“The Masked Singer”: Katja Ebstein was the first celebrity to be revealed.Image: ProSieben/Willi Weber
Whether shiny, fluffy or simply sweet: On Saturday evening at ProSieben, mysterious figures and singers took to the stage again. Because: “The Masked Singer” has begun its ninth season. At the beginning, eight masked celebrities sang for the audience and the guessing team. Just in time for the new season there was an innovation at the board table. Instead of the singer Rea Garvey, the musician Álvaro Soler took a seat next to Ruth Moschner.
The guest of the rating team on Saturday afternoon was investigative journalist Jenke von Wilmsdorff. However, it quickly became clear that his instincts had not yet been sharpened by the singing of the masked men.
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“The Masked Singer”: These are the masks
- the ice princess
- the fire extinguisher
- The Mustang
- The pallet
- The Martian mouse
- the okapi
- the troll
- The Kiwi
Ruth Moschner teaches Jenke von Wilsdorff
“Giovanni Zarrelli,” he wrote, for example, after an oversized garden gnome who introduced himself as Santa’s half-brother sang “Love Runs Out.” “Zarrella,” he corrected the veteran Moschner and pointed to von Wilmsdorff who was currently doing a live show on ZDF. “Today?” asked the journalist. “Life is always today,” Moschner replied, amused.
The guessing team of “The Masked Singer”: Jenke von Wilmsdorff, Ruth Moschner and Álvaro Soler.Image: ProSieben/Willi Weber
There was also much speculation about the “Mustang”, which was reported to be a former blockbuster star who was now celebrating his big comeback.
Florian Silbereisen with Helene Fischer as tutor?
As Moschner and his colleagues speculated about who had just sung “Eye of the Tiger,” the name also emerged: Florian Silbereisen. “No pop singer is so vain” as to hide behind a disguise, von Wilmsdorff noted.
He is a “great musician” and “very athletic,” Moschner said. Two attributes that speak for Silbereisen. “A little tutoring from Helene Fischer and tomorrow you’ll be down from the ceiling,” he jokes.
The okapi has to go
It was not yet revealed on Saturday whether it was really Silbereisen. Instead of the Mustang, it was the colorful Okapi that got the fewest votes from the public and had to remove its mask. Given the evidence and the results, Moschner’s advisory team was baffled. “Amanda Lear,” Moschner wrote hesitantly. Von Wilmsdorff speculated that this was probably a “Grand Dame,” and for once he was right.
Katja Ebstein was the okapi.Image: ProSieben/Willi Weber
Because: When the mask fell, a disheveled Katja Ebstein appeared. “This is incredible!” Moschner said happily in front of the singer and actress. “How good, how good, how good!” exclaimed presenter Matthias Opdenhövel. He wanted to know from Ebstein if she had fun. “Yes,” she replied, not entirely convincingly, and added: “It was a sweaty affair!”
Technical breakdown during the final performance.
Maybe he hoped he could leave the stage quickly. When Opdenhövel announced that she was to sing her song again, she said somewhat enthusiastically: “My God.” Unfortunately, Ebstein’s final performance was not easy: “When does this start?” Ebstein asked as the music was playing. Apparently I couldn’t hear the music properly and the signal was lost. “There’s nothing here,” she said, pointing to her internal monitors.
Carpendale despairs over Katja Ebstein
Perhaps it was also due to this technical failure. But the fact is that when Annemarie Carpendale went on stage to interview Ebstein for her magazine “Aftershow”, she had a lot of problems with the actress.
During the conversation, Ebstein held his okapi mask so that most of his face was hidden. When Carpendale offered to hold her head, she refused, explaining that she was holding the mask in front of her face because he didn’t have good makeup, like her.
“That’s not an achievement!” the 78-year-old commented when Carpendale praised her performance. “I’m not a legend!” she also made it clear when the presenter spoke of her as such. Von Wilmsdorff also got rid of his fat. “This is now a comeback!” he explained of Ebstein. “No, I’ve never been out!” she replied dryly. However, that night she wanted to quickly get away from the stage, as she made clear. “Oh, children, I’m so hot!” Ebstein complained. When he finally finished his performance, he ran away at a fast pace.
By the way, eight masked men will perform again next week, despite Okapi’s farewell. Then there’s the Martian mouse, who couldn’t attend Saturday’s opening show. Apparently because the trip was too long. Is that a clue about the person in disguise?
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