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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Turtle?

THE MASKED SINGER: The Turtle in the The Playoffs: Group A episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb 5 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)



Turtle faces-off with Astronaut on the April 8 episode of The Masked Singer.

As two of the strongest male singers in the show, their showdown will surely be one to watch.

So before either could be eliminated, let’s take a guess at who’s behind their respective masks.

Here’s my theory on who The Turtle is:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

Turtle has been a frontrunner to last on the show with each of his performances garnering praise and having great responses from the audience.

This means it could be a while before he is unmasked, and some people, like myself, just don’t have the patience to wait.

His clue packages have been tough to crack, but his most recent “Super Clue” on episode 3 x 10 is what triggered a chain reaction that led to tracing the clues back.

Here is Turtle’s latest hints featuring his “Super Clue” at about the 0:41 second mark of the video:


He shows a comic book priced at $10.13  with the title “The Amazing Adventures of Shellboy,” and though the name of the comic itself is probably irrelevant, my mind immediately went to superheroes.

Turtle also said “this is not another TEENY clue,” which made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that would be too easy, right?

Then it clicked in my head, he must be somehow connected to a teenage comic book character.

And the first character that popped in my head was Robin who is, of course, Batman’s sidekick.

So I went back and watched every one of his clue packages in order, and I noticed he always had superhero-themed elements:

  • In his 1st clue package, he was in a starting line and a theme similar to The Dark Knight films was playing, and a starting gun with the phrase “BANG!” was shot.

This is a possible hint toward cartoon versions of The Joker, who has shot many similar guns.

Turtle can also be seen walking like a zombie in the video, which made me think of The Walking Dead. 

And, oh yeah, the very first song he sang was “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal, which is part of the 1995 film Batman Forever’s soundtrack!

  • In the 2nd clue package, there is a soda can that reads “POP!” similar to the way the old Adam West Batman TV shows would show after the Caped Crusaders would hit someone.

Plus a huge clue where the Turtle writes the phrase “Don’t Rave Ever At My School – Turtle” on the chalkboard (more on this later).

  • In the 3rd clue package, it showed a bat encased in glass that looked very similar to the symbol of Nightwing (a grown-up version of Robin), and then Seoul, Korea was also in focus.



Turtle is Jesse McCartney, and here’s why:

  • The allusions to the superhero Robin is referencing McCartney’s voice acting on Young Justice where he played the character.
  • The price of the comic book $10.13 is his initials “J” the tenth letter in the alphabet, and of course, “M” the thirteenth.
  • He had a memorable short stint on Fear The Walking Dead, which explains his zombie walk.
  • If you take the first letters of the phrase he wrote on the chalkboard in the 2nd clue package, they spell out “DREAM ST.” (Dream Street), which was the name of McCartney’s old boy band
  • Finally, the clue highlighting Seoul, Korea is most likely a reference to his most popular song as a teen pop singer, “Beautiful Soul“.

Tell me he doesn’t sound exactly like The Turtle?

You’re welcome.

What do you think of this theory?

Am I on point or did I miss the mark completely?

Please feel free to chime in the comments section.


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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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The Masked Singer Recap – Giraffe’s Run Cut Short; Revealed As ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor (4 x 03)



The third episode of The Masked Singer’s season 4 saw Group-A amp up the competition in their playoff round as Joel McHale makes a guest appearance.

McHale, who’s been on the show in past seasons, performed “Blurred Lines” at the top of the show while wearing a Robin Thicke mask, much to Ken Jeong’s chagrin.

Robin, Nicole, and Jenny enjoyed McHale’s performance, however, and he was a welcomed addition to the show’s panel of sleuths tonight.

At the end of the episode, Giraffe had to cut his run short as he’s eliminated and unmasked as a former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast member.

Brian Austin Green who portrayed David Silver on 90210 was voted out of the competition.

He performed “Get Down On It” by Kool & Gang.

Green was immediately disappointed at Robin because the two dabbled in hip-hop music together during the ’90s.

After his first performance, Robin even said “You ever get that feeling like you know somebody’s voice but you can’t put a face to it?” Which of course worried Green at first, but none of the panelists came close as their final guesses for his identity were all over the place.

In this episode, however, Ken went on a long rant that put the Giraffe and the rest of the panel to sleep as he talked throughout the commercial break to explain his (wrong) guess of Shia LaBeouf.

Other judge guesses:

Travis Barker,, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jaleel White.

Group-A Playoffs Survivors

As for the rest of the field on Group-A, Popcorn and the Snow Owls had solid performances, but the Sun shone the brightest during this episode as the judges reiterated that she might have what it takes to win the Golden Mask this season.


Song: “Falling” by Harry Styles

Judge guesses: Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams

Special clue: Planet Venus. “The second rock from the sun may be far away, but it should bring you closer to me.” – Popcorn

Snow Owls

Song: “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend

Judge guesses: Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood.

Special clue: Witch hat. “We will TIP our hats to WHICH ever one of you figures out the clue.” – Snow Owls


Song: “Praying” by Kesha

Judge guesses: Mandy Moore, Demi Lovato, Katharine McPhee, Carrie Underwood

Special clue: Magic 8-Ball. “Will this magic 8 ball help you conjure up my identity? Outlook not so hot.” – Sun


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The Masked Singer Recap – Gremlin Unmasks Itself As ‘Iron Man 2’ Star! (4 x 02)



The Masked Singer season 4 episode 2 ends in crazy fashion when Gremlin unceremoniously unmasks itself as a legendary veteran actor, Oscar award nominee, and Iron Man 2 star, Mickey Rourke!

Following his shaky performance of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, Rourke removed his mask after declaring “Dammit, it’s hot, I’m taking it off” in the middle of his post-performance interview; effectively eliminating himself from the competition.

In unprecedented fashion, Rourke reveals himself as Gremlin on The Masked Singer.

The judges, and Nick Cannon all seemed genuinely flabbergasted and couldn’t stop Rourke.

Three of the four judges, however, got a chance to guess who Gremlin was before he unmasked himself, and Jenny guessed correctly.

Robin incorrectly guessed Jerry Lee Lewis. Meanwhile, Ken made another one of his signature wild guesses and said “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Group B Singers Moving On

The singer who performed at the top of the show was Crocodile who shared his rendition of “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.

Afterward, the judges had a wide range of guesses including Johnn Hamm (Ken’s guess), Nick Lachey, and Donnie Wahlberg.

Of course, after Robin’s guess, Jenny had a little fun and teased the Crocodile about being her husband and asks “Donnie, is it you, baby?”.

Baby Alien was up next with the most unique costume the show has ever showcased that concealed his entire body while he performed “Faith” by George Michael.

Unable to go off much from his physical appearance, the judges leaned on the clues and guessed Ralph Macchio, David Schwimmer, and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Seahorse rocked the show and got declarations from the judges as a favorite to win it all this season after her rendition of Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World).”

The judges believed she was a legitimate singer and drew comparisons to young artists such as Halsey, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bebe Rexha.

Following in the tradition of vague costumes, Whatchamacallit rapped “I Wish” by Skee-Lo.

The judges were impressed with his flow and believed it could be Swizz Beatz, Dame Lillard, or Tyler the Creator under the mask.

Serpent was the final survivor of the night who performed a smooth and soothing version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers.

The swaggy crooner was in full character and was unwilling to break character as he hissed and moved like a snake with a costume that had moving appendages to boot.

John Legend, Daveed Diggs, and Leslie Odom Jr. were the judges’ best guesses for the slithery singer.


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The Masked Singer Season Premiere Recap – Singing Dragon, Hidden Rapper (4 x 01)



The Masked Singer kicked off its fourth season with six new singers from Group-A taking the stage to make watching people wear masks fun again in 2020.

At the end of the night, the Dragon exits first from the show and is revealed to be legendary rap artist Busta Rhymes who had an electrifying performance with his version of “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.

The Dragon / Busta Rhymes on The Masked Singer season 4. Photo c/o Entertainment Weekly. All rights reserved.


The judges, as well as Nick Cannon, all seemed to narrow the identity of the Dragon fairly quickly based on his very first verse along with Cannon claiming that he knew the minute the Dragon walked on stage.

However, Ken Jeong wasn’t quite as astute when he guessed the performer was Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, so it’s nice to see Ken still retaining his penchant for bad guesses.

Judges’ Golden Guesses

A new wrinkle added this season is that the judges are now competing for the Golden Eara prize awarded to the judge with the most correct “first impression” guesses by the end of the season.

Both Jenny and Ken miss the mark tonight as they guessed NFL players Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch respectively and miss out on scoring a point on the guess tally.

Meanwhile, both Robin and Nicole guessed Busta Rhymes correctly but entertained switching to DMX, who is also a legendary rapper with a similar raspy rapping voice as Busta Rhymes.

The Masked Singers Moving On

The remaining contestants from Group-A are Sun, Giraffe, Popcorn and the Snow Owls, who are the first duo to compete on the show.

Sun shined on stage with her rendition of “Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo and her clue package led the judges to believe she might be Demi Lovato, Madonna or Katarine McPhee

Giraffe, whose costume has set the record for the tallest one in The Masked Singer history, sang a cool rendition of “Let’s Get It Started ” by Black Eyed Peas which gave the judges the impression that he is either Travis Barker, Garth Brooks or Vanilla Ice.

Popcorn then came on stage and immediately buttered-up the judges and audience with her charm as she popped off “What About Us” by Pink and made the judges think she is Carole Baskin (Ken’s guess, obviously), Mary J. Blige, or Tina Turner.

Finally, the performances concluded with the Snow Owls, who performed together on a stylish giant broken egg. The duo sang “Say Something” by A Great Big World which had the judges guessing a bevy of iconic pairs including Amy Grant & Vince Gill, Maureen McCormick & Barry Williams, Donny & Marie Osmond, and Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara.



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