[The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of The Masked Singer.]
On the latest episode of The Masked Singer, Rumer Willis was revealed as the Lion and Joey Fatone was unmasked as the Rabbit — just as we had predicted. Which means take these best guesses at the finalists very seriously — but enjoy our stabs at worst guesses too because why not have a little fun?
Just three if-you-say-so-lebrities remain on The Masked Singer, the reality competition that made TV history by being the first of its kind to be both more bizarre and more enjoyable than the real-life news cycle. With LaToya Jackson, Ricki Lake, Tori Spelling, Margaret Cho, Terry Bradshaw, Antonio Brown, Tommy Chong, Rumer Willis and Joey Fatone all sent back to their pre-existing levels of recognizability, The Masked Singer still has Peacock, Monster and Bee putting on those gorgeous getups every week to stump the viewing public in the only TV-related puzzle almost as gripping as whatever the hell is happening with Jussie Smollett. Who could be behind the masks? Let's dive in.
The hints: A soulful singer from the South, Monster has said he was once at the top of his game and the game turned on him — a sure sign this is someone who's been off the A-list for a minute. He's made a few allusions to sharing his "true" voice with the world, and thrown in some references to perhaps being an athlete — perhaps a golfer or a boxer — especially when he said he was going to come out swinging.
Best guesses: Gucci Mane and Lil Jon.
Worst guesses: Mike Tyson, Tommy Davidson and Diddy. Monster can actually sing, which rules out Mike Tyson's distinctive pitch and Tommy Davidson's nasally whine too. Diddy is a non-starter since he's not only from New York, but would never voluntarily rob the world of a chance to see his face.
It's probably: T-Pain, the singer-rapper who rose to great heights in the early aughts but has fallen out of favor in the rap and R&B world. He's from Tallahassee, and his onetime reliance on Auto-Tune as part of his schtick gives his note about showing his real voice context. Nobody's really heard him sing any other way, Monster seems to be saying, even if his voice is unmistakable. Also, T-Pain was famously involved in a pretty bad accident in a golf cart once, so he very well could be the golf aficionado no one knew.
The hints: She's got 10 Grammys, collected during her long career she said goes back to the 1950s. In her segment where she had to bring out an item to tease her identity, she showed bakeware.
Best guesses: Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle have been floated — all of them reasonable stabs.
Worst guesses: It's not Diana Ross as Robin Thicke once said. Diana's hair won't even fit in that costume let alone her big diva aura.
It's probably: Gladys Knight. She not only has a combined 10 Grammys — seven as a solo artist and three more with the Pips — but she is the only other singer alive who could sound as good as Bee does that's been around since the 1950s and is known for cooking. (Though closed, Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles was once an institution in Atlanta.) While Patti LaBelle also sounds good and cooks, her unmatched voice sounds much different than Knight's.
The hints: He says he's been in the game a minute, making his stage debut at age 5. He's been seen playing with a deck of cards, twirling the inside of his cape to reveal a rainbow-colored flag and playing piano, so he's absolutely a showman. One of his biggest clues thus far was his admission that it's probably been a while since "your mom had posters of me on her bedroom wall" — a breadcrumb heightened by the admission that he's done a magic act in the past.
Best guesses: Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and Donny Osmond.
Worst guesses: Elton John, who is loading a gun full of sequins to shoot at those who suggest he'd do this.
It's probably: Donny Osmond. A child star, pianist and one-time winner of Dancing with the Stars, Osmond is the preeminent showman on the reality circuit, and Peacock's fine moves on the floor square up with the performer's wide-ranging talents.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox.