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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 1 episode 5 recap: The Rabbit sings ‘Poison’ by Bell Biv DeVoe

With a team of dancers, the Rabbit sang “Poison” by by the New Edition spinoff group Bell Biv DeVoe in his solo performance on “The Masked Singer” Season 1 episode 5 titled “Mix and Masks.” He was the first to perform among the four mystery celebrity contestants on the episode.

Released on February 24, 1990, “Poison” is Bell Biv DeVoe’s debut single. Written and produced by Elliot Straite, who is professionally known by Dr. Freeze, the song is a hybrid of R&B, hip hop and swing.

In the group performance “Mix and Masks,” the Rabbit performed “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons with the Lion, the Alien and the Unicorn. It marked the first group performance for the Fox reality singing competition show’s first season.

“I’m about to bust out some old school moves,” the Rabbit said before performing. “I just hope I don’t pass out.”

The Rabbit sounded country in his introduction video. He either tried to trick the audience or he is really from the South.

In the Rabbit’s clue package, he kept disappearing and he is also shown at a Brooklyn pizza shop. This made the viewers think that he could be a magician and a chef.

On “Mix and Masks,” each masked singer brought an object to help reveal who they are and the Rabbit’s item was a magician kit. He said, “It’s another way I like to impress an audience.”

Joel McHale was no longer as a guest panelist on “Mix and Masks.” He joined resident panelists Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jenny McCarthy on the third and fourth episodes “Five Masks No More” and “Another Mask Bites the Dust,” which aired on Fox on January 16, 2019 and January 23, 2019, respectively.

In the previous episodes of “The Masked Singer,” the Rabbit performed Latin pop and country. But with his performance of “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe, he added R&B in his style.

Scherzinger said the Rabbit was her favorite performer on the show. While Jeong was irritated with the masked singer’s method acting, the Korean-American comedian believes he just delivered the best performance on the show so far.

McCarthy described the Rabbit’s performance as very “boy-bandish.” Some believe that the masked singer could be her husband Donnie Wahlberg.

Watch the Rabbit’s performance of “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe here:

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