“The Masked Singer” season 4 brings together 17 celebrities in 16 costumes (one is a double act): Baby Alien, Broccoli, Crocodile, Dragon, Giraffe, Gremlin, Jellyfish, Lips, Mushroom, Popcorn, Seahorse, Serpent, Snow Owls, Squiggly Monster, Sun and Whatchamacallit.
Collectively, the contestants can brag of earning 46 Grammy nominations, having 23 platinum records, racking up 10 Hall of Fame appearances, winning one Olympic gold medal, selling 281 million records, appearing in 5,475 episodes of television and 151 films, making five Super Bowl appearances, having four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and one Time 100 honor.
A big part of the fun of “The Masked Singer” is figuring out who are the famous faces hidden inside these elaborate costumes. Scroll down for all of the clues and guesses by judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke arranged by episode as well as spoilers and photos of the names of the contenders eliminated by host Nick Cannon.
Baby Alien: Sneak Peek
I’m a friendly UFO, unless of course, you are my foe.
If my competition thinks I look innocent, then, Houston, they’ve got a problem.
If you’re looking for a hint about this Baby Alien, all you have to do is look to the stars.” (we see the number 5)
Baby Alien: Episode 2 – ‘Faith’ by George Michael
We hear a teacher calling, “Baby Alien, Baby Alien” just like in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
He says it’s time for his rebirth because he’s been stuck in second gear for a while.
Back when he was the “cream of the crop” circle he was in a theater every week and even made an appearance on the Tony Awards stage.
After a while he became a second thought, lost in space.
He’s opened his eyes to other passions and we see the Liberty Bell and a bunch of roses.
Judges’ Guesses: Ralph Macchio, Freddie Prinze Jr., David Schwimmer
Baby Alien: Episode 4 – ‘It’s Time’ by Imagine Dragons
A reference to “Baywatch” with a sparkling horse on the beach.
He says he’s been roasted before; we see a hot dog.
He says he’s had his public relationships “broke.”
We also see sharks as he mentions sand traps.
Judges’ Guesses: Eric Bana, Sasha Baron Cohen, Jeff Dunham, Taylor Lautner
Baby Alien: Mark Sanchez (Revealed in Episode 4)
“My arm kept cramping up,” joked the former quarterback after host Nick Cannon helped him pull off the awkward costume.
As to what he enjoyed most about participating in the singing competition, Mark said, “Sharing this experience with my little man,” he revealed in a more serious tone. “He knows the words to ‘Faith’ now. He knows the words to ‘It’s Time’ by Imagine Dragons we we’ve been rockin’ out in the car. It’s been really fun.”
There were hints within Baby Alien’s clue packages that should have pointed us in the footballer’s direction. The Tony award in Baby Alien’s package was a clue to Mark’s appearance as a guest presenter in 2010. The hot dog was a nod to Mark’s viral sideline moment where he ate a hot dog during a game. And the roses were a clue to Mark leading the USC Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory as their MVP.
Broccoli: Sneak Peek
I’m a brocco-lean, mean, heart-pumping machine.
After all, it’s how I got my six-pack.
America, broccol-up because figuring out my identity is going to be roughage for ya.
Broccoli: Episode 5 – ‘House is Rockin’/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On’ by Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jerry Lee Lewis.
Broccoli enters with a sense of humor and this could be a comedian.
We see some soup, dogs and a reference to Tik Tok.
We also see some mariachi men and he is riding around in a car with a license plate reading “Ladies Man.”
Judges’ Guesses: Steve Guttenberg, Howie Mandel, Bill Murray
Broccoli: Episode 6 – ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie
Broccoli loves rocking his costume.
We see a reference to the film “Goodfellas” while he says he dreamed of being a superfood that enriched peoples’ lives.
We also see the Copacabana club with an address of 900 on the front doorr.
Broccoli said one night he had dinner with the “Big Cheese” who asked for his helped, and he cooked him up a special recipe (we see a pizza).
We see shots of an oven sent to 6:00, a Hawaiian pizza, red wine, a guitar, a payphone and the number 37625.
His magic clue is a roulette table, which seems like a clue about Las Vegas.
Judges Guesses: Jason Alexander, Wayne Newton, Martin Short
Broccoli: Episode 9 – ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ by Bob Seger
He’s no stranger to women fawning over him and says, “Ladies love a frontman.”
In his clue package, some special friends of Brocolli say he’s larger than life and loves to light up a room.
We see dice, a “Jason” mask, and various other clues that might hint at being a Vegas performer.
As a kid, Broccoli used to sneak to the circus and dream about being one of the performers.
There’s also a brief glimpse of a stuffed moose.
As a final clue we learn Broccoli was born before the microwave was invented (1946).
Judges Guesses: Paul Anka, Al Roker, Ringo Starr
Broccoli: Paul Anka
This one-time teen idol, who is about to turn 80, is still making music. He came to fame in the 1950s, which would explain his song choices. Anka’s unmistakable voice is smooth and silky, just like the one coming out of Broccoli. And the cumbersome costume is topped off by a varsity letterman jacket with the show’s logo; that looks like a throwback to the kind of clothes kids wore in the nifty fifties, when Anka was at the top of the charts with songs like “Diana” and “Puppy Love.”
That latter hit is referenced by the various shots of dogs in the clues video. And the visual reference to TikTok made us think of another one of Anka’s #1 songs, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” which has found a new life on this social media outlet. Broccoli’s big reveal that a contest helped launch his career coupled with that photo of a soup can fit in with Anka’s story that he won a life-changing trip to New York City by collecting Campbell soup can labels.
And Anka ticks several boxes from the collective clues we got about this season’s contestants. As a group, they’ve sold 280 million albums; Anka accounts for 10 million of those. In total, the 17 celebrities are worth almost $400 million. Anka’s fortune runs into the tens of millions, including the royalties from composing Johnny Carson’s theme song and Frank Sinatra’s signature tune “My Way.” Anka recorded a Spanish language version, “A Mi Manera,” of the latter that has become a staple of mariachi bands (we see a shot of one of those in the clues video).
Broccoli: Paul Anka (Revealed in Episode 9)
Crocodile: Sneak Peek
A special set of keys reversed my game forever.
Tic-tac-whoa! America, you’ve never met a reptile like me.
I promise my identity will never be guessed by you.
Crocodile: Episode 2 – ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi
Becoming a crocodile was a “natural selection” because he’s happiest in water.
Ever since he was a kid, growing up in Hollywood surrounded by heartache and instability, he was forced to develop a thick skin.
We see an Italian flag, a crooner on stage and a fish inside a pineapple.
Crocodiles are known for cold-blooded, but he’s just a warm, sensitive creature who just wants to be loved back.
We also see a prominently featured hotel in his clue package.
Judges Guesses: Jon Hamm, Nick Lachey, Donnie Wahlberg
Crocodile: Episode 4 – ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears
Crocodile admits this show has revived his love of performing.
He hasn’t been this passionate about it since he was a kid.
We see a skull and cross bone flag next to a house with a “5” on it.
He said his own father didn’t believe in his talent until he earned his first paycheck.
Judges Guesses: Harry Connick Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Adam Lambert
Crocodile: Episode 8 – ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis
Crocodile admits this competition means everything to him.
He always tries to be one of the hardest workers in the room and we hear from his friend (who appears to be a disc jockey) that he has been all around the world with the Croc. Once they traveled to six continents in 100 hours.
Despite his hard exterior, he’s a total softy.
He loves video games and the song “Step By Step” is mentioned.
His final clue is that Crocodile is in a huge cult classic movie.
Judges Guesses: Justin Guarini, Jordan Knight, Jared Leto
Crocodile: Episode 10: ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith
Competing has made him feel more alive than he has in a long time and his pink jaws have given him the freedom to all the genres of music he loves. Tonight he’s performing for his kids, who he drives eight hours to see after every show.
He’s intimidated by Seahorse’s voice, but knows nobody has more heart than him. His super clue is a rat eating pizza.
The additional clue in his safe reveals the Crocodile is connected to Craig. “You’re one of my favorite actors and it’s so cool to be able to share the screen with you, again.”
Crocodile: Nick Carter
We are certain that the Crocodile is not Jenny’s husband, Donnie Wahlberg. He has been her go-to guess for three seasons now and he is still yet to appear on the show busy as he is with filming “Blue Bloods” in New York City.
But we do think that the Crocodile is someone got their start in a boy band: Nick Carter, who found fame with the Backstreet Boys. Before this he was working as a child actor and honing his skills as a singer and dancer. He was only 10 when he won a talent contest, taking home $100 that he gave to his father; the Crocodile shared this heartbreaking story with us. The Crocodile’s childhood clue was a dolphin-themed pinata; Nick is an outspoken environmentalist who started the Oceans Campaign in 2001 and was a United Nations Special Ambassador for the Year of the Dolphin in 2007.
One of the first images in the clues video was a yellow slip and slide; Nick was only nine when he was extra in the Johnny Depp film “Edward Scissorhands” and can be seen playing on such a toy. Among the many other visual clues that tell us that the Crocodile is Nick Carter are the following: the Stars and Stripes flag (Nick’s third solo album was called “All American”); a disco ball (Nick was the runner-up on season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars”); a pirate flag (Nick is a hardcore fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team and sports a tattoo of a pirate ship); and the number “5” (Nick comes from a family of five, all of whom are in show biz);
In their heyday at the turn of the century, the Backstreet Boys racked up eight Grammy nominations and earned one more last year for their hit single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”; as a group, “The Masked Singer” contestants can boast of 46 bids for music’s highest honor.
After a break for a few years, the Boys got back together in 2010; their new-found success culminated in a stint at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas that began in 2017; the first clues video was centered on Sin City.
Dragon: Sneak Peek
If you want a hot clue to finding my identity, just look into stocks and bonds.
America, you can search every dungeon to find this dragon’s identity, but you won’t pierce my protective armor.
Dragon: Episode 1 – ‘Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
We see three sports cars parked in front of his mansion (all drawn in animation).
He loves dressing up in funky, outrageous costumes.
He’s always been a fire-breathing beast on his quest to be the best.
At first his fire was dangerous and then he got a tip to help him calm down and switch gears.
He seems to have a lot of money and we also see a dumbbell, suggesting he’s no stranger to working out.
We also see the Statue of Liberty.
Judges Guesses: DMX, Michael Phelps, Busta Rhymes
Dragon: Busta Rhymes (Revealed in Episode 1)
“I definitely felt like I was in an oxygen tank without oxygen,” said the Grammy-nominated rapper. “It definitely brought back all of the incredible, crazy outfits.”
The musical icon, who is known for his outlandish fashion choices, also had three albums with the word “dragon” in them.
Although only half the panel was able to guess Busta was beneath the mask, there were several hints in his clue package pointing them in the right direction. The dinosaur car in Dragon’s package was a clue to the Reptar character Busta voiced in the “Rugrats” movie. The barbell was a clue to Busta’s famously ripped physique and passion for weight lifting. The “quest” mentioned hinted to Busta’s musical collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest.
Giraffe: Sneak Peek
If you’re looking for a hint to my identity, you should know that I share something in common with a powerful giant.
America, trying to figure out my identity is going to be a real pain in the neck.
Giraffe: Episode 1 – ‘Let’s Get It Started’ by Black Eyed Peas
He’s had a roller coaster career full of ups and downs.
Music is in his blood, but when he stuck his neck out and took a gigantic risk, he became a but of everyone’s jokes.
He was in “knots” and felt lonely.
He says the party was over, so he swung even harder (a $3 game) is shown.
With hard work he’s drummed up towering success and now he’s in the driver’s seat.
Judges Guesses: Travis Barker, Garth Brooks, Vanilla Ice
Giraffe: Episode 3 – ‘Get Down On It’ by Kool & the Gang
We learn that he survived and thrived by seeing the big picture (we see a picture of the Fox so maybe he knows Wayne Brady).
He’s from Atlanta.
A terrible thing happen that nearly destroyed his life. He could barely walk or talk.
Judges Guesses: Travis Barker, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Wolf
Giraffe: Brian Austin Green (Revealed in Episode 3)
The panel of judges from “The Masked Singer” was stunned on Wednesday night when the Giraffe was revealed to be “Beverly Hills 90210” star Brian Austin Green. Robin Thicke looked especially frustrated after failing to guess the Giraffe’s identity, revealing that he was best friends with the 90’s icon when they were teenagers.
Brian continued to explain their history in his unmasked interview, stating, “Robin and I had a group when we were kids called ‘Think Twice.'” Host Nick Cannon poked fun about them being the white Kris Kross before Brian concluded, “It’s been fun! I’ve had a really good time.”
Despite the panel failing to guess the Giraffe’s true identity, there were hints dropped within the clue packages that pointed to the former teen star.
The carnival theme in Giraffe’s package hints to Brian’s rap album, “One Stop Carnival.” The racing mentions were clues to Brian winning the Celebrity Grand Prix in 2010. The bird on his shoulder even represented Robin, his childhood friend and neighbor.
Gremlin: Sneak Peek
Check the gremlin manual and you’ll see, I can thrive when the temperature is a cool 66.5%.
America, trust me, when you hear my ferocious voice, you won’t believe your ears.
Gremlin: Episode 2 – ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King
Despite his checkered history, he can actually be quite charming.
A true romantic, he can be combative or fluffy.
He adores animals, the beach, bashing opponents and cooking. There’s a lot going on here! Tonight Gremlin is singing ” Whoa, what a unique voice. He sounds like an absolute legend. It’s so odd because he moves like a young person, but sings like a very old man. I am completely confused by him. The panel thinks Gremlin could be
Judges Guesses: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Rourke
Gremlin: Mickey Rourke (Revealed in Episode 2)
The 68-year-old Oscar-nominated movie star decided one song was enough, promptly ripping off his mask before anyone had a chance to vote.
Asked why he decided to appear, he said simply: “I was in the neighborhood.”
Jellyfish: Sneak Peek
Brr! I assure you that even though I may be cold-blooded, I have a warm and glowing flow with H2O.
America, you can search the entire ocean for a notion of who I am, but when I make it to the finals, I’m sure you’ll go from calling me invertebrate to inverte-great!
Jellyfish: Episode 5 – ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ by Fergie
We see Instagram almost immediately, so she’s probably some type of social influencer.
She mentioned a fairy tale and said she once reigned supreme over an entire underwater kingdom.
It looks like Jellyfish is also wearing a tiara at some points.
As an adult, she enjoys being free, so perhaps she was a child star
Judges Guesses: Awkwafina, Gabby Douglas, Sofia Richie
Jellyfish: Episode 6 – ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline
Jellyfish says she’s super competitive but her nerves got the best of her last week.
She said she’s used to being one of the best at what she does and on “The Masked Singer” she’s missing the people who pick her up when she falls, her family.
We see a ship called the USS Big Bird, a film projector, a candle while she talks about how her parents sacrificed a lot to help her live out her dreams.
She called out “Papa Joey” and we see them doing yoga before she reveals he would wake her up early and drive her for hours to “gigs in faraway lands.”
Her magic clue is a stuffed tiger.
Judges Guesses: Halle Bailey, Lana Condor, Sophia Richie, Jamie Lynn Spears
Jellyfish: Episode 9 – ‘Don’t Stop Now’ by Dua Lipa
Being on “The Masked Singer” is a dream for Jellyfish because she and her “number crunching” sister are superfans.
In the clue package, her sister appears in a pantsuit with a calculator reading “57714.” If that is a reference to a zip code, it’s Allen, South Dakota for anyone interested in looking into that.
There are various other office supplies and her sister mentions that Jellyfish has already “ticked off” people, which makes me wonder if she’s a TikTok star.
We also see a nail file and Jellyfish singing in a karaoke bar.
For an added clue, we learn Jellyfish has never performed on a stage quite like this before.
Judges Guesses: Kylie Jenner, McKayla Maroney, Charli XCX
Jellyfish: Episode 10 – ‘Stay’ by Rihanna
She feels freedom by putting herself out there, but when she first got to “The Masked Singer” she felt like a fish out of water. Each week she becomes more confident and is astonished by the famous faces she’s already beaten out to this point.
Her super clue is a little Eiffel Tower.
The additional clue hidden in her safe reveals she is connected to Ken. “We’ve never met, but I can’t say I didn’t try!”
Jellyfish: Chloe Kim
She is the youngest-ever Olympic gold medal winner in snowboarding and that achievement landed her on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2018. We know one of this season’s celebrities on “The Masked Singer” has made that roster and is an Olympic gold medalist.
While the Jellyfish lives in warm water, she confesses to being cold-blooded and competitive. Her declaration of “Brrr” coupled with that image of powder (another name for snow) has us thinking that the celebrity must be someone associated with winter. The Jellyfish costume reveals the contestant has an athletic physique.
The Jellyfish is seen wearing a tiara; Chloe is definitely the queen of her sport, reigning over it as the first female snowboarder to win all four major championships: World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games.
The Jellyfish admits she swapped her crown for “glowjella,” which we read as a play on the place Coachella, home to an annual musical festival where Chloe has been seen. Indeed she posted pics from her time there on Instagram. Chloe has upwards of half a million followers on this social media outlet; the first clues video included a shot of “Instaclam.”
Jellyfish: Chloe Kim (Revealed in Episode 10)
The panelists applauded her for improving with each week and showing the true heart of a champion. In 2018 Chloe became the youngest female ever to win a gold medal in snowboarding. That same year Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people.
Although Ken was the only panelist to correctly guess Chloe’s identity, her clue packages have been dropping hints for weeks.
The Tic-Tac-Toe board with four X’s is a clue to Chloe being a four-time X-Games gold medalist.
The gold throne with gold pipes was a hint to Chloe’s Olympic gold medal for the half pipe.
The angelfish was a nod to Chloe’s cameo in the 2019 film, “Charlie’s Angels.”
Lips: Sneak Peek
If you want a hint about me, I own who I am. I know that my voice can go high, but my dishes go deep.
America, lip-stick around if you want to figure out my identity. But for now, my lips are sealed.
Lips: Episode 5 – ‘Native New Yorker’ by Odyssey
She gets rolled out on a lounge chaise lounge chair, diva!
We see an image of a Kangaroo and various images of leopard print.
She says she has a big mouth and loves making waves.
We also see a disco ball and Lips says she’s been entertaining the world for decades, but her fans will be shocked to see her here.
Judges Guesses: Sandra Bernhard, Allison Janney, Wendy Williams
Lips: Wendy Williams (Revealed in Episode 5)
The gossip queen was dressed appropriately as Lips, but proved she’s definitely more comfortable speaking in front of an audience than singing.
As for why she wanted to perform as Lips? “First of all, they’re fabulous. I can’t sing, I can’t dance, but I know how to have fun!”
Aside from her recognizable voice, hints throughout Lips’ clue package helped Jenny and Nicole realize Wendy was hiding inside. The fire in Lips’ package was a clue to the segment “Hot Topics” on Wendy’s talk show and her autobiography: “Wendy’s Got the Heat.” The #12 jersey in Lips’ package was a clue to Wendy’s birthplace of New Jersey and her talk show airing its 12th season. The “West Wing” clue was a reference to her initials.
Mushroom: Sneak Peek
If you want to know who’s behind my mask, you’ll need to figure out who’s under my hats.
America, you can guess and guess all day long, but figuring out who I am will be nothing but truffle.
Mushroom: Episode 5 – ‘This Woman’s Work’ by Maxwell
Mushroom started out underground in the rat race, in a job that may surprise us.
Then the world turned upside down and they got her shot to turn a hobby into a career.
At first their talent went unrecognized, but they kept growing and growing until they finally got to be in the “shroom” where it happens.
There’s a twist, because although Mushroom is in a dress, it sounds like a male’s voice.
Judges Guesses: Donald Glover, Frank Ocean, Usher
Mushroom: Episode 6 – ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher
We see a young shroom in North Spore High School, toting a burn book which could be a clue to “Mean Girls.”
He was around strange food and customs as a kid, but then realized we’re all entangled together as one.
The Mushroom says he was once an outcast, someone who was called a nerd and weird.
We also see clues about being an outcast, we see a tiara and
We also see shots of breakfast food — a cup of orange juice, an orange slice, a fried egg — two black beetles and a Santa Claus in leopard print.
His magic clue is a brain on a platter.
Judges Guesses: Donald Glover, Adam Lambert, Jaden Smith.
Mushroom: Episode 9 – ‘Unconditionally’ by Katy Perry
The Mushroom has had a blast throwing the panel off his scent and the only person who knows he’s competing is a real-life government agent, here to share some clues about Mushroom’s identity.
It sounds like this agent as known Mushroom since they were kids and there’s a creepy doll placed on this desk.
He reveals that Mushroom was class president in high school and had a GPA over 4.0.
We see initials “K.I.T.” which mean “keep in touch” in the context used, but they could mean something else if they’re a clue to his identity.
Along with the doll we a see a bull and a boxing ring.
For a final clue we learn Mushroom’s name he goes by now was not his name when he first sprouted.
Judges Guesses: Taye Diggs, Jaden Smith, The Weeknd
Mushroom: Episode 10 – ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse
He came to share a message of unity through music. The pandemic has taken the life of someone close to him and he has pledged to make the best of every moment.
His super clue is a clock set to 3:00.
The additional clue in his safe reveals the Mushroom is connected to Robin. “I would love mixing it up with you again, because this is definitely not the first time we’ve connected.”
Mushroom: Jordan Fisher
This one-time Disney star is now a leading man on Broadway and did a year-long stint in “Hamilton.” The first clues video for the Mushroom was filled with tons of puns about that hit show. In it, Jordan got to make use of his falsetto voice, which sounds just like the Mushroom.
Mushroom makes mention that his career started out underground in the rat race. Jordan’s breakthrough role in 2011 was as Jacob on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” This hit show aired on ABC Family, which is a part of the Disney empire (which started with Mickey Mouse).
The Mushroom admits he has turned one of his hobbies into a lucrative business. Jordan is a veteran video gamer and has amassed a following of almost half a million on Twitch; his fans call themselves his Fish Fam.
The first clues video for the Mushroom made mention of his many hats; besides being an all-around talent who acts, sings and dances Jordan is an entrepreneur who sold merchandise, including hats.
The image of a panel of judges sitting against a starry backdrop just has to reference another reality competition series, “Dancing with the Stars.” Jordan won the silver anniversary edition of that show in 2017.
Popcorn: Sneak Peek
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what makes me the biggest miracle of all?
America, you’re not going to know who I am until the credits roll on the final episode. And when I’m unmasked, your brains are going to pop.
Popcorn: Episode 1 – ‘What About Us’ by Pink
An image of “Snacks in the City” appears that looks just like the TV show “Sex and the City.”
She has a thick New York accent, which could be an act.
She says she built a career around love, but she’s not soft.
She worked long nights rushin’ from one thing to the next.
We also see some meatloaf on a plate, a goldfish with hoop earrings and a tiger.
Judges Guesses: Carole Baskin, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner
Popcorn: Episode 3 – ‘Falling’ by Harry Styles
Popcorn picked this costume because she wanted to step far out of her comfort zone, but her favorite part so far is flirting with Nick.
We see Popcorn in a hospital bed and she reveals that when she was a tiny kernel she had a bizarre condition, couldn’t eat or sleep and had high anxiety.
Her voice led her away from the drama and allowed her to survive.
We also see a hair crimper and a Rubik’s cube.
Judges Guesses: Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams
Popcorn: Episode 7- ‘Domino’ by Jessie J
Popcorn says she feels great every time she walks on stage, but she wouldn’t be where she is with her Queen BFF.
Her BFF says she knows Popcorn through a mutual friend and there is hints of a Russian connection.
We also see a deer and some bunny ears.
The BFF also says she’s been on “The Masked Singer” before herself
Popcorn’s game-changing clue is her BFF revealing that one of the panelists has guessed Popcorn’s true identity for another singer.
Popcorn: Episode 10 – ‘Better Be Good to Me’ by Tina Turner
She feels blessed to be on the show because she enjoys taking people to a happy place. The panelists have made her cry behind her mask.
Her super clue is a STOP sign.
The additional clue hidden in her safe reveals Popcorn is connected to Jenny. “We’ve definitely talked before, but never about how we both are published authors.”
Popcorn: Taylor Dayne
Popcorn is 1980s disco diva Taylor Dayne.
The season 4 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have collectively sold a whopping 281 million records. Dayne can claim more than one-quarter of that total, with worldwide sales topping 75 million.
Each of her first two albums — “Tell It to My Heart” and “Can’t Fight Fate” — went double platinum; as a group, the contestants have 23 platinum records.
Dayne earned two Grammy nominations for her debut disc (the celebrities can boast of 46 bids in all).
Popcorn admits that love played a big part in here success; Dayne topped the charts with such power ballads as “I’ll Always Love You” and “Love Will Lead You Back.”
In Popcorn’s first clues video, we saw a meatloaf with the sign “Welcome to the ‘hood!” Dayne had a hit in 1994 with her variation on the Jim Steinman song “Original Sin.” The following year, Steinman’s pal Meatloaf recorded the original for his comeback album “Welcome to the Neighborhood.”
Popcorn: Taylor Dayne (Revealed in Episode 10)
“I had a ball!” Taylor exclaimed during her unmasked interview. “Nobody understands how amazing this show is.” But what was her favorite part about competing? “The creativity,” she revealed. “The magic between all of you up here. Craig [Robinson], I love you! I just wanted to say that.” Craig was a guest panelist on the episode who was particularly touched by Taylor’s performance.
Throughout the season there were numerous hints in Popcorn’s clue packages that pointed to Taylor’s identity.
The cats in Popcorn’s package were a clue to Taylor’s starring role in the musical “Cats.”
The matzo ball soup with bunny ears was a nod to Taylor’s victory over Joey Fatone on the show “Celebrity Cook-Off” and her winning dish.
The heart monitor in Popcorn’s package was a hint to Taylor’s hit song, “With Every Beat of My Heart.”
Seahorse: Sneak Peek
Living in the ocean can be dangerous, so it’s always good to find a quiet place to hide.
America, you’ll never figure out who I am, even if you try your sea level best.
Seahorse: Episode 2 – ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ by Rihanna
We hear her speaking in a Southern accent while wearing a cowboy hat by the “OK Coral.”
She’s surrounded by a bunch of animals at a campfire including a couple dogs, a bird and a frog. There’s even a tea pot hanging over the fire.
She admits to being scared to let her fire burn and says she’s felt lost in the world, like she was always swimming upstream.
She wants to show shiny new sides of herself and there are a lot of images of dolphins.
Judges Guesses: Halsey, Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld
Seahorse: Episode 4 – ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion
Seahorse says she’s a bit tame in her normal life.
There’s a lot of references to cowboys.
She said after being heartbroken, she spent what felt like “1,000 years” pouring her heart out with writing.
We see something on the wall that references Disney.
She also says she’s experienced unimaginable loss and pain.
Judges Guesses: Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Jessica Simpson
Seahorse: Episode 8 – ‘…Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears
She’s loved baring her soul on the stage, but nobody knows her soul better than her spiritual advisor. He says Seahorse is the real deal (speaking from a pulpit).
We find out Seahorse plays guitar and we see images of a bonfire.
We also see two baby dolls and some from fried chicken from Nashville.
For a final clue, we learn Seahorse was never in a girl group.
Judges Guesses: Kesha, Kellie Pickler, Sia.
Seahorse: Episode 10 – ‘That’s What I Like’ by Bruno Mars
Even as a young girl, she knew she wanted to sing but she was so “darn shy.” Behind the Seahorse mask, she feels like that little girl discovering her purpose all over again.
For an additional clue, the Men in Black bring out a safe to show who on the panel the Seahorse is connected with. She’s connected to Nick! “
Seahorse: Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly came to fame as a contestant on “American Idol,” making it to the semi-finals of season 9 back in 2010. Five years later, her debut studio disc, “Unbreakable Smile,” hit number two on the Billboard 200 chart and she reaped a Grammy bid for Best New Artist. Her sophomore album, “Hiding Place,” won her two Grammy Awards in 2019 for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song (“Never Alone” with Kirk Franklin). Collectively, the 16 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have amassed 46 Grammy nominations.
We see the Seahorse sipping some tea; Tori has staged virtual concerts with other singers under the umbrella title, “QuaranTEA.” And for those that argue it was coffee in the cup, we also know that Tori likes her caffeine. She even penned a song called “Coffee,” which is featured on her third album, “Inspired By True Events.”
Sitting around the campfire we saw three animals that Tori has a connection with: a frog (she did a duet with Kermit of his signature song “Rainbow Connection” on the 2016 TV special “Disneyland 60”); a poodle (she often posts pics of her pup on Instagram) and a dove (she had a hit with the track “City Dove”). And Tori is unapologetic about her love for all things Harry Potter, which was referenced by that photo of a hog covered in warts (Hogwarts is the name of Harry’s school).
Seahorse: Tori Kelly (Revealed in Episode 10)
“I’ve always thought of myself as just a singer. I thought it would be fun to just come out here and show a whole other side of myself. Be a little more sassy! Show some choreography. I can’t be as sassy anymore, I have to go back to being myself.”
When asked about the telescope clue in one of her packages, the singer explained, “The telescope was because I was on ‘Star Search’ when I was 10.”
Also, a frog in the clue package was a nod to when she sang “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog.
The clocks with wings in Seahorse’s package were a clue for Tori’s single, “Time Flies.”
The double lasso was a hint to Tori’s two Grammy wins.
The Christmas wreath was a nod to Tori’s recently released album, “A Tori Kelly Christmas.”
Serpent: Sneak Peek
If you want to know how I instantly appeared, here’s the prescription number to my identity (a bottle with the number 31118).
Serpent: Episode 2 – ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers
We see him sitting next to a fire with a couple books including “How to Dig Yourself Out of Debt” and “Serpent Manual.”
There is also a map of the Caribbean, hints to musicology and medicine, reference to being “mischievous” and going down a path of destruction until his father saved him.
His dad led him on the path to success and now he heals pain rather than cause it.
Judges Guesses: Daveed Diggs, John Legend, Leslie Odom, Jr.
Serpent: Episode 4 – ‘The Bones’ by Maren Morris
Serpent says he’s taken an unorthodox path to stardom and starting off he could barely make “rent.”
We see a doctor in the background of his package and reference to $2.
We see a pink Cadillac as Serpent says he never wants this dream to end.
Judges Guesses: Taye Diggs, Brian McKnight, Jesse Williams
Serpent: Episode 8 – ‘Cool’ by Jonas Brothers
Serpent says he’s not ready to go back to the real world, but his old college roommate lets us in on some more information.
When they met, they were both dirt poor. We see a foam finger, pizza box and some sports trophies.
We also see some mayo and peanut butter, an ambulance and the roommate says fame “found him.”
For the Serpent’s final clue, it is revealed he has sung with one of the panelists before.
Judges Guesses: Donald Faison, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Elvis Francois
Serpent: Dr. Elvis Francois (Revealed in Episode 8)
“This is unbelievable,” Dr. Elvis expressed during his unmasked interview with host Nick Cannon. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime situation. It’s very different from what I do on a day-to-day basis, but something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. The patients often times turn on the television while they’re in their hospital beds. Coming in and watching ‘The Masked Singer,’ putting a smile on their face, it’s an incredible way for us to move forward together. I’m just happy to play a small part and humbled.”
Only Nicole Scherzinger was able to guess the Serpent’s true identity, but there were several hints throughout the clue packages that were pointing the panelists to Dr. Elvis.
The scrubs, ambulance and x-rays in Serpent’s packages were clues to Dr. Elvis’ career as an orthopedic surgeon. Serpent’s milk bottle on wheels is a nod to Dr. Elvis’ performance at the Indy 500, where the celebratory drink is milk. The “Imagine” mention was a hint to the 2020 viral video of Dr. Elvis singing “Imagine” to hospital patients. The recurring peanut butter, bacon and banana clues were hints to Dr. Elvis’ namesake, Elvis Presley, and his favorite sandwich.
Snow Owls: Sneak Peek
You can try and figure out who we are, but as for who is more talented, it’s a tie.
America, hoo-hoo are we? Your heads will spin trying to figure us out.
Snow Owls: Episode 1 – ‘Say Something’ by A Great Big World
We see a sign that says “Jam-a-Lot” and they says we haven’t seen them together in a while, but it’s time for a family reunion.
It sounds like they are a man and a woman.
They hint at being a brother-sister combo who have some roots in comedy.
They have references to Christmas.
They both have great voices and there’s a bit of a country vibe happening.
Judges Guesses: Amy Grant & Vince Gill; Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara; Donny & Marie Osmond
Snow Owls: Episode 3 – ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ by Meghan Trainor and John Legend
They’ve always had each others’ backs, like when the male owl was going through a breakup and got swept up in emotions.
She took his side, despite backlash from their community.
Then, the female says when she was in low places, he was her knight in shining armor.
Judges Guesses: Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood; Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams; Rob Schneider & Elle King; Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman
Snow Owls: Episode 7 – ‘The Prayer’ by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion
They admit sharing a stage is new to them, but being together like this feels more and more like home.
A good friend of theirs gives us a few clues about them from a snowy woods.
We see an airplane as he says, “For two total opposites they really compliment each other.”
We also see a rocking horse and a cocktail.
Theirs extra clue is that they’re two Snow Owls kissing in a tree. So we know they’re not brother and sister.
Snow Owls: Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
Country music superstar Clint Black and his wife of almost 30 years, actress Lisa Hartman have been songbirds as well as lovebirds with a #1 hit, “When I Said I Do.”
Black is one of the top-selling artists in country music, with almost 20 million albums sold worldwide. (Collectively, the season 4 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have moved 281 million records.)
Black has two triple platinum albums (“Killin’ Time” and “Put Yourself in My Shoes”) as well as four platinum discs (“The Hard Way,” “No Time to Kill,” “One Emotion” and “Nothin’ but the Taillights”). As a group, the celebrities have racked up 23 platinum records.
Collectively, the 16 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have earned 46 Grammy nominations. Black has reaped 11 bids over the year and Hartman shared in the one for “When I Said I Do.”
The shot of the pearl makes us think of their daughter, Lily Pearl Black. And the clue of Quarrel Canyon is a not-so-subtle play on the place Laurel Canyon, where the Blacks made their home until they moved to Nashville in 2004.
Snow Owls: Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black (Revealed in Episode 7)
“When I first saw the costumes I actually cried. They’re so beautiful, but they’re so sweet. I couldn’t wait to get into them!” said Lisa. ”
“You guys are no Simon Cowell,” Clint joked with the panel. “You all are so nice and made us feel good every time.”
Aside from Clint’s legendary voice, hints to the Snow Owls’ identities were sprinkled throughout their clue packages.
The hobby horse was a clue to the movie “Flicka: Country Pride,” which Clint and Lisa both starred in.
The long branch was a clue to Clint’s birthplace Long Branch, New Jersey.
The pearl in Snow Owls’ package was a clue to Clint and Lisa’s daughter’s name, Lily Pearl.
Squiggly Monster: Sneak Peek
It’s very fitting that I have so many appendages. After all, I’m known for having a lot of hands to latch onto.
America, if you want to figure out who I am, don’t expect me to give you a hand, even if I have plenty to spare.
Squiggly Monster: Episode 5 – ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
He chose the Squiggly Monster costume because people always roll their eyes at him, but now he can roll all of his at them.
We see some chocolate chip cookies.
He describes himself as a worry wart and someone of high energy.
He’s no dumbo and calls himself “easy on the eyes.”
Judges Guesses: Al Franken, Ray Romano
Squiggly Monster: Episode 6 – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ by the Rolling Stones
We see him in the Oval Office while he references an “Inconvenient Truth.”
He went through a lot of trauma and tragedies as a kid and soon realized laughter was the best medicine.
We see shots of a banana, crepes, a corn field and popcorn, a football, a penguin.
We see him eating a whole lot of burritos.
His magic clue is a big Teddy bear.
Judges Guesses:Ted Danson, Al Gore, David Hasselfhoff
Squiggly Monster: Bob Saget
Before the Squiggly Monster sang, we thought it was a woman based on the sneak peek clues video: Jodie Sweetin, who came to fame on “Full House.” But we realized we were wrong and that it was Sweetin’s TV dad, Bob Saget.
Sweetin and Saget both starred in “Full House” and the recent reboot “Fuller House.” Between these, Saget appeared as Danny Tanner in almost 300 half-hour installments; as a group, this season’s contestants have appeared in a staggering 5,475 episodes of television.
The Squiggly Monster observed, “It’s very fitting I have all these appendages. After all, I’m known for having a lot of hands to latch on too.” Among the lyrics in the catchy “Full House” theme song is a line about “hands to hold onto.”
We saw the Squiggly Monster having a party for their dog, something Saget’s and Sweetin’s character did on “Full House” much to the delight of their fans.
In the new clues video, we get even more visual hints that this is someone connected to “Full House”: there was a DJ, which just happens to be the name of another Tanner daughter; and there were shots of chocolate chip cookies, the favorite snack of the baby of the family, Michelle.
The Squiggly Monster made mention of using his voice for something other than singing; Saget was the narrator of the long-running TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother.”
And the celebrity inside this costume admits to being “a patchwork of personas” including “the father-figure and the scoundrel”; Saget still shocks people with his X-rated stand-up routine that is a far cry from the family friendly TV comedy for which he is best known.
Squiggly Monster: Bob Saget (Revealed in Episode 6)
“What you guys do here is why I wanted to do this,” the “Full House” actor revealed during his unmasked interview. “We’re all going through a tough time. I get to be part of your joy and it’s needed so bad. They said, ‘You want to be Squiggly Monster?’ They sent me a picture and I said, ‘Yeah!'”
Along with his quirky sense of humor and familiar voice, the panelists were able to solve the mystery behind Squiggly Monster’s identity with the help of hints from his clue packages.
The “slips and falls” in Squiggly Monster’s package were clues to Bob hosting the TV show “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The “1/100 Lives” was a clue to the game show “1 vs. 100” that Bob hosted.
Bob and Ken Jeong had been communicating about “The Masked Singer” over texts, but the continuously off-base panelist had no idea his friend had agreed to do the show. “Ken’s been texting me, ‘Hey, would you ever want to come by?'” Bob explained. “And I went, ‘No, I’m really busy.'” Then Ken revealed that Bob was one of his biggest supporters when he started out doing comedy at The Laugh Factory many years ago.
Sun: Sneak Peek
This sun knows how to shine like a torch, even during the freezing winter.
America, my identity will never dawn on you. If you try to guess me, you’ll just get sunburned.
Sun: Episode 1 – ‘Cuz I Love You’ by Lizzo
She reveals a card that says “Gold Member”
The Sun references “extreme seasons”
We see what looks like hair mousse being shot out of a tube.
She admits that, at first, fame was great but it was a lot of pressure. The spotlight was scorching and she got burned out.
She was then frozen in a deep depression.
We could also see an image of a jaguar and Mickey Mouse ears. Interesting comments!
Judges Guesses:Demi Lovato, Madonna, Katharine McPhee
Sun: Episode 3 – ‘Praying’ by Kesha
She feels like a kid again and reveals she missed out on a lot of her childhood growing up in a fractured home.
Lately she’s made up for lost time.
She mentions going into the woods and we see her mixing a potion.
We see her burning ugly rumors out in the trees.
Judges Guesses: Katharine McPhee, Mandy Moore, Carrie Underwood
Sun: Episode 7 – ‘Piece of My Heart’ by Janis Joplin
Sun says it feels good to perform again after all these months.
Her “sol mate” says the last few months of isolation have been challenging for them (we see wind chimes with angel wings).
They tried to make the most out of their time off by taking their RV out on road trips (we see the city of Baltimore).
They realized they don’t need much to be happy (we see Alaska featured) they just need each other.
He said Sun really misses entertaining people and she’s never gone this long without spreading her light to the rest of the world (we see cows and a sign that reads, “Greetings from Mexico”).
For a final clue, we learn the Sun is actually golden. She’s got at least one single that’s been certified Gold.
Sun: Episode 10 – ‘When the Party’s Over’ by Billie Eilish
Sun says she decided to this show for the pure joy and fun. She feels like a kid again, but she didn’t expect her competitive nature to be awakened.
The Sun has a hard time expressing her feelings and is scared her dreams will be shot down if she reveals them.
Her super clue is a video of her breathing fire.
The additional clue in her safe reveals the Sun is connected to Nicole. “Last time we met was in the bathroom.”
Sun: LeAnn Rimes
In her first appearance, the Sun sang the Lizzo hit “Cuz I Love You”; LeAnn has also recorded herself singing this power ballad.
LeAnn, 38, came to fame as a child singer. She made Grammy history as the youngest winner of Best New Artist in 1997; she also took home the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue.” She has contended for music’s highest honor five more times. As a group, this season’s contestants on “The Masked Singer” have earned 46 Grammy nominations.
The season 4 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have sold a staggering 281 million records. Rimes has racked up sales of almost 40 million albums worldwide. Her first two albums — “Blue” and “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs” — each went quadruple platinum while her next two — “Sittin’ on Top of the World” and a self-titled disc — each hit the million sales mark. Collectively, the contestants have 23 platinum records.
In one of the clues videos, we see a pair of mouse ears which must mean Disney. LeAnn has several ties to the house built by the mouse, including filming her first TV special at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando back in 1997. She was part of the golden anniversary special for Disneyland in 2005 and her cover of the park’s anthem, “Remember When” was played everyday for a year during the fireworks. In another, we see balloons; LeAnn has sung at several concerts that were part of hot air balloon festivals.
The Sun said she “knows how to shine like a torch even in the freezing winter.” LeAnn performed “Light The Fire Within” during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The Sun says she has been down at times and LeAnn has been very open about her struggles with depression over the years.
Whatchamacallit: Sneak Peek
Some might say that my career had a magical start.
America, I know you’re hair-dyeing to know my identity, but forget about trying to figure out who I am, can someone just tell me what I am?
Whatchamacalit: Episode 2 – ‘I Wish’ by Skee-Lo
He’s magical, mystical and full of all sorts of rhymes.
People think he’s a shy guy because he lets others absorb his spotlight.
But he can dance with the stars, serve candy bars and buzz with the bees.
We also see him swinging on some keys and a clock with random things on it such as a shrimp.
Judges Guesses: Swizz Beatz, Dame Lillard, Tyler the Creator
Whatchamacalit: Episode 4 – ‘Money Maker’ by Ludacris and Pharrell Williams
He says he can really let his hair down on “Masked Singer.”
We see lots of planes flying around as he mentions he was “ready to dance like never before” at the height of his career.
We also see some balloons and says he was deflated when news his mother wasn’t in good shape.
We also see a lot of coins that say 10 cents.
childhood clue reveals a children’s book. He loves a bedtime story and he’s an open book.
Judges Guesses: Kyrie Irving, Armie Hammer, Cam Newton, Terrell Owens
Whatchamacalit: Episode 8 – ‘Lean Back’ by Terror Squad ft. Fat Joe & Remy Ma
This tall talent is hoping his swag can carry him through because he’s not the best singer.
His high school teacher/mentor gives us some insight on Whatchamacallit and we see a pot of coffee, a gym whistle and a crown.
There are also some ping pong paddles and a Queen’s guard.
Whatchamacallit’s final clue is that he’s already won a championship.
Judges Guesses: Carmelo Anthony, Lonzo Ball, J.B. Smoove.
Whatchamacalit: Lonzo Ball
We are certain that Whatchamacallit is an athlete (after all, who else could carry off that cumbersome costume) and the most likely jock at this point is NBA all-star Lonzo Ball, who stands 6’6″ tall.
Ball, who plays point guard, was recruited by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. Among those in the head office of the Lakers operation at the time was one of the franchise’s most celebrated players, Magic Johnson; that would certainly fit the clue that Whatchamacallit had a “magical” start to his career.
Several photos call to mind Ball’s earlier teams. The chinos must be a reference to Chino Hills High School in southern California (where Ball had a 4.o GPA, which is seen on the clock) while the bear is the mascot of the UCLA Bruins, which is part of the Pac-12 (that number is also on the clock).
In 2019, Ball signed a lucrative deal to play for the New Orleans Pelicans that has already netted him more than $25 million in just two seasons. The contestants on “The Masked Singer” can brag of a combined worth of almost $400 million. There were several visual references that also pointed us in this direction: the number “2” on the clock (that is on Ball’s jersey) and the shot of shrimp (a delicacy associated with NoLa).
Ball loves to sing so much that he has even recorded two albums: “Born 2 Ball” in 2018 and “BBA (Bounce Back Album)” earlier this year. Both discs made it onto the charts, with the first including the hit single “Melo Ball 1.”
Lonzo’s family ties in to two of the clues: his younger brother, LiAngelo Ball, has the nickname “Gelo” (which is said just like the dessert Jell-O, which popped up in the clues video). And his outspoken father, LeVar Ball, could well be said to outshine him when it comes to time in the spotlight.
Whatchamacallit: Lonzo Ball (Revealed in Episode 8)
“I love music and I love performing,” Lonzo explained during his unmasked interview with host Nick Cannon. “This kind of brought it all together. And I know my mom watches this so it’s going to definitely put a smile on her face when she sees me.” When asked what the best part of being Whatchamacallit was, the New Orleans Pelican point g responded, “Just coming out here and doing what I love to do without anybody judging me and not knowing who I am. I had a lot of fun performing for y’all.”
There were numerous hints within the clue packages pointing the panelists in the right direction. The three bees and three “B” notes in Whatchamacallit’s packages are clues to Big Baller Brand, Lonzo’s apparel and shoe company. The gelatin and marshmallows in his packages are nods to Lonzo’s brothers “Gelo” and “Melo.” The panther and jets were hints to the NFL teams Lonzo’s father, Lavar, once played for. Whatchamacallit’s children’s book clue is a nod to Lonzo’s Facebook reality show, “Ball in the Family.”