‘The Masked Singer‘ Season 3 starts off with some electrifying performances, and nobody personifies this better than Robot. The performer is hyped up by Nick Cannon, the host, who points out that there is a dance named after the outfit chosen.
When the Robot comes on stage, we are jokingly told about its strengths and weaknesses being cybersecurity and emotions, respectively. As Nick introduces the Robot, we are given the clue package. This is followed by an upbeat rendition of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”. That being said, the judges, and definitely the viewers, start wondering who the Robot might be. We have got you covered in that regard, as we bring you the clues and guesses.
Clues About Robot:
The Robot starts off saying that the key to being a successful performer is a mixture of grind and creativity. We are treated to a series of visuals, including a skateboard going up against a firetruck, scientists working in a lab, pointing at a periodic table where the element Platinum, can be seen.
We also hear the performer speaking about needing to put on a tough outer shell, and how he feels it has stunted his potential. Saying he has a fair share of fame, the performer wants to tip the scales, trying to be relatable to everyone. The clue package ends on a touching note, with the Robot saying he does have a heart and a lot of love to give.
You can check out part of his energetic performance here.
Guesses About Robot:
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke are accompanied by Jamie Foxx, in this episode. They are the panelists and using the clue package, they attempt to decipher the Robot’s identity. First off, Nicole praises the Robot for taking on the Lenny Kravitz song and adding his own tone to it.
Jenny picks up on the skateboard and firetruck clue, believing it might be a skateboarder. However, since stunts are also involved, she goes with Johnny Knoxville. She believes it fits because the Robot described himself as being broken, and the clues show scientists putting him back together.
Foxx picks up where Jenny leaves off. He believes the guy is still in the ‘jackass arena’, but he is a little tougher, trying to be indestructible. Foxx guesses it to be Steve-O.
Nicole bases her guess on the tipping of scales, believing it to be weighing scales. This leads her to surmise that the performer must be a boxer, wrestler, or a UFC fighter. Her guess is Floyd Mayweather is behind the mask. She reasserts that there must be a massive star behind the mask, as the Robot walks off.
Thicke reserves judgment, while Ken feels that he has heard the voice before, but cannot place it.
The Robot does get eliminated at the end of the episode. The judges are asked to guess once again. Nicole stands by her guess about Mayweather, reiterating her belief that the performer is an undefeated fighter. She backs up the guess by citing two clues – the performer speaks of tipping the scales, and mentions the word ‘perfect’.
Jenny reiterates Foxx’s idea of the performer being a ‘jackass’ because he mentions stunted. However, she also adds the bit about the scientists putting him back together, and stands by her guess of Knoxville.
Foxx agrees both guesses are good but interprets being put back to life together, differently. He believes the performer has been in the press, speaking to them, trying to get his life back on track. Thus, he guesses Steve-O.
Thicke picks up on skateboarder, gamer-type, being a stunt performer, or stunt worthy. He believes the firetruck represents hair color, thus going with Shaun White. Ken Jeong has his own guess, believing he might be right. Hearing the Robot say he has a lot of love to give, Jeong connects it with ‘flavor of love’, and guesses the performer to be Flavor Flav.
Of course, the Robot is revealed to be Lil Wayne, the world-renowned rapper. Notably, Robin Thicke has done five songs with him, and Wayne himself said later, that he expected Thicke or Foxx to guess who he was. Understandably, Foxx looked visibly chagrined after the revelation, because he had guessed the singer to be someone ‘white’.