“The Masked Singer” is a huge hit for Fox because of its intriguing concept: celebrities clad in elaborate costumes perform songs and hope to win over the judging panel and studio audience so that they can move on in the competition. On Wednesday’s premiere, six stars sang in pairs and five of them made the cut. The first celebrity forced to unmask was Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had been dressed as a Hippo.
He lost his match-up against the Peacock who had thrilled the crowd with his rendition of “The Greatest Show.” That tune had been sung by Hugh Jackman in last year’s hit film “The Greatest Showman.” Watch his show-stopping turn in the video above.
Before taking to the stage, the Peacock offered up several clues as to his identity. He revealed that he had decided to dress as a peacock because he loved being in the spotlight, having performed since he was just five. Indeed, he admitted “putting on a show is in my DNA.” However, he conceded “it’s probably been a while since my mom had a poster of me on her wall.”
All these clues point to the Peacock being Donny Osmond. He loves the color purple, which was featured prominently in his costume. He is part of a well-known family of singers. Along with four of his older brothers, he came to fame in the 1960s. He was just five when he joined the Osmond Brothers in their regular spot on “The Andy Williams Show” in 1963. By the start of the following decade he was a teen idol and hosted a variety show with his sister Marie.
Forty years on and the pair are still performing together, which would account for the “Vegas vibe” noted by the judging panel (Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke). The Peacock told us he had been friends with the King of Pop. We know that Donny had been pals with another member of a band of brothers who sang, Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five. And we know that Donny, like the Peacock, can play the piano.
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. And read our best guesses as to the identities of the Lion and Unicorn as well as the Deer and Monster really are.