Lindsay's triumph as 'Robot' Cody Simpson wins The Masked Singer

Holly Hales
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She guessed right: judge Lindsay's surprise as The Masked Singer's 'Robot' revealed to be Cody Simpson. Photo: Channel 10.

The Masked Singer Australia’s solitary international judge, Lindsay Lohan, has wrapped up the inaugural season of the hit TV show on a high, after correctly guessing the identity of the very first winner, singer Cody Simpson.

The American actor couldn’t wipe the grin off her face when the Robot whipped off his mask to reveal Aussie heartthrob Cody underneath.

Former child star Lindsay had tipped the “Surfboard” hitmaker - and Miley Cyrus’ new beau - as the face behind the futuristic costume since his first performance - and turns out, she was right.

Lindsay’s fellow judges were left astounded as her prediction came true right before their eyes, with Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes applauding the Freaky Friday star for her triumph.

“You did it, you did it!” her co-panellist Dannii said, congratulating her.

Cody Simpson wins season one of The Masked Singer. Photo: Channel 10.

Lindsay and Cody’s secret connection

It seems as though Lindsay may have had somewhat of an unfair advantage on her fellow judges when it came to unravelling the Robot’s identity, after revealing that Cody had in fact dated her younger sister Ali Lohan in the past.

And, as she exposed on national TV, the young crooner still owes Lilo for some furniture she purchased when he and Ali were an item. Just don’t tell Miley...

In comparison, Hughesy’s pick for Robot - 5 Seconds Of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin - and Dannii and Jackie’s hunches that it was Niall Horan and Liam Payne from One Direction fame, were all way off the mark.

After rocking the house with a performance of Lady Gaga’s The Edge of Glory, Cody had a few choice words about the judges’ incorrect guesses.

“I’m mates with Niall and Ashton… I am going to make sure they watch it,” he told host Osher.

And of his gold trophy, he added, “This is a top shelfer in the cabinet for sure!”

Lindsay's fellow judges congratulate her for picking winner Cody Simpson. Photo: Channel 10.

Wolf and Monster unmasked

Cody beat out Neighbours star Rob Mills - who was unsurprisingly behind the Wolf mask - and The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan who was the voice underneath the cute and cuddly Monster.

Millsy told Osher that he jumped at the chance to suit up as Wolf to reignite his love of performing.

“I have been doing Neighbours for the past couple of years and I am always in a studio with a crew and no audience. I needed a stage and I wanted to have some fun,” he said.

An emotional Gorgi revealed that her motivation for going on the show came a little closer to home, leaving the panel in tears.

“Mum has always said to me, why are you wasting that beautiful voice? Mum had a really tough battle with brain cancer 18 months ago. Mum… this is your wish. Here I am,” she said.

It’s not the first time Lindsay has surprised viewers with her uncanny guesses. After a series of flops - who can forget her reaction to Octopus Gretel Killeen’s unmasking in episode one? - the redhead managed to pinpoint former Australian Idol contestant Paulini as the star beneath the Spider’s mask in the semi-final.

As Paulini was revealed, Lindsay even flexed her homework a little, insisting she had made notes on the singer’s former girl group, The Young Divas, which helped her nail the guess.

“I wrote that down! I wrote The Young Divas down. It's in my notebook!” she yelled.

While season one may be over, fans of the surprise hit show are in luck with Channel 10 confirming The Masked Singer will return for season two in 2020, along with American export Lindsay.

Here, Yahoo Lifestyle has compiled all the contestants on The Masked Singer as well as their associated clues, and, it goes without saying, there are major spoilers ahead if you’re not up-to-date with the finale.

Who are the celebs on The Masked Singer Australia?

The Robot on TheMasked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Masked Singer Cody Simpson wins season one. Photo: Channel 10.

Robot - Cody Simpson

Status: unmasked in episode 9: Grand Finale

Best guesses:

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”

Clues:

  • 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'

Quotes:

“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)

The Wolf on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
The Masked Singer's Wolf unmasked as runner up Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills. Photo: Channel 10.

Wolf - Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills

Status: unmasked in episode 9: Grand Finale

Best guess:

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

Clues:

  • 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

Quotes:

“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)

The Monster on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
The Masked Singer's Monster unmasked as second runner up Gorgi Coghlan. Photo: Channel 10.

Monster - Gorgi Coghlan

Status: unmasked in episode 9: Grand Finale

Best guess:

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).

Clues:

  • 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

Quotes:

"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)

The Spider on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Paulini was revealed as the Spider, which Lindsay of course guessed correctly. Photo: Ten

Spider - Paulini

Status: Unmasked Episode 8: Semi-Final

Clues:

  • 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?

Quotes:

“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: Jess Mauboy, Kate Miller-Heidke and Paulini.

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)

The Unicorn on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Deni Hines was unmasked as the Unicorn on the show's semi-final. Photo: Ten

Unicorn - Deni Hines

Status: Unmasked Episode 8: Semi-Final

Clues:

  • 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’

Quotes:

“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)

The Lion on The Masked Singer Australia 2019 was revealed to be Kate Ceberano. Photo: Channel 10
Kate Ceberano was revealed to be the lady beneath the Lion. Photo: Ten

Lion - Kate Ceberano

Status: Unmasked in Episode 7

Best guesses:

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

Clues:

  • 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?

Quotes:

“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)

The Dragon on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Country singer Adam Brand was revealed to be The Masked Singer. Photo: Network 10

Dragon — Adam Brand

Status: Unmasked in Episode 6

Clues:

  • 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”

Quotes:

"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)

The Prawn on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Darren McMullen was revealed as the Prawn. Photo: Instagram/Darren McMullen

Prawn - Darren McMullen

Status: Unmasked in episode five

Clues:

  • 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

Quotes:

“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).

Gretel Killeen octopus The Masked Singer. Photo: Instagram/gretelkilleen.

Octopus — Gretel Killeen

Status: Unmasked in episode one

Judges' guesses: Lauryn Eagle, Paulini Curuenavuli, Courtney Act, Guy Pearce.

Songs performed: “Fame” (episode one)

Clues:

  • 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’

Quotes:

“I played a pivotal role in a musical that was an international hit”.

The Parrot on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Ex-cricketer Brett Lee is unmasked as the Parrot in episode two. Photo: Channel 10.

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)

Clues:

  • Height 187cm, Strength: Super Speed

  • Has flown all over the world “following the sun”

  • Lives life at “high speed” and has a “terrifying” job

Quotes:

“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”.

The Alien in their costume performing on The Masked Singer Australia. Photo: Channel 10.
Nikki Webster unmasked as the Alien in episode three. Photo: Channel 10.

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)

Clues:

  • 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

Quotes:

“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".

The Rhino on The Masked Singer Australia 2019. Photo: Channel 10
Did you guess correctly? Wendell Sailor was unmasked as the Rhino in episode four of The Masked Singer. Photo: Channel 10.

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).

Clues:

  • 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

Quotes:

“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”.

Dogged by rigging rumours

The unexpected ousting of fan-favourites Unicorn and Spider may just stoke the flames of a rigging rumour dogging the smash hit show.

According to 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 a so-called insider, who claimed the show’s 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.

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.

How do they keep the masked singers’ a secret?

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.

The Masked Singer Australia host, Osher Gunsberg. Photo: Channel 10.

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.

The Masked Singer Australia judges. Photo: Channel 10.

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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