The Masked Singer is a reality singing competition serialized for television that premiered in 2019. It is one of the most viewed non-sports-based programs.
What is this program and its format?
The franchise is a part of the original series that started in South Korea. Celebrities participate in this show wearing costumes and facemasks, completely hiding their identities—the audience votes for their favorite singer along with a bunch of celebrity judges. The least popular singer ends up leaving the show after removing the mask and revealing their identity.
People get to see many talented singers in one place, and they can vote for real talent without being influenced by a celebrity’s name. Even the participants cannot see each other or know about their identity.
The format of the programs keeps it interesting for viewers of all ages. Each celebrity comes and presents a cover version for the audience. The performer is camouflaged and wears a mask. They also present a set of clues in a recorded taped interview. The tape’s voice is again masked, and the clues allude to some of their significant and well-known attributes. The clues allow the audience to speculate about their identity. The judges can also ask questions and additional points, and then they write their comments. The show uses a weighted system, where the votes of panelists and audience are worth 50 percent each. The final winner gets the Golden Mask trophy.
Season three of the program was launched as usual with fanfare, with some fantastic costumes. The white tiger, Llama, kangaroo, and Turtle caught the fancy of the people immediately. This season’s premiere became one of the most-watched episodes of the television viewership history in reality shows.
With some amazing performances by the masked singers, everyone was keen to know about the real identity of the Turtle.
The Turtle was one of the best contestants on Season 3 of this famed program. His attire depicted a completely different personality to put off people of his real identity. Turtle always wore a black leather jacket paired with black pants and black boots. The turtle shell had silver spikes, and the spiky mohawk completed his punk rocker look.
Though Turtle ended up as Runner-Up, losing in the finale, people did guess about the identity correctly.
People on social media agreed on one thing that the Turtle had real talent. When he sang the first time, the audience was blown away by the sheer energy, vocal range, and accompanying dance moves. His performances have been miles ahead of the competitors.
Clues to his identity
Let us look at the major clues that people assumed were pointing in the direction of some celebrity singer-
- He wore a black studded jacket and a purple jersey with a ‘C’ on it, and a yellow guitar. His attire depicted him as a dark and brooding singer. This also showed his past as a part of the rock and roll genre.
- He was always surrounded by many newcomers who appeared to be aiming for the same goal of success and fame in music. These could be a clue to the members of his band group.
- It appeared that he was a surfer as he had a surfboard and took things slowly step by step.
- He is a big foodie. He is connected to burgers, cooking out in many ways. He was depicted as grilling burgers in episode one while he ate some slow-cooked food in episode two.
- The biggest giveaway was the belief that ‘slow and steady wins the race.’
- He wore his love of Rock-and-Roll on his sleeve and did not shy away from showing off his dream of being the best.
- The best clue about his identity was a comic book- with the price tag of $10.13 that he brandished on the show.
- He also showed off himself as being on a hunt for booty.
The turtle did very well, and the fans rooted for him to win the show. He was a frontrunner, even according to the judges of the show.
Twitter and online blogs were continuously trying to guess the identity of the masked singer. Some fans came very close to the identity of the singer.
They swore that they could recognize from the voice and clues. He was trying to be genuine without making any pretenses. He did not act according to the whims of people and their expectations.
He performed many different types of songs. “Kiss From a Rose” by Guns and Roses and “There’s Nothin Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes made people go crazy with his perfect renditions.
The internet kept coming up with a couple of names- Jesse McCartney and Zack Efron. Both were famous young singers.
The ‘Beautiful Soul’ singer popped up many times and became the most popular guess for the masked singer.
Some of the clues pointed to his identity. Jesse shared his last name with a meatless burger in the UK. The surfboard represented his stint on the Summerland. He was a member of the boy band called Dream Street. This was indicated by the reference to the fighting for ‘the dream’ in the show.
‘Don’t rave ever at my school’ was written as the chalkboard note for the Turtle. The first letters of each word are spelled – Dream Street again. If this was not enough then, many clues pointed to the identity of the singer. The 10th and 13th letters of the alphabet are J and M. These again were shown in the super clue, using the price tag of $10.13.
The Grand finale was a surprise.
The majority of viewers were convinced that it was Jesse. You may be able to find threads of tweets and many blogs that spoke volumes on the topic. Finally, the season wrapped up on May 20th.
And guess what! The Turtle was revealed to be the favorite of the audience- Jesse McCartney. He was and still is a renowned songwriter, actor, and singer. He branched out into a solo career after being part of the boy band Dream Street.
The season finale was an eye-opener for the audience literally as the masks came off the final two participants. They were glad to see that their speculation was right. Though he didn’t win and was a runner up, that did not diminish his popularity in the music world.