The Masked Singer season 5 airs on Fox Wednesdays, and the Piglet is a crowd-pleaser after soulfully picking up on some modern love songs.
The judges’ guesses for the singer include boy band icons like Zayn Malik, AJ McLean and Jonathan Knight, but based on the clues, viewers think it’s another boy band star behind the pig outfit.
The clues to Piglet’s identity
First hint package
- The package is themed reality show, with Piglet starring in a show called Love in the Mud
- He calls himself “part-time lover, full-time ham” and calls himself “hopelessly romantic” even though he admits to romantic problems
- There are also lots of flower pictures. Piglet says he “gave away a few roses and the world saw my heart break” and learned that “some flowers have very sharp thorns”. He also throws rose petals
- Other images include a giant purple question mark, an alarm clock at 6 o’clock, a yellow rose, and a fortune cookie
- He also says, “It may sound crazy, but I see a future on this stage … It may only be the first round, but I’m already falling in love with you.”
The piglet on “The Masked Singer”.
Second notice package
- He says he “felt at home” when he performed a love song in his first episode.
- This second pack is full of sports references. He’s holding a soccer ball and we see him training in a locker room. He also talks about his competitive nature, how he “never throws in the towel” and how he is a “hometown hero”.
- He says of his career: “When I got into the big leagues, I never expected a lifelong competition with my arch-rivals.”
- He also says: “It’s Friday night again, even on a Wednesday. Clear eyes, full stomach, cannot lose.”
- Other pictures: a whiteboard with the inscription “Don’t be a ball eater! 3528 Rushing In./Game”, a knight, a red spot on a locker, a football helmet with a horse on it, a football stadium and a scoreboard with the numbers 50:10, 11, 11 and 03
Third notice package
- The piglet starts the third package in prison with a lollipop. He says, “Years ago I was really grilled.”
- Talking about “unexpectedly” meeting someone he wants to grow old with, he says, “She saved me from the heat and gave me a brand new start. And because of her, I’m now a family man.”
- Objects include a lei, a lamp, candles, a black spider with a pink bow, corn, palm trees, and a blue ribbon labeled “1 DR”.
- He said “love[s] stand on stage “after his first appearance
- Cluedle-Doos Note: Piglets know how to stay cool in the heat
- First crush: He said of Meg Ryan, “Look, I’m a romantic. She’s the queen of the rom-coms. It’s a match made in heaven.”
- Useful reference to the object: Two dog tags and a charm in the form of a letter P. “These dog tags are the most important thing in my life. I always have them with me.”
- World premiere: “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
- Second performance: “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer
- Third performance: “7 Years” by Lukas Graham
Who fans think that piglet is
The person most Masked Singer fans think is the piglet is Nick Lachey.
The Cluedle Doo reference is the most obvious reference to Lachey’s career – “The Heat” is a reference to his temperature-named boy band 98 Degrees.
The first clue package, with its very dating show vibe, appears to be a double clue of Lachey’s very public marriage and breakup with Jessica Simpson, whose marriage was the subject of reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. He’s also now the host of Netlfix’s dating show Love is Blind.
Lachey has spoken about his dog tags too. He told parenting magazine in 2015: “I have a dog tag Vanessa gave me with Camden’s date of birth and now Brooklyn’s date of birth. It’s my little symbol that you are always with me. That’s why I always wear it.”
The P-Charm seems to be a reference to Lachey’s youngest child with Mrs. Vanessa, the four-year-old phoenix.
“I never expected a lifelong competition with my arch-rivals”. Lachey previously talked about how the media tried to create a feud between 98 Degrees, the Backstreet Boys, and N Sync. When asked by the Washington Post about boy band rivalries, he said, “I think we just laughed a lot about it. It was more of a media-laden thing than anything … it was definitely overdone in those days.”
The Masked Singer season 5 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on Fox.