Who Are the 'Masked Singer' Contestants? Best Guesses for Bee, Raven & More
Fox's mysterious new reality series, The Masked Singer, is a bizarre blend of singing competition and Cirque du Soleil over-the-topness. And the twist is that no one is trying to get famous or sign a record deal — the contestants are already celebrities!
During the season, 12 celebrities — whose identities are concealed under elaborate costume and huge mask — compete in front of a live audience, host Nick Cannon, and a panel of famous judges including Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger.
The stars suit up for this unique competition show.
In addition to their singing voices, clues are dropped to help everyone watching figure out who is performing, but the identity of the masked singer is only revealed once he or she is eliminated.
On the premiere episode, six celebs belted their hearts out on stage but one unfortunately didn't make it to the next episode: Hippo aka NFL player Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the second episode, six more stars took the stage and another was eliminated and revealed: Pineapple aka Tommy Chong.
And in the third episode, the Deer unmasked himself and it turned out to be famed NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
So, which other famous people could be under the masks? We reveal our best guesses below:
Clues: "Chose to become a peacock because we both share a love of the spotlight; Putting on a show is in my DNA, but it’s probably been a while since my mom had a poster of me on her wall." Sounds like this a professional singer who's been on a stage many times over and is beloved by an older generation. He's been on stage since he was five years old, is afraid of heights and can play the piano. "Putting on a show is in my DNA."
Best Guesses: Donny Osmond, Justin Guarini, Neil Patrick Harris
Clues: “I was at the top of my game, but the game turned on me, so I retreated into my cave to take a break from the public eye; Now I’m here to set the record straight and show the world that no one can stop me from doing what I love." Could be a performer who is seeking redemption and wants to build a new reputation. He's from the South, likes driving around in a Cadillac and partying.
Best Guesses: CeeLo Green, T-Pain, Nelly
Clues: "All my life, people told me I wasn’t worthy, I’m not going to listen to them any longer; they call me bird." Not the best singer, but this is a celebrity who has something the prove to naysayers. Said she's "going for the gold" but has also "lost my sheen" and is following "model behavior."
Best Guesses: Tori Spelling, Ireland Baldwin, Denise Richards, Mary Lou Retton
4. Deer (Eliminated in Episode 3)
Clues: "I think it’s hard for people to get past who I am and what I’m known for; I’ve been knocked down many times; Ravens, beware. I’m here to win." Sounds like another professional athlete who has an axe to grind with the Baltimore Ravens.
Best Guesses: Terry Bradshaw, Von Miller
Identity: Four-time Super Bowl winner and NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw
Clues: "Used to be Hollywood royalty; True strength comes from embracing all your vulnerabilities; In my pride, there are lots of women." We're thinking this is female celebrity from a famous family with a great voice. Plus, Rumer previously starred on Fox's Empire and the show's symbol is a lion for the Lyon family. Also appears to be an activist, who speaks about against she believes is unjust and has a connection to the word "Hailey." (Rumer was raised in Hailey, Idaho.)
Best Guesses: Tracee Ellis Ross, Rumer Willis
6. Hippo (Eliminated in Episode 1)
Clues: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a performer like me; Every time I win, I just gotta dance, even if it gets me in trouble." Could be a pro athlete with a love for dancing on the field.
Identity: NFL player Antonio Brown
Clues: “I’ve spent most of my life on stage, but I was never alone" and she or he is "well-versed in “synchronized singing"... sounds like a boy band member! “You’d better believe the last mask standing is gonna be me,” a lyric from an *NSYNC song.
Best Guesses: Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Joey Fatone
Clues: She's part of a famous family and has many sisters. "I let others define me, but no one will ever control me again," she said.
Best Guesses: LaToya Jackson, Traci Braxton
Clues: In the video, she said she comes from a musical family and loves to be onstage, though she's known for having a different talent and loves "exercising [her] right for free speech."
Best Guesses: Margaret Cho, Kelly Osbourne
Clues: "This is my opportunity to share mine… no one talks more than me." She spent many days listening to other people's stories which could a be a host or reporter of some kind. The celebrity also said she recently had a tragic loss and hoped to “honor my beloved” with her performance.
Best Guesses: Ricki Lake, Raven-Symoné
Clues: It was revealed she started her singing career in the '50s! You can call her a Queen Bee or "empress."
Best Guesses: Gladys Knight, Tina Turner
12. Pineapple (Eliminated in Episode 2)
Clues: This person beat a life-threatening disease. “You've gotta seize the day before your dreams go up in smoke," he said.
Identity: Comedian Tommy Chong
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