The Masked Singer season 2 episode 9 aired on Wednesday, December 4 on FOX. The episode featured performances from 4 of the remaining 6 contestants: the Fox, the Thingamajig, the Butterfly, and the Tree.
At the end of the episode, the masked celebrity with the lowest number of votes had to reveal their identity before being eliminated from the competition. But who was eliminated at the end of the episode, and which celebrity was revealed underneath the mask?
SPOILER WARNING: Do not keep reading if you are not caught up on The Masked Singer season 2 and do not want to know what happens during episode 9. If you want to know which character was eliminated, skip to the unmasked section below.
‘The Masked Singer’ Episode 9 Recap
The episode’s initial Face Off was between the Butterfly and the Fox. Butterfly said she was intimidated to be singing against some of the best vocalists in the competition, but that she’s used to “sharing the stage with giants.” Fans were also treated to a brief glimpse of a playbill, which hints that the Butterfly has been on Broadway at some point in her career. She then sang a cover of “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato.
The judges were uniformly impressed with Butterfly’s vocal control and charismatic stage presence. They threw out a slew of guesses as to who could be under the costume, including Leona Lewis, Monica, and actress Kerry Washington. Still, half of the panel stuck to the belief that Butterfly is actually Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams.
The Fox followed Butterfly, and offered up some new clues about his identity. He said that he’s often felt underestimated in his career, and he called himself a “true blue superhero.” Fox then gave a stirring, soulful performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. The panel were appreciative of Fox’s musical range, and proceeded to throw out their best guesses. These guesses included AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, and multi-faceted entertainers like Taye Diggs and Jamie Foxx.
After the votes were tallied, host Nick Cannon announced that Fox won the Face Off.
The second Face Off of the night was between Thingamajig and the Tree. Thingamajig revealed that he is own number one, and he isn’t ready to commit to someone else. He also said that he suffered a recent setback, but his time on The Masked Singer has helped him recover. The clue video that accompanied him included references to the state of Maryland. Thingamajig then performed a rendition of “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble.
The panel of judges were quick to point out that he changes his style with each performance, and scrambled to throw out guesses as to who could be under the costume. Most of the guesses favored R&B singers from the 1990s, like Montell Jordan and Brian McKnight. The most unexpected name thrown out was Dennis Rodman.
The Tree took the stage after Thingamajig. She made reference to a “smelly cat” and the images in her clue video included a witch hat and various cans of soup. She then performed “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. The judges offered a wide range of guesses as to the celebrity underneath, with some of the entertaining being actresses Lisa Kudrow, Nia Vardalos and Megan Mullally. There was also mention of SNL veteran Ana Gasteyer, who many fans believe to be the most likely candidate.
Nick Cannon tallied up the votes, and announced that Tree won the Face Off. That left Butterfly and Thingamajig to compete in the Smack Down competition.
Who Was Unmasked During ‘The Masked Singer’ Episode 9?
Butterfly was unmasked during episode 9, and it was revealed to be former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams.
During the Smack Down competition, Butterfly sang “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, and Thingamajig followed with a cover of “Caught Up” by Usher. Both were strong, but Thingamajig proved victorious once the votes were tallied up.
The panel gave their final guesses before Butterfly was unmasked. Jenny, Robin and Nicole said Michelle Williams. Ken said Mel B. of the Spice Girls, and guest judge Joel McHale said Victoria Beckham. Butterfly then pulled off her mask to reveal that she was indeed Michelle Williams. The singer offered up an emotional farewell to the audience before exiting the stage.