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The Masked Singer returned to the air last night for its seventh season but fans who were hoping to see Rudy Giuliani get the boot were left disappointed.
The premise of the popular FOX show is that a handful of mystery, celebrity singers dress up in ornate costumes to perform for a panel of judges.
The show’s contestants are divided into three teams: the good, the bad and the cuddly, and each team puts forward one or two singers per show.
In February, Deadline reported that ex-Trump advisor Giuliani is among this year’s contestants and that when he was revealed as one of the singers, judges Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong walked off set in political protest.
Fans had hoped to see the drama unfold on-air last night.
But there was no sign of the mischievous political operative, leading some to question if FOX had cut him all together or if the chaos will play out later in the series.
Fans are now asking if FOX cut the scenes to side politically with Thicke and Jeong, or if they are have switched the order of the show to drag out Rudy’s appearance and boost ratings.
Somewhere among these contestants is Rudy Giuliani, hiding behind a costume, on The Masked Singer. Giuliani, 77, took part in the FOX show which involves celebrities performing for a panel of judges while in disguise. When Rudy was unmasked, judges Robin Thicke and Kevin Jeong walked off stage in protest. It’s unclear when Rudy’s episode will air. Season 7 began last night
The first contestant to be thrown off the show was McTerrier, a fluffy dog from the cuddly team.
Giuliani, 77, has not commented on the show or how his participation in it enraged the celebrity judges
Behind the costume was celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman.
During his chaotic performance, his giant fluffy head fell off and he seemed to topple over on stage.
It was not the only on-stage mishap.
Firefly, who performed for the good team last night, choked during her song, erupting into a fit of coughs.
FOX says Rudy’s scene was not cut – so it is likely to play out in future episodes but it is unclear when that will be.
‘The show’s general format features three groups across the season, and like most productions, the groups are not necessarily taped sequentially, so we don’t always know the order they will air,’ a spokesman told Newsweek.
Tuesday night’s episode included performances from Firefly (the good team), McTerrier (the good team), Thingamabob (fluffy team) Cyclops (the bad team) and Ram (bad team).
The good team: A Prince Frog and Firefly are the only team members to have been introduced. The McTerrier was kicked out last night. It leaves the armadillo in the background of this shot, and the cat-like circus performer as options for Rudy’s costume
The cuddly team: Could Rudy be hiding in one of these fluffy get-ups? The Space Bunny, Lemur, Thingmabob, a Teddy and a giant pink Baby Mammoth are in this team
The bad team, but the right choice? Most fans have guessed that Rudy is somewhere in this team. The Cyclops, left and Ram, right, performed last night and got through unmasked
Celebrity judges Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong walked off in protest after Rudy was revealed as one of the singers. They are shown in last night’s episode
Celebrity chef Duff Goldman was unmasked last night after performing for the good team as ‘McTerrier’
Fan fever: Many questioned whether Giuliani’s appearance had been cut or if FOX was dragging it out
In on the joke this time: Giuliani was made a fool of by the Borat sequel where he was tricked into sitting down with the actress playing Borat’s daughter who he thought was an eastern European journalist
All but McTerrier got through to the next round, so it’s unlikely that any of them were Giuliani.
The only other member of team bad is the female serpent, which rules Giuliani out. The good team’s Prince Frog is thought to be an American football player.
There is also a fuzzy teddy bear in the cuddly team’s line-up who little is known about.
It is not Giuliani’s first fun-stoking TV appearance but he at least was in on the joke this time.
In 2020, Giuliani appeared in the Borat sequel in a compromising scene with Borat’s daughter who he thought was a journalist for an Eastern European conservative news show.
He has not commented on his participation in the Masked Singer.
According to Deadline’s February report, Thicke and Jeong stormed off stage in protest after he was unveiled while Nicole Sherzinger and Jenny McCarthy.
They stayed in their chairs and made small talk with Rudy before he was marched off-stage.
The Masked Singer will return to FOX next Wednesday.