The Masked Singer on Fox: Host Nick Cannon unmasked in first wildcard elimination

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Comedian and TV host Nick Cannon has been conspicuously absent this season on The Masked Singer US after testing positive for coronavirus during production last year. However, the series’ mainstay made a dramatic return to Fox’s unpredictable competition this week as the show’s first wildcard elimination.

Season five of The Masked Singer’s third wildcard contender, the Bulldog, has been unmasked as the show’s long-standing host Nick Cannon.

The Bulldog marks the show’s first ever wildcard to be eliminated from the competition after both the Orca and Crab were kept safe in March.

After performing ‘Candy Girl’ by New Edition in the Group B finals, Bulldog was specifically chosen by temporary host Niecy Nash to be sent home.

Cannon performed against the Crab, Black Swan, Piglet and the Chameleon before this week’s episode teased The Masked Singer’s ‘craziest twist ever’.

Nash told viewers at home: “I’m about to change the game completely. The judges votes and audience votes will not count.

“Instead, I get to choose who goes home. That person is The Bulldog.”

The returning host feigned fury at his replacement, having dedicated his performance to Nash.

He asked the current presenter: “I dedicated my whole performance to you and you kicked me off?”

Thankfully the pair made up, and Cannon departed the stage with an ‘I love you’.

Judge’s guesses before Bulldog’s unmasking included fellow comedians Andy Samberg and Chris Rock.

Samberg was also a popular guess among viewers after tonight’s wildcard clues included references to Saturday Night Live and Brooklyn Nine Nine.

The comedic actor got his start performing with The Lonely Island on SNL, and currently stars as Detective Jake Peralta in the police sitcom.

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However, Cannon has also appeared in a recurring role as the boyfriend of Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and has frequently collaborated with SNL’s Kenan Thompson.

As reactions to the show’s latest jaw-dropping reveal poured in on social media, many fans claimed they instantly recognised the series’ long-running presenter.

On Twitter, one fan said: “I called it, Nick Cannon. I knew it was you and that you would take over hosting again.

“Welcome back. We loved Niecy Nash but we missed you!”

Once the episode had wrapped up, Nick Cannon also took to his Twitter page to confirm he’ll be returning to hosting duties for next week’s episode.

He said: “It was me behind the Bulldog Mask! Did I fool y’all as the latest WILDCARD?

“Meet me back on TheMasked Singer stage next Wednesday at 8/7c for more WILDCARD madness and another celebrity unmasking!”

Next week’s episode will see the Russian Dolls, Seashell, Robopine and the Orca wildcard face off in the Group A finals.

The Masked Singer season 5 continues Wednesday, April 14 on Fox.

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