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‘The Masked Singer’ disclosed the identity of the Orca: Here’s the star behind the mask

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Wherever Mark McGrath goes, individuals will stop and they’ll see… the Orca.

The Sugar Ray singer and former “Extra” have was the latest celebrity to be revealed on “The Masked Singer,” where he had proceeded as the Orca. McGrath sang “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” by Poison, for his second and last performance.

“I think it might be the only competitor in the history of ‘The Masked Singer’ whose costume is way cooler than they are in real life,” McGrath said of his costume. “When I saw the Orca I thought, oh my god, it’s perfect. I’ve got some head room. I thought energy was gonna be my go to. It was never going to be my five-octave vocal range that we know that doesn’t exist. I was gonna have to get by on a little chutzpa and rock and roll, and a whole lot of luck, and the Orca costume really lent that to me.”

None of the show’s panelists sorted out it was McGrath. Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong thought it was Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg guessed surfer Kelly Slater and Nicole Scherzinger thought it was Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.

“My head was expanding inside that Orca costume,” he said. “All these guesses in real time, all those Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. My performance was good but they’ve got a beautiful way at ‘The Masked Singer’ of really uplifting and celebrating everybody. Whether your Rob Gronkowski or LeAnn Rimes, they are going to make you feel so good about yourself. And that’s a beautiful part of the show. I was blown away to hear those guesses.”

McGrath was the show’s first “Wildcard,” acquired in mid-competition to perform. He said he didn’t realize that going into the show.

“’The Masked Singer’ is very good in the information is given on a need to know basis only,” he said. “I didn’t know I was coming out as a wildcard. In my mind, a wildcard means you had a bull’s eye on your back. I was kind of thrown by that, as I’m walking out to do my first rehearsal. But when I got out there and I saw the production. It looked like one of those Ziegfeld Follies 1930s Hollywood production. It looked underwater on TV so they did a wonderful job of alleviating, my Wildcard concerns.”

McGrath was prepared to sing “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC for his third number if he had returned. His first number was We’re Not Gonna Take It,” by Twisted Sister.

“The thing that really attracted me most of ‘The Masked Singer,’ is that it scared me,” he said. “It scared the heck out of me because it’s a singing competition. Now you might think, your career is as a singer/entertainer. [But] no one’s ever been confused by voice with Pavarotti or Chris Martin. But being able to be someone else inside the mask, obviously was something attractive to me.

“What I didn’t know, is what an emotional component this show would have for me,” he said. “You become part of this mystery adventure park vibe. It’s the world of costumes and make-believe. You breathe life into this thing, into this Orca, and when I took the mask off the last time, there is no more life, I essentially this Orca is gone. It was so fun to be a part of that, to fool people when you were singing as part of the Orca’s aura and being. I have 10 year old twins and that was a huge part of why I did it. And what a wonderful opportunity in a year that people aren’t doing a lot of things in the music industry. What a ride it was.”

McGrath said Sugar Ray has begun to perform once more, remembering gigs for Orlando and Tampa, and the band’s mid year dates are beginning to top off.

“I’m excited to see if anything happens with this ‘Masked Singer,’” he said. “Once you’re part of the Masked Singer, you’re part of the family. They do tours and things like that. I let them know that I’m available for anything you need. I’m here for ‘The Masked Singer.’”

Then, Nick Cannon was back full time as host, having recently been in isolate for COVID-19. Niecy Nash filled in as visitor host of “The Masked Singer” for the show’s initial five scenes, until Cannon was unmasked a week ago as the Bulldog.

This current season’s costumes include Raccoon, Seashell, Black Swan, Snail, Grandpa Monster, Phoenix, Chameleon, Russian Doll(s), Porcupine, The Piglet and the trump cards Orca, Crab and Bulldog. Gun as the Bulldog joins recently exposed superstars Nick Cannon (Bulldog), Logan Paul (Grandpa Monster), Danny Trejo (as Raccoon), Caitlyn Jenner (as Phoenix) and Kermit the Frog (as Snail).

The Season 5 contestants brag a joined 26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-platinum singles, four Academy Award nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold decorations and two world records.

The show’s panelists are likewise once vieing for a “Golden Ear” trophy dependent on their initial impressions of each masked performer (which McCarthy won last time). Jeong and McCarthy Wahlberg each had a point up until now, heading into this scene.

McCarthy Wahlberg’s and Scherzinger’s initial feeling supposes were both Dave Grohl, Thicke went with Billie Joe Armstrong, while Jeong’s was Jon Bon Jovi. None of them got a point.

Here were the other contestants and their performances on night six, “Group A Finals — In the Nick of Time”:

Russian Dolls (three contestants)

Song: “Want to Want Me,” by Jason Derulo
Cannon clue: “What Goes Around… Comes Around.” “We had been together for some time, but as fate would have it, it was time to come back together on stage.”
Panel guesses: Pentatonix, the Jonas Brothers, 98 Degrees
Voice-over: “When this duo became a trio last time, it was a game changer for real. Performing on this epic stage is a far cry from where we started. Life on the road was definitely not glamorous. We performed everywhere, from parking lots to softball fields. But we put our heart and soul in every performance. And the years of hustle paid off, when we finally got the chance to perform for the president. And we crushed it. We raised the roof. Of the White House. And now we’re leaning on that hard working spirit to take us to the Super 8.”
Previous songs: “Man in the Mirror,” by Michael Jackson; “Wonder,” by Shawn Mendes
Previous panel guesses: Boyz II Men; Vanessa Hudgens; Darren Criss, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale or other “Glee” stars; Gwen Stefani and No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, Sugarland, Boyz II Men, Jacksons

Porcupine/”Robopine”

Song: “Killing Me Softly,” by Roberta Flack
Cannon clue: “AKA.” “My first show they came out and said porcupine, and I said no, I’m Robopine. So, AKA.”
Panel guesses: Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Terence Howard
Voice-over: “The quills are out tonight, and I’m ready to unleash some magic on that stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this masked adventure. But now I’m on a mission to make it to the end. And I know a good mission because I’ve been on one my entire career. A quest for a certain golden relic. It’s been an action packed, fast-paced ride. I’m dodged booby traps and so many times my life has nearly crumbled. But I always escaped because I’ve been jonesing for that idol. But for now, I’m chasing a new idol, the golden mask. Winning it will be proof that the ultimate relic will be mine.”
Previous song: “Never Too Much,” by Luther Vandross; “All of Me,” by John Legend
Previous panel guesses: Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, Lionel Richie, Ginuwine, Brian McKnight, Jason Derulo, Wesley Snipes, Eddie Murphy

Seashell

Song: “Tell Me Something Good,” by Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
Cannon clue: “Motown.” “Motown brought my family together.”
Panel guesses: Ashanti, Mya, Keke Palmer, Alicia Silverstone
Voice-over: “I’ve been so fortunate my entire career to walk in a variety of shoes. But one of the things I’m most proud of is I have been called a trailblazer, a role model. Sometimes I get stopped when I’m out shopping or at the movies. And it’s the biggest honor. Because when I was younger, shells like me weren’t given many opportunities to be seen. But I fought the current that flowed against me. And now seeing so many people follow my path, that’s what keeps me going strong. Now tonight, I can’t wait for everyone to see what I have in store as I continue to blaze forward.”
Previous song: “Listen to Your Heart,” by Roxette; “Confident,” by Demi Lovato
Previous panel guesses: Kristen Chenoweth, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ashlee Simpson, Jenny Slate, Haylie Duff

WILDCARD: Yeti

Song: “If It Isn’t Love,” by New Edition
Cannon clue: “Aphrodite.” “Yeti is all about love, love, love.”
Panel guesses: Ray J, Justin Bieber, Taran Killam
Voice-over: “As a Yeti, I only come out of hiding for a mammoth reason. And here, it’s to be a wild force to be reckoned with. So watch your step. Where I come from, too many yetis become monsters. But I had a secret weapon. A village of warrior women who were always there to show me the way. Having them as motivators and teachers was golden. And made me the abominable gentleman I am today. Knowing these warriors had my back gave me the confidence to go for the mountaintop when others wouldn’t even dare. The yetis are usually chased from their village. But I was raised right. Being here is a thank you to them.”

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‘At That Age’ drama pilot not moving forward at NBC

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NBC isn’t moving forward with its outfit dramatization pilot At That Age, made, directed and in view of a unique thought by Malcolm B. Lee, head of current box-office champ Space Jam: A New Legacy.

I hear the options on the cast, which includes Adrian Holmes, Nicole Ari Parker, Brad James, Jade Eshete, Sinqua Walls, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Christian Keyes, were coming up July 31, prompting the network to settle on a choice.

As is normal practice, Universal Television, which produced the pilot, will shop it to different organizations while it actually has the entertainers under bargains.

At That Age, an exploration of an African-American family’s inheritance, was requested to steer in January 2020, yet put on pause due to the Covid related creation closure. It restarted projecting this previous spring and was produced off-cycle like the entirety of NBC’s pilots in the course of the last Covid-affected year. The organization additionally has dramatization pilot Dangerous Moms, which is production.

Composed via Carla Banks-Waddles, in At That Age, After the Cooper family’s golden child experiences a catastrophic event, seven relatives (Holmes, Parker, James, Eschete, Walls, Corinealdi and Keyes) face a basic shift, settle on life-altering decisions and deal profound mysteries becoming exposed.

Banks-Waddles executive produces with Lee and Debra Martin Chase.

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Phillipa Soo joins the cast of Apple’s thriller series ‘Shining Girls’

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Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of the AppleTV+ series Shining Girls, in light of the 2013 smash hit novel by Lauren Beukes, in a series regular role. Soo will depict the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook who works in the examination office at the Adler planetarium.

She will star opposite Elisabeth Moss, who depicts a Chicago columnist who endure a fierce attack just to discover her world moving as she chases down her attacker. The ritzy cast likewise includes Wagner Moura (Narcos) as Dan, a veteran columnist breaking the augmenting story of a copycat assault. Jamie Bell likewise stars as Harper, a secretive introvert with an amazing connection with Kirby.

The series hails from MRC Television. As well as featuring, Moss leader produces through Love and Squalor Pictures, close by Lindsey McManus. Leonardo DiCaprio fills in as chief maker through Appian Way close by Jennifer Davisson. Creator Lauren Beukes and Alan Page Arriaga will likewise fill in as leader makers on the task. The series will be adjusted for television and executive produced by Silka Luisa, who likewise fills in as showrunner.

Soo was assigned for a 2021 Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Musical for her work in Hamilton. She most as of late showed up in the Spectrum Original series The Bite from Robert and Michelle King.

She is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and UTA.

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Michelle Monaghan is set to play dual lead roles in Netflix’s ‘Echoes’ limited series

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Michelle Monaghan is set to play dual lead roles in Netflix’s Echoes, a psychological thriller limited series about indistinguishable twins from 13 Reasons Why writer/executive producer/showrunner Brian Yorkey, Quinton Peeples (Runaways) and Australian author maker Vanessa Gazy (Eden).

Made and written by Gazy, Echoes is a secret thrill ride about identical twins Leni and Gina, both depicted by Monaghan, who share a hazardous mystery. Since they were kids, Leni and Gina covertly have traded lives, coming full circle in a double life as adults: They share two homes, two spouses and a kid, however everything in their impeccably arranged world is tossed into disarray when one of the sisters disappears.

Born identical twins, every sister is remarkable; Leni is the sister that is content to remain at home, wed her childhood sweetheart, bring up her little girl and assist with running the delightful pony ranch where everybody lives respectively established in their since quite a while ago shared history. Gina is the rebellious sister that walked out on all that and disappeared to Los Angeles where she rose to speedy notoriety expounding on a hazier undertow that educated her Southern childhood.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Yorkey will fill in as leader maker and co-showrunner on the spine chiller, the main task greenlit as a component of his multi-year in general arrangement with the streamer for series and different projects.

Gazy likewise will executive produce, with Peeples filling in as chief maker/co-showrunner close by Yorkey. The series additionally hails from chief makers Imogen Banks (The Beautiful Lie) and Endemol Shine Banks Australia.

On TV, Monaghan featured in Netflix’ geo-political thriller Messiah just as Hulu’s dramatization series The Path, close by Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy. Before that, she co-featured in the HBO show True Detective inverse Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, for which she was designated for a Golden Globe for her job.

On the film side, Monaghan is set to co-star opposite Anna Diop in the Stay Gold Features And Topic Studios Pic Nanny. She was most recently seen in Zoe Lister-Jones’ The Craft, the Blumhouse reboot of the 1996 component, just as Christine Jeffs’ Every Breath You Take, featuring inverse Casey Affleck and Sam Claflin. She as of late wrapped production on Brad Anderson’s Blood.

Monaghan is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and attorney Robert Offer.

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