The identity of another celebrity was revealed on last night’s episode of The Masked Singer Australia, but the real talking point today is rumours of the show being rigged.
Aussie musical icon Kate Ceberano may have been revealed as the Lion last night, after an impressive rendition of Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger, but it is an allegedly dodgy voting system that has raised eyebrows in the wake of the episode.
According to new reports, the show’s elimination system has been rigged to prioritise famous contestants, and save the biggest reveals for last.
New Idea shared information from an ‘insider’, who said the shows system was based off celebrity status, rather than ability and performance.
“Their plan is to get rid of the least famous people first and save the bigger names until the end so they can build up hype around the show and keep audiences intrigued,” the magazine quoted the source.
The source also claimed that a helping hand was often extended to the judges while guessing.
“If none of them can guess, they all get handed a list of five names with one correct one so the episode can end,” they said.
Channel 10 has been contacted for comment.
As the show approaches its final episodes, and the last contestants prepare to unmask, it remains to be seen if the celebrity status goes up as the source promises.
If one thing is for sure, it’s that fans are holding out for an A-list surprise.
A runaway success
Despite some confusion over country singer Adam Brand’s unmasking, Channel 10’s new reality TV offering has cemented its status as a surprise runaway hit thanks to its stellar judging panel, wacky premise and all-star lineup.
In its first two episodes alone, more than one million viewers tuned in to watch the 12 unidentified celebrities dress up in crazy costumes and perform their hearts out in order to win over judges Dannii, Lindsay, Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Jackie O, along with the studio audience.
A few shock reveals have already been made so far, but with several masked singers left, and a plethora of clues and fan theories as to their true identities flying about, staying on top of who’s still on the show and who’s been eliminated is tricky.
Here, Yahoo Lifestyle has compiled all the contestants still competing on The Masked Singer as well as their associated clues, so you can make up your own mind on who you think is behind the mask
Be sure to check back for regular updates!
And, it goes without saying, there are major spoilers ahead if you’re not up-to-date with the latest episode, along with the most likely guesses.
Who are the celebs on The Masked Singer Australia:
Status: Identity still unknown
Rob Mills - his debut album is called ‘Up All Night’, he was a popular star on TV competition Australian Idol, he’s stared on Neighbours, he’s a big AFL fan
Height: 178cm, Strength: Charming
Admits he's got a “reputation” and is constantly being misjudged and underestimated
Says he’s been “an apprentice” in the past and that singing isn't his “first trade” - was he once a builder or tradie?
His bedroom features framed photos of both Neighbours stars Kylie Minogue and Holly Valance
“Am I the Wolf? Well, I have that reputation. Maybe that’s why I’m up all night. As a pup I was keen on sport, it was my dream to make it to the top with huge crowds cheering me on. I know how to draw attention in a competition.”
“I’m constantly being misjudged and underestimated. This mask allows me the chance to show you what I can do without pre-judgement. I’m not the big bad wolf, but I ain’t little green riding hood either.”
“I've been an apprentice a couple of times. Singing isn't my first trade. I think you'll be surprised when this mask comes off. Until that day, beware my teeth, claws, and power. Because I am a triple threat"
"I was well known years before I was successful."
Judges’ guesses: Barry Hall, Keith Urban, Blair McDonough, Jason Donovan.
Songs performed: "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" by Shania Twain (episode one), “There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back” by Shawn Mendes (episode three)
Status: Identity still unknown
Gorgi Coghlan - her job on The Project involves some pretty heavy subjects, she grew up on a sheep farm in Victoria and describes herself as a ‘horse rider’ in her Twitter bio, she’s also a classically trained singer and got her start at Melbourne Community Television station Channel 31 (the number ‘31’ was featured in a recent clue promo).
Michelle Payne - like Gorgi, Michelle is a horse lover but is also a jockey who won made history as the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup at age 31 in 2015. She also fits with the clue about ‘weight being important to my job’ as jockeys must remain under a certain weight to race.
Miley Cyrus - her famous role on Hannah Montanna saw her play a teen split between two worlds, she’s a singer and an actress, she’s an animal lover
Describes herself as being split between two worlds, "with part of me living in the shadows"
Has “trained as many things” but is now dedicated to horses and they can apparently see she's “not a real monster”
Started working at a young age and deals with “heavy material” in her job
Her backup dancers were dressed as nurses, suggesting she’s somehow related to the medical field
Number 31 is important to them
Say that ‘weight is important’ to their job
"Nobody likes to think of themselves as a monster but I guess I am. I’m split between two worlds with part of me living in the shadows. I’ve always loved horses and horses love this monster. They’re not scared. They can see the real me beneath the monster and give me their best”.
“But in my work, you have to deal with some heavy material, and I’ve been doing it since I was much younger. Does anyone care that I’m a monster? They only care that I can deliver the goods and we all want to be the first past the post.”
“How does someone become a monster? You don’t need a mad scientist, but you do need time in a laboratory. Right now, you see the outer monster, but tonight you’re gonna see and hear the inner monster. To the other masks, I say this. Be afraid. Be very afraid".
"I have trained as many things, but I changed horses in the middle of the stream."
Judges’ guesses: Deni Hines, Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Tapsell.
Songs performed: "Think" by Aretha Franklin (episode two), “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner (episode four)
Status: Identity still unknown
Cody Simpson - he was born on the Gold Coast (referencing “surrounded by gold”), he’s a digital native, he’s 182cm tall, he used to be a state swimmer, he’s a UN advocate for oceans. In episode three, however, judge Lindsay seemed to pour cold water over the rumours by saying that she’d know Cody’s voice anywhere as he ‘used to date’ her younger sister Ali Lohan.
Jett Kenny - he’s the son of Aussie sporting golden couple Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny, he and his parents are all swimmers, he’s a digital native and describes himself on Instagram as a “Wannabe Gamer”
Height: 182cm, Strength: Determination
Since he was young he’s always been “connected to the water” and his favourite animal is a butterfly
He’s an enviro-warrior and loves picking up rubbish and stashing them in bags labelled 'UN'
“I chose the Robot because I was created by the digital age. But I’m not your typical robot. Robots aren’t supposed to have emotions, but I really care about the real world and want to make it a happier place.”
“Ever since I was a young robot I have always been connected to the water. Growing up, I was surrounded by gold and as a young robot my favourite animal was the butterfly. But now I prefer something that goes 'tweet'. I am the Robot and I’m programmed to win The Masked Singer”.
"I've been to many award nights from a very early age."
Judges’ guesses: Usher, Troye Sivan, Matt Corby, Conrad Sewell.
Songs performed: “Hold Back The River” by James Bay (episode one), “The Horses” by Daryl Braithwaite (episode three)
Status: Identity still unknown
Height 175cm, Strength: Mysterious
Said her family was "instrumental" in making her who she is and credits her “Daddy Long Legs” for teaching her the ropes
Potentially suffered stage-fright but isn’t “afraid of the bright lights anymore”
Admits she likes to “write” - a songwriter, perhaps?
“I think the Spider is appropriate for me. After all, my web of life has so many different strands. But I’m not afraid of the bright lights anymore”.
“I like to write. Which is easy when you can hold 8 pens at once. I’m proud to say my words have gone all over the world. There is a lot of love at home and I learnt all I know from Daddy Long Legs.”
“All I know is fighting your way to the top is hard. Sometimes you’re being adored and sometimes you get squashed like a bug. But I’ll take the risks because I want to win The Masked Singer”.
Judges’ guesses: Amy Sheppard, La Toya Jackson, Sia, Willow Smith.
Songs performed: "Toxic" by Britney Spears (episode two), “It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)” by AC/DC (episode four)
Status: Identity still unknown
Height: 171cm, Strength: Magical
May have a famous family due to her ‘bloodline going back through the ages’
Doesn’t ‘believe in taking shortcuts’ and was once a princess, but never a queen
Admits she’s “very social” and loves ‘spreading joy’
“Am I a unicorn – something rare and mysterious? I think so. We are creatures born of legends with bloodlines running back through the ages. By my unicorn nature I have chosen to roam the earth, I’ve gone my own way, trotted my own path, but always aware of the steps of those who came before me”.
“We unicorns are notoriously shy but I buck the trend. In fact, I’m incredibly social. I have witnessed many miracles in my time. But the greatest miracle any unicorn can perform is to spread joy all over the world. Tonight, I want to spread some joy with you. That would be my magic"
“I have been the Princess, but never the Queen”.
“Unicorns do not believe in taking shortcuts”.
Judges’ guesses: LaToya Jackson, Deni Hynes, Chris Lilley, Kelly Osbourne.
Songs performed: “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (episode one), “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner (episode four)
Who’s been unmasked on The Masked Singer Australia?
Lion - Kate Ceberano
Status: Unmasked in Episode 7
Many picked the lady behind the mask, as she took part in a TV competition as a young woman, has had a number one hit in Australia, her father grew up in Hawaii
Marcia Hines - she started her stage career at age 16, was a judge on Australian Idol
Christine Anu - her number one hit is called “My Island Home”, she’s been on a number of Australian TV shows
Height: 152.4cm, Strength: Nobility
“Very competitive” and “fierce”
Entered a competition when they were young that "changed everything"
Mentions a "big island" and “idols” - a possible reference to another 10 reality TV show, Survivor or Australian Idol?
“Why am I the Lion? Because in my business you have to be fierce. You have to fight hard to be top on this big island.”
“As a young lion, I entered a competition that would change everything. It’s brought me closer to my idols. I pride myself on being brave and always give my best at whatever I try. And I’ve tried a lot. Will this mask bring out my best? You’re going to hear me roar tonight”.
"I'm a very competitive person and television has been a very important part of my career".
Judges’ guesses: Casey Donovan, Vanessa Amorosi, Mark Holden, Julia Gillard.
Songs performed: “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco (episode two), “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish (episode three)
Dragon — Adam Brand
Status: Unmasked in Episode 6
Grant Denyer - he’s a race car driver who’s ‘done a few laps’ travelling the country as a weatherman for Sunrise however at 1.64 m his height doesn’t quite measure up to the Dragon’s.
Height: 172cm, Strength: Power.
Told judges he’s “done a few more laps than the average Aussie dragon”
Has “petrol in his veins” and is here to “demonstrate his power” - could he be a race car driver?
His job “can bring screams of joy but also tears of great sadness”
"I am the Dragon. I am the brute. My world is timeless and slowly changing. Do I breathe fire? Only when I have to. But breathing fire is easy when you have petrol in your veins.”
“There is a lot of power in what I do. It can bring screams of joy but also tears of great sadness. I’m here tonight to demonstrate my power - the ancient gift of the dragons. We were here before all of you and I will still be standing when all other singers have fallen”.
"I guess you could say I’ve done a few more laps than the average Aussie dragon."
Judges’ guesses: Sam Newman, Lewis Hamilton, Ernie Dingo, Grant Denyer.
Songs performed: "Geronimo" by Sheppard (episode two), “Roar” by Katy Perry (episode four)
Prawn - Darren McMullen
Status: Unmasked in episode five
Height: 183cm, Strength: Sociable
Has been in the public eye in Australia, the US and the UK
Calls himself a “lairy lad” which is common British slang, and also has pale skin
Visual clues suggest he likes soccer and NFL
“Why did I choose to be the prawn? Well, as you will see tonight, it doesn’t take much for me to come out of my shell – I enjoy being in the public eye, here, the UK and America, and I admit it, I’m a bit of a lairy lad.
“But the big stage is where I feel most comfortable. Some people would say my choice of hobby is unusual, but variety is the spice of life. I’m always trying new things”.
“What do I want to be when I grow up? It’s too hard to choose. Just don’t put me in a cocktail – that’s so 1970s. Do I think I could win The Masked Singer? I’ve been in this arena before, so I know what it takes. No-one’s throwing this prawn on the barbie”.
“My skin wasn't made for the hot Australian sun. I would go as red as this prawn".
Judges’ guesses: Danny Cipriani, Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, Brian McFadden, Freddie Flintoff
Songs performed: "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley (episode one), “I Want To Break Free” by Queen (episode three).
Octopus — Gretel Killeen
Status: Unmasked in episode one
Judges' guesses: Lauryn Eagle, Paulini Curuenavuli, Courtney Act, Guy Pearce.
Songs performed: “Fame” (episode one)
Height 170cm, Strength: Unpredictable
Says she likes to have “a hand in everything” and was a leader from an early age
Made a career change that made everyone laugh
Recently been getting her money from “the bookmakers” and talked about taking ‘a gamble’
“I played a pivotal role in a musical that was an international hit”.
Parrot - Brett Lee
Status: Unmasked in episode two
Judges' guesses: Shane Warne, Kelly Slater, Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins.
Songs performed: “What’s My Scene?” by Hoodoo Gurus (episode two)
Height 187cm, Strength: Super Speed
Has flown all over the world “following the sun”
Lives life at “high speed” and has a “terrifying” job
“Why am I the Parrot? It’s not just the beautiful plumage, although I do like to look good. I’m the Parrot because I live my life at high speed. It can be dangerous. Very dangerous. And that’s the way I like it. What I do, others find terrifying.”
“In my career, I have flown all over the world following the sun. I didn’t always display loyal behaviour but what I do takes a lot of physical courage. I’m a parrot that’s not afraid of a cat walking by. Parrots aren’t known as songbirds. I think I can change all that. I’m here to win The Masked Singer. It’s a dream come true and I plan to go all out”.
Alien - Nikki Webster
Status: Unmasked in episode three
Judges’ guesses: Nikki Webster, Bindi Irwin, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Samantha Jade
Songs performed: "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga (episode one), “Youngblood” by 5SOS (episode two)
Height: 155cm, Strength: Resilience
Had Spice Girls posters and five hula hoops in her childhood bedroom
“Trained for years” despite seeming to “appear out of nowhere”
Began her career young but ended up “being probed” and retreated from public life
“I’m the Alien because people think I appeared out of nowhere but I trained for years to achieve my dream. As aliens should, I arrived in a stunning flash of lights and sound”.
“It felt like the world’s eyes were all on me - and for a time I truly loved the attention. I came in peace, only wanting to please, but suddenly I was the one being probed”.
“In the end, it was just too much for a young alien to bear, so I beamed myself away. But tonight, I’m back and I’m going to do my extra-terrestrial best to spice things up”.
"When you pursue your dreams, success will follow and a lot of heavy metal came my way".
Rhino - Wendell Sailor
Status: Unmasked in episode four
Judges’ guesses: Russell Crowe, Brendan Fevola, Wendell Sailor, Danny Green.
Most likely guesses:
Wendell Sailor - he’s a former Wallaby (‘hopping’ reference) and won his last NRL premiership in 2000 as a winger, he’s 191cm tall, he was once suspended over a drug controversy
Brendan Fevola - he was a controversial AFL player and got sacked by the Brisbane Lions, he’s 191cm tall, he returned to the spotlight with I’m a Celebrity, “Shotgun” is his favourite song. And he just about confirmed he was taking a turn on the reality TV show on his radio program.
Songs performed: “Shotgun” by George Ezra (episode two), “Low” by Flo Rida ft. T-Pain (episode four).
Height: 191cm, Strength: Strong-headed
Hints that he once did something to “fall out of the spotlight” but is making a comeback
Pictured next to a pile of chicken wings, sipping a green cocktail
Says that his greatest success was “the year that Sydney held the Olympic games” aka 2000
“Why am I the Rhino? Because I’m dangerous. When I want something don’t get in my way. That’s how I got to the top. I seem laid back and that’s suited me in the past. It’s the results that matter not how you get there.”
“In my career, I hopped from one top job to another. But I’ve settled down a lot from my rock star days. Rhinos don’t stop to think at all before they act. And I’m not too big to admit that it’s set me back.”
“I was almost an extinct species, falling out of the spotlight was tough. Luckily time heals all wounds. Now I’m back off the endangered list and ready to show you what I can do”.
The identity of the contestants is key to the success of the whole show, and even though there’s been some spoilers, The Masked Singer Australia host Osher Günsberg revealed that security on and off set is super tight.
He spilled the secrets to 10 daily on the lengths the producers go to behind the scenes to keep everything under wraps.
“The security protocols were astonishing," he added, "I believe we employ ex-ASIO employees or something because let me tell you the level of scrutiny, detail and rigorous oversight around protecting the anonymity of the masks was just incredible,” he said.
“When the masks come off, that is absolutely the first time we know who they are,” he added.
How do the masked singers actually sing?
The contestant’s elaborate and outrageous costumes have had many fans wondering how the celebs actually sing underneath their mask.
In fact, some have suggested that the singers aren’t actually singing but lip-syncing to a pre-recorded track.
Well, wonder no longer as head costumer Tim Chappel has revealed all to 10 daily.
“Oh no, it’s real! It’s definitely happening, they’re singing in there," Tim confirmed.
He and his team of 75, worked hard to create masks that allowed contestants to breathe, sing and see while keeping their faces and identities a mystery.
The heavy and hot costumes were so steamy that celebs could only wear them for 20 minutes at a time, Tim admitted.
Who are the judges on The Masked Singer Australia?
The judges on The Masked Singer Australia are Aussie singer and TV personality Dannii Minogue, American actor and Parent Trap star Lindsay Lohan, radio host and funnyman Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kyle And Jackie O Show host Jackie O Henderson.
What is The Masked Singer Australia about?
The Masked Singer Australia is based on a reality TV show that originated in South Korea.
It’s marketed as ‘a singing competition with a difference’ and features 12 unidentified celebrities who perform in full costume then ‘unmask’ themselves to the judges, live studio audience and viewers at home afterwards.
Each episode, select contestants pair up to compete against one another in a ‘face-off’ where they perform a song of their choice in their real voice.
After each ‘face-off’ the studio audience and judges vote for their favourite celeb the keep ‘safe’ for the week - the ‘loser’ is at risk of being unmasked and sent home unless the judges chose to ‘save’ them.
Several singers have been unmasked so far - Gretel Killeen as the Octopus Brett Lee as the Parrot and Nikki Webster as the Alien - and there are still many unknown singers to go, including a unicorn, lion, monster, spider and a wolf.
Channel 10 has released several clues - one singer is an ARIA Award winner, while another is a World Cup winner, and yet another a Hall of Famer - with more hints to roll out throughout the season.
When is The Masked Singer Australia on?
The Masked Singer airs 7.30 Monday and Tuesday on Channel 10.
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