The third season of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” premiered Sunday after Super Bowl LIV with an episode that introduced viewers to six out of the 18 contestants competing on this installment: White Tiger, Turtle, Llama, Miss Monster, Robot and Kangaroo.
Those competitors are part of Group A, a lineup that will compete again when the show moves to its regular night and time this Wednesday at 8 /7c. Well, all of them except for Robot, who was the first Season 3 contestant to be eliminated and revealed to be rapper Lil Wayne at the end of Monday night’s premiere.
But what are the identities of the five remaining masked celebrities duking it out on the first round of the singing competition’s third season? See below for fans’ best guesses, which were sparked by clue packages (you can view those here), the contestants’ initial performances, and the names thrown out by panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and guest judge Jamie Foxx.
The current leading guesses are John Cena, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Momoa and Michael Strahan. See the big cat’s performance of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” below and decide for yourself.
The top names thrown out for Turtle were Donny Wahlberg (despite his wife/”Masked Singer” judge, Jenny McCarthy’s, insistence it’s not him), Joey McIntyre and Zac Efron. See his performance of Seal’s (a Season 2 contestant!) “Kiss From a Rose” below and make your own prediction.
A lot of fans think this four-legged mammal is either Howard Stern, David Spade or Joel McHale. Watch him belt out Rick Martin’s “She Bangs” in the clip below and see which one you think is the correct guess — or if they’re all wrong.
Viewers are banking on Dolly Parton, Mary J. Blige or Dionne Warwick to be the identity of the first female contestant to take the stage for Season 3. See the pink and fluffy masked monster (which is a costume made in tribute to Season 1 contestant T. Pain, who was the original Monster) perform Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” below and make your pick.
OK, since this contestant was the first to be eliminated, we already know his identity: Lil Wayne. But in case you were wondering, the top guesses for who he was — before he was unmasked — were Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Floyd Mayweather. Yeah, they were way off. See him sing Lenny Kravitz’ “Are You Gonna Go My Way” below.
The first marsupial to ever compete on Fox’s oddball singing competition is currently assumed to be either Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland or Iggy Azalea. See the Aussie animal perform Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” in the clip down under.
Of course these are not the only costumed singers you’ll see competing on Season 3, with the other 12 being Banana, Frog, Mouse, Astronaut, Swan, Kitty, Bear, Elephant, Rhino, T-Rex, Night Angel and Taco.
Between all 18 contestants they’ve “amassed a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records,” according to Fox.
Per the network, “The format will be changing slightly in Season 3. The contestants will be split into three groups of six – Group A, B, and C. Group A will kick off the first three episodes as they whittle down from six to three singers. Then we will meet Group B as they go from six to three, then Group C. The final 9 contestants from these three groups will then come together and battle it out the rest of the season for the golden mask trophy. As always, one celebrity will still be unmasked in every episode, including the premiere.”
“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.
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