(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Tuesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”)
Bah humbug! The latest “Masked Singer” contestant to be cut from the Fox singing competition was The Tree, who was eliminated on Tuesday’s episode and revealed to be singer and “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer. The timing could not have been worse for the comedian — whose costume is clearly not just a tree, but a Christmas tree — as tomorrow’s episode is the show’s holiday semifinals.
“I know! That really hurts my feelings,” Gasteyer told TheWrap. “Who cuts down a Christmas tree in the height of a holiday?! It’s devastating. 2019 was hard enough, and now we have to take The Tree out of the holidays?”
Even though Gasteyer won’t be rockin’ around in her Christmas tree costume on Wednesday’s episode, the singer already had plans for what she would have performed that night, had she stuck around.
“I was very sad, actually, because for the holiday episode we had planned the ballad ‘All By Myself,’ the Celine Dion number,” she said. “You know, I played Celine Dion on ‘SNL.’ So we were going to have The Tree being alone in a Christmas Tree lot not being chosen. And I was really looking forward to singing this sad little song for The Tree.”
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Gasteyer has more than one special connection to Christmas, which was the main reason she chose her festive costume when she signed on to compete on “The Masked Singer” Season 2. For starters, there’s that classic “Saturday Night Live” Christmas sketch, “Schweddy Balls,” featuring Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin and his schweddy balls. And who could forget Gasteyer’s topless Martha Stewart?
“I’m definitely a Christmastime gal. Between topless Martha Stewart and Schweddy Balls and now my Christmas record, ‘Sugar & Booze’ — I wrote the original tracks on it — it’s very much my season,” She said.
“And I knew that record was coming and I wanted to help people connect the dots between Ana Gasteyer the singer and Ana Gasteyer the comedian, which isn’t always easy to do. And the record is like a really jolly, joyful, ridiculous, nostalgic, holiday-throwback album. So a Christmas tree was the first thing I could think of.”
But if you did happen to connect the dots and figure out The Tree was Gasteyer, you weren’t the only one.
“Oh, my ‘SNL’ girls guessed it almost immediately and that was terrible,” she said. “I had this big fantasy about how I was going to tell them about it, but they all guessed. [‘The Masked Singer’] has such broad appeal and because of the nature of clips and things like that, they guessed it the first week. And they piled up on me in the group text. And that was tricky because I did not trust them to keep it to themselves.”
“The Masked Singer’s” holiday-themed semifinals will air tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8/7c on Fox.