[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Season 5 Group A Finals of The Masked Singer. Read at your own risk!]
The Masked Singer Season 5 promised major twists, and it has delivered. Not only did the Wild Card round see four new contestants join the competition in the middle, it also had a new host (Niecy Nash stepped in for the first five episodes of the season after Nick Cannon tested positive for COVID-19) and saw Cannon himself step into one of the show's iconic costumes as a (now-eliminated) Wild Card contestant.
Cannon's Bulldog, plus Orca, Crab and now Yeti, all four of Season 5's Wild Card singers, join a rooster named Cluedle-Doo as the season's most mysterious new figures. Cluedle-Doo isn't singing, but pops up once or twice an episode with clues that the judges can't see or points out ones that they've missed. He'll sometimes crash the stage to mess with the judges, or provide backstage footage that can reveal more information about the competing masked celebrities. Cluedle-Doo's celebrity identity is also a mystery that viewers can guess before he's unmasked at some point during the season.
The remaining Wild Card singers (a.k.a. Crab and Yeti) will join the remaining contestants (including Russian Dolls, Seashell, Robopine, Black Swan, Chameleon and Piglet) next week as the Groups converge for the two-hour-long double elimination Super Eight episode. After that comes a singalong episode before narrowing down the top six masked celebrity singers to the one who will take home the Season 5 trophy. (As a reminder, The Season 5 contestants, including those already eliminated, boast a combined 26 Grammy nominations, nine multi-Platinum singles, four Oscar nominations, three Super Bowl appearances, six gold medals and two world records.)
All of that said, we know why you're really here — to get into the clues and figure out which celebs are disguising themselves on Season 5 of The Masked Singer! Read on for more of what we know about each contestant and our best guesses as to their identity. Scroll to the bottom for all of the already unmasked celebs.
Cluedle-Doo's clues: A Russian doll can sometimes have 15 replicas of itself. Backstage footage revealed the three Russian Dolls discussing whether or not they have a fourth member of their group.
The other clues so far: The first clue package revealed that Russian Doll was surrounded by things that were manufactured, but they couldn't be packaged. Other items: an assembly line with a cardboard box labeled "office," a wheel of a ship, a pitcher of milk, a sign reading "Garden State Highway," one reading "coming to a country near you" with a cowboy hat, and also breadsticks for some reason. The first episode revealed they were two people (and their ideas work very well together, and they're dynamic together), but the second Group A episode revealed a third. There was a mobile of a solar system, a banjo, a letterman jacket with an M, blocks spelling HELP, and the reveal that one of them had an accident and the trauma made them stronger. Their self-portrait was a Warhol-esque painting where the colors "pop," like them. The Dolls discuss life on the road ahead of their Group A finals performance. With the Lincoln Monument in the background, they talk about performing everywhere from parking lots to softball fields to pizza restaurants, and even for the president. A photo of the Snow Owls is there, but what is the link between the costumes? Their "Cannon" clue (a t-shirt in a t-shirt cannon released by Nick Cannon, get it?) is a shirt that reads "What goes around...comes around."
The guesses: After some truly wild guesses in the first round (Glee cast members, Vanessa Hudgens, Gwen Stefani and Tom Dumont of No Doubt?!), the judges have finally realized this is a group, so their new hunches include Lady A, Sugarland, and the Jacksons, and later Pentatonix, the Jonas Brothers (warmer!) and 98 Degrees (ok, that one is colder).
It's probably: As someone who has listened to Hanson for nearly 25 years, trust when I tell you it's Hanson — especially now that they've revealed a third person. (And trust your own ears — there's literally no way that's not Hanson.)
Cluedle-Doo's clue: No two shells are the same.
The other clues so far: Seashell says she was pulled by the tide all around the globe with her family as a kid, and when her career took off it was like a massive tsunami of success. There's a hot dog, a chameleon, a sandcastle, a witch's broom, and a bell. She says she has worn many hats (including a cowboy hat), and though she used to sing on stage she hasn't in a long time because she stopped to pursue other careers. Her second set of clues include a dog watching her, revelations that it's been a while since she was on the stage by herself, and that everything changed when a man asked her out (plus baseballs and a bat, bagels, a cat, a stopwatch with two minutes, succulents, and a heart). She's confident knowing her (baseball?) man is there to catch her. Her painting included a "super shell" with a tornado, microphone, dumbbell, mixing bowl, and the revelation that she "wears many hats." Seashell says she's walked in a variety of shoes throughout her career, and has been called a trailblazer or role model while being stopped by fans when out at the movies. There's a Wedding cake with couple topper, strength supplements, and she's at a superhero supply store in a mall-themed package. Her Cannon clue t-shirt reads "Motown," which she says brought her family together.
The guesses: Round 1 guesses included Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, but later they seemed to think maybe Ashlee Simpson, Jenny Slate, Haylie Duff, Keke Palmer or Alicia Silverstone.
It's probably: None of the clues are definitive, but Robin Thicke seems closest so far with his Jennifer Love Hewitt and Haylie Duff guesses.
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Robopine is skilled at not becoming roadkill. A look inside Robopine's eye reveals profiles of each of the judges - most interestingly, Nicole's reads "friends with benefits."
The other clues so far: Robopine is introduced as "Porcupine," but informs the judges of his new name when he arrives on stage. In the first clue package, he reveals that he was forced to grow thick quills and fend for himself, and went on a mission to get on Hollywood's radar before an angel said hello in a random call that changed everything. There's also a padlock with a key, some DNA, and a small bust of George Washington. After his first performance, he says he has kids and grandkids and is 60 years old, but the judges don't believe him. (And Niecy says she might have once auditioned to be his backup dancer and hints that she may have even dated him back in the day.) In his second performance, he says he has been in a funk lately, and always thought the public works workers in Costa Rica 60 years ago were superheroes to him (a lot of superhero talk, actually). There's also a lightning bolt, an hourglass, a stuffed cat, a throne, and roses. His painting is himself as a heavy metal rocker with a guitar and a spider, because he's afraid of spiders. Robopine has been on a quest for a golden relic, dodging booby traps and overcoming times where his life nearly crumbled. He's always escaped because he's been jonesing for his idol. Imagery this week includes a referee calling traveling, a bedazzled chalice with a $1 in it, the number 6, and the letters "MM" or "MW." His Cannon clue is a shirt that says "AKA."
The guesses: The judges really have no clue who this guy is. At first they thought Idris Elba, Donald Glover, Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie and Ginuwine; in his second performance they named Brian McKnight, Jason Derulo, Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy. But they're starting to narrow in on film and music stars like Jamie Foxx (again), Will Smith, and Terrence Howard.
It's probably: When will Nicole Scherzinger learn? It's never going to be Jamie Foxx. The judges' best guess at this point is definitely Ginuwine, but the Internet thinks it's Tyrese Gibson (a.k.a. the Fast franchise star who's definitely skilled at not becoming roadkill).
The clues so far: Yeti only comes out of hiding for a mammoth reason, and he's a wild force to be reckoned with. Too many yetis become monsters where he comes from, but his secret is a village of warrior women to show him the way. Having them as motivators and teachers was golden, and they gave him the confidence to go to the mountaintop. Imagery includes cupcakes, firewood, and a heart. His Cannon clue is a shirt that reads "Aphrodite," because the Yeti is all about love, love, love.
The guesses: So far, the judges are thinking Ray J, Justin Bieber and Taran Killam (guess who picked that one? Yeah, of course it was Ken Jeong).
It's probably: This is a tough one! The judges' guesses seem good so far, but the "mammoth" and "golden" clues could hint toward an Olympian or other sports star who just so happens to be able to sing. We'll see!
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Black Swan has covered a monster.
The other clues so far: Black Swan is walking through a snowy forest. There's a wanted poster advertising a reward (with "award" in red), a chess piece (a bishop if you want to get specific), a diamond ring, a red square, a dangling pocket watch with the number 5 on it. Swan says she was hypnotized by a Hollywood deal she couldn't resist, but there was a steep price. She walks up to an X on the ground. She is trapped in a castle, but says a faithful flock flew to her rescue and set her free and now she's ready to show she's in control. She says that doing the show is far out of her comfort zone. In her second episode, she discusses the hardest decision of her life, which involved letting a person go, then later flying back into each other's lives like they were meant to (and she's thankful they never gave up on each other. There are scales, a rowboat, a globe, a nickel, and a penny. Her childhood crush was D'Angelo, which Jenny thinks means she is probably a Millennial. In her third performance, Black Swan talks about shaking off her nerves and bringing out her inner confidence. The anonymity of the mask reminds her how she was worried about her appearance so she sent out audition tapes without her face. She recently hit a major milestone and decided it was time to take a major leap. Imagery includes: three 10s, a backpack with the word "Montana," skydiving, a cat, "spot," a dinosaur. Her meaningful object clue is a glass unicorn to commemorate one of her best friends, an incredible singer who passed away and taught her how to be herself.
The guesses: Anya Taylor Joy from The Queen's Gambit, Camilla Cabello, Leona Lewis, Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, Emily Osment from Hannah Montana, Victoria Justice, Brenda Song
It's probably: Fellow Millennials will recognize that it's totally JoJo, who had a very prolonged public battle with her record label and first stepped into the public eye at a very young 13 years old.
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Chameleon has a history with precious gemstones. Cluedle-Doo caught Nicole snooping around Chameleon's trailer, but says that she won't find Chameleon here — this isn't the only studio he frequents.
The other clues so far: Chameleon is on a motorcycle talking about how he doesn't blend in, and puts the "tech" in technicolor. He discusses how his dad taught him how to deal with gadgets, and there's a 007, a turntable, and video games. He says he's here to change the game and says he loves to be in front of people, whether on stage or at home. Chameleon toasts a can of "bug juice" before saying that he knew he couldn't blend in. His whole life has been about embracing what makes him unique, and when he was young someone inseparable from him was constantly attacked for who she was. Tragedy struck and she was taken, and now he honors her memory by fighting for those who didn't feel accepted and wants everyone to feel proud of showing their true colors. He doesn't want you feeling blue. There's also a graduation cap, a wedge of cheese, a sign reading "bonjour," a measuring tape (like at a tailor), and peaches drawn on the side of a taxi. Niecey asks if they used to date back in the day, and she says she knows who it is. His childhood crush was Salma Hayek. Before his third performance, Chameleon says that the one person he wants to impress more than anyone is his little chameleon. He fell in love with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid and he wants to be that same type of superhero for his own child because martial arts taught him how to process his emotions. Imagery includes a skid warning street sign, a martial arts theme, and clocks set to 3:46. His meaningful object clue is hot wings because he's always cooking something in the kitchen.
Guesses: Dwight Howard, Redfoo of LMFAO, Nick Cannon, Dwayne Wade, Iman Shumpert, 2 Chainz, Wacka Flocka Flame, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelley
It's probably: Robin's pretty certain he recognizes Wiz Khalifa's voice, and since the "Black and Yellow" rapper is a known MMA enthusiast, that's probably right.
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Piglet knows how to stay cool, even in the heat.
The other clues so far: The clue package is framed like a Bachelor-esque dating show called Love in the Mud. He's a part-time lover, full-time ham, and a hopeless romantic. Other clues include an alarm clock, a question mark, a rose, and the admission that the world saw his heartbreak. Some flowers have very sharp thorns, he says, and he wears his heart on his sleeve (via a heart and ax tattoo). There's a fortune cookie with a "Golden Mask" fortune inside, and he tells the judges that he only found out he was doing the show four days prior. Last week's love song made him feel right at home. There's a football theme going through this package, with a white board reading "don't be a ball hog" and "3538 rushing yards per game." He says that he never expected a lifetime of competition with his arch rivals, and "clear eyes, full belly, can't lose." There's also a game clock with 50:10 to go and a suit of armor. His childhood crush was Meg Ryan. Ahead of his third performance, Piglet says the experience has given him a jolt of adrenaline after a static year. He discusses meeting someone unexpected he wants to grow old with and starting a family. Imagery includes cell door bars (he was "getting grilled"), a flower lei, a magic lamp, a spider, a corncob, palm trees. His meaningful object clue is a set of dog tags that he says represent the most meaningful items in his life.
The guesses: Adam Lambert, Liam Hemsworth, Charlie Puth, JC Chasez, Austin Mahone, Jordan or Jonathan Knight, Zayn Malik, AJ McLean
It's probably: Hi, Millennial here. That's obviously Nick Lachey singing. And since he hosted the Netflix dating show Love Is Blind with his wife Vanessa (not to mention starred on Newlyweds with his ex-wife Jessica Simpson), the clues definitely point to him.
The clues so far: Crab dreamed of being a star his whole life, and was blessed that his dream came true in a flash. He felt like a king crab, but with every blessing, tragedy seems to follow. It's been a struggle dealing with the darkness that has followed him and his family, but their love gives him the strength to get back up. His performance is dedicated to the family members that have gone before him. There's also: a broken mirror, taped-up claws, fish, a calculator with 2+3, and mini versions of Butterfly (Michelle Williams) and Bee (Gladys Knight). He says that after all the darkness, it's time to let the light back in. In his second performance, Crab mentioned that he got in a lot of trouble as a kid. His mom tried to keep him on the straight and narrow by having him sit with her while she cooked dinner every night, and cooking turned into a passion of his and now his kitchen is the heart and soul of his family. Imagery includes macaroni and cheese, ribs, Big Ben, a knife. His meaningful object clue is a bowler hat, because Sammy Davis Jr. used to wear one and he liked to wear it and emulate it.
The guesses: Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill from New Edition, Martin Lawrence, Bobby Brown, Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men
It's probably: Since Bobby Brown has been known to rock a bowler hat on occasion, so that seems like a pretty safe guess for now.
The clues so far: Welcome to "Orca's Piehole," a pizza shop serving lemon, orange, and pumpkin pizza. As a 24-year-old close to becoming a punchline, he'd put his audition tapes in boxes of pizza and have them delivered around town. A bird picked him up and delivered him to stardom. There's also: a bowl of candy? And the address 1313 Mellville Court. His painting is street art style with a rocket ship, and says it's because he's always the biggest fish in every scene so he always gets the biggest wave because nobody snakes the Orca. Orca always looked up to his dad, and it brought his father joy to know he was going to become a dad too before his untimely passing - but one of the last things his dad said were that he was proud of Orca. Imagery includes a fly swatter, Swedish fish, $3 and a hawk. His Cannon clue is a shirt that says "Purrrr," because he loves to "purr-ty" but also there are three clues in that word.
The guesses: The judges quickly narrowed down Orca's identity to some kind of rocker, particularly Dave Grohl, Billy Corrigan from Smashing Pumpkins, Fred Durst or Billie Joe Armstrong.
It is: Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray!
The clues: Bulldog says he's had to think for himself his whole life. He's made moves on every green field with panthers and pitbulls, moving fast like a human torch. He's technically the sexiest dog alive, and though he looks tough, he's actually a big softie inside who will do anything to make you love him. Other imagery includes a bowl with the word "super" on the side, a "beware of dog" sign, a cone with "B99" written on it. His meaningful object clue is a sign that says "And...live from New York it's Saturday Night," because his dog house is in New York and he's a lover of comedy.
The guesses: Andy Samberg, Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock
It is: Nick Cannon! That's one way to announce that you've recovered from Covid and ready to take your job back!
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Grandpa Monster has trained for battle before. Backstage footage revealed Grandpa Monster picking a fight with Piglet, which wasn't the first fight he's picked before.
The other clues so far: Grandpa Monster says he's reflecting on his long life, and as a child, he used to act out in the classroom before a teacher made him realize he was smarter than he thought. He decided to put the "i" in "Einstein" and become a star pupil. There's a 6 on the blackboard but made out of X's and O's (like a sports play), a test with 97% on it, a 6.2 ton weight, and the clue dudes are playing with a beach ball. Grandpa Monster says the show gave him an opportunity to start fresh. For his second clue package, Grandpa Monster is in a forest with a lake, and says he's always hated his singing voice but this show has given him more confidence. He has sold out arenas, and hasn't felt this free since he stranded himself in the wild, cast away, just to see if he could survive without food, water, and shelter. There's a Santa hat, a framed photo of a man doing a split, a boxer dog, a compass with a "W," a sports car, headphones, and a photo of Piglet on a target. His childhood crush (or, rather, idol) was The Rock.
The guesses: Johnny Manziel, the Miz, Scott Disick, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Connor McGregor, Jake Paul
It is: Logan Paul, who has a WWE appearance coming up. Makes the forest imagery a questionable decision.
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Racoon is known for being sharp.
The other clues so far: To get the happy ending you need to go through hell, Racoon says. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a favorite story because he's like Quasimodo — but while Quasimodo was innocent, he was actually a monster. There's a knife, a magnifying glass, and jail cell bars, and he says that he promised if he got a second chance he'd only do good and is still fulfilling that promise today. In his second performance, he says he was star-struck by seeing Jenny McCarthy (and had wanted posters with her picture on them), he started out as a fighter and a boxer and returned to the sport when he was asked to train a leading man - but then became one himself. There are also coffee beans and a train. In his painting, there are bats.
The guesses: Gary Busey, Nick Nolte, Sami Hagar, Mike Tyson, Joe Pesce, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight.
It is: Danny Trejo!
Cluedle-Doo's clue: Phoenix only has one speed — 76 mph.
The other clues: Phoenix said "Here's the tea," people always see a winner and they have graced the cover of many magazines but they have always hidden behind a mask. There's a "TiME Capsule" with a "Hopescope 81" inside, and Phoenix discusses how their dad always encouraged them to shoot for the stars. There's a car, bird, dance shoes, and a crown in the stars, plus a Statue of Liberty on top of what appears to be either a Puerto Rican-themed or patriotic cake. There are five baby phoenixes, and one of their biggest regret in life is missing out on the chance to talk to their dad. Phoenix tells the judges that they fly all the time and has flown with one of them recently but they've never met.
The guesses: Tim Gunn, Jonathan Van Ness, Jane Lynch, Caitlyn Jenner, RuPaul, Laverne Cox
It is: Caitlyn Jenner! The judges caught on to her LGBTQ-themed clues, and it turns out that Jenny's first impression guess was totally correct.
Cluedle-Doo's clue: The snail is a national treasure.
The other clues so far: After a Johnny Carson-esque "heeeeere's Snail" intro, Snail says he has acted, directed, produced, recorded albums, graced the Oscars stage, rubbed elbows with everyone from Robert De Niro to Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama. There's a teddy bear on a late-night couch, a "Meatballs" sign, a treasure chest, and UFO.
The guesses: Jay Leno, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Sandler, Adam Carolla, Ted Cruz, Billy Crystal
It is: Kermit the Frog! (In hindsight, that IS what Kermit would sound like singing Hall and Oates.)