“The Masked Singer” is a huge hit for FOX because it is so much fun to try and guess the true identity of the celebrities clad in costumes while they perform hit tunes. Before each star takes their turn in the spotlight, a short video is shown that is packed full of clues as to who is hiding behind those oversized masks.
The producers of the show have done an outstanding job at keeping a lid on leaks as to the names of the famous folk taking part. But they didn’t realize they would have to deal with someone near and dear to one of these stars spilling the truth in a nationally televised interview.
Read on if you want for a spoiler on the Peacock.
We were pretty sure that the star strutting around as proud as a, well, peacock in their purple plumage was Donny Osmond. And his sister Marie seemed to confirm that when she was chatting with the folks on Access Hollywood earlier this week. When questioned about the hints that the Peacock was dropping, Marie picked up the bait and admitted she had asked Donny, “Why are you giving away such easy clues?”
Realizing her mistake, Marie quickly back-tracked but did eventually admit that, yes, Donny had started appearing on TV when he was just 5 and that the network was NBC, which uses a peacock in its logo.
After the Peacock’s first performance on the January 2 episode of “The Masked Singer,” when he sang “The Greatest Show” from last year’s hit film “The Greatest Showman,” he admitted, “it was absolutely exhilarating and I felt like I was 5 years old again.” Indeed, Donny was five when he joined the Osmond Brothers in their regular spot on TV’s “The Andy Williams Show” in 1963.
Before taking to the stage to sing “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic on the Jan. 16 episode, the Peacock offered up several more clues as to his identity. He revealed, “I started out as a little teeny bopper.” After finding fame with Williams, the brothers went out on their own and by the end of the 1960s were one of the most popular boy bands in the world.
The Peacock explained, “I’ve had so many different incarnations in my career.” Following that success with his brothers, Donny and Marie hosted their own TV variety show in the 1970s and a talk show two decades later. In the 1980s and 1990s, he starred in Broadway musicals and in the early part of this century, he hosted the game show “Pyramid.” After both siblings appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” they launched a Las Vegas nightclub act that packs them in still.
We won’t find out for sure if Donny is the Peacock till he is unmasked. That will only happen if he loses a match-up or wins the show. Do you think we are right about the true identity of the Peacock? Sound off in the comments section with your best guesses.