The third season of The Masked Singer kicked off weeks ago, but it wasn't until Feb. 19 that viewers met a number of costumed competitors, including the Banana.
Fans got a very brief glimpse at the fruity competitor in a season 3 promo that aired on Dec. 18, 2019.
In the promo video, host Nick Cannon delivered the elaborate costumes to the season 3 competitors. When he drops off the Banana, Cannon jokes that costume the celebrity picked was very "a-peal-ing." (We're not sure if the celebrity rolled their eyes because of the mask, but we wouldn't be surprised if they did.)
Initially, fans suggested that singer Gwen Stefani was beneath the costume. This would work with her schedule, since she is not returning to The Voice. It also aligned with the costume, since Stefani taught people how to spell banana in her 2009 hit, "Holla Back Girl."
But as fans quickly learned during the Banana's debut clue package and performance, it is a male celebrity who is known for partying and being a little, well, out there.
So who is the Banana?
After three performances and a handful of clues, all signs point to Bret Michaels
Theory 1: Bret Michaels
Although none of the judges guessed the lead singer of Poison, many Twitter users were quick to guess Bret Michaels.
I feel like the banana is Bret Michaels #MaskedSinger— Dalton Nettles (@nettlesdalton21) February 20, 2020
Banana is Bret Michaels, I can tell by the walk and dancing #MaskedSinger— dana smith (@dayjete2) February 20, 2020
Bret Michaels is the banana 🍌 *Likes football *Wears a cowboy hat *Likes to party *Has a daughter *Tells stories and moves like him *Has his voice— Issssabella (@courtnics94) February 20, 2020
👏🏼 👏🏼 I rest my case @bretmichaels #TheMaskedSinger #MaskedSinger #Fox
You have to admit, it's a pretty good guess, especially when you look at the clues:
- The Feb. 19 clue package featured a cowboy hat, which Michaels is often seen wearing. He also had cowboy boots on in the Feb. 26 clue package, which the singer is a fan of.
- There was also a blue collar, which could be a reference to Michaels line of pet products.
- The Banana was seen partying on a bus, which could be a nod to "Rock of Love Bus," the third season of Michaels' reality dating show.
- The Banana said his father recently passed away, and Michaels lost his father in August 2019
- The March 4 clue package also featured two family members of the Banana giving clues about him. It could have been Michaels' two kids. They talked about the Banana's love for go-karting, which Michaels has been known to do with his kids.
Even though Michaels is looking the most likely, we can't totally rule out one of the other popular options.
Theory 2: Bill Engvall
Other fans, as well as judge Jenny McCarthy, have thought that southern comedian Bill Engvall is beneath the banana suit. This would align with some of the clues in the season 3 teaser, which shows the Banana backstage at a performance venue, like a comedy club.
Additionally, Engvall is a performer on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour — the key words there being blue and collar. Engvall is also a Texas native, which would allow him to pull off the Elvis-esque voice better than Michaels. There was also a snake in the Feb. 26 clue package, and Engvall has a widely known fear of snakes. He also has two children and lost his dad a couple of years ago.
Neither of those people match with the new clue about 2:13, though. 213 is a Los Angeles area code, and that doesn't really match with either of them in a meaningful way. The Banana also said art gets them through tough times, which also doesn't really fit with Michaels or Engvall. So maybe there's someone in contention who we haven't even guessed yet. We'll need more clues to be sure. The Banana can't perform again soon enough.
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