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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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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Teaser Trailer Nabs Huge 148.6M Views on First Day

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The main mystery trailer for James Cameron’s continuation Avatar: The Way of Water rode an enormous influx of interest while appearing on the web early Monday subsequent to playing solely in films throughout the end of the week.

The mystery completed its initial 24-hour online window with 148.6 million perspectives, including 23 million from China alone, as per Disney and twentieth Century.

That is in front of all new Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Like Avatar 2, the mystery trailer for that film likewise played only in performance centers first.

Avatar 2’s perspectives on YouTube and across web-based entertainment do exclude the large numbers of individuals watching the secret on the big screen before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which opened to a gigantic $187 million locally and almost $450 million abroad.

Concerning different comps for secrets, Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga grabbed 202.7 million internet based sees in its underlying 24 hours; Black Widow, 116.8 million; Incredibles 2, 113.1 million; and Rise of Skywalker, 112.4 million.

Cameron’s continuation, which hits theaters Dec. 16, fixates on returning Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, alongside Na’vi Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldaña, and their family, and the lengths they go to keep each other safe.

Returning stars additionally incorporate Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Effortlessness Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, and large name newbies incorporate Vin Diesel and Cameron’s Titanic star Kate Winslet.

Delivered in 2009, Cameron’s Avatar is the top-earning film ever at the overall film industry with $2.84 billion, not adapted to expansion. The first Avatar will be rereleased in films on Sept. 23, with reestablished picture and sound.

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Warhol’s Marilyn iconic portrait sold for world record $195m

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Silk-screen of Hollywood screen symbol beats record set for twentieth century work by Picasso’s Women of Algiers in 2015

Pop craftsman Andy Warhol’s acclaimed 1964 silk-screen picture of Marilyn Monroe has sold for $195m, turning into the most costly twentieth century fine art at any point sold at a public closeout.

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is one of a progression of representations Warhol made of the entertainer following her demise in 1962 and has become one of pop craftsmanship’s most popular pieces.

It sold for precisely $195.04 million, including charges, in only four minutes in a packed room at Christie’s central command in New York on Monday. Its gauge was $200m.

“‘Shot Sage Blue Marilyn’ is the outright zenith of American Pop,” Alex Rotter, administrator of twentieth and 21st Century workmanship at Christie’s, said in an assertion reporting the closeout. “The artwork rises above the class of likeness, overriding twentieth century craftsmanship and culture.”

The deal beat the past record for a twentieth century work, Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers, which sold for $179.4m in 2015.

Warhol put together the work with respect to a special photograph of Monroe from the 1953 film Niagara, laying brilliant varieties over her eyes, hair and lips.

Warhol passed on in 1987.

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Discovering ‘Calling Out’ Anjalts Tinkering Piano Ballad

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Trevor Wayne -Writer

Noise-canceling headphones on, and it’s onto another round of new music Friday, scrolling and listening from all genres coming through the streaming platforms.   A litmus test to the senses and one song stood out with an uncanny magical effect to hit repeat.  The song is ‘Calling Out’ by multi-talent wunderkind Anjalts, an emerging super-shy artist I had the pleasure of meeting about a year ago when she released ‘Somewhere in the Sky’ and a bunch of other super releases.  But this soft ballad of a quiet tinkering piano pulsates like a heartbeat against the thunder and raindrops lingering in the background filling up my headphones with sounds that immerse your noisy brain to just sit back, relax and let it in.   Feel the prana flowing in like eternal sunshine of bliss, except it’s a rainy thundering rainforest feels and Anjalts celestial voice calling out from afar.  It’s an intimate ballad right from the start.  The effects composed by this rising star fuse a very different approach in a neo-pop psychedelic arrangement of atmospheric serenity not felt in a long time.  And it just keeps getting better.

‘Calling Out’ is reshaping the way mixes are done to inspire the senses instead of turning up the volume of the boom in our ears to the point of deafening effects.  Anjalts is an eco-aware artist/songwriter that exudes nature into what she creates with a consciousness of reminding us of the bigger picture, challenging our humanity as caregivers of the earth to do better.  And why not?  Isn’t that what art is supposed to do?

Lyrically the song talks about time.  Speaking to the artist on the phone, she had me wondering and getting all philosophical because it’s hard not to, especially when you listen to her soft voice asking you a riddle like “what is the real wealth we as humans have?” I said my paycheck on Fridays *wink~ And the answer is Time!  The choices we make in that little time-space are key.  Her songwriting in verse one resonates:

Time

Is all we have again

I want to run away with you

Do you think we’ll make it through?

Time

Is all we have left

I couldn’t see what you were going through

I wish it was me and not you

Calling Out, Calling out to you

Anjalts music is like a therapeutic outlet especially learning about the struggles faced by young people today regarding depression and suicide rates impacting their daily lives.  I do try ‘not’ to watch the news.  Still, every time I peak on my smartphone slide over to see what’s up.  It is not complicated to understand the extraordinary challenges youngsters confront today, which probably weren’t there 20 years ago.

‘Calling Out’ is magically uncomplicated and empowering.  It’s a shout-out to start the dialogue of facing these hardships, and maybe we have to begin resetting our noisy brain back to nature.  A reminder from a down-to-earth artist breaking the mould for young people and what kind of future is in store for them.  It’s an artist growing too in a chaotic time where escapism to deafening sounds seems easier than listening to the birds in the trees or the rain droplets on a rooftop.  Eventually, the noise, the hype and the lights died down, and there is only one more click to the next song in my headphone.  And in the distance, a tinkering piano improvisation of unpredictable sounds and a soft ethereal Anjalts voice ‘Calling Out’ to you.

Like a reset button to calm focus and subtle awareness. Like a breath of fresh air.

Listen to “Calling OutHERE

CONNECT WITH ANJALTS

Official Website: https://anjalts.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anjalts/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnjaltsMusic

Song link: https://music.anjalts.com/calling 

Trevor Wayne – Writer/journalist with articles on Google News sites, Art & Music Blogs, keeping it real for my readers looking for an alternative look at New Music, Art, NFTs, the underground Indie music scene, Radio alternatives that make the Music scene so much better.

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