Fox’s The Masked Singer took primetime television by storm with its premiere episode on January 2. The show, which originated in South Korea, asks celebrities to face off in a singing competition while disguised in head to toe costuming and, as the show title indicates, an ornate mask. Nick Cannon hosts, and Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger serve as the panel of judges.
Every week, remaining masked celebrities give performances and provide clues meant to help the audience and judges guess who they might be. After the first week of competition, here is what we know about the Deer so far:
Deer ‘Masked Singer’ Clues
In the pre-show promo video that provided visual clues for each of the premiere contestants, the Deer was given a horse stuffed animal as well as gauze pads.
When the Deer entered the arena, his title card revealed that he is 6’3″ and that his strength is “longevity.” Based on the size and tone of voice, the Deer was quickly presumed to be a man. “Longevity” as a clue might suggest that he is an older celeb, or that his career has been long-lasting.
In the Deer’s clue package, he reveals that he chose the deer because “they’re incredibly competitive.” He then said “I’ve always considered myself a singer. Not sure everyone’s gonna agree with that,” adding “I think it’s hard for people to get past who I am and what I’m known for. Another clue he gave was “I’ve been knocked down many times;” as he said this, his antlers were being taped, which led the judges to believe that he might be a fighter or boxer.
Additional clues the Deer gave were:
– “In the wild, wild west you learn how to get up and get back in the saddle.”
– “Ravens, beware! I’m here to win.” (which made judge Robin Thicke suggest that he could be from the Pittsburgh Steelers)
After the Deer sang “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons, the judges concluded that he was an athlete and not a singer. As they contemplated over his clue about being from the wild, wild, west, the Deer interrupted to tell them “I like horses,” which made Jeong suggest that maybe the celebrity plays for a team with a horse mascot (like the Colts or the Broncos). When they asked if he plays or has played for the NFL, to which the Deer replied “I would have to plead the 5th on that,” which the judges interpreted as a “big fat yes.”
Ahead of episode 3 and the Deer’s second performance, The Masked Singer shared another clue video on YouTube. In the video, the new Deer clue was a neck brace on a man with a grey-tinged beard.
The Deer’s second clue package focused on losing his first competition. He said “I used to be able to sell salt to a slug,” suggesting he was in commercials. He also said “trust me, I can throw.”
While the judges made their guesses, the Deer said “I have multiple world titles, it started in track and field and went to horses.”
Deer ‘Masked Singer’ Guesses
Thinking the celebrity behind the mask might be a fighter, the judges first guessed WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, or MMA fighter Chuck Lidell. McCarthy guessed Peyton Manning, who has played for both the Broncos and the Colts. Returning to the gauze pad promo clue, according to Bleacher Report, Manning broke his jaw during a game in 2001 and stuffed gauze pads in his helmet so he could keep his jaw in place and keep calling plays in the game.
Gold Derby is predicting that the Deer is Eric Decker, former wide receiver in the NFL. They believe this because Decker played 4 seasons for the Denver Broncos, almost signed with the Ravens in 2017, and recorded “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with his wife Jessie James.
Many fans in the Gold Derby and YouTube comment sections, however, think the celebrity is Terry Bradshaw. They point out that he has a horse farm in Texas, is an NFL Hall of Famer, and is an older man (which would explain why the Deer didn’t dance around during his performance).
The Deer will not be performing on tonight’s episode but will be back next Wednesday night with another performance and more clues. The episode 3 description reads “Peacock, monster, unicorn, deer, and lion take the stage for their second performances; Joel McHale joins as a guest panelist.”
During his performance, he was moving slowly which made Jenny McCarthy guess that he’s an older guy. They reasserted that guess when he needed help getting down the stairs after his performance. Guest judge Joel McHale guessed that the celebrity might be Brett Favre. Nicole Scherzinger guessed Terry Bradshaw.
Watch The Masked Singer on Fox on Wednesdays at 9pm ET.