When the Mushroom was first introduced on The Masked Singer's Instagram page, commenters didn't have many guesses, but they were in love with the cuteness of the costume. "This is my favorite one! I love it!" raved one fan. "The detailing of the wood and mushrooms is so nice omg," said another. But once the Mushroom sang and the first clues were revealed, the guesses about who is the Mushroom finally started pouring in along with the compliments. (Judge Nicole Scherzinger said the Mushroom's rendition of Maxwell's "This Woman's Work" gave her chills.)
In addition to stumping people on its identity, The Mushroom has confused people on its sex: neither fans nor judges can tell if it is a man or woman beneath the mask. And although this truly doesn't matter, it does make it harder to narrow down the celebrity choices.
Who is the Mushroom on The Masked Singer?
Here are the main clues we've gotten about the Mushroom:
Their career started underground.
Turned hobby into a career
They help others grow
More Hamilton puns than a person can count.
And in the second clue package, there were a ton of Mean Girls clues, like "fetch," breaking a crown in half, a burn book, and "you can't sit with us."
A red jello brain
Mushroom Guess #1: Billy Porter
A year ago, people thought the Leopard was Billy Porter, but on this new season, fans think Porter is under the Mushroom mask. Clues have pointed to someone in the LGBTQ+ community, and Porter also fits the hot dog clue, since he once revealed his controversial opinion that a hot dog is a sandwich. He's also sang alongside Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda. We're not sure about those Mean Girls clues, but many fans are on board regardless.
I think Billy Porter is the Mushroom on The Masked singer
— Teresa Dove (@tetedove) November 5, 2020
Billy Porter are you the mushroom on the masked singer???
— lisa frazier (@lisafra07297953) November 5, 2020
Mushroom Guess #2: Todrick Hall
Singer Todrick Hall has starred in a Mean Girls parody video, and he tried out for American Idol as another clue has hinted at. He's also said to have been inspired by Hamilton to write his album Straight Outta Oz. Plus some fans believe they heard his voice when the Mushroom sang.
— Cyanna Tinkerbell (@cya_shirley) November 5, 2020
— Marianne (@lovely_marianne) November 5, 2020
Mushroom might be Todrick Hall? He did a mean girls skit. #MaskedSinger
— 🌍 On Fauxnem 🚭 (@LazyKMusic) November 5, 2020
Mushroom Guess #3: Anthony Ramos
Given the amount of Hamilton puns in its pre-performance clue package, most people's guesses immediately went to stars of the Broadway show. The most common one: Anthony Ramos, who played John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the original production.
Anthony Ramos is the Mushroom y’all I just know it #MaskedSinger
— The Tea (@JeremyTheTea) October 29, 2020
— Amber the Amber (@AmbitionsMint) October 29, 2020
Very few of the clues single out Ramos from his co-stars. (The closest is the hot dog cart, which could represent his New York City childhood.) But the Mushroom's vocal range is eerily similar to that of Ramos. However, he doesn't fit the Mean Girls clues from the second clue package.
Mushroom Guess #4: Leslie Odom Jr.
Yes, many people are guessing Leslie Odom Jr. as the celebrity behind the Serpent costume. But it's possible that he's really disguised as a mushroom.
— Alex (@Alex87232269) October 29, 2020
Leslie Odom Jr. Can't be both the Serpant and Mushroom mask, right? #MaskedSinger
— Elizabeth Hurd (She/her/hers) (@elizanhurd) October 29, 2020
Again, this guess is mostly based on Hamilton puns and vocal skills, but there is one clue that could point specifically to Odom Jr. At the end of its pre-performance clue package, the Mushroom said they have been able to "rise up and help others grow." The actor wrote a book called Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning, which was intended to inspire younger readers. Additionally, Odom was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace Foundation, which provides scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to emerging talents in the art space. He now does work with the non-profit. We're stumped about how he could fit the several Mean Girls clues, though.
Judges' First Impressions
Nicole Scherzinger: Donald Glover
Jenny McCarthy: Frank Ocean
Robin Thicke: Not said.
Ken Jeong: Usher
It looks like the Mushroom will be around another week, giving fans more chances to guess its identity.
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