The A.V. Club unmasks The Masked Singer season 4

The A.V. Club unmasks The Masked Singer season 4

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Masked Singer season three winner Kandi Burruss as the Night Angel
Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

The Masked Singer returns for an all-new season and a brand new lineup of singers. Last season, the Night Angel, who was revealed to be Kandi Burruss, won the Golden Mask. Now, 16 new contestants are competing for the same prize.

Here’s our list of singers who have already taken the stage, and what we know so far. Check back every week for new clues, updates, and our best celebrity guesses. If you’re just looking for who’s been eliminated, we’ve got you covered with weekly updates of that, here.

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2 / 19

The Sun

The Sun

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “This sun knows how to shine like a torch even during the freezing winter.
  • “I’ve had some extreme seasons in my life...”
  • A sign that read “Fun Director Gold member”
  • “The spotlight was scorching, and I got burned out. So came my fall into a deep depression.
  • Shows Image of a Mickey Mouse head
  • “I was Frozen
  • “...I transformed into a ray of light”
  • Shows a Jaguar
  • “I feel like a kid again. I missed out on a lot of my childhood growing up in a fractured home.”
  • Shows the sun in a greenhouse with a black widow spider on a hourglass filled with red sand.
  • “But lately, I’ve made up for that lost time. Discovering childlike outlets like going into the woods to find harmony in nature.”
  • Shows a light-blue, heart-shaped butterfly
  • “I love dirt in my toes- a young memory of mine. In the land that slides as my heart walks a line”
  • “I’ve become a wiz at cooking up tasty treats for like-minded, immaterial girls”
  • Shows the sun mixing candy canes and a lock of blonde hair into a cauldron of purple liquid
  • “Finally, I’m always looking on the bright side- burning ugly rumors out of my life.”
  • Suns’ drone clue: an eight ball
  • “Will this magic eight ball help you conjure up my identity? Outlook: not so hot.”

Our guess: LeAnn Rimes

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3 / 19

Popcorn

Popcorn

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “When you watch my onscreen performance it will be in 3D: dynamic, delightful, and diva-licious.”
  • “Mirror mirror on the wall, what makes me the biggest miracle of all?”
  • A picture of a green cow on a mirror on the wall
  • Shows a film in a movie theater with “directed by Popcorn” credit.
  • Shows “Snacks and the City”
  • “Hey all you cool corns and corn-ettes, I’m Popcorn- Ms. Popcorn if you tasty”
  • Shows a Tiger and a goldfish with large hoop earrings in Popcorn’s bedroom
  • Shows a table with meatloaf, a green snake, a bitten apple, and a place card reading “Welcome to the Hood”
  • Shows a magazine cover of “Butter Homes and Gardens” with Popcorn and a king on the cover
  • Shows a “Proud Merry-Go-Round” on a pier
  • “I picked the popcorn costume because I wanted to step far out of my comfort zone”
  • Shows the title “The Corn and The Beautiful”
  • “I wasn’t always a healthy treat”
  • Shows Popcorn in a hospital bed like one on a soap opera
  • “When I was a tiny kernel I suffered from a bizarre condition. I couldn’t eat or sleep. I developed severe anxiety and felt like I was in an emotional prison”
  • Shows candles in the shape of “16” in a room full of cats
  • Shows a hair crimper and a Rubik’s cube
  • Shows a Pride flag
  • Popcorn’s Drone: The planet Venus
  • “The second rock from the sun should bring you closer to me”

Our guess: Tina Turner

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4 / 19

The Snow Owls

The Snow Owls

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “You can try and figure out who we are, but as for who is more talented, it’s a tie.”
  • Shows a barn in the countryside is shown.
  • Shows a sign to “Jam-A-Lot” pointing to a castle, a tree with a couch and lamp on in, and a Fabergé egg
  • Shows an oyster with a white pearl
  • “So you haven’t seen us together in a while”
  • “But now, it’s time for a family reunion”
  • “[Referring to male owl] He’s a prankster.”
  • Shows the male owl with a red rose that squirts water
  • Shows a crossroads at Magnolia and Quarrel Canyon
  • Shows a birdhouse covered in snow and Christmas lights
  • “We’ve always had each other’s backs”
  • Male Owl: “Like When I was going through a messy break-up”
  • Shows a light box in the shape of the letter D
  • Female Owl holds an anchor with the word “MANagement”
  • Shows a basketball with “DAL”
  • Female Owl: “I had an opportunity fit for a queen”
  • Shows a bouncy house castle
  • Snow Owl Drone Clue: A witch’s hat
  • “We will tip our hats to whoever figures out the clue”

Our guess: Amy Grant and Vince Gill

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5 / 19

Crocodile

Crocodile

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “A special set of keys reversed my game forever. Tic-tac-whoa.”
  • “Becoming the crocodile was a natural selection...”
  • “I’m happiest in water.”
  • “When I was a kid growing up in Hollywood surrounded by heartache and instability, I was forced to grow a thick skin.”
  • Shows an Italian flag in a pineapple cup filled with fish
  • “...Get a bad rep for being cold blooded, but I am actually a warm, sensitive creature who just wants to be loved back.”
  • Shows an animated Vegas-like hotel strip
  • “I’ve had to have tough skin my whole life to survive because I am really sensitive on the inside…”
  • “Becoming the Crocodile has really revived my love for performing. I haven’t felt this passionately about it since I was a kid”
  • Shows a house with a number 5 address with an American and pirate flag in the front
  • “When I was young, I was just a poor nobody with a dream. I remember standing in my backyard performing to each weed and rose petal”
  • Shows a picture of a 2014 Crocodile family reunion with a can of hairspray next to it
  • Shows the Crocodile under an orange tree
  • “My own father didn’t believe in my talent.”
  • Shows father crocodile watching “30Croc”
  • Crocodile’s childhood clue: a pink crocodile piñata filled with dolphins
  • “I just cracked the case wide because this clue has an important ‘porpoise’”

Our past guess: Nick Carter

Our past guess: Dylan Jagger Lee

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6 / 19

Seahorse

Seahorse

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “Living in the ocean can be dangerous, so it’s always good to find a quiet place to hide.”
  • Shows the “OK CORAL”
  • Shows a tea party with stuffed animals around a campfire
  • “All my life I felt trapped by my insecurities and shyness- too scared to release the fire burning inside.”
  • Shows a Boar or hog with warts
  • “...I was always swimming upstream”
  • “...Expose the dauntless diva within”
  • Shows a sign reading “Emotion Ocean”
  • “It’s so fun to play this alter ego. Something about putting a mask on- you get to let it shine.”
  • “I’m a bit tame in my normal life, but when I step into this costume, my inner diva seahorse fierce comes alive.”
  • Shows a covered wagon with a no talking sign on it. The crossed-out mouth has a chipped tooth
  • Shows Under the Sea Saloon and Rodeo with a sign saying ‘Place Your Bets’
  • Shows a Rodeo where a man in black is wearing Daisy Dukes
  • Shows the Seahorse crying in a fish tank with a broken heart reading ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ and five analog clocks with wings
  • “Like many people lately, I’ve experiences unimaginable loss and pain.”
  • Seahorse childhood clue: a blue balloon filled with feathers
  • “Light as a feather but heavy on clues, this should help you not confuse.”

Our guess: Carly Rae Jepsen

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7 / 19

Serpent

Serpent

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “If you want to know how I instantly appeared, here’s the prescription number to my identity”
  • Shows prescription bottle with “31118" on its label on an older model television set.
  • “It took a chain of miraculous events to get here”
  • Shows a map of the Caribbean
  • “Starting when I was young…”
  • Shows a young Serpent in a library between the Medical and Musicology sections
  • “Mischievous and devious, a troublemaking sneak-ling. I was slithering furiously down a path of destruction, but my pops saved me. By giving me a one-way ticket away from the wrong crowd.
  • Shows serpent playing pranks by knocking books down and throwing flaming paper airplanes
  • Shows a Serpent Sr.
  • Shows Serpent holding books titled “How to be a Good Serpent” and “How to Get Yourself out of Debt”
  • “I’ve taken an unorthodox path to get here”
  • Shows Serpent holding a croissant and bacon sandwich while getting an “error” message on an ATM
  • “Starting out, I could barely make RENT”
  • “To get by, I sold clothes…”
  • Shows Serpent at a store with a mannequin wearing blue scrubs
  • “...I did manual labor…”
  • Shows Serpent working on an electric transformer
  • “I was patient, but all I heard from the gatekeepers was ‘No’.”
  • “...I stayed driven…”
  • Shows serpent driving a pink convertible Cadillac holding a golden croissant
  • Serpent’s childhood clue: a baby bottle on wheels
  • “This baby bottle should get your wheels turning”

Our guess: Taye Diggs

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8 / 19

Whatchamacallit

Whatchamacallit

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “Some might say my career had a magical start.”
  • Shows an Ace of hearts playing card catching fire.
  • Shows Watchamacallit jumping around on Jell-O molds
  • “People think I’m a shy guy, especially because I let others absorb my spotlight.”
  • “...I can dance with the stars, surf candy bars, buzz with the bees, and swing from the keys.”
  • Shows Watchamacallit in a tree full of skeleton keys and a black panther
  • Shows a clock with the numerals replaced with khaki pants, a turntable, a triangle, shrimp, and the Bear costume from Masked Singer season 3.
  • The clock also shows the numbers 4.0, 278, and 1261.
  • “...Time to turn the tables on the world”
  • “Here at the Masked Singer, I can really let my hair down”
  • “It took 36,524 brush strokes to make Watchamacallit camera ready”
  • “It’s taken some rough patches to get here.”
  • Shows Watchamacallit floating away with balloons above an upside down purple house and a musical scale with whole notes on Bs
  • “At the time, I was at the height of my career ready to dance like never before. Then I got the watcha-ma-CALL that shook my world”
  • Shows Watchamacallit answering a phone shaped like a dress shoe.
  • “The news was deflating. My mom was in bad shape.
  • Shows Watchamacallit looking into a mirror
  • Shows Watchamacallit with dimes (10 cents)
  • Watchamacallit childhood clue: A book called Hairy Tales of the Watcha Fam by Doodad Doohickey
  • “I love a bedtime story and I’m an open book.”

Our guess: Nelly

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9 / 19

Broccoli

Broccoli

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • I’m a Broco-lean, mean, heart-pumping machine. After all, it’s how I got my six-pack.”
  • Shows Broccoli doing a TikTok of him dancing the brocco-lean
  • Shows Broccoli sitting in a backyard with a treehouse, two dogs, and a can of soup
  • “A contest greased the wheels for my career. Now I’m so humbled to work with the biggest artists, stacking up my cheese”
  • Shows a mariachi band
  • Shows a Broccoli riding through a car wash in a yellow sports car with the license plate reading LAD1SMN

Our guess: Brad Garrett

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10 / 19

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “I assure you that while I may be cold-blooded, I have a warm and glowing flow with H20.”
  • Shows Jellyfish reading a book titled “The Little(ish) Jellyfish”
  • Shows Jellyfish with a crown playing an organ in a room with white lilies and two red hand fans.
  • “Once upon a time, I reigned supreme over an entire underwater kingdom”
  • “After ruling from coast to coast for so long, my kingdom started to feel like a gilded cage.”
  • “So it was time for this princess to journey into the real world.”
  • Shows Jellyfish in front of a sign reading “No rough guys, No Just Can’t Get Enough Guys, No Chest Always So Puffed Guys”
  • Shows Jellyfish trading the crown in for a flower crown and going to a rave-like club.
  • Shows a bottle of baby powder

Our guess: JoJo

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11 / 19

Squiggly Monster

Squiggly Monster

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “It’s very fitting that I have so many appendages. After all, I’m known for having a lot of hands to latch onto.”
  • Shows the Squiggly Monster in a “Paper Mairo” type game with a penguin and sausage link
  • “I chose the Squiggly Monster because people always roll their eyes at me, but now I can rolls all mine at them.”
  • Shows chocolate chip cookies and balls of yarn
  • “I’m a patchwork of personas: the father figure and the scoundrel; The hyperactive voice of the people; a worry wart and a maniac.”
  • Shows SM eating a salami link
  • “I’m no Dumbo, but ladies, let’s be honest, I’m easy on the eyes.”
  • Shows SM being a DJ
  • “Breaking News: tonight, I’m bringing the squiggle juice. I can’t wait to have all eyes on me”
  • Shows SM catching a stethoscope

Our guess: MatPat

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12 / 19

Mushroom

Mushroom

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “If you want to know who’s behind my mask, you’ll need to figure out who’s under my hats.”
  • “I sprouted up underground: young scrappy and “fungy”
  • Shows a grasshopper playing violin
  • Shows a hotdog stand with what looks like Pharrell Williams’ tall hat on top of it.
  • “I started out in the rat race...then the world turned upside down and I got my shot to turn a hobby into a career”
  • “At first, the suits didn’t understand me...I kept growing and grinding until someone said ‘yes” to this. And finally, I got to be in the ‘shroom’ where it happened”
  • Shows a radish with a white tie.

Our guess: Pharrell Williams

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13 / 19

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

The next slides reveal singers who have been eliminated in the latest episode of The Masked Singer season four.

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14 / 19

Eliminated: Baby Alien

Eliminated: Baby Alien

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “All you have to do is look to the stars.”
  • Shows a constellation forming the number five
  • “Baby Alien...Baby Alien”
  • Shows a cheese “stake”
  • “I’ve been stuck in second gear”
  • “It’s time for my rebirth”
  • “Back when I was the cream of crop circle, I was in the theater every week and even beamed onto the Tony Awards stage, baby.”
  • “...I‘ve become a second thought lost in space”
  • Shows a parade with a horse shoe
  • Shows balloons of the Liberty Bell and a black belt karate gi
  • Answered on-stage question with a Russian accent
  • “Baby Alien [is] training hard to become most special competitor. I practice wearing 30-pound bag back at home”
  • Shows a “BabyWatch” title page
  • A sparkling horse made of sand
  • “...I’ve been roasted before”
  • “Under [the] beaming spotlight of [the] big city I had my public relationships probed and experienced close encounters with money hungry sharks.”
  • Shows Baby Alien near a hotdog stand
  • Baby Alien’s childhood clue: a toy firetruck
  • “This particular toy is near and dear to my heart, but Joel McHale, you’re hot on my trail.”

Our guess: Matt LeBlanc

Actual celebrity: Former quarterback Mark Sanchez

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15 / 19

Eliminated: The Giraffe

Eliminated: The Giraffe

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “If you’re looking for a clue to my identity… I walk amongst GIANTS.”
  • “Welcome to my glorious carnival”
  • “I’ve had a roller coaster career full of ups and downs.”
  • “Music is in my blood”
  • “I was In knots”
  • “That crash and burn drove me to swing even higher.”
  • “I drummed up towering success.”
  • “I survived and thrived in the animal kingdom by seeing the big picture and staying above the drama”
  • Shows Giraffe looking through binoculars at the Fox Costume from season 2 who was revealed to be Wayne Brady.
  • Shows the Giraffe picking peaches
  • “Recently, my world came crashing down. I’ve kept it mostly secret, but my life was transformed in the blink of an eye.”
  • “I had a terrifying episode that really scrambled my brain.”
  • “Now I’m at a crossroads, but the one thing that keeps me going is my herd”
  • Giraffe’s drone clue is a 4:4 domino piece.
  • “That was a real important tile to me, but does it help you score my identity”

Our guess: Brian Austin Green

Actual celebrity: Brian Austin Green

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16 / 19

Eliminated: Gremlin

Eliminated: Gremlin

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Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

Clues:

  • “Check the gremlin manual and you’ll see, I can thrive when the temperature is a cool 66.5 degrees.”
  • Shows Mug shot with ID #6219
  • “Despite my checkered history, I can actually be quite charming.”
  • “You may have heard I can be a bit combative.”
  • Shows Gremlin boxing
  • “I Adore all animals and I love to cook.”
  • Shows 41 proof liquor
  • “I would love to have you for dinner- I mean over for dinner”

Our guess: Mickey Rourke

Actual celebrity: Mickey Rourke

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17 / 19

Eliminated: The Dragon

Eliminated: The Dragon

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Clues:

  • “If you want a hot clue to finding my identity, just look into stocks and bonds.”
  • “Welcome to my lair. Sorry it’s a little humid”
  • “Dressing up in funk, outrageous costume isn’t new to me”
  • Shows a stop watch
  • “At first, my fire was dangerous.”
  • Shows fitness weights
  • Shows an entire room filled with medals, trophies, and a golden bone

Our guess: DMX

Actual celebrity: Busta Rhymes

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18 / 19

Eliminated: The Lips

Eliminated: The Lips

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  • Shows the lips in leopard print roller skates
  • Shows a kangaroo in roller skates
  • “Here to set my story straight, straight from the mouth’s mouth”
  • Shows a disco ball and a plate of loaded fries
  • “You may have strong opinions about me, but I always speak my truth”
  • “I love making waves, America.”
  • Shows the Lips at the “West Wing” Snack Bar
  • Shows a waffle ice cream cone with two cherries on top

Our guess: Leslie Jones

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