The Masked Singer: The most shocking celebrity performers ever

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The Masked Singer is a recent addition to the raft of reality singing show franchise thrilling audience around the world but it is a firm favourite as we get to enjoy celebrities putting it all on the line to be judged anonymously. 

The franchise started out in South Korea and quickly spread around the world including versions in America, Canada, the UK and of course Australia. 

The Masked Singer 2021
Who are these Masked Singers from around the world? Photo: YouTube

One of the biggest drawcards is to see just who is behind the mask and whether the celebrity's voice really stacks up when you strip down all the styling and hype.

Half the fun is the guessing game of just who it could be based on how good their singing voice is. And while some stars have made us gasp OMG when they are unmasked, others have had us asking 'who?' as well.

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Here are our top five fabulous reveals from the show around the world.

Kermit The Frog

Kermit The Frog on The Masked Singer
Movie star and world famous amphibian Kermit The Frog has even appeared on The Masked Singer. Photo: YouTube
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Arguably the most famous of all the singers to have appeared on The Masked Singer franchise is Kermit The Frog. Kermit stunned the judges when the Snail was voted off and when unmasked, at first no one was revealed. Then two little green hands peeked over the edge of the costume and his head popped out to show that his distinct voice, while not comparable to the trained singers that have taken part, is still just as distinctive.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds on the Korean original of The Masked Singer
When the unicorn was revealed to be Ryan Reynolds on the Korean original of The Masked Singer, the judges were shocked. Photo: YouTube
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While promoting his movie Deadpool in South Korea in 2018, Ryan Reynolds decided to go on The King of Mask Singer as a unicorn. He sang Tomorrow from Annie and the judges and audience were equally stunned to discover it was a Hollywood superstar under the costume. 

While many have mocked the star's voice, he managed to hold a tune pretty well and with a more contemporary song, probably would have made a more positive impression. And it was great publicity for his movie too!

Morten Harket

Morten Haket on The Masked Singer UK
A-Ha lead singer and 80s heartthrob Morten Haket shocked when he was unmasked on The Masked Singer UK. Photo: YouTube
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The UK franchise was lucky enough to get A-Ha lead singer Morten Harket to sing in their show.

"I was meant to be busy during the period in question when invited to join The Masked Singer," he explained. "The pandemic cleared the majority of activities off the calendar and suddenly the door opened for other types of requests."

Dressing the Norwegian singer as a Viking seemed a bit of a giveaway but when he sang a slowed-down version of his most famous song – Take On Me – in episode five, it seemed obvious. But given that no singer had ever sung their own song, all the judges were shocked when he was unveiled. 

"I did it because I needed to be kicked out of my comfort zone," he explained to the judges on why he came on the show.

Kate Cebrano

Kate Cebrano on The Masked Singer Australia
Aussie singing legend Kate Cebrano was one of the superstars on The Masked Singer Australia. Photo: YouTube
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She's been a leading Australian singer since the 80s and her voice has lost none of its strength and power over the time that's past. While she tried to trick the judges by singing both in a low male-like voice and a high female voice, she definitely still impressed.

"I think there's something to be said for the escapism you can get into when you've got a costume on," she said at the end of the show.

Cody Simpson

Cody Simpson On The Masked Singer Australia
Cody Simpson stunned the judges, especially Lindsay Lohan, when he won the first season of The Masked Singer Australia. Photo: YouTube
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Is there anything this boy can't do? He gave up swimming when he was a junior state champion to pursue a career in music and acting and then returned to it this year to compete for a place in the Tokyo Olympics Australian swimming squad. While he just missed out on a berth in the team, his fellow competitors were shocked at just how good he was.

"Cody’s been training for just over a year. He stopped swimming when he was 13," Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Cate Campbell said on radio. "He took like an eight, nine-year break, became a bona fide superstar — playing for thousands of people, dating Miley Cyrus — and then for some reason decides to come back!"

And that isn't the first time he's stunned an industry with his abilities. He excited fans and the judges alike on the first season of The Masked Singer Australia but none of them, even guest judge Lindsay Lohan who knew him from LA, guessed it was him. 

"This is like winning an Olympic gold medal or something," he declared when he won. "This is going on the top of the cabinet," he added.

The Masked Singer Australia is coming soon to 10 and 10 Play On Demand.

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