'The Masked Singer': Clues, Spoilers, Our Best Guesses At the Secret Identities of Season 2's New Cast


*Caution: Spoilers ahead! (Obviously. It's literally in the headline.)*

It's Week 3 of The Masked Singer and that means new hidden identities to solve and a whole lot of new clues!

The first two celebrities were unmasked in the season premiere -- The Egg (Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir) and The Ice Cream (popular YouTuber Ninja), while week 2 had us bid farewell to The Panda (former boxing champ Laila Ali). However, there are still many more to be unveiled!

Before the season kicked off, The Masked Singer gave fans tantalizing first clues during a special sneak peek episode before the season even kicked off, which revealed all the costumed contestants (except The Ladybug) and gave us our first basic, incredibly vague hints to officially kick off the guessing game. Then, The Ladybug was finally revealed on the red carpet at the Emmys!

This season, 16 costumed "masked singers" are faceing off -- four more than the first time around -- and the hints are already proving to be more difficult to keep the singers' alter egos even more shrouded in mystery.

From hidden hints buried deep in the show's various clue packages to some of the internet's best guesses and aggregated deductions, we're compiling a comprehensive breakdown of every piece of evidence to try and crack the case.

As more stars are unmasked as the season continues, ET will continue to update this master list with new clues, theories and the celebrity inside each costume.

Preliminary Clues

Before the season even kicked off, Fox gave us an overall hint about the slate of contestants this season:

"Collectively, all of the season two undercover celebrities have amassed 69 Emmy Award nominations, 42 GRAMMY Award nominations, 22 Broadway shows, three New York Times Best Sellers and two have been named TIME magazine’s Most Influential People."

Additionally, we've learned -- via a promo for the upcoming season -- that the new slate of contestants also have, between them, a combined total of "140 films, 22 gold records, 20 platinum records, 6 multi-platinum records, 31 Billboard No. 1 singles, 19 Emmy wins, 10 GRAMMY wins, seven Super Bowl appearances, five Hall of Famers, 15 marriages and 8 divorces."

So, what can we glean from this info? It sounds like this year, the show's star power might actually live up to the panelists' insanely optimistic guesses from the first season (although we still doubt any of them are Barack Obama).

It seems obvious we've got some big-time singers, some football stars, some Broadway pros -- meaning Neil Patrick Harris might not just be a recurring shot-in-the-dark guess -- and some big time actors. Not that any of that helps to narrow it down now, but we'll see!


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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Butterfly asks, "Are you ready to feel the butterfly effect?" with a real noticeable emphasis, meaning it could be a reference to the movie of the same name, or possibly a song.

2. The Butterfly says, "I just pray that I don't fall over," because of how unruly the costume is. Again, there's an emphasis on "pray" and this one isn't really even a butterfly pun, so it definitely feels like a real clue.

-- From Episode 1:

1. Says, "For the past year, I've been waiting patiently in my cocoon for the promise of metamorphosis."

2. Says, "After achieving success in many stages of life, I found myself terrified by the one place I used to call home." Then, we see a photo of Big Ben and the London Skyline reflected in her eye.

3. In her cocoon, we see a photo of a double-decker bus.

4. She also poses for photos. Maybe she's a model?

5. Uses the phrase, "Admit I'm powerless," which hints at spending time in rehab, possibly.

6. Says, after performing, "I've got a lot of soul in these wings."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Mel B, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Williams

Our Best Guess: We feel pretty sure it's Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams. She spent time in London while performing in a musical, she checked herself into a rehab treatment center in July 2018, and, referring to her comment that she's got "a lot of soul in these wings," Williams played Diana Ross on the BET series American Soul.



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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Eagle says of the competition, "They'll be saluting me."

2. Host Nick Cannon says the Eagles' "rock star" wardrobe was specifically designed by the celeb.

3. The Eagle says that if you know an eagle's body temperature, "You'll be hot on my tail." An eagle's body temperature is 106 (or 106.7 if you convert from Celsius). Could this be a radio DJ? A performer with 106 songs?

-- From Episode 3:

1. He says, "I have soared to great heights as the face of my field."

2. Says he had a "serious health scare" and dealt with the death of a parent.

3. Says he listens to other people's stories and problems, but it's time to tell his own story.

4. We see a radio set to 106.7 FM.

5. He says, "I don't just hang out with rock stars, I am one."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Bruce Springsteen, Adam Levine, Howard Stern.

Our Best Guess: Right now? Considering the red bandana and general vibe, we're gonna take a predictive shot in the dark and guess Willie Nelson.  It's not Nelson, but it could be someone related to radio and interviewing? Adam Carolla sounds like a good guess, but it's hard to tell.


... radio host, TV personality and medical professional, Dr. Drew Pinskey!



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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Egg says, "As my mom always told me, life has an expiration date. So always work hard, to the first and last vowels of the alphabet." It's not really clear what that actually means, in terms of being a cohesive sentence, but the first and last vowels are A and U (if you don't count Y), so could that be the celeb's initials?

-- From Episode 1:

1. His clue package includes a plush swan toy.

2. Says, "You might FIGURE that coming to The Masked Singer is a bit of a LEAP for me. But after years of being on top of the pyramid, I'm here to join the ranks of the most versatile entertainers of our time."

3.  Says he's "going for the gold."

4. After the performance, he said, "I'm always egg-stra, and I do enjoy a good sparkle."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: (N/A)

Our Best Guess: Neil Patrick Harris, maybe? (Since he wasn't The Peacock last season).


... Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir!



The Flamingo
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Flamingo says she's gonna "rock this competition until my feathers fall off," and, "I love this mask as much as I love mascara." Could this be a beauty/cosmetics reference?

2. The Flamingo says, "Get pumped, everyone!" and mimes lifting weights. This felt out of place, and therefore it's a clue. As to what? It's impossible to say.

 -- From Episode 2:

1. She says she has a "ZooTube" channel.

2. She has several books in her bedroom, including one that says "Little Women" and one that says "Spanish" and she's reading one that says "Women's Health."

3. She says, "I know what it's like to feel trapped in your career. So relax! I'm here to take back control of my destiny."

4. She holds up a florescent light bulb.

5. She says she chose the flamingo because the represent new beginnings.

6. She says, "It's about time this badass birdie got to show her feathers again."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Adrienne Houghton (nee Bailon), Tana Mongeau, Gabbie Hanna.

Our Best Guess: Adrienne Houghton. She has a YouTube channel, she speaks Spanish, she's a professional singer, she was part of multiple girl groups, including 3LW -- which stood for 3 Little Women! She also toured with Destiny's Child in 2001 on the MTV Total Request Live tour while a member of 3LW, which is, admittedly, the most tenuous link. But it's definitely her.



Mr. Fox
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The Clues:

--From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Fox says, "This superhero is ready to devour the competition." Not sure what a superhero has to do with a weird cyborg fox. It could be an actor from a superhero property.

-- From Episode 3:

1. His clue package sees him reading a comic book as a bedtime story to a child fox.

2. He says, "Foxes are clever and nocturnal, and I definitely do my best work at night."

3. Says he played a lot of roles, and we see drawings of The Fox dressed as Sherlock Holmes, a cowboy, and with an eye-patch.

4. He says, "I dabbled in many different genres. From Doogie to Doubtfire, I've laughed with them all."

5. He says, "Over the years, I've lived two different lives. There's my on-air superhero persona, who lives to entertain, and then there's the real me, who I am at home."

6. He says, "But under this mask, by two identities can finally become one."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Jamie Foxx and Wayne Brady.

Our Best Guess: We'd love for it to be Robert Downey Jr., but since that seems pretty impossible, Jeremy Renner works for us. After all, he sings. We know we already guessed Wayne Brady for another contestant, but were pretty sure this time. He's got a child, he's worked with Neil Patrick Harris and Robin Williams, he's played a bunch of different characters through his comedy and improv, and he works nights a lot doing stand-up and improv gigs. We're not sure about the superhero references, but most of it all checks out.



The Ice Cream
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Ice Cream appears to live in a large, yellow mansion.

2. The Ice Cream says they "live for the first half of February," while standing in front of a calendar with Feb. 14 circled with a heart.

-- From Episode 1:

1. He said that, as a kid, he "caught a lot of flack for doing what I love the most."

2. He said, "I am used to performing in front of millions of people," but that this show is going to be very different.

3. There are lots of video game audio clues, and he says he's taking this competition to "the next level."

4. There's some karate imagery?

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Jimmy Fallon, for some reason.

Our Best Guess: A DJ, maybe? Yeah... there's not much to go on.


... Internet superstar and pro-gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins!



The Leopard
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. When talking about the Secret Service level of confidentiality and security around The Masked Singer, The Leopard says she's used to it, adding, "I've been spotted with the president."

2. Nick Cannon says the Victorian costume is designed specifically to hide the celeb's "natural silhouette."

-- From Episode 2:

1. As it turns out, The Leopard is almost certainly male, and the female, English accents are fronts.

2. We see newspaper "Crazy Game Ends with win for the LEOPARD" April 20, 2015.

3. He says, "I know what it's like to be at the top... I've been a heavy hitter. No one could catch me."

4. There's another newspaper with the headline, "Out Of Hits and Out of Time."

5. He says of the media, "You know, I really don't care what they say about what I'm wearing, or even my relationships."

6. We see another newspaper with the headline, "The Runaway."

7. There's a red neon sign that says "J'adore" on the wall.

8. He says, "I'm stripping away the headlines, and everything that has come to define me... I will show the world why I have always been, and always will be, The Leopard.

9. There were clocks on the walls.

10. Later says "Leopards can be fierce, and yet divine."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: RuPaul, Jamie Foxx, Seal, Carl Lewis.

Our Best Guess: Omarosa, based mainly off the President clue and the fact that she definitely doesn't shy away from reality TV. Wow, well we were way off base with that Omarosa guess. Right now, we're leaning toward Seal. The clocks could be a reference to the song "Every Time I'm With You." The "Crazy Game" headline could refer to his song "Crazy." He's also got a song called "It's Devine." He also says he doesn't want to deal with the press looking into his private life, which is what happened when he got divorced from Heidi Klum. Also, he hasn't released a major hit in some time, so that could be what the headline "Out of hits Out of Time." It's not a total lock, but it's the best guess thus far. The PROBLEM is, The Leopard doesn't sound like a professional singer, and Seal is a great singer.



The Panda
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Panda says, "The victory will taste sweet, like bamboo! Especially the way I prepare it!" This could be a hint that they are a celeb chef, or at least known for their cooking in some capacity.

2. The Panda says, "I love new challenges, and pushing myself to the limit."

-- From Episode 2:

1. She says, "Shyness is a virtue."

2. She says she comes from "the most famous family of the forest."

3. She says, "I have an animal instinct that this challenge will be no match for me."

4. The whole clue package is written as a letter from her dad.

5. After her performance, she says that she's "lovable but fierce."

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Bindi Irwin, Venus Williams

Our Best Guess: Bindi Irwin? The letter to her dad feels like it could be a reference to that.


... former professional boxer Laila Ali!



The Flower
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Flower says, "I blossom in every field I plant myself in." This could be a reference to her being known for a whole bunch of different things, like singing, acting, modeling, ect.

2. The Flower appeared in front of a backdrop of pink and blue flowers, where the blue flowers subtly spelled out the numbers 3-1-4 (which is a Missouri area code).

-- From Episode 3:

1. She says, "Some say I blossom in every field I plant myself in, so becoming The Flower was a natural arrangement."

2. She says she's "dipped [her] petals" in everything from "cooking to clothing to craft." Holds up a box of mac and cheese when she says "craft."

3. There's a Philly cheese steak on her kitchen table.

4. She's stirring what appears to be batter in a mixing bowl.

5. She has a framed doctorate diploma on her wall from Temple University, which is also in Philadelphia.

6. She also has a framed rainbow flag on the wall next to her diploma.

7. She says, "My whole live, I've done everything to the nines. I don't even go to the grocery store without lipstick or pumps on."

8. She says, "After sowing the seeds of this empire with my bare hands, I'm just ready to have a little fun and be free."

9. She references two songs -- one by Mariah Carey and one by Tina Turner, when she says, "This legend is here to be a 'Vision of Love' on the stage. But 'What's Love Got to do With It' anyways?" Often, these song title clues are just misdirects, though. Last season, Gladys Knight threw out a ton of them.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Patti LaBelle, Tina Turner, Macy Gray

Our Best Guess: It would be truly shocking if this wasn't Patti LaBelle, to be honest. She was born in Philadelphia, she recieved an honorary doctorate from Temple University, she's hosted a cooking show, and it sounds like her. It just is Patti LaBelle.



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The Clues:

-- From Episode 1:

1. She has a Southern-sounding voice, but it sounds forced, or possibly fake.

2.  She said, "After a lifetime of drama," she needs some love.

3. She's in front of TV cameras.

4. She said she was born into the "limelight" and makes a reference to "every piece of gossip and family feud," which indicates she comes from a famous family.

5. She has a spinner wheel with different images: A Ham, a pumpkin, a judge's gavel, a dog, a skull, a bridge, a scorpion, a baseball bat, and a police car.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Kelly Osbourne, Jodi Sweetin, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus

Our Best Guess: Kelly Osbourne, for a few reasons. She comes from a famous family, she's always had drama in her life, often because of her parents. And the images on the spinning wheel seem to refer to famous moments with her life (like the "ham tossing" incident and a scorpion because she is a Scorpio).



The Rottweiler
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Rottweiler says, "I'm here to be best in show. I'm gonna be working my tail off to earn your puppy love."

2. The Rottweiler says, "Roses are blue, violets are red, but do you have a clue who's behind this doggy head?" Honestly, neither of these clues feel like they add up to much.

-- From Episode 1:

1. He mentions "the pig skin under the Friday night lights." Could be an actor who starred in a football movie who is trying to throw people off?

2. Has a "Fantasy Champion" football ring, meaning he likely doesn't actually play football himself.

3. There's an insert shot of blue roses, for some reason.

4. Says he chose the Rottweiler because "I actually was bitten by one as a kid"

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Noah Centineo, Chris Daughtry, Ray J, Sam Hunt

Our Best Guess: Seriously, no idea. It's definitely not Bruno Mars, as Jenny suggested. But it's too tough to even offer a guess at this point. Maybe Chris Daughtry? The voice sounds right, and his daughter's name is Rose.



Black Widow
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The Clues: 

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Black Widow says, "I'm here to call my way to the top and spin a web around the competition."

2. The Black Widow says, "You can guess my identity all you want, but I'm going to leave you hanging by a thread until the very end."

-- From Episode 2:

1. She says "I've been packaged my entire life, and after years of living in the public eye, you're in my house now."

2. There's a painting of a peach.

3. There's a crown on a couch.

4. She says, "Welcome to my empire."

5. She says, "Now I get to be here to share the real threads of who I am."

6. There's a clapboard that reads "Director: Black Widow. Camera: Queen Bee." The she says "Consider this the director's cut of my life."

7. There's a crystal ball, crystals and tarot cards, and she says, "You'll find I'm a little edgier, darker and more alien than you know me to be."

8. "You better believe that on this stage, I'm gonna be good as hell.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Raven-Symone, Queen Latifah, Lizzo

Our Best Guess: Probably Raven-Symone? She played a psychic character on That's So Raven, she's from Atlanta, Georgia (hence the peach). But it's not a lock at all.



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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. Thingamajig says, "I will tower over the rest of the singers with my puzzling persona." Is this a particularly tall contestant? The costume is over 7-feet tall, but that doesn't mean the singer inside is even close.

2. Thingamajig says, "Don't call me Chewbacca, though we do celebrate together." This could just be a joke, or it could imply he's someone from Star Wars.

-- From Episode 1:

1. He said (or quasi-rapped), "I'm a gentle giant, the feathery kind."

2. He has a "magic case" and pulls handkerchiefs out of briefcase. Could he be a magician? Like all the contestants last year also suggested they were magicians and it was all misdirection.

3. He said, "I'm here because I love to sing, though you may think that's not my thing."

4. He talked about "fashion SHOOTS and dreams," and then pulled out a pair of sneakers. So he could be a basketball player or athlete.

5. Presented a cupcake with a "4" candle in it.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Wayne Brady, Victor Oladipo.

Our Best Guess: We're almost sure it's NBA star Victor Oladipo. He's 6'4", so the Thingamajig's height makes sense. His number is 4, so it's emblaonzed on his jersey.



The Tree
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Tree talks about all of her "delicious" performances, with a very strong emphasis on the word. Could this be a clue to a song title she might be known for?

2. The Tree's costume was designed in the style of a "1950s vintage pin-up queen."

3. The Tree says, "The security guards on this show make me feel like precious cargo."

-- From Episode 1:

1. She talked about how she's only loved or wanted during Christmas time.

2. She said, "I love getting dolled up."

3. We saw a Public Storage locker, with the number "30."

4. She said she's been "in exile."

5. Talks about baking and cooking, and we see pots and pans.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Keke Palmer, Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Williams, Lacy Chabert, Mariah Carey.

Our Best Guess: It's hard to say. Lacey Chabert is in a bunch of Hallmark Christmas movies and her birthday is Sept. 30. But it could also be literally anyone else. The cooking clue is throwing us for a loop.



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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. "I might be cold as ice, but I'm bringing the heat." These feel like song title clues.

2. "Every time you think you're getting warmer, I promise you're getting colder."

-- From Episode 3:

1. She says, "It's in my DNA to strive for my voice to be heard."

2. She says, "My whole life I've been told I'm not pretty enough, not smart enough, not funny enough."

3. She appears on a TV news broadcast with a lower-third that reads "Penguin's career on ice" as a reporter says her "career is over."

4. She wrote out a Hit List containing "Classroom bully, Comedy Club Owner, Hollywood Casting Director, Exes, The Press, Myself."

5. She says, "I'm gonna sing for those of us who dare to be different."

6. She says, "I don't need a permission slip from anyone to be who I am."

7. There a sign that says, "I'm nobody's secretary," and says "I'm leading the march, who's with me?" as she's followed by men holding protest signs.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Macy Grey, Kathy Griffin, Sherri Shepherd, Tonya Harding.

Our Best Guess: Our initial impression is that this could be Vanilla Ice, based on his name and "Ice Ice Baby," but that feels a little obvious.  Considering it isn't a guy, our Vanilla Ice guess seems way off now. So let's go with Tonya Harding, because she was on Dancing With the Stars and because literally none of our possible guesses really add up to the clues anyway.



The Skeleton
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The Clues:

-- From the Sneak Peek:

1. The Skeleton makes a reference to his "Skeleton Crew," which is possibly what he calls his fans.

2. The Skeleton stands in front of a gravestone with the numbers 4-2-6-1. Could this be a birthday? April 2, 1961?

-- From Episode 1:

1. He said he chose his costume because "I have no fear of death and I don't overeat."

2. He said, "I've been around the block a few times, but I'm far from dead."

3. He said, "I've always provided support, but I'm tired of playing second fiddle."

4. He said, "I finally get that spotlight all to myself, I'm gonna knock 'em dead."

5. Says, "Party on, dude."

6. Holds up three keys, and has three teeth.

The Internet's Most Popular Guesses: Christopher Meloni, Martin Short, Nathan Lane, Dana Carvey.

Our Best Guess: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Christopher Meloni, based exclusively on the fact that he was the only celeb we could find who was born on April 2, 1961, and there's nothing else to back that up. So we're not putting money on it just yet.

It seems, after the premiere, that The Skeleton is likely NOT Meloni. So, Martin Short, maybe? That's what Ken Jeong thinks and it DOES sound like him. The three keys could be a reference to The Three Amigos? It's still hard to tell.


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