The Masked Singer returned with season 3 on Sunday, February 2, right after the Super Bowl. Contestants in Group A performed during the hour-long episode, and fans got to see the White Tiger perform for the first time.
Here’s what we learned about White Tiger during the premiere, and the best guesses for the White Tiger’s identity so far:
‘The Masked Singer’ White Tiger Clues
Ahead of the season 3 premiere, costume designer Marina Toybina teased the White Tiger’s identity to Entertainment Weekly. She said “He’s just fun, outgoing, incredible, and loves his costume. It is somebody that enjoys his performance and is definitely larger than life on stage.”
As soon as the White Tiger took the stage, the judges were struck by his massive height as he towered over host Nick Cannon. Cannon is about 6′ tall, which means that the celebrity behind the White Tiger mask must be at least 6’6″.
In his clue package, the White Tiger revealed that “My entire life, I’ve sought out perfection.” He also said that he was a “scaredy-cat” about singing and performing on stage in front of the Masked Singer audience.
One major visual clue that stuck out in the video package was an Ultimate Champion for Clam Shucking award. Ken thought that clue connected the celebrity to New England.
He said he’s motivated by his fans, and that he’s ready to “Get in that ring and smash the competition.” Could that mean he’s a fighter in a boxing ring, or that he’s won a championship ring? It seems clear that the White Tiger is an athlete.
After performing “Ice Ice Baby,” the White Tiger told the judges that being in the tiger costume made him “The most powerful I’ve ever felt like I can accomplish anything. I never want to take it off.” His performance of the song suggested that he is not a professional singer or performer.
White Tiger on ‘The Masked Singer’ Top Guesses
Before the White Tiger even took the stage for his first performance, one fan noted his height relative to host Nick Cannon and guessed on Twitter that maybe the White Tiger is Shaquille O’Neal.
Ken Jeong guessed John Cena based on clues that suggested the White Tiger is a fighter and from Boston. Jeong explained that he has a personal connection to and “beef” with Cena that would motivate them bringing the professional wrestler into the season 3 cast.
Guest judge Jamie Foxx guessed Rob Gronkowski, while Nicole guessed Jason Momoa. Gronkowski is a great guess since Nick Cannon revealed at the start of the episode that the 6 Group A contestants had won a combined total of 9 Super Bowl trophies. It would make sense, too, to have a Super Bowl champion perform during the season 3 premiere, right after the 2020 Super Bowl.
At the end of the episode, the Robot was voted off by the studio audience, saving the White Tiger from elimination. He performs again next week, which means fans will be given more clues and hints to help guess his identity in episode 2.