There’s Literally No Way the Russian Dolls on ‘Masked Singer’ Aren’t the Hanson Brothers

Mehera Bonner
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There’s Literally No Way the Russian Dolls on ‘Masked Singer’ Aren’t the Hanson Brothers

From Cosmopolitan

Let me spare you this two-minute read. The Russian Dolls are the Hanson brothers! Or at least, the internet has come to the collective conclusion that Taylor, Zac, and Isaac are one hundred percent lurking inside the stacking dolls. Normally, Masked Singer fans aren’t this aligned in their predictions, but I guess the casting crew at FOX underestimated the power of the Hanson hive.

If you’ve seen all the enthusiastic Hanson fans writing YouTube comments akin to love letters, like this…

“As a 31-year-old who’s been an intense Hanson fan since I was 8 years old, it’s a little hard for me to imagine anyone not instantly recognizing them. :D Those voices and flawless harmonies are imprinted on my brain, I tell you!”

…but you *still* aren’t convinced, allow me to walk you through the evidence. (But seriously, there’s no way the Russian Dolls aren’t the Hanson brothers. Please. Believe me on this one.)

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The Clues

The first clue package for the Russian Dolls is honestly chock-full of Easter eggs. Some highlights include:

  • “I’ve been doing my own thing for quite some time, not like in the beginning, when I was the world’s hottest toy,” aka they’ve taken a hiatus from showbiz?

  • The jug of milk on the shelf.

  • A conveyer belt of cardboard boxes (JEFF BEZOS, IS THIS YOU?).

  • A boat wheel on a bridge.

  • A “Garden State Highway” sign at a train stop.

And ICYMI, in episode 1, Jenny McCarthy ventured a guess that they could be a “Philly group,” like maybe Boyz II Men.

Now let's look at the clue video from episode 3:

  • We see a solar system mobile...? Which made Ken Jeong guess the cast of The Big Bang Theory (lol, Kaley Cuoco is busy, my guy)

  • The smaller doll throws a jab at the bigger doll, reminding him of a time he "cracked hard" (sibling rivalry, perhaps??)

  • The larger doll had to get RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL!! And there was no guarantee things would ever be the same!

  • We see a red letterman jacket with the letter "M" on it

The Performances

During the first episode, we saw the Russian Doll do a pretty solid performance of “Man in the Mirror,” by Michael Jackson. The smaller Russian Doll even wore a sparkly glove, and Jenny was very into all the vibes:

In the third episode, the Russian Doll treated viewers to a performance of "Wonder" by Shawn Mendes and FINALLY TWO BECAME THREE:

And here’s a sneak peek of the Russian Dolls performing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born at some point this season:


The Theories

The Hanson Brothers

Photo credit: Tim Roney - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Roney - Getty Images

I mean…we can all agree this is Hanson, right? Fans of “MMMBop” (ME, I MEAN ME) would recognize these voices anywhere. Here’s just a small selection of comments lurking on YouTube if you need convincing:

“Taylor’s voice is unmistakable. If you have been a fan of Hanson for the entire duration of their career like I have, you know from the first note that it’s none other than them. They are amazing!”

“Here comes the 2nd coming of Hanson being popular…well, to those who have not been following them like us Fansons.”

“It’s Ike first, then Ike + Zac, then Tay, then all. HANSON RULES!”

“Taylor gave it away. His voice is very unique and unmistakable.”

One fan also pointed out that the jug of milk on the shelf could be a hint at the Hanson Brothers’ “Got Milk?” ad from the ’90s.

Also, let's discuss that hospital clue! In 2019, Zac Hanson broke three ribs, his collarbone, and cracked his scapula in a motorcycle accident. The group didn't cancel their tour, but someone stepped in on Zac's behalf to take over the drums.

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“Someone Close to Michael Jackson”

Photo credit: KMazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: KMazur - Getty Images


Okay, as I've said about 99 times already, everyone is pretty much in agreement that the Russian Dolls are the Hanson brothers, but one brave soul ventured that maybe it’s actually someone who was close to the late “Man in the Mirror” pop star. Which could mean…who exactly? Janet Jackson?

The plot thickens though! Today, E! obtained an exclusive clip of episode 3—and it looks pretty clear that there are now *three* Russian dolls—in which we see Ken Jeong venturing a guess for the Jackson 5. Niecy Nash, for her part, shuts it down pretty quickly and says, “I’m thinking not.”

Todrick Hall

Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images
Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images

Only one person on YouTube suggested that Todrick Hall could be lurking underneath the Russian Doll costume, but they quickly talked themselves out of it. (Honestly, story of my life):

Photo credit: YouTube
Photo credit: YouTube

Enrique Iglesias

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Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images

I mean, I really don’t understand how Enrique Iglesias could occupy three doll costumes at the same time, but perhaps I’m not thinking imaginatively enough!

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Here’s to hoping the Russian Dolls make it relatively far this season because their vocals are gorgeous and also HANSON FOREVER. Now excuse me while I make us all listen to “MMMBop” together.

In the profound words of Hanson, “Mmmbop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du, oh yeah, mmmbop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba du dop, ba du bop, ba du dop, ba du, yeah.”

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