‘The Masked Singer’ spoilers: Who is Medusa?

The Masked Singer” season 9 kicked off on February 15 with an episode packed with a trio of talents taking to the stage. After the Gnome was revealed to be TV icon Dick Van Dyke, the celebrities disguised as Medusa and Mustang did battle in a sing-off set to Rihanna‘s chart-topper “Diamonds.” After Mustang lost she was revealed to be country music superstar Sara Evans. That left us wondering who was hidden under the Medusa mask.

We’ve been rewatching that first performance plus her cover of Billie Eilish‘s  “Happier Than Ever” as well as her two songs on Feb. 22 (the ABBA hits “Dancing Queen” and “The Winner Takes It All”) and her March 1 performances of “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra and “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel and have all your “The Masked Singer” spoilers, including the answer to the question, “Who is Medusa”?

Medusa has a distinctive voice that we heard so clearly in her two turns at the microphone. That crystal clear sound was sustained throughout both tunes as she hit one high note after another. It was no surprise that the four judges — Ken JeongJenny McCarthyNicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke — were wowed by this talent.

We are convinced that Medusa is Bishop Briggs, the British singer/songwriter best known on this side of the pond for her hit single “River.” That song was sung on episode 7 of season 6 by Queen of Hearts, who went on to win the Golden Mask before being revealed as Jewel. Medusa made mention that she had a connection to “The Masked Singer” stage.

Jenny was onto something when she connected the clue given by Medusa that “success comes in the grayest of places” to the movie franchise “Fifty Shades of Grey.” But she was off-base with her guess that Medusa was Ellie Goulding, who sang the movie’s theme “Love Me Like You Do.” Briggs had a cut, “Never Tear Us Apart,” on the soundtrack of the final film in the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed.” That installment grossed $340 million, the figure seen on the DVD in the swag bag clue.

Likewise, for the observation by Nicole that the shot of Buckingham Palace meant that the singer might be British. While she reeled off a list of English songbirds, she didn’t name Briggs.

Ken connected the dots suggested by the chess pieces to mean that Medusa might be royalty. That was a guess too far for us. Instead, the bishop is a clear reference to Briggs’ first name while the knight, which is in the shape of a horse, is a nod to Briggs’ big hit “Wild Horses.” Acura used that song as part of its Super Bowl ad in 2016 to tout the TLX. Medusa spoke of being part of football’s big game.

Another of Briggs’ songs, “Tattooed on My Heart,” got a visual reference when one of the Men in Black in the clues video sported a tattoo in the shape of a heart.

In her second and third appearances, there were shots of Chris Martin, the frontman for Coldplay. Briggs toured with this Brit band back in 2016.

In week 2, a key clue was given by one-time star of “The Bachelor,” Nick Viall: an airline ticket to Tokyo on flight 1996; Briggs’ family moved to Japan’s capital in 1996.

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Don’t believe us that the Medusa is Bishop Briggs? Then sound off in the comments section below with your best guesses. We will only find out if we are right that Bishop Briggs is Medusa when she is unmasked. That will happen when she loses a vote or wins the show.

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