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The Masked Singer: The Best and Worst Guesses About Who's Behind the Final Five Costumes logo 2/20/2019 Malcolm Venable
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[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of The Masked Singer.]

Just five if-you-say-so-lebrities remain on The Masked Singer, the reality competition that made TV history by being the first of its kind to be both more bizarre and more enjoyable than the real-life news cycle. With LaToya Jackson, Ricki Lake, Tori Spelling, Margaret Cho, Terry Bradshaw, Antonio Brown and Tommy Chong all sent back to their pre-existing levels of recognizability, The Masked Singer still has Rabbit, Peacock, Lion, Monster and Bee putting on those gorgeous getups every week to stump the viewing public in the only TV-related puzzle almost as as gripping as whatever the heck is happening with Jussie Smollett. Who could be behind the masks? Let's dive in.


The hints: Rabbit has said he's been on stage a lot but was never alone, and when judges straight-up asked him if he was in a boy band, Rabbit said he's in a band -- a not-at-all subtle dodge that pretty much confirms he's a boy bander. Rabbit has made a few references to 'N Sync, and recently admitted that he has 17 tattoos, which seems like a cruel thing to do to a rabbit, but OK.

Best guesses: Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Donnie Wahlberg.

Worst guesses: Justin Timberlake. Justin's voice is instantly recognizable, his smooth moves are unmistakable and, based on the the caliber of talent revealed so far, it's safe to bet Justin didn't make himself available for this if asked. 

It's probably: Joey Fatone. Rabbit's nods to 'N Sync make it certain he's one of the once spikey-haired musicians. Rabbit's admission that "he loves to sink his teeth into a big, fat Italian ice" has to be a tip to his role in the My Big Fat Greek Wedding films and his Italian roots.


The hints: Like Rabbit, Lion has teased that she's been henceforth known in relation to others more so than for her solo work, but as opposed to being in a group, she's teased that she's Hollywood nobility and there are lots of women in her pride. Lion is one of the best singers in the bunch, with a full-throttle voice, but her revelation that she's showing her true self for the first time suggests she's not a professional, full-time belter.

Best guesses: A member of Fifth Harmony, Michelle Williams or Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child.

Worst guesses: Lady Gaga. Come on now, be serious.

It's probably: Rumer Willis. As the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, she's absolutely a Hollywood O.G., and since she has four sisters, that makes her comment about the women in her sphere resonant. To boot, she's a Leo, has (or at least used to have) a lion tattoo, and she's been on Empire, where she hung around with the Lyon pride. Case closed.


The hints: A soulful singer from the South, Monster has said he was once at the top of his game and the game turned on him -- a sure sign this is someone who's been off the A-list for a minute. He's made a few allusions to sharing his "true" voice with the world, and thrown in some references to perhaps being an athlete -- perhaps a golfer or a boxer -- especially when he said he was going to come out swinging.

Best guesses: Gucci Mane and Lil Jon.

Worst guesses: Mike Tyson, Tommy Davidson and Diddy. Monster can actually sing, which rules out Mike Tyson's distinctive pitch and Tommy Davidson's nasally whine too. Diddy is a non-starter since he's not only from New York, but would never voluntarily rob the world of a chance to see his face.

It's probably: T-Pain, the singer-rapper who rose to great heights in the early aughts but has fallen out of favor in the rap and R&B world. He's from Tallahassee, and his onetime reliance on Auto-Tune as part of his schtick gives his note about showing his real voice context. Nobody's really heard him sing any other way, Monster seems to be saying, even if his voice is unmistakable. Also, T-Pain was famously involved in a pretty bad accident in a golf cart once, so he very well could be the golf aficionado no one knew.


The hints: She's got 10 Grammys, collected during her long career she said goes back to the 1950s. In her segment where she had to bring out an item to tease her identity, she showed bakeware.

Best guesses: Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle have been floated -- all of them reasonable stabs.

Worst guesses: It's not Diana Ross as Robin Thicke once said. Diana's hair won't even fit in that costume let alone her big diva aura.

It's probably: Gladys Knight. She not only has a combined 10 Grammys -- seven as a solo artist and three more with the Pips -- but she is the only other singer alive who could sound as good as Bee does that's been around since the 1950s and is known for cooking. (Though closed, Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles was once an institution in Atlanta.) While Patti LaBelle also sounds good and cooks, her unmatched voice sounds much different than Knight's.


The hints: He says he's been in the game a minute, making his stage debut at age 5. He's been seen playing with a deck of cards, twirling the inside of his cape to reveal a rainbow-colored flag and playing piano, so he's absolutely a showman. One of his biggest clues thus far was his admission that it's probably been a while since "your mom had posters of me on her bedroom wall" -- a breadcrumb heightened by the admission that he's done a magic act in the past.

Best guesses: Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and Donny Osmond.

Worst guesses: Elton John, who is loading a gun full of sequins to shoot at those who suggest he'd do this.

It's probably: Donny Osmond. A child star, pianist and one-time winner of Dancing with the Stars, Osmond is the preeminent showman on the reality circuit, and Peacock's fine moves on the floor square up with the performer's wide-ranging talents.

The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox.

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