If you’re looking for “The Masked Singer” spoilers, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll through our photos below to see our best guesses as to who’s behind the masks in the Season 4 cast before they are revealed. This edition of the hit FOX reality TV competition features 17 celebrities concealed in 16 elaborate costumes.
After they sing, the panel of judges — Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke — try and guess their real identities. We will only find out if our guesses are right when the contestant is eliminated, their mask is removed, and their true self is seen for the first time.
Baby Alien: Mark Sanchez – Revealed Week 4 (October 14)
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“If you’re looking for a hint about this baby alien, all you have to do is look to the stars,” Baby Alien says in the intro package, directing viewers to look at a starry night sky flashing the number “5.”
Broccoli: Paul Anka – Revealed Week 9 (November 26)
Without hearing him sing, we only had his looks to go on, and that costume puts us in mind of the style – both hair and fashion – of the singer Khalid. But once he crooned a tune we knew that it was this one-time teen idol, who is about to turn 80.
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).
Crocodile: Nick Carter
We are sure that the Crocodile is not Jenny’s husband, Donnie Wahlberg. He has been her go-to guess for three seasons now. However, he has yet to appear on the show as he is busy 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 as a teenager with the Backstreet Boys.
Even before getting that big break, Nick 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 Crocodile 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: Busta Rhymes – Revealed Week 1 (September 23)
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“Hey, welcome to my lair. Sorry it’s a bit humid in here. As you can see, dressing up in funky, outrageous costumes isn’t new to me. And like a dragon, I’ve always been a fire-breathing beast on a quest to be the best. But at first, my fire was dangerous. Then, I got a tip that helped me calm down and switch gears. And now, I got me this shiny treasure den. Tonight, I’m coming back on stage to prove my fire’s still hot and drag the golden mask back to my lair.”
Giraffe: Brian Austin Green – Revealed Week 3 (October 7)
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“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.”
Gremlin: Mickey Rourke – Revealed Week 2 (September 30)
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“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.”
Jellyfish: Chloe Kim – Revealed Week 10 (December 2)
The Jellyfish looks surprisingly sexy in her lime green costume as she totters around the stage on platform heels. She teases us when she says, “You can search the entire ocean for a notion as to who I am.” All she will reveal about her real self is that, “even though I may be cold blooded, I have a warm and glowing flow with H20.”
Kim is the youngest-ever Olympic gold medal winner in snowboarding. 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.
The Jellyfish costume reveals the contestant has an athletic physique. And she confesses to being cold-blooded and competitive. “Brrr” coupled with an image of powder (another name for snow) has us convinced that the celebrity must be someone associated with winter.
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 to swapping 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.”
Lips: Wendy Williams – Revealed Week 5 (October 28)
We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the Lips when FOX released a teaser of her cumbersome costume and highly detailed mask. At this point our best guess as to the real name of the Lips is talk show host Wendy Williams.
Don’t believe us? Well consider this key fact about Williams. Her self-titled talk show has run for 12 seasons. Over those dozen years, Williams has recorded almost 2,000 episodes; as a group, this season’s contestants have appeared in over 5,475 episodes of television.
In that sneak peek we saw Lips lounging like a diva on a white couch before getting up close and personal with “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon. Both of these clues fit with Williams, who invites her guests to loll back and relax on a couch as she listens to them. Among her most frequent guests is one Nick Cannon, who even pinch hit as host of her show when she was recovering from surgery in 2019. Certainly when Lips let loose with a hearty laugh, we thought she sounded just like Williams.
And isn’t it obvious that someone who talks for a living would be disguised as lips? We’ll only for sure if Wendy Williams is Lips when she is unmasked. That will only happen if she loses a vote or wins the show. Do you think we are right about the true identity of the Lips? Sound off in the comments section with your best guesses.
Mushroom: Aloe Blacc
We are sure that the Mushroom is Aloe Blacc, the versatile singer/songwriter who is also part of the hip hop duo Emanon with Exile.
We’ve done the math and figured out that the other contestants on “The Masked Singer” account for 45 of the 46 Grammy nominations that the group has as a whole. Aloe reaped a bid in 2015 for Best R&B Album for his chart-topping disc “Lift Your Spirit.”
Blacc’s bio matches with many of the clues that we’ve gotten from the Mushroom. He was president of his senior class and graduated from Laguna Hills High School with a perfect 4.0 GPA. That earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California.
The Mushroom admitted that he’s already taken part in another singing competition. One of Aloe’s first successes as a singer came as part of Emanon, which competed on the MTV talent show “The Cut” way back in 1998.
The Mushroom revealed that early in his career he carried and briefcase and worked in the rat race. After college, Aloe landed a plum job as an analyst at Ernst & Young. That financial powerhouse is located on Wall Street, which was referenced by the image of a bull (as in stock market).
When he was laid off in 2003, Aloe decided to devote himself full-time to his music. The Mushroom told us that he turned one of his hobbies into a big business and Blacc has certainly done that, with record sales in the millions.
The baby doll ties into the single “Baby,” which Aloe recorded with Alice Smith as part of the 2011 charity album “Red Hot + Rio 2,” which raised awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV.
Mushroom made mention of wearing many hats. Blacc is rarely seen without sporting one of his signature hats.
And to cap it all off, Blacc can be found on YouTube performing another Donny Hathaway song, “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” and sounding just like the Mushroom!
Popcorn: Taylor Dayne – Revealed Week 10 (December 2)
First off, there is no way that Popcorn is really Pink. We just don’t buy the idea that this chart-topping superstar is pulling a fast one by competing on the show and singing one of her own hits. Nor is she likely to be the judges guess of Mary J. Blige or Tina Turner. Having said that, we do think that Popcorn is someone whose success came from raising her voice in song: 1980s disco diva Taylor Dayne. Don’t believe us? Well consider the way that Taylor’s bio fits in with the kernels of truth offered up by Popcorn:
As a group, the season 4 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have sold a whopping 281 million records. Dayne accounts for 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. And Dayne earned two Grammy nominations for her debut disc (the celebrities can boast of 46 bids in all).
Popcorn readily 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.”
Seahorse: Tori Kelly – Revealed Week 10 (December 2)
First off, there is no way that the Seahorse is the red-hot Halsey or Bebe Rexha, who both got name checks from the judges. But we do think that the Seahorse is someone who has seen their name at the top of the charts: Tori Kelly.
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).
Serpent: Dr. Elvis Francois – Revealed Week 8 (November 18)
Nicole Scherzinger was the only panelist who was able to piece together all the clues and correctly guess Dr. Elvis was the Serpent.
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: Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black – Revealed Week 7 (November 11)
We weren’t buying the judges guess that the Snow Owls are Donny and Marie Osmond. Yes, Donny did strut his stuff in season 1 of “The Masked Singer” as the Peacock. And we know that the clue about roses could refer to Marie’s first hit “Paper Roses.” But that is all just too obvious, isn’t it?
Consider instead our theory: country music superstar Clint Black and his wife of almost 30 years, actress Lisa Hartman. These lovebirds have also been songbirds together with a #1 tune, “When I Said I Do.”
Hartman made her name as a TV star in the 1980s but was also a singer, with several hit records. 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 can brag of 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 can boast of 23 platinum records.
Collectively, the 16 contestants on “The Masked Singer” have amassed 46 Grammy nominations. Black has racked up 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.
Squiggly Monster: Bob Saget – Revealed Week 6 (November 4)
Before the Squiggly Monster appeared, we thought it was a woman based on the sneak peek clues video: Jodie Sweetin from “Full House.” But we now think the Squiggly Monster is Sweetin’s TV dad, Bob Saget.
Several of the sneak peek clues could fit him just as well as her. 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 said, “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 next 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 says he uses his voice for something other than singing; Saget narrated the comedy series “How I Met Your Mother.”
He calls himself “a patchwork of personas” including “the father-figure and the scoundrel”; Saget 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.
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: Lonzo Ball – Revealed Week 8 (November 18)
We were 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.