As you can imagine, the casting and preproduction process for Fox’s reality contest The Masked Singer is tedious. First, getting a number of celebrities to commit to attend AND clarify their schedules for a period of time is no small feat. Second, it takes a while for the elaborate costumes (all of which are handcrafted by the show’s talented costume designer, Marina Toybina, and her team) to be personally created and tailored for each participant.
That’s why the fact that Piglet had a notice period just days before filming began on season five is noteworthy. Not only did this all-star swap happen at the last possible second, it was also able to prepare multiple music numbers (not to mention digging up parts of its own story for clue packages) with minimal prep. For that reason alone, it seems pretty clear that this masked celebrity is likely a musician, but you never know – crazier things have happened.
While Ferkel’s voice was instantly recognizable to anyone who was a teenage girl in the late 90s and early 00s, it took the judges – Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger – a few weeks to figure out who, exactly , the mystery singer could be. We have our own (very confident) guess, but let’s go through each of the judges’ pointers and guesses (so far) to see if we’re all on the same page.
All The Masked Singer Season 5 Notes, Guesses, and Eliminated Celebrities (So Far)
The previous notes:
Piglet knows how to stay cool even in the heat
A whiteboard that says 3528 Rushing In./Game is one of the most important pointers
He got touchdowns from Dan Marino once
His first clue package was framed like a bachelor’s-style dating show called Love in the Mud
He’s a hopeless romantic, and the world has seen his heart break once
+ Some flowers have very sharp thorns and he wears his heart on his sleeve (via a tattoo)
Aside from Dan Marino and the whiteboard, other soccer-themed clues include a music box with a time remaining of 50:10 and the phrase “Don’t be a ball eater”.
His childhood was Meg Ryan
He started a family with someone he wants to grow old with
Many years ago he was lost and given up on his dreams (and broken his finger), but in church his pastor prophesied big things for a man with a broken finger, so he moved to LA and the rest is history
Once in his fraternity, he and his brothers shaved their heads together right before the party of the year – when he discovered he has a giant birthmark shaped like an apple on the side of his head
+ Cotton candy reminds him of one of his first jobs
+ Other pictures are an alarm clock, a question mark, a rose, an armor suit, cell door bars (he was “grilled”), a flower lei, a magic lamp, a spider, a corn cob, palm trees, a peace sign, foam fingers, sunglasses, a tree air freshener, a UFO, a set of dog tags, vampire teeth, a brush and scissors, numbers 1-5 (propped up with 1) and four gold bars
The judges’ assumptions: JC Chasez, Jordan or Jonathan Knight, Zayn Malik, AJ McLean, Lance Bass, Brian Littrell and finally (finally!) Nick Lachey
Our assumptions: We really only have one guess, and that guess is Nick Lachey. Proof: He knows how to stay cool, even in a band called 98 Degrees, he and his wife Vanessa hosted and produced the Netflix dating show Love Is Blind, he famously starred on the reality show with his first wife Jessica Simpson Newlyweds and he made it famous to have a barbed wire tattoo on his biceps.
It is possible: Come on folks, it’s obviously One Tree Hill guest star Nick Lachey.
Piglet, the masked singer
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.