The Caterpillar on ‘The Masked Singer’ Is *Definitely* a Swiftie—Here Are the Best Theories About Their Identity

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Photo credit: Fox
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Okay, Taylor Swift fans, gather round, ’cause one of us is on The Masked Singer this season. Sure, knowing the person under the Caterpillar mask is a Swiftie fan might only narrow down options to about half the planet, but you best believe I’ll be out here trying to figure out who it is until I’m 100 percent sure.

Now, I’ll be the first one to say it…the Caterpillar costume is a little creepy. Like, it’s definitely something you’d see in a terrifying fever dream. But that doesn’t mean whoever’s underneath won’t be a pleasant surprise, so here’s what we’ve got to work with so far about who Caterpillar is on The Masked Singer.

The Clues

The first thing we know about the Caterpillar is the unnervingly smiley costume itself. It’s a fuzzy yellow and pink getup with three sets of feet. The head part has a toothy grin with braces and is wearing a headset. It all seems random, but I’m sure at some point, it’ll start to make sense.

At the time, the show had only given one tiny clue about who is underneath it all. In a short clip, the fuzzy bug said, “You might not know who I am yet, but I can say a Taylor would. Especially this one,” followed by a picture of Taylor Swift popping up. Verrrry interesting.

Then, there's this longer clip where Caterpillar drops so! much! info! Time to dissect the intel we have from it:

  1. Caterpillar says they grew up lonely and that their life has been all about metamorphosis.

  2. The hurricane brewing on the TV screen.

  3. They left home at a young age.

  4. Caterpillar went to jail before.

  5. The framed image of The Great Lakes.

  6. Caterpillar watching themself on TV.

  7. The flaming basketball.

ICYMI, Caterpillar made their debut on the hit FOX show this season as a wildcard for Group B with a moving performance of Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy." Caterpillar hits the stage again tonight for what is sure to be another riveting performance, but until then, let's assess who just may be inside Caterpillar.

The Theories

Brendon Urie

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Photo credit: Burak Cingi - Getty Images

Brendon from Panic! At the Disco was featured in Taytay’s song “Me!” so that has some people thinking he’s under the costume purely based on association and the general ~vibes~ from the music video fitting the color scheme of the costume. It’s not impossible, I’ll give it that!

Bobby Berk

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Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images

The beloved interior designer from Netflix's Queer Eye fits a lot of the given clues. For starters, do you remember seeing Bobby in T. Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" video? It was legendary. And get this: Before he became a part of The Fab Five—which, BTW, is the same moniker for the iconic University of Michigan 1991 men's basketball team, hence the shot of the Great Lakes—Bobby was a part of at least two Christian rock groups, so he has musical experience. But more so, Bobby has been candid in the past about some of the challenges he faced growing up gay in the Bible Belt, which ultimately led to him running away from home at 15 years old. TBH, gonna be prettttty hard to convince us that Caterpillar *isn't* Bobby because all signs are definitely pointing to him! Alas, only time shall tell.

Todrick Hall

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Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images

Another friend of T. Swift who’s also a singer is Todrick Hall. In case you don’t remember, he was in Taylor’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and “You Need to Calm Down” videos (and even co-exec produced the latter). He also just released his fourth album this past summer, so this could be some good promo for him. Buuut, literally there's too much evidence supporting that Todrick is actually The Bull right now, sooo there's that.

Mariska Hargitay

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Photo credit: Michael Tran - Getty Images

Alright, yes, this one seems like a stretch, but some people are truly under the impression that Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay is moonlighting as a giant caterpillar. She was in Taylor’s “Bad Blood” music video AND Taylor named one of her cats after Mariska’s SVU character, Olivia Benson. There is one teeny-tiny problem with this theory though: Mariska has no known history of being a singer (although TBH, that’s never stopped past Masked Singer contestants before, so who knows)!

Want more clues? Tune in and catch the Caterpillar perform on The Masked Singer tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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