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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 1 episode 8 recap: The Monster sings Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

The Monster was one of the five mystery celebrity singers who performed in “The Masked Singer” Season 1 episode 8 titled “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking,” which aired on February 20, 2019 on Fox. He competed against the Peacock, the Lion, the Rabbit and the Bee.

As a guest panelist, Kenan Thompson joined resident panels Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger and host Nick Cannon in “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking.” The Monster was the second to perform.

In the Monster’s clue reel, which shows a board game with a football on it, he keeps referencing games. While he has been vilified and persecuted, he is sick of “putting on a front,” he said.

According to the Monster, having his identity stripped has brought him the comeback he’s been in search of for a decade. The panel wildly guessed he could be either Sean Penn or Russel Crowe.

Scherzinger was in tears when the Monster sang “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith. Released on April 14, 2014, the song was from Smith’s debut studio album “In the Lonely Hour.”

Smith co-wrote “Stay With Me” with James Napier and William Phillips. Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were later credited as co-writers because the song is melodically similar to their song “I Won’t Back Down,” which was released in April 1989.

For Scherzinger, the Monster’s performance of “Stay With Me” is one of her favorite performances on the show. For Thicke, it was a Grammy-worthy performance.

Jeong was getting emotional watching the former member of The Pussycat Dolls getting emotional. He was confused because he thought the Monster was Thompson, who was their guest panelist.

Deep down, the Monster is a father, a husband, as son and a brother, he said. He added, “More than anything, I’m a person.”

Thompson believed the Monster has not only a Grammy-winning voice but also an acting or comedy background so he could be Jamie Foxx. McCarthy guessed Calvin Harris, but her co-panelists disagreed.

Thicke guessed Darius Rucker. Thompson added that the Monster sounded like CeeLo Green when he was speaking but not when he was singing.

Watch the Monster sing “Stay With Me” here:

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