by Ashley Spencer | Tue., Sep. 24, 2019 12:37 AM
The Masked Singer Australia made its long-awaited debut Monday night on Ten. In addition to the spectacle of watching Lindsay Lohan pretend to know our local talent, the bonkers series served up plenty of jaw-dropping musical moments and head-scratching clues.
The competition, which originated in South Korea and is about to drop its second US season, centres on 12 completely masked and costumed performers who are all at least semi-well known public figures. The show promises that while "all of them can sing", they're not all professional singers.
Spoilers and major hints follow, so stop reading now if you don't want to know anything else about which Aussie icons might be behind the over-the-top masks!
On episode 1, the Octopus was revealed to be former Big Brother Australia host Gretel Killeen. Ep 2 saw cricketer Brett Lee unmasked as the Parrot.
Here's which celebrities fans are convinced are still in the competition:
Former Wallabies player Wendell Sailor is at the top of Twitter's guesses about the Rhino. Sailor represented Australia in both rugby league and union, which fits the clue, "In my career I hopped from one top job to another."
Rhino is Wendell Sailor. Hopped-wallabies, chicken wings- winger for broncos, 2000 won the premiership #MaskedSingerAU— Emily Mac (@EmilyMa80593359) September 24, 2019
I AM CONVINCED RHINO IS WENDELL SAILOR. CONVINCED. TELL ME I'M WRONG #maskedsingerau— Andrew Bucklow (@ACBucklow) September 24, 2019
The Dragon describes themselves as a "brute" and having petrol in their veins. "I guess you could say I've done a few more laps than the average Aussie dragon," they teased, leading some to speculate Grant Denyer, Craig Lowndes or Adam Brand is behind the mask.
Grant Denyer is the Dragon. He raced cars in the V8 Ute Racing Series that was originally called the V8 Brute Utes. #MaskedSingerAU— Sharon Matthews (@shazzadut) September 24, 2019
I’m going to put in a wild guess of Grant Denyer for dragon. He’s a race car driver and tv presenter. #MaskedSingerAU— Catherine Redman (@AngelC86) September 24, 2019
The Alien is an early frontrunner who's got nearly everyone convinced they're none other than Sydney Olympics songstress Nikki Webster.
Oh the alien is 100% Devilicious hitmaker Nikki Webster #maskedsingerau— Nick Bond (@bondnickbond) September 23, 2019
"As a young Lion, I entered a competition that would change everything," they told us, which has some initially thinking this singer is Australian Idol alum Casey Donovan. They were also shown boxing, which doesn't quite fit the bill, but hey. Others were certain singer Kate Ceberano was actually the Lion after seeing her performance.
Getting a Casey Donovan feeling from the Lion 🤔 #MaskedSingerAU— Nix (@stubbs_mills) August 15, 2019
The Lion is Casey Donovan. Take it to the bank. #MaskedSingerAU— Joe Hildebrand (@Joe_Hildebrand) September 24, 2019
So my final guess for the Lion is Kate Ceberano with clues about “The Big Island” as her Dad is from Hawaii and is a black belt hence kicking the bag & starting singing backup for the Models #MaskedSingerAU— Guerilla Radio™🎙🎧 (@Guerilla_Kmac) September 24, 2019
We know the Monster is a female celebrity who feels "split between two worlds with part of me living in the shadows." In their clue they also note, "I have trained as many things, but I changed horses in the middle of the stream" The most promising guess? The Project's Gorgi Coghlan.
Monster = Gorgi Coughlan. Can sing, equestrian competitor and has a science degree. #MaskedSingerAU— Nez (@fraggle73) September 24, 2019
Monster is Gorgi Coghlan who was a state level equestrian competitor and science teacher according to wikipedia #maskedsingerau— c k (@countkropula) September 24, 2019
Based on the clues, Twitter seems to think the Prawn is either judge Dannii Minogue's ex Kris Smith or cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
I reckon prawn might be Danni's ex Kris Smith. Rugby player, model, from the UK. Perhaps? #MaskedSingerAU— Blakey~ (@Tanglefrost101) September 23, 2019
Okay after watching again the prawn is DEFINITELY Freddie Flintoff. “knows what it takes to win” - I’m a celebrity AU - Arena playing cricket. #MaskedSingerAU— amy (@ah22513) September 24, 2019
When you search "#MaskedSingerAU robot" on Twitter, the site helpfully suggests you may be looking for Cody Simpson, and fans seem to agree.
i know for a fact that the robot is cody simpson. he’s from the gold coast and loves surfing. (i only know this because i was obsessed when i was 10 lmfao) #MaskedSingerAU— alysha (@intosneedy) September 23, 2019
also, robot is 1000000000% cody simpson. no doubt about it #MaskedSingerAU— Noor 🌙 (@filmergirl) September 23, 2019
This celebrity loves to write and says their words have "gone all over the world." The verdict is still out, but guesses currently range from Em Rusciano to Kylie Minogue to Sia and Jessica Mauboy (who previously told E! News she wasn't appearing on the show).
Oh Spider is definitely Em Rusciano, Daddy Longlegs' stache looks like Vincie, amazing voice, and the song! Those arseholes called her toxic.#MaskedSingerAU— Loz (@Lozzemarine) September 24, 2019
Spider= Kylie Minogue??? Feel like they would chuck Dannii’s sister in there for shits and giggles 🤷🏽♀️ #MaskedSingerAU— Caitlin💞 (@caity_g2350) September 24, 2019
The main clue we have for the Unicorn is, "I have been the princess, but never the queen," which seems to fit for this being Marcia Hines' daughter, Deni Hines.
Unicorn has to be Deni Hines. Sounds so much like her voice. #MaskedSingerAU— Adam Buck (@sydneyadambuck) September 23, 2019
The Wolf is a male star who says, "I'm not the big bad wolf, but I ain't little green riding hood either." Welp, this one is all but confirmed to be Australian Idol's Rob Mills. In addition to his voice being a dead giveaway, he has a level of colour blindness that means he can't distinguish between red and greens, hence the "little green riding hood" clue. Oh, a radio producer also shared a snap with the Wolf, captioning it "me with @RobMillsyMills."
Oh Millsy, I listened to your CD enough in 2003 to recognise your voice anyway boo 🐺 #MaskedSingerAU— Georgia Love (@GeorgieALove) September 23, 2019
The Masked Singer Australia airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Ten.
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