The Mushroom From 'Masked Singer' Seems To Have A 'Mean Girls' Connection

Martha Sorren
·4 min read

From Woman's Day

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.

  • Hot dogs

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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