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'The Masked Singer': Hamster runs off his wheel. Wildcard Jester makes eerie costume debut

·3 min read

Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from the Oct. 20 episode of "The Masked Singer," including the identity of the unmasked celebrity.

Hamster's "Masked Singer" ball has come to a halt. The cuddly singer was forced off his hamster wheel Wednesday, after being eliminated from the competition.

The episode celebrated songs throughout the decades with a time traveling theme. Leslie Jordan, a star on Fox's "Call Me Kat," joined Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke as a guest panelist. Jordan, 66, made a grand entrance performing "This Little Light Of Mine" in a Soft Serve costume.

Naturally, he wasn't the only one showcasing his vocals during the singing showdown.

Rose petals showered Bull as he crooned Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love." Pepper selected Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry" and Skunk showed off her rap skills with "Square Biz" by Teena Marie. Another wildcard, the Jester, was thrown into the mix. He rocked the house with Alice Cooper's "School's Out." (Warning: his creepy costume isn't for the faint of heart.)

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Meet the Jester. This wildcard is not clowning around when it comes to the competition.
Meet the Jester. This wildcard is not clowning around when it comes to the competition.

But it was Hamster who was served the ultimate fright: elimination.

He sang Luis Miguel's tune "Sabor a Mí" in Spanish, recalling an evening when he and his wife attended a star-studded after-party following a Miguel concert. Hamster said Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore and Jerry Seinfeld attended the bash.

"That was easily one of the most charming things I've ever seen in my life," Thicke said of Hamster's performance. "That was outstanding."

An additional clue to Hamster's identity came by way of a portable TV. "I never imaged that many, many años/years later me, the Hamster, would be on this (references TV) with all my amigos," the challenger explained.

Thicke envisioned Hamster could be "Only Murders in the Building" star Martin Short, or actor Sean Astin. Jordan envisioned "You Sang to Me" artist Marc Anthony, while Scherzinger's instincts pointed her to comedian Gabriel Iglesias.

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Hamster showed off his romantic side, singing in Spanish for his wife.
Hamster showed off his romantic side, singing in Spanish for his wife.

But upon Hamster's elimination, the panel changed up their guesses.

Thicke doubled-down on his first impression guess of "Up in Smoke" actor Cheech Marin. Jeong discarded his first guess of "Groundhog Day" star Bill Murray for comedic actor Will Ferrell. McCarthy originally thought of "Conan" sidekick Andy Richter and "Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander, but settled on "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" star Rob Schneider. Scherzinger also first thought of Alexander, a guess she swapped for her hunch from earlier in the evening, Iglesias, a choice Jordan agreed with.

Hamster turned out to be none other than McCarthy's final guess: Rob Schneider.

"You were absolutely phenomenal on this show," McCarthy praised.

"It's hard to compete against the Bull, who can do the splits," the artist formerly known as Hamster said modestly. "That's pretty impressive."

Schneider said he "had so much fun," but had to overcome his nerves.

"I was backstage. I was so nervous, and I go, 'Why am I this nervous? I'm dressed as a hamster,'" he said. "You get into it. It is one of the best experiences I've ever had."

Episodes of "The Masked Singer" can be viewed on Fox's website.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'The Masked Singer' recap: Who is the Hamster? Rob Schneider unmasked

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