the short but dramatic saga of The Snail on The Masked Singer Season 5! (Spoilers ahead.)
Season 5 Premiere — "Return Of The Masks"
The Snail introduced themself by highlighting their accomplishments and connections in Hollywood, hinting that they have even been to the Oscars at some point. They have produced, acted, directed and filled just about every other role on a film set. After singing, they said that they have been around for a long time, leading the panelists to skew towards older guesses.
The Snail sang an accented version of "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oates, but the judges thought that "twang" might be intentionally misleading. Robin Thicke guessed that it might be Seth McFarlane, though Ken Jeong was more interested in the idea that it was Jay Leno. Nichole Scherzinger leapt to former Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, but Jenny McCarthy made an A-list guess: Mark Wahlberg.
It turns out, we didn't have to wait long to discover Snail's identity. Snail was the first contestant eliminated in Season 5. When the mask was pulled off, a totally unexpected, green face popped out. It wasn't a human celebrity at all! It was Kermit the Frog, the beloved Muppet. (His puppeteer was not named during the broadcast.) For our full breakdown of the night's events, head over to our live blog!
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, which can be seen on FuboTV, which has a free trial option. Hulu also houses episodes starting the following day, once they've already been broadcasted. Stay tuned to PopCulture.com for more coverage of The Masked Singer Season 5.