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  1. This is...interesting to say the least. I'll personally admit I was initially going to sit out S9 because it's one of my least favorite seasons. However, after the events that transpired during S5, I knew right then and there I would play in S9 with the intention of unleashing my pettiness and screwing Lee over as much as possible (I even hinted at it at the end of S5). With that said, while Lee isn't one of my favorite contestants by any means, I don't dislike him as much as most people do and I certainly don't dislike him as much as I used to. However, I didn't expect him to be hit this hard this quickly. Because he took such a huge hit in the previous round, I thought about sparing him here. Now, I'm re-assessing everything and deciding what to do now. Speaking of the finals, another thing I find interesting is that Didi and Siobhan don't have any performances in the finals, yet Lacey and Katelyn do (I would include Paige, but I know Hayden worked hard to get her there and I'm happy for him. Besides, I have a bit of a soft spot for her). I thought at least Rhiannon and Paint It, Black would've been there by now. Then again, the actual season itself was perhaps the most random season, so it makes sense for it to be random here.
  2. I was pulling for Kimberly; however, I had a feeling Cassadee would come out on top. Well, she is certainly one of the more memorable and successful Voice contestants and one whose position in the top spot I won't dispute.
  3. OK, I'll extend the deadline to Sunday, August 8 at 11:59 PM EST. It gives me some extra time to listen to and see how to rank the songs as well.
  4. I waited for Denise to see if she wanted to take a stab at the clues, but I'm going to post the next set now, 20. Piglet/Nick Lachey Season 5: First Place Piglet - Speechless Piglet - Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) Piglet - 7 Years Piglet - The Pretender Piglet - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Piglet - Superstition Piglet - Bruises Piglet - Faithfully Piglet Unmasking Clue: Broke away from a sty with very hot temperatures Pigs, or in this case piglets, live in stys. Nick Lachey was a member of the boy band 98 degrees, hence the reference to very hot temperatures. Kicking off the Top 20 is the first winner to appear in this ranking. Despite this, Piglet was a strong contestant and I still enjoyed him. He gave some of the most emotionally charged performances on TMS while having fun here and there, the most notable one being Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah). Perhaps his most memorable performance was Superstition, mainly because of the operatic beginning. I had a feeling he was going to win in the finale, especially after Russian Dolls were eliminated, because I didn’t think a rapper (Chameleon) would win and Black Swan had a couple of iffy weeks prior. Moreover, his Faithfully performance was arguably his strongest vocal showing of the season. Piglet would go on to win the season and was revealed to be Nick Lachey. Some people pegged him from the beginning, but I was unsure because I haven’t listened to a lot of his or 98 degrees music. The most obnoxious thing was Jenny winning the Golden Ear again and her bragging about how she knew her boybanders (though she didn’t get her husband as Cluedle Doo the week before ). Regardless, Piglet was a strong contestant and solid winner. 19. Kitty/Jackie Evancho Season 3: Fifth Place Kitty - Dangerous Woman Kitty - Mercy Kitty - Mama’s Broken Heart Kitty - It’s All Coming Back To Me Now Kitty - True Colors Kitty - Unstoppable Kitty - Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Kitty - Back To Black Kitty Unmasking Clue: Was a part of two litters with the same host The litter is a reference to cats or kitties. Jackie Evancho was on both America’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer, two shows hosted by Nick Cannon. Kitty was someone who proved herself to be a very versatile performer. In addition, the costume was one of the more interesting ones, especially with the different colored eyes. She got off to a rousing start with Dangerous Woman. With that said, probably the best part was the camera showing a guy who looked like he was turned on by the performance. The rest of her performances were good in some form or another. The most interesting one was Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend in which she combined elements of sultry jazz, standards, and even a little hip-hop. Outside of her performances, she is also known for having a frenemy type showmance with Frog. Kitty purred her way to fifth place before she was unmasked as singer Jackie Evancho. She is someone who I wasn’t familiar with, so I did a little Internet research and learned she was the runner up in S5 of AGT over a decade ago when she was only 10. Since then, she’s had a rather solid career as a classical crossover artist, so good for her on that front. 18. Yeti/Omarion Season 5: Fourth Place Yeti - If It Isn’t Love Yeti - Lonely Yeti - It Takes Two Yeti - Bless The Broken Road Yeti - Celebration Yeti Unmasking Clue: Had an avalanche of hits with some of its fellow species Yetis, or snow monsters, obviously live in snowy areas, which is where avalanches can take place. Omarion had a few hit singles both with the group B2K and as a solo artist. At #18 is the final S5 wildcard to appear in this list. The costume was like a more friendly version of what I think a yeti would look like. The contestant himself displayed some great musical versatility as he performed R&B, country, and even hip-hop. In addition, he showed off some good dance moves despite the perceived bulk of the costume; this was most evident in If It Isn’t Love and It Takes Two. Also, he added a new dimension with the skates for Lonely although it’s been said it’s hard to see in those masks, so I wonder how he knew where to go. Regardless, Yeti was someone who I thought would be in the finale; however, he was eliminated right before it. He was unmasked to be former B2K frontman Omarion and would be Robin’s lone first impression guess this season. I kind of had a feeling it was him after his second or third performance because I was somewhat familiar with the voice despite not listening to a lot of his music. Overall, Yeti was someone who I enjoyed during his time on TMS. 17. Flamingo/Adrienne Bailon-Houghton Season 2: Third Place Flamingo - Sucker Flamingo - Footloose Flamingo - Never Enough Flamingo - Lady Marmalade Flamingo - Go Your Own Way Flamingo - Hallelujah Flamingo - Proud Mary Flamingo Unmasking Clue: Act that waded its way to another habitat with a panelist Flamingoes are birds that are known for wading in water. Adrienne was one of the mainstay celebrity detectives on the game show I Can See Your Voice hosted by Ken Jeong. Here we have Flamingo strutting into the #17 spot. The costume was a really nice design as I felt it really captured the essence of a Flamingo. Flamingo was able to put on a nice array of performances with Footloose being my personal favorite. I liked how they flipped the arrangement and made it more modern. I also enjoyed Lady Marmalade and Go Your Own Way. For the former she brought the sass needed for that song; the latter was one of her strongest vocals of the season. She was able to ride that string of performances to the finals where she placed third. I didn’t think she would overtake Rottweiler or Fox, so she went as far as she was going to go. Flamingo was unmasked as former 3LW and Cheetah Girl member and The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon-Houghton. I don’t know much about 3LW or the Cheetah Girls, nor have I watched a single episode of The Real, so she was someone who I was not familiar with. What caught my attention was her saying she hated her voice, which was a shame because I think she has a lovely singing voice. I hope her experience helped her have more confidence in it going forward. Finally, it was certainly something to have two former Cheetah Girls perform in the same season. 16. Rabbit/Joey Fatone Season 1: Fourth Place Rabbit - Livin’ La Vida Loca Rabbit - Wake Me Up Rabbit - Poison Rabbit - Isn’t She Lovely Rabbit - My Girl Rabbit Unmasking Clue: Hopped, sang, and danced in different settings Rabbits hop, simple enough. Joey sang and danced as a member of *NSYNC, plus he was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and of course The Masked Singer. Closing out the set is Rabbit. With his straitjacket and glowing red eyes, Rabbit looked like something that broke out of a futuristic pet psychiatric ward. As a performer, he was one of the most committed to staying in character. He would always add something extra in his performances and his twitching after his performances was a nice added touch. His first performance of Livin’ La Vida Loca was a rather interesting one. The beginning sounded like something that would fit in a cyberpunk setting. In addition, I enjoyed his Wake Me Up and Isn’t She Lovely, with the latter having an arrangement completely different from the original. He would be eliminated right before the finale, and his fake crying reaction was pretty hilarious. He was unmasked as former *NSYNC member Joey Fatone. If anyone from *NSYNC would do something like this, it would be him. One of the best things about doing the show was him showing he was a talented singer in his own right because Justin and JC did most of the singing with *NSYNC. Rabbit was one of the most entertaining and committed acts to appear on TMS. 20. Piglet/Nick Lachey: 19. Kitty/Jackie Evancho: 18. Yeti/Omarion: 17. Flamingo/Adrienne Bailon-Houghton: 16. Rabbit/Joey Fatone: We're down to the final set before the Top Ten! Here are the clues for 15-11: - Has multiple layers despite being lost at times - Nothing but net in both song and showmance despite appearance - Skilled with both tongue and hands - Strutted its way into a spooky surprise on another show - Time isn't up for this dark hued flyer
  5. Ugh at Amanda missing out on the Top 5.
  6. Haley Reinhart - Better Track List 1. My Cake 2. Behave 3. Better 4. Can't Help Falling In Love 5. Check Please 6. Bad Light 7. Talkin' About 8. Good or Bad 9. Love Is Worth Fighting For 10. I Belong To You 11. Listen Amazon Music | Apple Music | Pandora | Spotify The deadline for rankings and write-ups will be August 7 at 11:59 PM EST. This time I will wait until the deadline before posting the results. This is who I know is participating thus far: @thevoiceisthetop @jarmon Anyone can still participate as long as everything is submitted prior to the deadline. I will grant extensions if requested. Enjoy!
  7. Our group's decisions (@totes4totes, @goofycilla90, and I): Advance to Round 6: Katie Stevens "Let It Be" Cuts: Lacey Brown "Kiss Me" Michael Lynche "This Love" Katie Stevens "Big Girls Don't Cry" Aaron Kelly "The Long And Winding Road"
  8. Kenan & Kel. Not only did I love the show, it had one of the best theme songs: Really disappointed to see Animaniacs cut but relieved to see Doug saved, so I'm kind of conflicted here, lol. Anyway, going back to Animaniacs: These videos helped a lot with my education.
  9. Listen Up! Rankings 5-1 5. Liar Haley Reinhart - Liar Average: 5.7 @Crisis - 3/10 @KelseyW - 3/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 3/10 @sydneysam - 5/10 @jarmon - 8/10 @Bk1234 - 9/10 @Lackey - 9/10 Crisis KelseyW sydneysam jarmon Bk1234 4. Oh My! Haley Reinhart - Oh My! Average: 5.4 @Bk1234 - 3/10 @Lackey - 3/10 @sydneysam - 3/10 @jarmon - 5/10 @KelseyW - 7/10 @Crisis - 8/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 9/10 Bk1234 sydneysam jarmon KelseyW Crisis 3. Free Haley Reinhart - Free Music Video Average: 4.6 @jarmon - 1/10 @Bk1234 - 2/10 @sydneysam - 2/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 2/10 @Lackey - 8/10 @KelseyW - 8/10 @Crisis - 9/10 jarmon Bk1234 sydneysam KelseyW Crisis 2. Hit The Ground Runnin' Haley Reinhart - Hit The Ground Runnin' Average: 3.9 @Crisis - 2/10 @jarmon - 2/10 @Lackey - 2/10 @sydneysam - 4/10 @Bk1234 - 5/10 @KelseyW - 6/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 6/10 Crisis jarmon sydneysam Bk1234 KelseyW 1. Undone Haley Reinhart - Undone Average: 1.4 @Bk1234 - 1/10 @Crisis - 1/10 @Lackey - 1/10 @sydneysam - 1/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 1/10 @KelseyW - 2/10 @jarmon - 3/10 Bk1234 Crisis sydneysam KelseyW jarmon And on that note, that's a wrap for the first ranking of the thread. Thank you to everyone who ranked and contributed write-ups to this ranking. The latter were really nice to read and it was nice to see other opinions about the songs. I'll start the ranking for Better tomorrow evening, so there's something to look forward to for anyone who are participating and who wants to participate. As of right now, I have confirmation from two posters; however, there is plenty of time for anyone else.
  10. The first set's up! I'll post 5-1 when I get home from work.
  11. Listen Up! Rankings 10-6 10. Wonderland Haley Reinhart - Wonderland Average: 8.3 @Lackey - 4/10 @sydneysam - 7/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 8/10 @KelseyW - 9/10 @Bk1234 - 10/10 @Crisis - 10/10 @jarmon - 10/10 sydneysam KelseyW Bk1234 Crisis jarmon 9. Walking On Heaven Haley Reinhart - Walking On Heaven Average: 6.9 @Bk1234 - 4/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 4/10 @jarmon - 6/10 @Crisis - 7/10 @Lackey - 7/10 @KelseyW - 10/10 @sydneysam - 10/10 Bk1234 jarmon Crisis KelseyW sydneysam 8. Wasted Tears Haley Reinhart - Wasted Tears Average: 6.7 @Crisis - 4/10 @jarmon - 4/10 @KelseyW - 4/10 @Bk1234 - 7/10 @sydneysam - 8/10 @Lackey - 10/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 10/10 Crisis jarmon KelseyW Bk1234 sydneysam 7. Keep Coming Back Haley Reinhart - Keep Coming Back Average: 6.3 @KelseyW - 5/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 5/10 @Bk1234 - 6/10 @Crisis - 6/10 @Lackey - 6/10 @jarmon - 7/10 @sydneysam - 9/10 KelseyW Bk1234 Crisis jarmon sydneysam 6. Now That You're Here Haley Reinhart - Now That You're Here Average: 5.9 @KelseyW - 1/10 @Crisis - 5/10 @Lackey - 5/10 @sydneysam - 6/10 @thevoiceisthetop - 7/10 @Bk1234 - 8/10 @jarmon - 9/10 KelseyW Crisis sydneysam Bk1234 jarmon
  12. Since I have everything from everyone who I know is participating, I may post the first half of the results during my lunch break if I have the time. If not, I'll try to do it tonight after work. If anyone else wants to send any rankings, this will be your last chance. In the meantime, anyone who is interested in participating in the Better round may express their interest here.
  13. I have almost everyone's rankings. Right now I'm just waiting on @sydneysam. The deadline is August 5; however, I may post the results early if she submits her rankings and no one else participates before then.
  14. Just waiting for confirmation of our last cut, then we should have ours in.
  15. Oh no worries. There's still plenty of time before the deadline, so you can still participate if you'd like. Yes you can!
  16. 25. Leopard/Seal Season 2: Fourth Place Leopard - Somebody To Love Leopard - Respect Leopard - Stitches Leopard - Teenage Dream Leopard - September Leopard - Don’t Cha Leopard - We Are Young Leopard - Big Spender Leopard Unmasking Clue: A mark of affection from an opponent would look spotty Leopards have spots, and the mark of affection is a reference to his song A Kiss From A Rose. His opponent in the Smackdown was Flower, and roses are flowers. Leopard stalks and securely pounds his way into the #25 spot of this ranking. First, the costume had a nice regal design; it looked like it would fit in during a renaissance era. Leopard himself was a lot of fun to watch. He had a commanding stage presence and looked like he was really enjoying himself during his time on the show. This was especially true when he would mess around with Nick after his performances. Speaking of which, my favorites from him are Teenage Dream and Big Spender. I also liked his Smackdown performance of Don’t Cha; however, my favorite part was the interaction between Joel and Nicole during it: Joel: Who sings this song? Nicole: I do Joel! He was obviously trolling. Back to Leopard, he was eliminated after Big Spender and was revealed to be Seal. It was kind of easy to tell it was him because of his tone. Leopard was someone who definitely earned his spots on TMS. 24. Astronaut/Hunter Hayes Season 3: Sixth Place Astronaut - You Say Astronaut - Signed, Sealed, Delivered Astronaut - Shape Of You Astronaut - Never Gonna Give You Up Astronaut - If I Can’t Have You Astronaut - Bye Bye Bye Astronaut - Story Of My Life Astronaut Unmasking Clue: Forgive me Denise; I may have to vanish after this The vanish part of the clue is referring to Hunter’s song Invisible. I hope a certain mod doesn’t ban me for this placement. Costume wise, this was one of the more plain ones; however, it wasn’t bad and fit the image well. It’s good to have a basic costume every now and then. Astronaut was someone who gradually grew on me as the season progressed. I didn’t care for his first performance of You Say because I wasn’t too fond of his tone. After that, however, I found myself enjoying his performances. My personal favorite was If I Can’t Have You, mainly because it’s one of the few times I’ve enjoyed a Shawn Mendes song. Also, I have to give it to him for Rick Rolling everyone with Never Gonna Give You Up. Finally, his Smackdown performance was entertaining. He made it to fifth place before having to unmask and revealing himself to be Hunter Hayes. At the end of the day, Astronaut was good enough to place himself among the stars in the TMS galaxy. 23. Snow Owls/Clint and Lisa Hartman Black Season 4: Group A (Third Eliminated) Snow Owls - Say Something Snow Owls - Like I’m Gonna Lose You Snow Owls - The Prayer Snow Owls - Because You Loved Me Snow Owls Unmasking Clue: Majestic night hunters whose color is the opposite of their surnames Owls are mainly nocturnal creatures. The Snow Owls are white and Black is the last name of the pair who wore their costumes. At #23 is the first multi-people act in TMSUS history. I have to say I really loved the Snow Owls’ concept and costumes; I would have them in my Top 10 based solely on that. The crowns were a really nice touch, and the mobile egg was cool. The act itself did really well, although it was obvious the male was the more experienced singer. I enjoyed all of their performances to some extent, with my favorite being Say Something. Unfortunately, they were in a very stacked group and were eliminated after losing the Smackdown against Popcorn. Snow Owls were unmasked to be the power country couple Clint and Lisa Hartman Black. One of the more memorable things about them was the panel guessing they were Donny and Marie Osmond (although Donny was on during a previous season; however, I wouldn’t put it past him to try to be on again ). However, the two put their heads together as if they were kissing, so that pretty much blew that theory out of the water. Overall, Snow Owls were good to watch during their time on TMS. 22. Seashell/Tamera Mowry-Housley Season 5: Seventh Place Seashell - Listen To Your Heart Seashell - Confident Seashell - Tell Me Something Good Seashell - I Think We’re Alone Now Seashell Unmasking Clue: May or may not be able to hear something from two similar versions It is said you can hear the ocean by holding a seashell to your ear. The two similar versions part of the clue is referring to Tamera being a twin. Up next is Seashell. The costume was well designed; I especially liked the swirling shell that framed an eye on the mask. She was another act who played around with Nick after her performances. Seashell reminded me a little bit of Jellyfish in that both, besides dwelling in large bodies of water, were acts who started off nervous but gradually became more confident with each performance (funny enough, Confident was one of the songs Seashell sang). It was during Tell Me Something Good where I thought Seashell started to hit her stride. Unfortunately, she was up against what appeared to be more experienced performers and was eliminated alongside Crab in the seventh episode. Seashell was unmasked as Tamera Mowry-Housley. I had a feeling it was her in the beginning but became more sure as the season went along. Plus, I had a gigantic crush on both her and Tia back in the day, so I'd like to think I picked up on some of the clues. Finally, she did well for someone who hasn’t sung on stage in 20 years (I think that’s what she said), so I tip my hat to her for that. 21. Mushroom/Aloe Blacc Season 4: Second Place Mushroom - This Woman’s Work Mushroom - If I Could Turn Back Time Mushroom - Unconditionally Mushroom - A Song For You Mushroom - Valerie Mushroom - The Christmas Song Mushroom - I Wish Mushroom Unmasking Clue: Able to sprout after returning from a subconscious state Mushrooms sprout, and the returning from a subconscious state part is referring to the song Wake Me Up by Avicii, in which Aloe sang. Just missing the Top 20 is the S4 Runner Up. Mushroom was someone who was really hard to pin down. At first, it was difficult to tell if the act was male or female because of the way he changed his voice in every performance. The costume itself didn’t help much either because it appeared to be more feminine. Because of this, however, Mushroom was one of the most intriguing TMS acts. He showcased some strong vocals and gave some very strong performances. My favorites from him were This Woman’s Work (I didn’t know he had such a strong falsetto in him) and Valerie. I think in any other season he may have won, but Sun was a difficult act to overcome. Mushroom was unmasked as Aloe Blacc, and even to his unmasking I still didn’t have much of a clue who he was. I’ve listened to a bit of Aloe’s music but was unable to pick up on his voice. I believe Nicole was the one who figured out it was him based on the clue packages. All in all, Mushroom was a strong act and one who kept me on my toes throughout the season. 25. Leopard/Seal: 24. Astronaut/Hunter Hayes: 23. Snow Owls/Clint and Lisa Hartman Black: 22. Seashell/Tamera Mowry-Housley: 21. Mushroom/Aloe Blacc: Clues for 20-16: - Act that waded its way to another habitat with a panelist - Broke away from a sty with very hot temperatures - Had an avalanche of hits with some of its fellow species - Hopped, sang, and danced in different settings - Was apart of two litters with the same host
  17. No minimum or maximum words. They can be as short or long as you like!
  18. Yes you may! I'm going to extend the deadline for submissions to August 5 at 11:59 PM EST. That should be enough time for submissions and write-ups.
  19. You can still join this round if you want! There's only four of us here, so any extra people would be a bonus!
  20. Listen Up! Ranking Alright, the next step is simple. Everyone participating will rank all the songs from Listen Up! by their favorites. The songs will be ranked on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the favorite and 10 being the least favorite. The rankings will be submitted to me via PM. Each song should have their own number; therefore, there should be no ties. Write-ups are optional but encouraged. The deadline for submissions will be August 1 at 11:59 PM EST. If an extension is needed, please let me know. As a refresher, here is what's being ranked: Track Listing: 01. Oh My! 02. Free 03. Liar 04. Wasted Tears 05. Undone 06. Now That You're Here 07. Wonderland 08. Keep Coming Back 09. Hit The Ground Runnin' 10. Walking On Heaven Places To Listen (No Pun Intended): Amazon Music | Pandora | Spotify | YouTube Music Also, I believe all of the songs are posted on YouTube. This is who I have participating. Let me know if I'm missing anyone: @Bk1234 @Crisis @jarmon @KelseyW Although the deadline has passed, anyone can still participate in this round if they want. They just have to tag me in the thread should they send any submissions. That's all I have to say for the moment. I'm really looking forward to see how all of the songs rank!
  21. The deadline for participating in this round is one hour away! Tagging @miss denise to see if she wants to take part.
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