The Masked Dancer recap: Moth flies away, revealed as famed activist

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about The Masked Dancer Season 1, Episode 3.
The mask dancer has revealed a compelling number of famous faces so far, with Ice-T being revealed in the premiere and Bill Nye debunking the final episode. The show continued the tradition with the Group B playoffs on Wednesday when Moth was eliminated - and you'll never guess who was under their wings.
We started the episode with a rare sighting: panelist Ken Jeong put on a crown and was hailed for his correct guess. Last week, he was the only one to predict that Ice Cube would be the science educator beloved, an accomplishment the comedian jokingly (I hope) referred to as "my wife and two children."
He was joined by Paula Abdul, Ashley Tisdale, Brian Austin Green and Cheryl Hines at the panelists' table, while Craig Robinson again hosted.
First on the dance floor was Zebra performing a duet to K-Ci & JoJo's classic R&B track "All My Life". The UFC, mentoring, and record breaking clues made panelists guess all sorts of people, from Floyd Mayweather to Tito Ortiz.
"He's got a really big neck," said Green of the Ortiz and Zebra similarities.
Tisdale came out in favor of Mario Lopez, arguing, "Latin Americans know how to poke really well."
Can't argue with these ironic arguments!
Next came Cotton Candy, who did a group performance with the very appropriate "Sour Candy" by Lady Gaga and Blackpink. The contestant showed some impressive moves in the last episode - especially when you consider that she suffered a serious fall during rehearsals - and this time she was thrilled again and again. I felt a kinship with the non-dancer panelists, who praised Cotton Candy's footsteps using technical terms such as "twirling" and "shaking bum."
Her package contained lipstick, the phrase "icy" and an eagle with a USA pin, which led Tisdale to suspect she was Tara Lipinski. Meanwhile, Green leaned over to another Olympic figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi.
Moth joined Michael Buble's version of "Sway".
Then Sloth crowned the night with a band dance to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong". In his clue package, we saw Sloth recreating the boombox scene from Say Anything as well as the clue "00FEEd00".
The furry competitor, showing off his physical comedies again, was viewed by panelists as Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, or Will Ferrell, who actually twirled ribbons in the film Old School.
Robinson announced that Moth had the lowest number of votes from audiences, panelists, and "super fans" across the country.
She was exposed as ... child safety activist and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Smart!
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Green was the only panelist who suspected Smart, as he said he was passionate about working with child safety organizations. As Moth pointed out in her notice packet, Smart did a Ted Talk, has ties to the letters EAS and BYU (her initials; and she is a graduate of Brigham Young University), and appeared on Dateline (the data on a line image).
"You have been an inspiration to so many people. And you have done so much good in a really difficult situation. We need more people like you on the planet," Green told Smart, who survived a 2002 abduction that received national attention and after her exposure, she worked as a lawyer for victims of sexual abuse.
Next week, Shark, Tulip, Cricket and Exotic Bird of Group A will compete against each other to see who will join Zebra, Cotton Candy and Sloth in the Super Six.
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