From the first episode of The Masked Singer's second season, the Rottweiler was a frontrunner. The judges and viewers quickly found out during the contestant's debut performance of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates that he had some music background, and continued to prove that theory throughout the season. Although the judges' guesses change from week to week (and ended up being incorrect in the long run), the fans knew about the Rotweiller's identity form day one.
Who Is the Rottweiler on The Masked Singer?
Throughout the season, the judges guessed a variety of male singers, from Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys, to JC Chasez from NSYNC, to Bruno Mars, to Darren Criss. But fans had one guess from week one, and were proven right during the finale on Dec. 18. After being named the runner-up to the Fox, the Rotweiller was revealed to be Chris Daughtry from the rock band Daughtry (and from American Idol).
When you look closer at the original clue package from the show, that guess makes a ton of sense. In the original video, blue roses are shown on a shelf, and Daughtry has a big tattoo of a blue rose on his arm. When he got the ink, he posted it to Instagram with a caption explaining his choice. "Blue roses are often portrayed in literature and art as symbols of love, prosperity and even immortality... one could say Eternal Life," he wrote.
He also said he rose to fame "almost overnight." Being on American Idol is one way to get some overnight success in the industry, and Daughtry was on season 5 of the singing show. There were also two references to football in the clue video. One said, "The first time I touched a pigskin under the Friday night lights, I learned preparation is key." And the other clue was a fantasy football champion ring. According to ESPN, Daughtry played football in high school — but said he wasn't very good at it.
After the second clue video, fans were just further convinced. The Rottweiler said he's been judged since he entered the game — which he certainly was on American Idol — but also that he's finally standing on his own. Usually Daughtry performs in his band of the same, but now he's solo on the show. The Rottweiler also drew a picture of an angel in the clue package, which could be a nod to the song he co-wrote called "Send Me All Your Angels."
In the Nov. 13 episode, even more clues pointed to Daughtry, while the judges continued to not even come close to guessing him. One was a North Carolina flag, which is where Daughtry was born. Another was that he came from humble roots, selling vacuums, which Daughtry also did. Meanwhile, his "revealing item" was a drawing that he did, and Daughtry is actually quite a skilled artist. He even designed the cover of a Batman comic.
Then, on the Dec. 10 episode, a few more clues pointed to the former American Idol contestant. The pre-performance video was focussed on meditation, an activity Daughtry said he practices regularly in an interview with Music All Access. Additionally, two of the men practicing meditation were wearing baby carriers. This could be a nod to Daughtry's twins Adalynn Rose and Noah James.
On Dec. 10, in a pre-performance video, the Rotweiller discussed his favorite thing about the holidays — being with his kids. In the video, you can see a gift addressed to Cadence, which many would assume is the name of one of the Rotweiller's children. Now, none of Daughtry's children are named Cadence. His high school band, however, went by that moniker. Additionally, the pup gifts the judges a hand-drawn card, indicating some type of artistic talent. In a 2015 interview with Comic Book, Daughtry said he had, "been an artist since I was like five years old way before I had any interest in music at all."
Basically all the clues pointed to Daughtry, and fans took to it like a dog with a bone.
Rottweiler is 100% Chris Daughtry. Don’t @ me. #TheMaskedSinger— “Stepmonster” (@alyssathemidget) November 7, 2019
So you can only imagine the fans' excitement when they were proven right on the Dec. 18 finale. When he finally took the mask off, Daughtry explained why he took this leap.
“I wanted to do something fun. I wanted to challenge myself," he told host Nick Cannon,"I had no idea how challenging it was going to be. I’m so happy I did."
But the best part of his time on the show: being able to earn cool points with his ids.
"My kids have no idea I’m doing this so I’m so pumped for them to see this," Daughtry said.
We can't wait to see their reaction.
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