'The Masked Dancer' May Have Just Accidentally Revealed Cotton Candy's Secret Identity

Kayla Keegan
·3 min read

From Good Housekeeping

  • The newest episode of The Masked Dancer aired Wednesday night on Fox.

  • On Wednesday, fans were introduced to the Group B contestants, including the graceful and talented Cotton Candy.

  • During the show, host Craig Robinson asked Cotton Candy if they were a certain former Dancing With the Stars pro dancer.

  • Based on Cotton Candy's response, Craig may have unintentionally given away the contestant's identity.

When Masked Dancer host Craig Robinson was joking around with Group B contestant Cotton Candy on Wednesday night's episode, he may have inadvertently dropped a major spoiler.

The revealing moment happened after Cotton Candy's breathtaking aerial performance to P!nk's "Glitter in the Air." Impressed by the contestant's stunning dance moves, judges Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, and Ashley Tisdale were quick to compliment Cotton Candy, especially after the scary fall the dancer endured during a rehearsal. Moments later, Paula threw out Jenna Dewan as a guess and Brian theorized that the mysterious performer was P!nk. But when Ken predicted that Cotton Candy could be Julianne Hough, Craig decided to put his theory to the test right then and there.

"Hey Julianne!" Craig called out to Cotton Candy, who was standing right next to him. Almost instantly, Cotton Candy turned her head in response to face Craig. As the judges laughed along with Craig, Ken jokingly scolded the host for the stunt, saying "Nice. Hurting the game, but nice."

Of course, the big question now is ... did Craig mistakenly (and prematurely) reveal that Julianne is, in fact, Cotton Candy? After all, Cotton Candy did seem to instinctively respond to Craig saying "Julianne." Plus, as Ken and Ashley eloquently explained on the show, the clues do add up. Julianne and her brother, Derek Hough, were extras in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which correlates to the wizard hat in Cotton Candy's clue package. What's more, the three-pound dumbbells could be hinting at Julianne's three Emmy nominations (she's won the award once).

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

But that's not all. What the judges didn't draw a connection to was the clue about Cotton Candy having to "move in with a new family" in order to "chase her dreams." As People once reported, both Julianne and Derek left their life in Utah as kids to attend the London dance school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. While there, they moved in with family friends. Suspicious, indeed.

Even still, there are other theories floating around online that suggest Cotton Candy could be Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, or even singer Selena Gomez.

Long story short, it's all still up in the air at this point. Cotton Candy could very well be Julianne or it could be someone else. But the reality is we won't know for sure until Cotton Candy is eliminated from the competition or wins the whole thing. While we wait to see how things pan out, we'll be on the lookout for more clues that support Ken's brilliant theory.

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