Damar Hamlin surprise appearance as ‘Masked Singer” for his little brother: “I put family first.”

Damar Hamlin, NFL star, with Nick Cannon as host on “The Masked Singer Season 9”. (Photo: Fox)

Since then? Kermit the Frog competed as the Snail on Season 5, or returned last season to warble “Rainbow Connection” on a special Muppets-themed extravaganzaHad there been such an emotionally warm, fuzzy episode? The Masked Singer as this week’s Sesame Street Night.

Wednesday’s opening number, featuring Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover, the Count, and even a reluctant Oscar the Grouch singing BTS’s “Dynamite,” was already enough to bring sunny days, sweep the clouds away, and make everything A-OK. But when a special surprise guest, happy and healthy Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, showed up on the block, this episode was definitely brought to you by the letter A… for A-DORABLE.

Hamlin recorded his feel-good comeo in January, just weeks after it was taped. suffered a cardiac arrest During a Monday Night Football match against the Cincinnati Bengals, he fell to the ground. The shockingly terrifying Jan. 2nd evening saw the NFL star, aged 24, collapse on the field during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was given CPR for 10 minutes, before being taken to the hospital. However, he managed to make a miraculous recovery. miraculous recovery Nine days later, he was released from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

Damar could have celebrated with an “I’m going to Disneyland!” moment, but instead he headed to The Masked Singer — much to the shrieking delight of the studio audience, the judging panel, and most of all, Darma’s little brother.

'Sesame Street' star Elmo and 8-year-old Damir Hamlin, brother of the Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin, on 'The Masked Singer.' (Photo: Fox)

Elmo, the star of Sesame Street, and Damir, 8-year old, are seen on “The Masked Singer” with Damar Hamlin from Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Fox)

It was early in Wednesday’s episode, after reigning Season 9 champ the Squirrel had serenaded the Count with “Just the Two of Us,” that a cute 8-year-old boy named Damir came out to provide one of the Squirrel’s weekly clues. Taking a seat on the famous 123 Sesame Street tenement stoop next to Elmo, Damir told the fluffy red icon that he was there “with my brother,” to which the Muppet exclaimed, “Really? Well, let’s bring him out!”

“Ladies and gentlemen, Buffalo Bills in the building! Damar Hamlin, the man that brought the whole world together, inspiring us all!” declared host Nick Cannon, as the judges, including guest panelist Jennifer Nettles, jumped out of their chairs at the sight of the grinning Damar walking out holding a football emblazoned with Ken Jeong’s face. This unexpected sight had Ken the most excited Masked Singer reveal of sorts, shouting, “It’s so good to see you! Oh my gosh, I am freaking out! I’m just so glad you’re here, but more importantly, I’m just so glad you’re healthy. The whole world loves you!”

Damar explained to Nick why he wanted to visit. The Masked Singer, of all places, the football hero answered, “Mainly because of my brother. It’s my home. Family is my first priority. He loves it. Sesame Street More than most things. So, we had to make it tonight.”

“Such a beautiful moment,” Nick gushed, speaking for all of America.

The crowd and judges go wild for Damar Hamlin's surprise 'The Masked Singer' Season 9 appearance, taping just weeks after his cardiac arrest. (Photos: Fox)

Judges and the crowd go wild for Damar’s surprise appearance on ‘The Mask Singer’ Season 9, which was taped just weeks after his cardiac arrest. (Photos: Fox)

So the Squirrel became a part of Masked Singer history by association, but sadly, she wasn’t able to hold onto her reigning queen title for a second week; in fact, she was the first contestant to be eliminated Wednesday, not even making it to the Battle Royale. While she claimed to be a rocker chick at heart (last week, she “tapped into her inner rock star” and sank her bucked rodent teeth into Pink and 3 Doors Down covers), the Squirrel’s Grover Washington Jr./Bill Withers ballad this week was just a bit too laid-back to be truly competitive.

The Squirrel was then ordered to hightail it outta here, and I guessed correctly last Wednesday — and judge Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg figured out this week — she was revealed to be funny-lady, Rock of Ages Actress, ex-petalstones frontwoman in alt-rock, and Ken’s Couples Retreat co-star, Malin Akerman.

As for the night’s other two contestants, the Jackalope and the Fairy, neither of them covered Oscar the Grouch’s “I Love Trash,” Bert’s “Doin’ the Pigeon,” or Cookie Monster’s “Cookie Disco” (or anything from Sesame Street FeverUnfortunately, the Sesame street Night was not as successful. The night’s other reveal, the Jackalope — who turned out to be social media star Lele Pons — puzzlingly sang Shakira’s “Wherever, Whenever,” which had seemingly nothing to do with the week’s theme.

But at least the Fairy paid tribute to bad-boy Oscar the Grouch with Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good,” a performance that Oscar complained was “You can also good!” and had judge Robin Thicke raving, “Your vocal tone was perfect for that song, so smooth and sultry.” This established the Fairy as Group B’s newly crowned queen and one to beat, so as she flutters to next week’s round, it’s time to make some guesses: Who is the Fairy?

A self-described “nepo-fairy” who enterprisingly used to charge the kids in her neighborhood an admission fee to visit her famous father, this magical creature “grew up in these [Sesame] streets” with Brat Pack pals like Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Estevez. However, she “chose a more divergent path, prioritizing my education and traveling the world” before eventually making her way back to “Tinsel Town” to pursue her two loves, singing and acting. Her other clues included a panther, a basketball, a police badge, and the song “Endless Love.” The judges thought this might be Tracee Ellis Ross (not a bad guess), Angelina Jolie (that was Ken’s bad guess, of course), or “nepo-baby” Rashida Jones… but I think this is Holly Robinson Peete.

Holly can even sing! legitimately singAccording to the Count, the majority of the Fairy/Holly clues add together. Holly attended the same Los Angeles high school as Penn, Lowe, and Estevez; she put her acting career on hold to study psychology and French at Sarah Lawrence College and perform music in Paris nightclubs; she’s married to Rodney Peete of the Carolina Panthers; she starred in the police drama 21 Jump Street And the sitcom about basketball Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper; and she portrayed “Endless Love” diva Diana Ross in the ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. And if you need even more of a connection, Holly is the daughter of late actor Matt Robinson — the original Gordon on Sesame Street — and she made her first TV appearance on Sesame Street At 6 years old, she was a model!

But whoever the Fairy is, she’s a pro. As Jennifer Nettles, a huge Linda Ronstadt fan, attested, the Fairy bravely “took on” Ronstadt’s song “and it sounded amazing… which makes me think you’ve done this before!” So, check out the Fairy on next week’s Country Night (which, for some odd reason, won’t Nettles will be her guest judge, and she will attempt to make two more contestants choke on her pixie dust.

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