Fans Have Zero Doubt That the Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer' Are the Hanson Brothers

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Photo credit: Michael Beckerfox/Fox Media
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From Good Housekeeping

  • Who are the Russian Dolls on The Masked Singer season 5? Below, we reveal what the internet is guessing at the moment.

  • Based on what we know so far, we'd say the Russian Dolls are Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson of the band Hanson.

The talent on The Masked Singer is truly stacked this year, with the Russian Dolls quickly becoming a top pick for the title. Just like the real Russian nesting doll toys, this season 5 costume is full of surprises. The biggest surprise of all? The Russian Dolls are hiding more than one celebrity behind those big blue eyes.

Already, fans are jumping to quick conclusions after hearing the Russian Dolls sing Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born hit "Shallow" and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." Some fans are so sure of their guess, in fact, they're willing to bet on it without even hearing more clues.

Who Are the Russian Dolls on The Masked Singer?

Even if people are super confident, we should still first take a look at the clues:

  • The Russian Dolls are adorned in a red, yellow and blue costume with three flowers on the front.

  • In their first clue package, the Russian Dolls say they've been "doing [their] own thing for quite some time." Later in the same video, we see one of the dolls held aloft by puppet strings, leading judge Jenny McCarthy to guess they "were being controlled by someone."

  • They appear in a snowy wonderland with a sign that reads "Misfitz Toyz Store."

  • The dolls also tell us that, in the beginning, they were "the world's hottest toy. Mmm, those were the days."

  • A glass of milk is displayed on a shelf of Russian nesting dolls in the clue package.

  • In one clue package scene, a Russian doll skips across a bridge with a boat wheel sticking out of the snow. The doll then jumps on a train next to a sign that reads, "Garden State Highway."

For many Masked Singer fans, a few seconds of "Shallow" were all they needed to declare confidently that the Russian Dolls of season 5 are the Hanson brothers, a.k.a. Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson.

"Every woman between 30-45 knew who was the second the first one started singing! We can recognize our favorite brothers anywhere!" wrote one fan on Instagram. "At first when I heard Issac, I knew that voice was deeply rooted in my memory (maybe just a little but higher back then) but I couldn't put my finger on who it was..then two words into the chorus I knew immediately that voice was the only and only Taylor Hanson. I know I'm not the only one who can pick up on these voices no matter how long it has been!!" another fan wrote on YouTube.

Almost universally, viewers seem to agree the Russian Dolls are Isaac, Taylor and Zac, with perhaps two of the brothers hiding within the bigger Russian Doll while another sings in the smaller. The boy band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is perhaps known best for their 1997 hit "MMMBop," but they are still recording music today. They've owned their own record label for years, which could be why the clue package references them "doing their own thing for quite some time."

Fans were quick to apply other hints to Hanson's well-known history. They believe "Mmm, those were the days," is a clear reference to "MMMBop," while the milk on the shelf might be a nod to Hanson's Got Milk ad in the 1990s.

One YouTube commentator also made the shrewd observation that "Hanson did their first public performance after 'MMMBop' was released at Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey." New Jersey, of course, is the Garden State.

What about all that snow in the clue package? Well, Russian dolls are from Russia, where it's famously snowy, but the Hanson brothers also recorded a Christmas album called "Snowed In."

Plus, the MisfITZ clue is a dead give away — "ITZ" must stand for Isaac, Taylor and Zac. Could it be any clearer these dolls are the Hanson brothers? Fans don't think so, which makes the upcoming reveal all the more exciting ...

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