Be prepared to get your sleuth on because The Masked Singer Australia is back in 2022 with Season 4.
Another mystery lineup of celebrities are ready to sing their hearts out under the guise of their quirky costumes, and it's up to viewers and the judges — Dave 'Hughesy' Hughes, Spice Girls singer Mel B, The Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and ex Big Brother star Chrissie Swan — to figure out their identities.
But we can begin our own detective work as Channel 10 has started dropping hints for some of the quirky characters. Some of the general clues have included that someone has sold over 50 million records worldwide, one is a Grammy award winner, another is a gold medal winning legend of Australian sport, and another mystery celeb is a multiple Logie award winner.
Here's a roundup of all of the clues and theories as to who is behind each mask. Let the guessing game begin.
Who is Mirrorball?
The first clue is that "Mirrorball is ready to spin their way onto The Masked Singer Australia stage – but will they reflect the celeb under the mask?"
If you think about it, the prize awarded to the winner of Dancing With The Stars is usually a mirror ball trophy and the spinning reference makes it even more likely that the celeb behind this mask has also been on DWTS.
The first video promo shows Mirrorball strutting down a red carpet which makes us think it could be a singer, actor or model who's used to the paparazzi. Some former DWTS names that immediately come to mind include Courtney Act, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Bec Hewitt or Kyly Clarke.
One fan has suggested former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy, and while she hasn't been on DWTS, she is definitely a triple threat who can sing, act and dance.
The clue given on premiere night was: "I’m Mirrorball, I was born to do what I do and my parents knew it. But when the spotlight’s not on me, I don’t react. I’m proud and determined, close to grand in fact.
"Even when everything turns to ashes I go on unharmed. When you’re in the spotlight you can be grilled by total strangers, that’s something you can bank on. I am the Mirrorball and now is my time to shine."
We also saw Mirrorball standing between a Mexican flag and a flag with the number 48 on it, before the number turned to ashes and a bodyguard had a thought, "That's hot". We also saw two framed photos on top of a piano. One was of John Travolta and the other was of Uma Thurman and we know the pair have starred in 1994 film, Pulp Fiction together.
The guesses made by the judges so far are Chloe Lattanzi, Samantha Jade, Kyle Richards, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus.
In episode three we were provided with some more telling clues: "I'm the Mirrorball and I hate to be in the dark. Am I dirty? No, that’s someone else, so be cool okay? You don’t think I measure up? I think I do. I was on thin ice for a while, but eventually, you have to do you.
"As a kid, I was really competitive. As an adult, not everyone likes that but I’m sick of running someone else’s race. I'm Mirrorball and my voice will be heard!"
The judges then guessed Gwen Stefani, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Christina Milian and Jordin Sparks.
In episode five, Mirrorball said: "I shine every chance I get. I'm not married with children, that was before my time. Finding a good man was hard, I've looked everywhere. East and, yes, even west. Let me tell you, dating is no laughing matter. Let's not dance around the issue, I was the odd one out for years.
"Am I on a vendetta? I'm not saying, I'm too sweet! I have my heroes, I followed their examples but did it all myself. Who can you rely on? Only your family and an Aussie. I'm Mirrorball and I'm not saying goodbye tonight!"
The judges guessed three international celebs, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie and Pamela Anderson and one local star, Samantha Jade.
Who Is Zombie?
The first clue is that "Zombie joins us from beyond the grave. Typically, zombies are dead and slow, but rest assured our Zombie will put on a lively performance! It’s a no-brainer!"
Could this celebrity have portrayed an on-screen character who dies and comes back to the dead? Or could they be a long-lost musician that's ready to revive their career via reality TV?
The first video promo shows Zombie wearing a flight hostess costume that reminds us of Britney Spears' outfit in her iconic Toxic music video. Is it a stretch to say Brit will fly to Australia to appear on The Masked Singer? Well, international singing sensation Anastacia did just that and won the 2021 season.
Zombie is also seen doing her own makeup in the clip, which could suggest it's a famous makeup YouTuber or Instagram influencer.
If we start looking really close, the possibilities are endless. One eagle-eyed fan on Instagram has suggested Wentworth's Pamela Rabe is the face behind the mask. "Focus on the gloves and hands give me freaky Wentworth vibes! Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson! Pamela Rabe! Not sure she’d do this show, but would be amazing!!!" they wrote on Instagram.
The clue shared on premiere night was: "I'm Zombie and my performances will live forever. I used to feel entitled but I'm not as green as I used to be… or as orange. Would you care for a baked potato? I'm a Zombie, I’m not wicked but I'm not magical either. I was once upon a time. I'm Zombie and I'd rather die than lose The Masked Singer."
The mention of a baked potato has us thinking of 'Hot Potato by The Wiggles, so could this be Emma Watkins? The guesses from the judges on night 1 were Idina Menzel, Heidi Klum, Janine Allis and Kate Ritchie.
Then in episode three we were treated to some more clues: "Zombies travel the entire world but mostly East-West. I had a life before being a Zombie, and another life after. Now, I’ve turned a page and all I want is brains, brains! Zombies love animals, but cats are too disappointing!
"There’s no shame in coming third, well that’s what I tell myself, but it came with a job that I would literally die for. I’m the Zombie and I’m going to eat the competition alive!"
The judges guessed Bec Hewitt, RuPaul Charles, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watkins.
In episode 5 we found out who the Zombie is — it's Emma Watkins!
"I'm really nervous about singing… I grew up as a dancer so I really only learnt to sing through The Wiggles and so I was always very afraid to sing in front of people, so the idea of this show was absolutely perfect," Watkins said after she was unmasked.
"I’m actually very grateful to Zombie, and I owe her everything."
Who is Thong?
The first clue reads: "Move over Pavlova, because there’s a new Aussie icon stepping up this season! The iconic double plugger, Thong! Will they flip or will they flop?"
So there's a couple of clues for us to work with here. Last year's Pavlova was revealed to be Jimmy Barnes, so could his daughter Mahalia Barnes be the famous face behind this mask?
The fact that Thong steps out into a loud crowd in the promo clip makes it possible this is a comedian who loves to entertain, or perhaps it's a famous tennis player as they are wearing a visor. Going to throw in some initial wild guesses here: Ash Barty or The Cheap Seats hosts Melanie Bracewell or Tim McDonald who are both already on contract with Channel 10.
A new clue revealed on premiere night was: "I'm the Thong, I'm familiar, I'm comfortable and an Aussie icon with a background overseas. However, I’m better known for my work with M&M.
"I love a barbie, and I also like a banquet… not at this beach though. I hope it’s fish! I really love fish. Is a humble thong worthy of admiration? I think so and that’s why I’ll win The Masked Singer!"
In episode three we got some new clues: "I'm Thong, and I’m elastic like rubber! Nobody notices Thongs, that’s fine by me! It worked in my favour big time! That looks tender. My childhood dreams faded, but art can imitate life.
"I love this car! It’s ageless and doesn’t need to spend much time in the garage. I’m a cleanskin now, but I wasn’t always. I’m Thong, and I will be champion again!"
Ultimately, the Thong was unmasked and revealed to be actor Pia Miranda.
Who Is Blowfly?
There's already some interesting clues that have been shared about Blowfly so far.
During the premiere episode, we heard: "I'm Blowfly, you know there's flys like me all over the world but I'm Aussie as. There's nothing I like more than cruising in a big V8, or maybe a high-five. Blowflies know the highs and the lows. Those days of innocence are behind me and now I am the possessor of much wisdom. For a Blowfly, I don't take crap from no one and that's why I'll win The Masked Singer."
The guesses from the judges that night were Freddie Flintoff, Daniel Ricciardo, Charli Robinson, Stevie Nicks, and the Charli Robinson guess makes a lot of sense as she was an original member of children's entertainment group, Hi-5 and her partner, Liam Talbot is a V8 supercar driver.
In episode three we were told: "I’m Blowfly and you can find me all over Australia. I fought real hard to get to the top of my little hill, or am I king of the mountain? I’m never afraid to ask the tough questions, or to lend a hand to anyone who needs it.
"I know I can be loud, maybe a bit wild and it almost cost me family some important jewellery. I’ve spent my time in the sun, including some of my darkest days, but I am a phoenix. I’m the Blowfly and I’m buzzing to win The Masked Singer."
The judges then made their guesses which were Tom Gleeson, Grant Denyer, Shannon Noll and Nic Cester.
Then in episode five we the Blowfly said: "I've made a good start to the competition. They say home is where the heart is and maybe the hope, I just know that love will be rewarded fourfold. Is a motorscooter big enough? Not really! I like the power, turn on the gas. I'm Blowfly and I know a lot about records."
The judges guessed Rob Shehadie, Merv Hughes and Shannon Noll. With Nollsie being thrown into the mix for the second time, could Blowfly actually be Shannon Noll?
Who Is Knight?
The clues on premiere night were: "I am the Knight, the closest that Australia has to true royalty. I am a Knight but I prefer the evening. To get where I am I had to fight my way through, travel to true respect. This is my trusty steed, far happier to see me now than in the past. I like it more than horseless carriages.
"Easy there lightning, I have other plans. I wouldn’t say I was unforgettable but I am more often forgotten than not. Still, the good people of Switzerland almost sent me flowers, golden ones, but I prefer deep purple. I am the Knight but I shall be the little king of Masked Singer."
On night one the celebrity behind the Knight mask was revealed to be Neighbours star Ryan Moloney who famously played Toadie on the Aussie soap.
Who Is Tiger?
We were first treated to a sneak peek that showed Tiger delivering what could only be a roaring success of a performance. With a deep, smooth voice singing Michael Bublé's 'Feeling Good', this celeb particularly captured the attention of judge Abbie Chatfield.
"Is there something going on between you and Tiger, Abbie?" host Osher Günsberg asked the reality star.
Some guesses started rolling in, with one Instagram fan suggesting it's singer and former Home & Away star, Tim Campbell. Another person floated the idea of ex Neighbours actor Jason Donavon being the face behind the Tiger mask, while Russell Crowe, Timomatic and Chris Hemsworth have also been thrown into the mix.
In episode 4 we found out who the Tiger is — it's Jamie Durie!
"It was so much fun," Durie said after his unmasking. "There is a little bit of Tiger still left in me!"
Who Is Rooster?
Rooster first appeared in episode 2 and the clues were: "I am Rooster, and I’m cocky for a reason. Some people see me as untamed, I’m okay with that. Maybe that’s why I’m so close to doing all the dumb things.
"Family is important to me, privately and publicly, but I don’t like to do a big song and dance about it. As a child, I learned about attitude. It’s kept me out of the darkest places, except once: a place without a chandelier. I’m the Rooster and I’m the boss of this barnyard."
The judges guessed Keanu Reeves, David Guetta, Russell Brand or John Farnham.
In episode 4 we got a few more hints and it's clear that Rooster is quite witty with his words and loves a good pun!
"I’m Rooster, and you can describe me as cocksure. What’s my pedigree? Funny, but it’s all the way back to Ancient Rome. I come from a short line of almost-royalty. I’m not a battery chook, I need freedom!
"I have a vision of seeing the whole world from the city, to the outback. I was discovered long after everyone knew me, knew me, knew me, knew me… I’m Rooster, and I’ve got plenty to crow about!"
The judges then guessed that Rooster could be Lenny Kravitz, Todd McKenney, Vance Joy or Lincoln Lewis.
In episode six we were told: "As Rooster I never want to be a bore, I want to entertain whether it's putting boot to leather or putting on a g-string. I love New York, if you can make it there you can also make it anywhere, even Alice Springs!
"If you move around as much as I do, I'd like to say welcome to wherever you are. Sometimes you just don't measure up, all I know is I did it my way. I'm Rooster, and in this competition, it's all about me!"
The judges made their guesses: Ronan Keating, Hugh Sheridan, Mick Molloy and Macklemore.
Who Is Snapdragon?
The first set of clues are: "I’m Snapdragon and I’ve got the looks and the bite. Snapdragons may not breathe fire, but we are determined. The world of flowers is tough, we compete for our time in the sun but even then, you don’t really see me as I am.
"That’s why some people call me mysterious. I’m Snapdragon, and it’s time for me to blossom."
After these clues, the judges guessed that Snapdragon could be Peter Andre, Trixie Mattel, Renée Zellweger or Courtney Act.
In episode 4 we got another set of clues and it looks like Snapdragon's a bit of a jet-setter: "When my voice is heard people don’t say ‘shh’ but that doesn’t mean I’m not adventurous. Travelling the seas doesn’t scare this Snapdragon. Snapdragons can be found across most of the world, we’re universal. I’ve been transplanted from my original home, but I’m never far from my father.
"Maybe you think all Snapdragons are the same, we’re not. But I owe a lot to another flower. Maybe we share the same roots? I’m Snapdragon, and I’m the bloomin’ best Masked Singer."
The judges then guessed Sheldon Riley, Matt Corby and Sam Smith.
In episode six we're told that Snapdragon's in their "element" on the show.
"Although I might feel like a babushka doll. As a Snapdragon, you never know what you'll be asked to do," the clues say. "One day the public showers you with love and the next you're heading for a downfall. Ow! Snapdragons come in all colours of the rainbow. My childhood was quite golden. I'm Snapdragon, and I'm a natural to win The Masked Singer!"
The judges then made their guesses: Mika, Adam Lambert, Sam Smith and Calum Scott.
Who Is Caterpillar?
During episode 2 we finally got to meet Caterpillar on stage for the first time. The clues that we got were: "I’m the Caterpillar but I see myself as a butterfly. You can find caterpillars everywhere, from coast to jungle. My empire is far and wide. I’ve travelled the world without travelling far at all.
"You can find me on the road and even in the air, I’m always on the move. I’ve been a scholar, I’ve also been a world champion, but not what you think. And did you know Caterpillars can jump? I’m Caterpillar and I will take the trophy home with me!"
The judges have put their money on Carrie Bickmore, Sally Pearson, Emily Seebohm or Schapelle Corby to be Caterpillar.
In episode 2 we found out who the Caterpillar is — it's Lisa Curry!
Who Is Popcorn?
The first set of clues that got us thinking about Popcorn were: "Hi, I’m Popcorn, let’s have some fun! I went from nothing to huge in the blink of an eye, or that’s how it seems to you but there’s a lot of work in being an overnight success.
"Wikipedia says Popcorn’s ancestors come from Mexico, I don’t think that’s true but maybe it is because I’ve been in a lot of places. It’s hard to know where home is, if I got stuck on a desert island who would I want to be with? Kylie of course, and Lady Gaga. I’m Popcorn, and I’m here to have fun!"
As for who the judges have thought Popcorn could be, well here are the names: Gotye, Rick Springfield, Troye Sivan or Tristan MacManus.
Then in episode 4 we got to dig a bit deeper with more clues and it's giving us boy band member vibes.
"When you’re a Popcorn, you’ve got to have the moves. Am I an American boy? Let me spell it out for you: I’m welcome everywhere and I want everyone to feel welcome wherever they are," the clues began.
"Am I stylish? Others think so, but sometimes it ends super badly when I hang out with the fashionistas… even bloody! Ow. Do I stick my nose in other people’s business? Of course I do, it’s a bit of an obsession. I’m Popcorn and I’m ready to go off!"
The judges guessed John Butler, Rick Springfield, Louis Tomlinson and Adam Hyde.
In episode six we got to know Popcorn on a deeper level: "Am I spiritual? A lot of my class are, but don't think I'm a cleanskin, I use a lot of ink. I started young, well younger than most but not my hero. That's when I went from being a Maltser to Popcorn!
"The people of Europe love Popcorn, Northern Europe especially, even if it makes them a bit phlegm-ish! I'm Popcorn, and I'll get salty if I don't win this competition!"
This certainly sounds like a star with international fame, and the judges agreed when they guessed Dean Lewis, Pieter van den Hoogenband, will.i.am and Ruel.
Who Is Microphone?
A wildcard mask, Microphone joined the contest in episode 5 and she can definitely hit the high notes and command an audience! In an initial video sequence, we saw the mystery celeb between two statues, and a butterfly landed in one hand and a dove in the other.
More clues in her debut were: "I'm Microphone and I'm here to bring some real glamour. I didn't start in a place like this, in fact, I took quite a different path and doubted my own abilities but I eventually learned to believe in me.
"Microphones are meant for those special, uplifting moments. We know the dark times too, but you only see the purple patches. I believe you make your own future, but a bit of luck never hurts either!
"I was almost involved in a life of crime, and my parents would have been proud! I got two years, but thankfully I had the best lawyer money can buy."
The judges went with four different international names when it came to guessing who Microphone is: Michelle Williams, Brandy, Sarah Ferguson, Halsey.
Fans have also made their predictions, with some saying Jessica Mauboy is the celebrity behind the Microphone costume as she has a song called Butterfly, and another song, I Fought The Law on the TV show she starred in, The Secret Daughter.
Who Is Gnome?
Gnome was introduced in episode six as a new wildcard mask, promising to bring "the magic to this competition".
"I do love a green and pleasant land, but I'm more of a city Gnome, it is my garden of earthly delights," began the clues.
"This is where you will find my desires. Not every Gnome gets involved in politics, but I do know a lot about presidential voting! Don't confuse me with a goblin, we only have the name in common and it makes me double boiling mad! Tonight the Gnome is coming on hot!"
Remember to keep checking back here as we continue updating the clues and theories about the 2022 season of The Masked Singer.
The Masked Singer Australia premieres on Sunday August 7 at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play.