Back on September 30, those of us choosing to escape reality by watching season 4 of The Masked Singer were introduced to another round of contestants. Group B of the cast performed, and we met Serpent, Seahorse, Baby Alien, Gremlin, Whatchamacallit, and Crocodile. Now, it's the season 4 finale, and people think the person behind the Pepto Bismol-pink croc costume is Nick Carter.
Back in October, fans thought The Masked Singer accidentally revealed the identity of one of Group A's frontrunners. As Entertainment Weekly noted, there are myriad clues that Carter is the Croc, but the most telling of all actually comes from something in the clue package. In it, Croc tells a story about his father not believing he could have a successful career in the entertainment business. So, when he got his first gig for performing, he gave his $100 to his father, who "cried actual crocodile tears and believed in me."
One diehard Backstreet Boys fan, Stacey Richards, went to the trouble of finding this same exact story about Carter, which he told in his autobiography, Facing the Music. Richards posted a photo of the book excerpt on Facebook.
On top of this clue, the package includes a pirate flag (Carter has a giant pirate ship tattoo in honor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and a piñata filled with dolphins. Carter founded Nick Carter's Ocean Campaign in 2001, and he was made U.N. ambassador of the Year of the Dolphin in 2007.
Anyway. This is Nick Carter, and tonight we can finally stop pretending we don't know the truth. Happy finale!
So, in addition to all the above clues, Carter's friend and former bandmate A.J. McLean is on another live show right now, ABC's Dancing With the Stars. A few weeks ago, Carter and the other bandmates showed up as holograms on the show to sing "Larger Than Life," to which McLean danced with his partner. Could Carter have also been appearing on his own reality competition show all along? According to Backstreet Boy super fans, yes.
Some commenters on YouTube and Instagram think Rocket Man is behind the sparkly Crocodile costume. This guess seems be based on the elaborate design of the costume and the obvious "Crocodile Rock" connection.
Colfer, whom fans guessed was The Masked Singer U.K.'s Unicorn (that was actually Scissor Sisters member Jake Shears) is once again coming up as a possible contestant.
Neil Patrick Harris
NPH is coming up in the same comment as Colfer; both have helped bring visibility to LGBTQ+ musical entertainers, so these related guesses make sense.
Others seem to have tuned into the "Tik" clue. Is this maybe a reference to the singer's presence on TikTok?
Some people have latched onto the "special keys" clue and think the contestant is Swizz Beatz, aka Alicia Keys's husband.
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