On the premiere of Fox's The Masked Singer, fans of the show (or new viewers, like me, looking for some light in the 2020 darkness), met Group A of the costumed contestants. First up, singing Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You," was The Sun, a gold-masked performer who completely slayed the soulful notes and emotional depth of this ballad.
Because this was the first performance of the season, the judges, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Walberg, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke, were all blown away at all this power right off the bat. This masked singer, wearing a gold dress that doesn’t look unlike Belle’s gold ballroom gown in Beauty and the Beast, did not tiptoe through the song like a Disney princess created by the patriarchy might: She absolutely belted it. "When I put on this mask, I thought it was a reflection of who I am personally, and I liked it," The Sun said, their voice disguised by high-pitched voice-changing software.
So, who is this optimistic, gold-adorned powerhouse? The judges had a few theories.
Scherzinger said this character topped her previous favorite performance, from Peacock, who ended up being Donny Osmond. Before they announced their guesses, host Nick Cannon announced that the panel of judges will also be competing against one another this season: They each write down their first-impression guesses. The judge who gets the most first-impression guesses right at the end of the season wins the "Golden Ear" trophy. The judge who wins that ear will have a very weird bookend for their home office.
Here were the panel's first guesses for The Sun, who has performed twice, on September 23 and again on October 7.
After the Sun performed Kesha's 2017 song "Praying" on October 7 and once again showed off an impressive vocal range, the judges came back with some more interesting theories. In the set of clues revealed for Sun, Scherzinger caught that the Sun "was walking under a wood," and she put it together: "Carrie Underwood. And Carrie Underwood can sang and she's got pipes like that as well," she said.
McCarthy still isn't abandoning her theory that this character is Demi Lovato, but she has a new one that might also check out. McCarthy seems to think this person could also be Mandy Moore, who was in the movie Tangled, a musical that had a lot of images having to do with light and magic. Robin Thicke also agreed that Moore's personality is very "sunshine." McCarthy also pointed out that Moore has a single called "Candy," and the clues package included a candy cane.
Based on the Mickey Mouse ears in the clue package, McCarthy thought it might be former Disney-kid star Lovato. She also caught on to the clue that the artist "went through a really hard time," and then "transformed," which she thought might have something to do with Lovato’s public journey with mental illness. Jeong said “that’s a great guess, but completely wrong.”
Jeong’s guess, based on the clue "ray of light," was Madonna, who had a 1998 single of the same name. The clue package also referenced "Frozen," the name of another Madonna song. Jeong bragged about running into Madonna “like, almost every other day” at hot yoga in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. "You have never experienced life unless you have done a downward dog with Madonna," he said. McCarthy questioned whether "Madonna could sing like that," but Jeong stuck to his guess.
Idina Menzel or Kristen Bell
That clue in the clue package about the word "frozen" really had Scherzinger hooked. She thought The Sun could be either one of the Frozen franchise’s leading ladies, Menzel or Bell.
Scherzinger said she saw the jaguar clue and thought it could be a reference to "cat," or Broadway signer Katharine McPhee. The clue package also said "Gold Member": Scherzinger reasoned that McPhee's married to Canadian musician David Foster, who has "oodles and oodles of gold records."
On October 7, Thicke said he was going to "double down" on this theory. "If she was on American Idol, she could have sang Rumours. She could have sang "Ray of Light," she could have sang "Landslide." And her personality traits—the way she's responding to our jokes, I've seen her on American Idol, and I'm seeing a lot of similarities in the body language."
Scherzinger added that this second clues package included a lot of musical references to Into the Woods and The Wiz, and McPhee starred in Waitress on Broadway. Hmm!
Here are some fan guesses.
People definitely support the Demi Lovato theory.
Everyone thinks The Sun on Masked Singer is Demi Lovato and I kind of agree.. it seems she’s trying to hide her tone but it can definitely be her. Also the hints match!!— demii (@foreveronlydemi) September 24, 2020
@MaskedSingerFOX The Sun is #DemiLovato because she was in a Disney show #SonnyWithAChance, she sang a song in #Frozen2. Bingo. This masked singer has been unmasked. @kenjeong @NicoleScherzy @JennyMcCarthy @robinthicke— Bernie Sandner (@BernieSandner) September 24, 2020
Watching masked singer has me going with @ddlovato as the sun the clues add up and she wrote a song for frozen the movie and was a Disney star so y’all I think I got a 90% good chance with this guess #PleaseBeDemi— J (@Backstreetsmac) September 24, 2020
Masked Singer is BACK!!! The sun is 100% Christina Augilera— KC (@KiannaCharisse) September 24, 2020
Yawl sayin Christina Aguilera is the Sun on Masked Singer but Im also thinking could be Nicole Shrezinger...i never watched last season...she wasnt on b4 right?— Flip the Senate #VoteHimOut 🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@apaniclassic) September 24, 2020
Y’all watching the masked singer?? I think the sun is Christina Aguilera lol— Babygirl👑 (@Felicia_Monroe_) September 24, 2020
Calling right now that The Sun on Masked Singer is Miley Cyrus. Pin tweet— Ross Insana (@RossInsana) September 24, 2020
The first person revealed on week one was Busta Rhymes. Could this be another R[i]mes?
The masked singer is on and the sun is lee ann rimes I'm calling it— brittany boylan (@brittanyboylan2) September 24, 2020
I say Leann Rimes or Christina Aguilera but she is really toning down her vocals so we don't catch on that it's her yet https://t.co/VlnF4cBzZ5— Love4Lovatos (@love4lovatos) September 24, 2020
watched masked singer tonite. Unmistakeable @leannrimes as the Sun.— Chris Collett (@CC_NS_Bam) September 24, 2020
One thing we know is this singer has some serious pipes under those sunbeams. Who else is with me on Team Demi?
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