As you may think about, the casting and pre-production course of on Fox’s actuality competitors The Masked Singer is a prolonged one — first, getting a bunch of celebrities to conform to take part AND clear their schedules for a particular size of time isn’t any small feat. And second, the flowery costumes (which might be all handmade by the present’s proficient costume designer, Marina Toybina, and her group) take some time to create and tailor personally to every contestant.
That is why the truth that Piglet solely had a couple of days’ discover earlier than filming on season 5 started is fairly exceptional. Not solely did this all-star swap in on the final potential second, he was capable of put together a number of musical numbers (to not point out dig up components of his personal historical past for clue packages) with the minimal quantity of preparation. For that cause alone it appears fairly clear that this masked movie star might be a musician, however you by no means know — crazier issues have occurred.
If we’re speaking about performances, his operatic intro to his quarter-finals efficiency of Stevie Surprise’s “Superstition” was each highly effective and well-received by the judges, and one other clue as to this particular person’s professional standing. We’re fairly satisfied we have recognized who Piglet is because the starting, however one factor’s for certain: He is by no means sounded higher, not even in what we might describe as his glory days. His voice is powerful, and he is been selecting songs that are not essentially what we have heard him carry out prior to now.
Whereas Piglet’s voice was immediately recognizable for anybody who was a teen woman within the late ’90s and early ’00s, it is taken the judges — Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger — a couple of weeks to zero in on who, precisely, the thriller singer may very well be. As we mentioned, now we have our personal (very assured) guess, however let’s undergo every of the clues and the judges’ guesses (up to now) to see if we’re all on the identical web page.
The clues up to now:
+ Piglet is aware of how one can keep cool, even within the warmth
+ A whiteboard studying 3528 Speeding In./Sport is likely one of the most necessary clues up to now
+ He as soon as caught touchdowns from Dan Marino
+ His first clue bundle was framed like a Bachelor-esque relationship present known as Love within the Mud
+ He is a hopeless romantic, and the world as soon as noticed his coronary heart break
+ Some flowers have very sharp thorns, and he wears his coronary heart on his sleeve (through a tattoo)
+ Apart from Dan Marino and the whiteboard, different football-themed clues embody a recreation clock with 50:10 to go and the phrase “do not be a ball hog”
+ His childhood crush was Meg Ryan
+ He began a household with somebody he needs to develop outdated with
+ A few years in the past he was misplaced and had given up on his goals (and damaged his finger), however at church, his pastor prophesized nice issues for a person with a damaged finger so he moved out to LA and the remaining is historical past
+ One time in his fraternity days he and his bros shaved their heads in unity proper earlier than the celebration of the 12 months — which is when he found he has an enormous birthmark formed like an apple on the facet of his head
+ Cotton sweet reminds him of one among his first jobs
+ Different photographs embody an alarm clock, a query mark, a rose, a swimsuit of armor, cell door bars (he was “getting grilled”), a flower lei, a magic lamp, a spider, a corncob, palm bushes, a peace signal foam finger, sun shades, a tree air freshener, a UFO, a set of canine tags, vampire fangs, a brush and scissors, numbers 1-5 (with 1 propped up), and 4 gold bars
+ Piglet truly watched season 1 of the present together with his child, who mentioned he must be a pig
+ He is extra of a critical man in his actual life however he will get to be a giant ham on this present
+ He is a super-fan of Bruce Willis and speechless once they met as a result of it is all the time good to satisfy a fellow motion star
+ A fan mail letter reveals that he is been on TV and in headphones, that he was found within the ’90s and that he has had public relationships
+ A “Little Piglet on the Prairie” themed bundle reveals that Piglet used to have a brutal schedule however now lives the easy life together with his household
+ Different clues within the semifinals embody a string instrument, a striped llama, and a poker chip symbolizing how he’ll all the time go all in for Jenny McCarthy, particularly for charity
The judges’ guesses: JC Chasez, Jordan or Jonathan Knight, Zayn Malik, AJ McLean, Lance Bass, Brian Littrell, Jeremy Renner, and at last (lastly!) Nick Lachey. The judges in all probability know who that is by now and are attempting to not sound too repetitive heading into the finals, although, so that they’ve thrown in different guesses together with Drew Lachey, Joel Madden and Tim McGraw.
Our guesses: We actually solely have one guess, and that guess is Nick Lachey. Proof: he is aware of how one can keep cool even in a band known as 98 Levels, he and his spouse Vanessa hosted and produced the Netflix relationship present Love Is Blind, he famously starred with first spouse Jessica Simpson on the fact present Newlyweds, and he famously has a barbed wire tattoo on his bicep.
It is in all probability: C’mon, individuals, it is clearly one-time One Tree Hill visitor star Nick Lachey.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.