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If you’re exhausted from Googling “who is the Poodle on The Masked Singer?” you’re in luck — because the Poodle has finally been revealed.

The Poodle on The Masked Singer is stand-up comedian Margaret Cho.

In the end, the fan theories were right. Her clues matched up perfectly with her background.

Here are the clues we knew about the Poodle:

  • She’s 5’5″
  • She loves to be on stage and take on a character
  • Like a poodle, she’s sassy, smart, and best in show
  • She has ties to San Francisco, California
  • She says, “4-1-5, stand up!”
  • She comes from a musical family, but is “known for a different kind of talent”
  • She has a connection with a telephone
  • Her career has been about “exercising her right to free speech”
  • She’s an LGBTQ advocate or from the LGBTQ community

First off, Margaret is definitely sassy and smart — oh, and she’s also 5’5″. What’s more, the stand-up comedian hails from San Fransisco (the area code for the city, BTW, is 4-1-5). Not only that, but her bio makes it clear that she has a strong connection to the city.

The clues also tell us that the Poodle has some sort of association with a telephone. This was a nod to the fact that Margaret reportedly used to be a phone sex operator.

In terms of the free speech clue, Margaret is all about pushing limits with her comedy. She’s also openly bi-sexual and has been incredibly vocal when it comes to advocating for gay rights.

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Still there’s one part about the clue package that, admittedly, has us feeling clueless — the “coming from a musical family” aspect. As she told the Huffington Post back in June 2018, her family owned a bookstore, and her father was a Korean joke book writer. She doesn’t really talk about them being singers at all (but maybe she was talking about someone else in her fam?).

Regardless, Margaret has done some singing before, mostly associated with her comedy (like in the video below).

Now if we could just figure out who The Rabbit is. Any guesses?

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The Masked Singer unmasks the Poodle: Who was the celebrity contestant behind the costume?

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The Masked Singer‘s Poodle has been revealed!

On the fourth episode of the Fox singing competition series, hosted by Nick Cannon, five of the remaining disguised celebrity contestants performed for audiences: the bee, alien, raven, rabbit and poodle.

Joining celebrity panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Ken Jeong at guessing the costumed contestants on Wednesday evening’s show was returning guest Joel McHale, who together tried their best to correctly identify each performer based on what little clues they get during each episode.

At the end of the episode, the mask came off for the pink and white Poodle — and the reveal shocked the panelists!

Stand-up comedian and actress Margaret Cho was unveiled as the woman behind the costume after being eliminated.


The mask came off for #PoodleMask! #TheMaskedSinger

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For her final performance on the reality show, Cho, 50, performed Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” which left the panelists stumped.

While watching her perform on stage, Jeong, 49, told McHale, 47, of Cho’s singing, “I’m trying to figure out who it is.”

“I don’t think it’s a professional singer,” Jeong said of Cho, who appeared opposite the actor on Dr. Ken. “Maybe a comedian?”

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Wonder who the Poodle is on the Masked Singer? Check out all the clues and our best guesses for the Poodle’s identity, here.

On Wednesday, the second episode of The Masked Singer aired, leaving viewers as confused as they were in episode one when considering the identities of the disguised contestants. If you listened to the Poodle perform but the clues about her identity still have you baffled, we’ve put together a list of everything that was revealed about the Poodle during the show and on the internet. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of the best guesses we’ve seen discussed around the web. As the weeks go by and we learn more about the performer behind the Poodle mask, we’ll continue to add updates to this post. For now, here’s everything we know.

Who is the Poodle? The Clues

Wonder who the Poodle is on the Masked Singer? Check out all the clues and our best guesses for the Poodle’s identity, here. FOX

  • Website Clue: You know I got soul
  • Video/Instagram Clue: In the video, the Poodle is sitting on a table holding an old-fashioned telephone, with guys in suits and sunglasses. They are wearing different colored unitards on top of their suits and dancing. The caption says “Call me maybe?”
  • Instagram Clue: Don’t be fooled. This poodle has a bite.
  • Show Clues:
    • Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take on the stage and play a character which is why I chose the Poodle
    • Poodles are like me — sassy, smart and best in show
    • In the background, we see the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
    • I come from a musical family but I’m known for a different kind of talent.
    • In the background, we see the four backup singer/dancers in their leotards doing pushups.
    • She says something about Stand Up
    • My whole career has been about exercising my right to free speech
    • There is a rainbow in the background
    • It’s time I return to my musical roots to show the world a side of me it’s never seen before.
    • To figure me out you’re gonna have to work
    • I’m doing this for your honor.

Who is The Poodle on The Masked Singer? The Best Guesses so Far

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Margaret Cho

This is probably the internet’s favorite theory right now as Margaret checks off a lot of boxes. She is from San Francisco and is a stand-up comedian. She was once a phone sex operator and is an active spokesperson for the LGBT community. Additionally, her father is a lawyer and it may be why she said she was doing this for “your honor.” She also played a paralegal in Drop Dead Diva.

Maya Rudolph

Viewers of The Masked Singer thought they heard comedian Maya Rudolph represented in the voice of the Poodle and she does come a set of musical parents. She also played the role of a judge in the TV show “The Good Place.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee is also a comedian and the daughter of Diana Ross which checks the box for the musical family. On the show Blackish, she plays a character named Rainbow.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian is no stand-up comedian but she is a part of the LGBT community and a well-known fitness guru, which might fit in with the section of the video where the Poodle is lifting weights.

As more clues and guesses about the identity of the poodle surface, we’ll continue to update this post.

Lisa Marie Presley

Presley obviously checks the box for the musical family. She does reside in San Francisco and has performed Heartbreaker with Pat Benatar at shows a number of times.

LaToya Jackson

Jackson clearly comes from a musical family and she once had a step class exercise show. She was a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and is a LGBT activist.

Who do you think the Poodle is on The Masked Singer? Share your theories in the comments below!

Another six stars took to the stage on the second episode of “The Masked Singer” on Wednesday (Jan. 9). Each of these half dozen famous faces was hidden behind an elaborate mask. After all six performed while clad in a head-to-toe costume, the contestant with the lowest score was eliminated. That turned out to be the Pineapple, who was revealed to be comic Tommy Chong.

We won’t know who the other five contestants are till they are eliminated or, in the case of one of them, win the show. If you can’t wait till then to find out, then keep reading. We’ve analyzed the clues that each gave to their identities before they performed as well as the comments of the four judges (Ken Leong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke).

We’ve already posted our theories on who the three winners of the sing-offs –the Rabbit, the Raven and the Bee — as well as the Alien really are. That leaves just the Poodle.

She performed in the final of the three match-ups and had the whole crowd dancing to “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar. (Watch her electrifying performance in the video above.) So, who is this hidden talent?

Forget that wild speculation by judge Jenny McCarthy that it could be RuPaul or Russell Simmons.

We are all but certain that the Poodle is the stand-up and actress Margaret Cho.

WEEK THREE SPOILERS: Who are the Lion, Monster, Peacock, Unicorn

Let’s break down the clues she gave before singing:

“I chose the Poodle because like me, they’re sassy, smart and best in show” – Cho is well-known for expressing her well-reasoned opinions on a variety of controversial topics.

“415. Stand up” – That is the area code of San Francisco, and Cho got her start performing routines in comedy clubs in the Bay area.

“My whole career has been about exercising my right to free speech” – Cho had a short-lived sitcom “All American Girl” that fell victim to network interference.

WEEK TWO SPOILERS: Who are the Alien, Bee, Poodle, Rabbit, Raven

Nicole was spot on when she observed during the clue video that the Poodle was standing in front of a rainbow flag backdrop; Cho is openly bisexual.

She has dabbled in singing over the years. Her 2010 disc “Cho Dependent” featured 16 songs and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Comedy Album.

The Poodle certainly unleashed her confidence as she strutted around the stage. Cho has performed a burlesque act over the years, which combines her love of singing and dance.

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We won’t find out for sure if Cho is the Poodle till she is unmasked. That will only happen if she loses the audience vote or wins the show. Do you think we are right about the true identity of the Poodle? Sound off in the comments section with your best guesses.

And be sure to read our best guesses as to the identities of the five celebrities who sang on the first episode: the Deer, Lion, Monster, Peacock and Unicorn.

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The courtroom may be Judge Judy’s domain, but is it possible that everyone’s favorite straight-talker is a master of the stage as well? Some fans of Fox’s outrageous new series, The Masked Singer, seem to think so. The latest fan theory posits that Judy Sheindlin may be one of the concealed celebrities: The Poodle!

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Yes, we realize it’s ridiculous, and we don’t care. Please, 2019, give the people what they want: Judge Judy belting Pat Benatar while disguised as a dog. All rise—and let us review the (honestly very little) evidence.

The Poodle was introduced in the second episode, when she performed “Heartbreaker” against the Bee, who bested her with “Chandelier” by Sia.

For her clues, the Poodle revealed that her “whole career has been about exercising my right to free speech” and later, “I’m here for your honor,” prompting panelist Ken Jeong to joke “Ruth Bader Ginsburg?”

Several people on Twitter caught the potentially court-related clue, too, and quickly brought up Judge Judy.

“The poodle on the @MaskedSingerFOX is clearly Judge Judy,” wrote one viewer.

Judge Judy…your honor 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

— classy-sassy-badassy (@Wackywardwoman) January 16, 2019

“I said Judge Judy too, only because I want it to be so very much,” added another.

We’re not sure about those first two facts (nor can we explain the footage of San Francisco; Judy was born and raised in Brooklyn), but the last part certainly applies. And is it possible that by “best in show,” she was referring to her status as 2018’s highest-paid TV host?

Finally, may we remind you of this viral case, in which Judy had a dog—a poodle, to be exact—choose its true owner from two disputing parties?

Though there are much more solid predictions out there (Margaret Cho, Jillian Michaels), you must admit that it would be wildly entertaining to see the 76-year-old trade her robes for a flashy costume. Just imagine the reveal!

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Can we get a ruling on this? Perhaps tonight, when the show returns for Episode 3.

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Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer” revealed its fourth celebrity at the end of Wednesday’s episode that welcomed back five costumed characters for encore performances: Alien, Bee, Poodle, Rabbit and Raven. Unfortunately, Poodle ended up being voted out by the studio audience and judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and guest Joel McHale, so she had to unmask himself in dramatic fashion (watch above). Did YOU guess that it was actually actress/comedian Margaret Cho inside the Poodle costume singing Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time”?

SEE ‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Rabbit is …

“I loved being on ‘The Masked Singer,” Margaret declared after the credits rolled. “It was so exciting to be hidden behind everything. I really am good friends with Ken Jeong. I played his sister on his TV show. I’m really glad that people got to see a different side to who I am. I think the poodle mask was me because I’m fluffy and I’m pink but I’m still a bitch.”

Before the big reveal each of the judges made their final guesses for who they thought was behind the Poodle mask. Robin thought that it might be “a very fit Judge Judy” due to some of the legal references. Because of the LGBTQ vibe and the workout clues, both Nicole and Joel guessed Jillian Michaels. Since the Poodle mentioned being fired a lot, that led Jenny to think Kathy Griffin. And Ken went with the out-of-the-box choice of Melissa Rivers.

SEE ‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Alien is …

As the audience shouted, “Take it off! Take it off!” the Poodle reached up to remove her costumed head, ultimately revealing Margaret Cho. The comedian extraordinaire told Jenny, “You were very close.” She then added, “Ken, I thought you would know. We’re family!” Margaret and Ken starred as siblings on ABC’s comedy series “Dr. Ken” (2015-17).

SEE ‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Raven is …

Margaret is now the fourth singer to unmask in front of America, following Pittsburgh Steelers football player Antonio Brown (as Hippo), comedic legend Tommy Chong (as Pineapple) and NFL personality Terry Bradshaw (as Deer). Let us know down in the comments section whether you guessed that Margaret was hiding behind the Poodle costume on “The Masked Singer” Episode 4.

SEE ‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Bee is …

(Probably) pictured: Tori Spelling, Rumer Willis, Donny Osmond. Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

If you’ve turned on your TV this winter, there’s a high probability that you’ve heard of The Masked Singer. A Fox remake of the popular South Korean show, King of Mask Singer, it’s like if The Voice went on a dystopian party cruise with Yo Gabba Gabba and an episode of E! True Hollywood Story. Or, as Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk so aptly described the experience: “What if Gritty walked out on a soundstage made to look like an arena concert, belted out Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me,’ was described as ‘a professional’ by Jenny McCarthy, took off his head to reveal he was Joey Fatone, and the entire experience felt three clicks away from an episode of Black Mirror?” Well, more than 9 million people watched this nightmare show’s premiere episode, according to Nielsen. Nine million people who are now dying to figure out which celebs are under these elaborate masks. (But let’s be real, they’re more like costumes.)

By now, we’ve seen all the masked singers do their thing: Deer, Lion, Monster, Peacock, Unicorn, Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Poodle, and Bee. (Also, Hippo and Pineapple, who were both sent home in the first two episodes and revealed to be NFL player Antonio Brown and comedian Tommy Chong, respectively.) Each contestant gives a few clues about themselves before they perform, complete with an intentionally hilarious voice-changing filter, and the show provides a few details like height, gender, and commentary from our slate of four useless judges.

Using my own expert judgment and the assistance of thousands of skimmed YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram comments, here are the most likely celebs hiding behind those wacky looks. Is this show about singing? No. Is it about the process of elimination based on the most likely type of celebrities who would agree to appear on a reality show like this? Yes.

Who is the Deer on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Deer is Terry Bradshaw! Photo: FOX and Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Deer. He’s six-foot-three, “incredibly competitive,” and considers himself a singer but is “not sure everyone’s going to agree with that.” He says: “I’ve been knocked down many times, but in the Wild Wild West you learn how to get back up and get back in the saddle.” And another suggestive quote would be: “Ravens, beware.” There’s also a slight southern accent to his highly altered speaking voice.

Why it’s definitely Terry Bradshaw: He played on the Steelers, he loves horses, and he’s won four Super Bowls (something mentioned by the show’s marketing). The Steelers famously hate the Ravens. He’s the right height and, as a YouTube commenter observes, he “didn’t move to much during the performance bc he’s old” which is true. (He’s 70!) Plus, Terry had a singing career back in the day, releasing five country albums. Here’s Terry singing Glen Campbell in 1976, and here he is singing with the Isaacs in 2016.

Why it might not be Terry Bradshaw: His present-day voice doesn’t exactly match up, but that might because the songs are different genres.

Odds: Very high. (Update: Yep, it was him.)

Who is the Poodle on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Poodle is Margaret Cho! Photo: Michael Becker/Fox/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Poodle. She’s “sassy and smart and best in show.” She loves to be onstage and take on a character. She’s either from or lives in San Francisco. “I come from a musical family, but I’m known for a different talent.” Which talent? “Stand-up,” she says as she lifts small weights. Her career is all about “exercising her right to free speech,” and a rainbow flag appears in the background. Another video has her talking on the phone as a clue.

Why it’s definitely Margaret Cho: The comedian is from San Francisco and built a successful (and sometimes controversial) stand-up career. She was once a phone-sex operator, which could be the “poodle on the phone” reference. Cho is also openly bisexual, and released an album called Cho Dependent in 2010. Here she is singing a song from it. Sound familiar? She also loves dogs; unclear if she owns a poodle.

Why it might not be Margaret Cho: Maybe “exercising” means something else that I’m missing, but I don’t think so.

Odds: Very high. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Unicorn on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Unicorn is Tori Spelling! Photo: Vulture

Here’s what we know about the unicorn. She’s five-foot-six, born and raised in Beverly Hills. She had a difficult childhood and always wanted to sing, but someone she admired told her she was “tone deaf.” One of her nicknames is “Bird” and when she’s singing, Robin Thicke says, “She doesn’t sound like a trained singer.” Very nice of you, dude.

Why it’s definitely Tori Spelling: She sure was born in Beverly Hills, the daughter of producer Aaron Spelling and socialite Candy Spelling. Her childhood wasn’t great (just read one of her three books) and thanks to her dad, she appeared on many of his TV shows, including 90210. She definitely has thought of herself as a singer. (Donna Martin graduates!) Bonus fact: “Bird” in Japanese is pronounced “tori.”

Why it might not be Tori Spelling: She sounds better in these clips than the Unicorn did on the Masked Singer stage, but “Fight Song” is definitely out of this singer’s range. Sorry.

Odds: Very high. I can’t imagine a more likely place for Tori Spelling to show up than on a reality show. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Raven on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Raven is Ricki Lake! Photo: Michael Becker/Fox/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Raven. All her life, she’s listened to “other people’s stories.” She calls herself a sunny person, and says she’s always found an audience. “No one talks like me.” Recently, she suffered a tragic loss, and “like a phoenix, she’ll rise up.” A clue on a previous video is a hand holding a pregnancy test. (Seriously. This show is insane.)

Why it’s definitely Ricki Lake: “So don’t cry baby, this one’s for you,” quoth the Raven. Cry … Baby … like the 1990 John Waters film starring Ricki Lake? She also starred in his version of Hairspray — which takes place in Baltimore, and the city’s football team is the Ravens. Even more convincing is Lake’s talk show on which she did a lot of listening to people’s stories. The pregnancy test could refer to the documentary Lake helped make about natural childbirth, and as for the mention of recent tragedy, Lake’s ex-husband committed suicide in 2017.

Why it might not be Ricki Lake: The pregnancy-test thing could be a “You’re not the father!” reference, so watch out for Maury behind that mask.

Odds: Very high. I don’t think Sally Jessy Raphael was available. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Alien on The Masked Singer?

The Alien is … LaToya Jackson? Photo: Michael Becker/Fox/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Alien. She “comes in peace,” whatever that means. The Alien grew up in the public eye: “In my family, anonymity is a completely alien concept.” “No one will ever control me again,” she says. “For the first time, the world gets to hear my voice on my terms.” Later, she’ll tell the judges she has “many sisters” and in another video, they show a photo of a gold record as a clue.

Why it’s definitely LaToya Jackson: If you’ve ever studied the speech of the Grammy Award–winning sister of Michael, LaToya Jackson, you’d recognize her immediately. If not, well, take my word for it. All the clues line up: She has two sisters (Rebbie and Janet) and “no one will ever control me again” is likely a reference to Janet’s iconic album, Control. LaToya’s songs are not as memorable, and if you can’t recall any, please listen to “He’s My Brother” and thank me later. (The voice is a definite match!) A snake referenced in her clue video could be connected to Jackson’s 1989 Playboy shoot, in which she appears with a snake wrapped around her.

Why it might not be LaToya Jackson: The judges keep calling the Alien “hot,” saying they think it’s a model. Alien looks good, but so does LaToya.

Odds: Very high. Jackson’s tiny stature matches, and she might need a little of this reality-TV paycheck to pay her overdue rent. Just saying. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Lion on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Lion is Rumer Willis! Photo: Michael Becker/FOX/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Lion. She’s five-foot-six and says that some might say she’s “Hollywood royalty.” She’s stepping away from her pride to “sing my heart out,” adding, “in my pride, there are lots of women.”

Why it’s definitely Rumer Willis: She’s on Empire right now, she’s already won Dancing With the Stars, and, yes, she sings. She’s the right height and she’s Hollywood royalty: the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. Plus, she’s part of an all-female “pride” with two sisters, Scout and Tallulah Belle. She’s a Leo and at one point had a huge lion tattoo on her shoulder. (She got rid of it last year.)

Why it might not Rumer Willis: Every clue lines up; it’s probably her.

Odds: Very high. I know I keep saying this, but Willis was also on Dancing With the Stars. This feels like the No. 1 giveaway here. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Rabbit on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Rabbit is Joey Fatone! Photo: Michael Becker/Fox/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Rabbit. He’s spent most of his life onstage, but he was “never alone.” Now he “pops up here and I pop up there.” Synchronized singing is his forte. “This rabbit’s gonna win and you believe the last mask standing is gonna be me.”

Why it’s definitely Joey Fatone: Did you catch that “It’s Gonna Be Me” reference at the end? Plus, any self-respecting ’N Sync fan would recognize the signature white straitjacket from the “I Drive Myself Crazy” video. The Rabbit admits he was once part of a group, and the “pop up here” thing is definitely implying that he sang pop music. Let’s do a little process of elimination: Judging by fame level and timbre, respectively, it’s certainly not Justin Timberlake or Lance Bass. Chris Kirkpatrick always sang ’N Sync’s high harmonies. That leaves J.C. Chasez, who hasn’t been around much, and Joey Fatone, who has. Plus, it happens to sound just like him. (Sorry, but Chasez is a better singer!)

Why it might not be Joey Fatone: Jenny McCarthy (whose husband happens to be New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg) notes that the Rabbit couldn’t be Joey because he’s “too slim.” Which is rude, because he looks great.

Who is the Bee on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Bee is Gladys Knight! Photo: Michael Becker/Fox/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Bee. She’s had a long career, and never wanted to stop doing what she loves. Being a worker bee “keeps young.” “You can call me Queen B, but Empress also suits me.” She wants to reach a new generation and prove that she still has what it takes to create a buzz. Another video reveals yet a clue: a picture of tennis balls. She tells the judges later that she started singing “in the ’50s.”

Why it’s definitely Gladys Knight: Often called the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight won Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour in 1952 when she was 7 years old. Then she created the Pips with her siblings and cousins, and they started touring in the late ’50s. Here she is singing one of my favorite karaoke songs, “Midnight Train to Georgia,” just last year. Oh, and she also loves to play tennis.

Why it might not be Gladys Knight: Because we didn’t get a ton of clues for this one, to be honest. But “Empress” is pretty telling. On a side note, I’m really happy that I checked out her Twitter because there are some great photos of her on the set of Hawaii Five-0.

Odds: High. Do you really think Tina Turner would do this show? Have some respect. Plus, she’s the Queen of Rock and Roll, not the Empress. (Update: Yep, it was her.)

Who is the Peacock on The Masked Singer?

Confirmed: The Peacock is Donny Osmond! Photo: Michael Becker/FOX/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Peacock. He’s five-foot-nine and started in show business as a kid. “Putting on a show is in my DNA,” he says. And follows that with: “It’s probably been a while since your mom had a poster of me on her wall.” Plus, he claims to be best buds with Michael Jackson. Finally, “I have never been mauled by a tiger, but I have been part of a magic act.”

Why it’s definitely Donny Osmond: Vegas references galore, plus when he pets the small dog statue in his intro package, it’s likely referring to Osmond’s “Puppy Love” in 1972. He was a teen heartthrob, so posters of his face lined many bedroom walls. Osmond and Michael Jackson were pals, and the peacock could be a reference to Osmond’s run as the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway. Also his favorite color, claims one YouTube commenter, is purple.

Why it might not be Donny Osmond: Vegas is full of has-beens looking for comebacks.

Odds: Very high. What other teen idols associate so closely with the glitz and magic (tricks) of Vegas? (Update: Yep, it was him.)

Who is the Monster on The Masked Singer?

The Monster is … T-Pain? Photo: Michael Becker/FOX/Getty Images

Here’s what we know about the Monster. He’s five-foot-eight and is here to “rewrite” his mixtape, to prove that he’s more than just “puff and fluff.” He says: “I was at the top of my game, but the game turned on me. So I retreated into my cave and took a break from the public eye.” After he’s asked if he’s a “professional singer,” he says: “Not to everyone.”

Why it’s definitely T-Pain: Aside from the fact that they sound exactly alike? Seriously, watch his viral Tiny Desk performance from 2014. Here he is singing the national anthem. He was at the top of his game in the mid-2000s, known for his use of auto-tune, so some people didn’t see him as a “real” singer.

Why it might not be T-Pain: This is another one where every clue just lines up. Plus, his voice (even without auto-tune) is pretty unmistakable.

Odds: Very high. It’s the redemption story that T-Pain has been desperately seeking for years. (Update: Yep, it was him.)

‘The Masked Singer’ Episode 4 Recap: Poodle Is Dog Gone

The government shutdown has lurched into its 34th day. East Coast temperatures have wildly rocketed from seven to nearly 60 degrees this week. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has canceled the President’s State Of The Union speech in the House of Representatives. But none of this matters, cultured citizens, because Fox has delivered us a new episode of The Masked Singer.

With every week that passes, I feel so tapped into my source while watching qualified experts Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger as they attempt to guess which mega-superstar on stage is behind the various disguises. Added bonus for Wednesday (Jan. 23) night: Comedian Joel McHale returns to the panel. Decked out in jeans and a sweatshirt, he looks like a guy who might have perhaps been on the way to pick up a six-pack and condoms at Rite Aid, but selflessly thought, “You know what, no — I’m gonna hang a left, drive to the studio and lend my wisdom and light to America tonight.” Thanks, Joel.

With the masked audience members bouncing and gyrating like extras in the funkiest, sexiest scenes in Eyes Wide Shut, it’s time for week four of the country’s favorite new existential cabaret to swing into action. Here’s how it went down.

Rabbit sings Avicii & Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up”

The worst-kept secret (to everyone but the panelists) is that Rabbit is probably *NSYNC member JC Chasez. “I found safety in a group, but the sometimes not getting to be yourself can leave you feeling boxed in,” the costumed mystery man says, with a nod to the doll boxes in *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” video from 2000. He also hints at the boy band’s Disney amusement park origins in Orlando, Florida.

After singing the Avicii and Aloe Blacc collaboration “Wake Me Up,” several of the five panelists finally begin to wise up. Nicole Scherzinger is the first one to suggest that it might be JC — and she points out that her first girl group, Eden’s Crush, toured with *NSYNC.

When asked by Nicole if Rabbit ever ever spent time on the road together, the cotton-tailed crooner gives this non-answer: “I’ve seen many, many performances in my past… There have been just too many people for me to remember.”

Alien takes on The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”

Given that Alien constantly refers to her famous family, I’m torn between thinking she’s a Jackson or a Hilton. The fact that she hints “you may think I’m out of fashion” doesn’t help swing the pendulum either way, and only further confuses the already-clueless five at the panelists’ table.

After Alien’s mediocre take on “Lovefool,” however, I’m downgrading my assumption from Janet to La Toya. A low-watt bulb must have finally gone off in Nicole Scherzinger’s head, too, as she states, “It kind of gave me, like, Jackson vibes. Somebody from the Jackson family.”

The clues Alien drops are that she is “a quadruple threat” who has “recorded many things.”

Raven belts out Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”

Following Raven’s clues that she lost her beloved and has newfound freedom, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke believe that the feathered performer is onetime View co-host Sherri Shepherd. Side note: Watching Jenny do the twist while Raven sings Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is a Masked Singer season one highlight. That said, the bar is not particularly high.

Meanwhile, Ken Jeong brings up the fact that he was in Ride Along 2 with Sherri Shepherd, which prompts Robin Thicke to ask Raven, “Have you ever been in a movie with Dr. Ken?” Joel butts in to clarify: “Wait, Wait. Have you ever been in a good movie with Ken?”

“Only in my dreams,” Raven responds.

Poodle trills Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”

Poodle basically gives away that she’s a stand-up comic by stating in her clues package, “Whenever I want to practice new material, I turn to my best friends.”

Despite the fluffy diva putting her all into a rendition of “Time After Time” (complete with a shirtless dancer pushing her on a swing on stage), the panelists can’t quite make out who’s behind the mask.

“Someone who’s in a robot poodle costume with Phantom of the Opera half-naked behind them, it all made sense to me,” Joel offers.

The only added clue Poodle barks to the stumped panelists is that she’s “been fired multiple times.” This causes Jenny McCarthy to seize on the idea that it could be Kathy Griffin under all that pink fluff.

Bee tackles Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven”

Let’s all give some props to Bee, who, along with Rabbit, certainly comes off as one of the few participants in this televised insanity with real vocal talent. I previously wondered of Bee could be Chaka Khan in disguise, but the clues package this time around, which features peaches — as in Georgia peaches — is a sign that the buzz-worthy performer (sorry; the show, it’s turning me into Nick Cannon) is likely “Midnight Train to Georgia” legend Gladys Knight.

Bee hits some stunning notes worthy of a seven-time Grammy winner while covering Bruno Mars’ 2012 smash “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and Robin and Jenny suspect it’s the onetime Pips frontwoman under all the yellow and black.

Bee’s only clue to the panelists: “Take me to court.” Okay.

Eliminated: This week, Poodle kisses this particular kennel goodbye. The mask comes to reveal a true surprise: Margaret Cho!

Ken literally jumps on the table. “Ken, I thought you would know,” Margaret says — given that she played Jeong’s sister on his ABC sitcom Dr. Ken.

Ken makes up for it by declaring that Margaret is “a pioneer in Asian-American comedy. You are the reason that I am a comedian! I love you so much, you have no idea.”

And with that, Poodle is just another dog left out on the streets.