The third episode of “The Masked Singer” on January 16 brought back the five acts from the premiere — Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion — who had won enough votes to stay in the competition. Once again they performed an elaborate production number while covered from head to toe in a costume. One of them, the Deer, did not earn enough support to stay in the competition and was revealed to be NFL great Terry Bradshaw. But we still don’t know who the other four are.
Before taking to the stage to sing “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, the Peacock offered up several more clues as to his identity. Those, coupled with the ones he gave on the first episode on Jan 2, have us convinced that we have unearthed a spoiler and know who is hiding behind all those feathers: Donny Osmond.
Reflecting back on his first performance, where he sang “The Greatest Show” from last year’s hit film “The Greatest Showman,” the Peacock said, “it was absolutely exhilarating and I felt like I was 5 years old again.” Donny was just five when he joined the Osmond Brothers in their regular spot on “The Andy Williams Show” in 1963.
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He then revealed, “I started out as a little teeny bopper.” After finding fame on that TV variety show, the brothers struck out on their own and by the end of the decade 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 his sister Marie Osmond hosted their own TV variety show in the 1970s and 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.”
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After both siblings appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” they launched a Las Vegas nightclub act that packs them in still. The Peacock confirmed to the judges that he has performed in Sin City.
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.
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