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
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
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
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.”
Music Artist And Audio Mixer ItsKavon On Success
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time” —Steve Jobs
The formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.
Kavon was not an overnight success. 23 year old ItsKavon has had 10 years of experience in what he does today. Kavon’s passion has always been music and he chose to continue to sharpen his skills in order to take his music career forward. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you do.
ItsKavon is an audio engineer and music mixer. He studied at The Art Institute of Atlanta where he majored in audio & sound production. During his time in Atlanta, Kavon managed to get an internship at a major studio and used that opportunity to make some great contacts. Throughout his internship, he focused on polishing his skills with some of the best artists in the world and forming great connections with the appropriate people in the industry.
Kavon started music in his closet room and today he is running his own studio business in Greenville, South Carolina. He is truly a combination of talent and hard work.
‘The Rookie,’ ‘The Conners,’ ‘The Goldbergs’ among five ABC renewals
Craig Erwich has settled on his renewal decisions at ABC.
The network’s recently installed entertainment president has given out renewals for five of its 10 scripted originals that were on the bubble. Returning for the 2021-22 broadcast season are shows A Million Little Things (for season four) and The Rookie (season four) just as comedies The Goldbergs (season nine), The Conners (season four) and Home Economics (season two).
As yet staying on the bubble are comedy veteran American Housewife, Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish and rookie Rebel as well as sophomore drama For Life. Kyra Sedgwick multicamera parody Call Your Mother has been canceled. ABC is relied upon to settle on decisions on its excess scripted originals today, however none of the four remaining shows are required to return.
There are no surprises with the half-hour renewals after The Conners stars as of late inked new deals to return for another season and with The Goldbergs staying one of ABC’s top-rated comedies. The Rookie, featuring network favorite Nathan Fillion, is likewise one of ABC’s most watched dramas while D.J. Nash’s A Million Little Things is a solid DVR and streaming performer. Home Economics jump started well out of the gate and is an internal favorite.
The five returning series join a schedule that additionally includes the eighth and final season of Black-ish, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and Big Sky. ABC still can’t seem to officially get any new scripted originals, however Lee Daniels’ The Wonder Years update is viewed as a lock to join the schedule.
The renewals are a touch more aggressive than the moves Erwich’s predecessor, Karey Burke, made a year prior during her first upfront onatop the broadcast network. Burke was promoted to oversee Disney’s studio, twentieth Television, in December, with Erwich adding oversight of the network to his purview as head of originals for Disney-backed streamer Hulu.
ABC is set to unveil its fall plan for a virtual show as a part of Disney’s forthright pitch to Madison Avenue advertisement purchasers on Tuesday. While the presentations will all be virtual again this year in the midst of the pandemic, the arrival of the traditional upfronts week shows a desire to revive the traditional broadcast calendar after the pandemic postponed the beginning of the 2020 fall season and diminished the all out number of scripted originals.
As far as ownership, ABC will completely claim essentially the entirety of its returning shows, with The Goldbergs created by Sony, which additionally co-owns The Good Doctor, while Topher Grace-drove Home Economics is a co-creation with Lionsgate TV. David E. Kelley’s Big Sky is likewise a co-genius (with A+E Studios).
Keep track of all the renewals, scancellations and new series orders with THR’s handy scorecard.
ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ is ending after Season 8
ABC’s Black-ish will be coming to a close after Season 8.
The news showed up by means of Kenya Barris’ Instagram account on Friday. The show’s creator and executive producer wrote, “In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for.”
He proceeded, “This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we’ve started along the way.” He said thanks to the show’s supporters, fans, and audience for permitting the show space to change “the narrative of Black families” and “allowing us to talk about things that people were not supposed to talk about period… especially on a network television comedy.”
Cutoff time reports that there had been buzz about the show ending, especially following its seventh season’s quiet ratings, which will have its finale on May 18. The momentum season tended to a bunch of newsworthy events, including the pandemic, racism, and the nationwide protests fighting social injustices.
The comedy series additionally led to two spinoffs: Grown-ish, which sees Yara Shahidi’s character go off to college, and the Black-ish prequel Mixed-ish, which shows a young Rainbow living in the 1980s with her biracial family. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole, and Jeff Meacham.
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