Talented people are talented, and you don’t always know what they’re truly capable of. And, you know what, that’s kind of an interesting dynamic as well, how talented we might consider somebody if we couldn’t see them. It’s not just a guessing game, it’s frankly a good analytical game that’s really based a lot around pop culture and really knowing it well, and even then…. Frankly, I like games like this when done normally, television has too over the years; why not some over-the-top absurdist, reality-inspired twist on this panel guessing game concept?
She’s been around forever, been around several parts of Hollywood forever, she’s had a few different high-profile careers in different areas of the entertainment world. She has kinda done a little bit of everything. Oddly, taking out my personal bias, the part about her being a judge I really hate is that it actually restricts her from showing off some of her talents. I’ve gone back and watched a few of those old episodes of “Singled Out” when I can find them online, and as frustrating as this is to say, yes, she was really funny. Seriously, she really was a unique voice and personality that was actually much harder to replace then people realized at the time. Remember when we tried to replace her in pop culture with Cindy Margolis? No? Exactly! Like, to me, she would’ve been a pretty good candidate to be on this show, not somebody judging it, and I bet she would’ve killed it. Maybe not based on her singing skills, but she would’ve been entertaining. Here, she kinda just fades into the background with the rest of the judges; her biggest strengths was always being able to interact with others around her; her personality and willingness to do most anything made her one of the most distinctive and memorable names of the mid-nineties. Perhaps she’d be a better host than Cannon, who’s good, but you can kinda tell he’s getting tired of this kind of gig and you can read this as a downgrade from “America’s Got Talent” in terms of career trajectory for him.
Actually, I can prove it to you, let me try searching for some old "Singled Out" reruns again, prove she was actually funny. (Searching YOUTUBE) I know they're hard to come by, but honestly she was...- wait, what the...-
They brought back "Singled Out". They actually brought back, "Singled Out"!? Honestly, I'm kinda shocked it took them this long. Next thing you know, VH-1 will bring back "The List". Or maybe MTV will do something really daring and bring back music videos. (Thank God, I've finally got the internet back permanently so I can find out about these things sooner.) Look, I'm not gonna go into a complete compare & contrast here, but just trust me on this one, the original version was better. The game isn't that different, although the differences do matter a bit, but just trust me, find original Jenny McCarthy episodes of the show and you'll be able to tell; it was much better back then. Just trust me on that.
So, overall, as to "The Masked Singer", this isn’t my ideal group of modern panelists for this type of show. It’s not terrible or anything, but I feel that mostly this is a missed opportunity and it's the-, maybe not the weakest part of the show, but the part that might be the most detrimental to it.