The Masked Singer on FOX: Fans ‘work out’ Astronaut’s identity – and it’s not Hunter Hayes
Fox’s celebrity talent show provokes more theories than an average episode of Game of Thrones. With more Masked Singer contestants set to be revealed this week, some fans of the series think they have already worked out the identity of the Astronaut.
During last week’s episode, the three remaining celebs from each group competed in The Super Nine Masked Singer Special.
Fans were treated to a two hour episode before the show returns tonight for the first part of the thrilling finale.
NFL legend Rob Gronkowski was finally revealed as the White Tiger, with many fans claiming they had already worked out his identity at the start of the season.
Since their first appearance, the golden Astronaut character has been impressing audiences and judges alike, and spurred many theories regarding his identity.
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After stunning renditions of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, some dedicated viewers think they recognise his voice as country singer Hunter Hayes.
However, despite this prevailing theory, some fans have other ideas.
Responding to a prompt from the official Masked Singer Twitter page asking for unpopular theories, one fan suggested: “The Astronaut is John Taylor Thomas.”
Recent Disney Plus subscribers will recognise Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the voice of young Simba in The Lion King, before he grows up to be voiced by Matthew Broderick.
The fan added more credentials to the theory by pointing out some major hints in the Astronaut’s cryptic clue package.
Another fan agreed with the theory and the original poster responded: “YES! & I think the desert scenery is from his movie I’ll Be Home For Christmas!”
While another fan reasoned: “That was my original guess as well! I’d love for it to be JTT! However, after last week, he does sound just like @HunterHayes! I’m not even sure if JTT sings, but I’ve never heard him sing. Either way, #AstronautMask is amazing!”
Although the Astronaut does sound similar to the voice of young Simba, other fans were quick to point out that Jonathan Taylor Thomas doesn’t actually provide the lion cub’s singing voice.
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One viewer added: “Johnathan Taylor Thomas didn’t sing in the movie. Young Simba’s singing voice was Jason Weaver.
“They did that a lot in the Disney Movies, voice actors aren’t the ones singing. But personally I think it’s Hunter Hayes.”
In an updated clue video, the Astronaut alluded to The Lion King when he said: “I’m loving this fresh start as the circle of life keeps spinning.”
Despite this quote, other fans are convinced this hint is a misdirect and still believe the Astronaut is Hunter Hayes.
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An earlier clue video made a reference to Hayes’ Guinness World Record, in which he performed 10 live shows in 24 hours.
More fans believe the Astronaut’s alluded connection to Nicole Scherzinger could be a reference to the country singer.
Other guesses range all the way from Hollywood star Tom Holland to NSYNC’s Lance Bass, but Hunter Hayes remains the prevailing theory at the moment.
The Masked Singer USA continues every Wednesday on Fox.
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