Last week, Fox’s The Masked Singer gave us a special Thanksgiving episode that featured Ken Jeong in a turkey hat and more references to the holiday than we ever needed. Just because it was a special episode doesn’t mean there wasn’t some heartbreak: Broccoli, who turned out to be Paul Anka, got sent home, and we ended up with the final contestants for tonight’s Super Six semi-finals: Jellyfish, Mushroom, Crocodile, Seahorse, Sun, and Popcorn. This is the first time they’ll perform outside of their individual groups, and three of them will go home. Next week, we’ll get a holiday sing-along, and then on December 16, the finals will reveal the season 4 champion.
By now, the panelists and fans have their best guesses for who’s behind the masks of every single character. We’ve seen everyone perform three times, and sent home and Whatchamacallit (Lonzo Ball), Serpent (Dr. Elvis Francois), the Snow Owls (Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black), Squiggly Monster (Bob Saget), the Lips (Wendy Williams), Baby Alien (Mark Sanchez), Giraffe (Brian Austin Green), Gremlin (Mickey Rourke), and Dragon (Busta Rhymes).
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Out of the remaining characters, Mushroom is one of the most talented of the bunch. Nicole Scherzinger has guessed Donald Glover, Jeong guessed Usher, and Jenny McCarthy thinks Frank Ocean could be under the mask. No matter what, though, Jeong is convinced Mushroom is “a massive star.”
Who do fans think this stylish fungus could be?
A few fans on Twitter have guessed that Williams might be the musical talent who’s moonlighting as Mushroom. There was a giant brown hat in the clues package, which could definitely point to Pharrell’s signature accessory. He also has a falsetto, which we can hear in “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell.
Porter’s name appears several times on Twitter in conjunction with Mushroom. As Refinery29 pointed out, there was a specific clue that links the character to Porter: a reference to a hot dog stand. Porter was in the play Topdog/Underdog. There’s also a Star Search clue, and Porter won the title of best male vocalist in 1992. Porter has been known to love a good hat. Remember the 2020 Grammys?
There was a reality-competition clue in the clues package, and this singer, actor, choreographer, and dancer made it to the finals on the ninth season of American Idol. The clue package had so many Hamilton references that it was almost overkill; it might not make sense for someone who was actually in Hamilton to be Mushroom, but Todrick does have a Broadway voice (he won a Tony for Lola in Kinky Boots). As far as the Hamilton connections, he made the album Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers in 2017 with Hamilton cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., and Christopher Jackson. So all these Hamilton clues could just be The Masked Singer’s attempt at a red herring.
This guess might actually be the closest to being on target. Twitter seems to be pretty convinced that the Hamilton clues might be leading us to this actor, who played Philip/John Laurens in the show. The To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You actor has also piqued fans’ interests because there were Dear Evan Hanson clues, and Fisher was in that show, too. Good Housekeeping picked up on the clue that Mushroom “turned his hobby into a career,” and Fisher was a video game fanatic who now has a massive presence on Twitch.
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