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‘The Masked Singer’ Cuts Surprise 2-Faced Contestant: And the Beach Ball Is These Celebs…

Eight down, eight to go

(Warning: This post contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”)

Following last week’s special greatest-hits episode of “The Masked Singer,” the Fox singing competition returned with a fresh episode of its sixth season, which featured the introduction of the season’s final wildcard, Beach Ball — and that same contestant’s elimination. If that wasn’t enough action for you, the competitor underneath the mask actually turned out to be two celebrities, doubling the reveal fun.

But before viewers learned the two-faced Beach Ball’s secret identities, they and remaining Group B contestants Banana Split, Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts and Mallard all performed for host Nick Cannon and “Masked Singer” judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, and fan-favorite guest panelist Joel McHale.

In the end, it ended up being Beach Ball who got the fewest votes from the audience and judges, following their rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA,” their very first and last performance on “The Masked Singer” stage. When the mask came off, it was revealed that reality TV star Honey Boo Boo (real name Alana Thompson) and her mother, Mama June (June Shannon), were the celebrities hiding inside.

Before Beach Ball was unmasked as Honey Boo Boo and Mama June, Jeong guessed they were Kim and Khloe Kardashian, McCarthy and McHale both said Snooki and JWOWW, Scherzinger said Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and Thicke assumed Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings. Yup, no one got it right.

Honey Boo and Mama June’s Beach Ball joins this growing list of already unmasked “The Masked Singer” Season 6 contestants: Hamster (Rob Schneider), Cupcake (Ruth Pointer), Octopus (Dwight Howard), Mother Nature (Vivica A. Fox), Pufferfish (Toni Braxton), Dalmatian (Tyga) and Baby (Larry the Cable Guy).

Still in the running for a “Masked Singer” win are Group A’s Skunk, Bull, Pepper and Jester, along with Group B’s remaining lineup of Queen of Hearts, Banana Split, Mallard and Caterpillar.

Per Fox, “The Masked Singer” Season 6 contestants “boast a combined 85 Grammy Nominations and 27 wins, three Academy Award nominations, 12 Emmy Nominations, 12 Razzie Award Nominations, two Super Bowl appearances and two Lifetime Achievement Awards.”

“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.