'The Masked Singer's Rottweiler Is Most Definitely Chris Daughtry — Don't Tell Us Otherwise

Martha Sorren
Photo credit: Michael Becker/FOX

From Woman's Day

From the first episode, the Rottweiler has been a frontrunner on The Masked Singer. The judges and viewers quickly found out during the contestant's debut performance of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates that he was a professional musician (or at least he sounds like one). Judge Nicole Scherzinger raved that his was the best rendition of a song she'd heard yet on the show. But even though they were blown away by his talent, the judges couldn't come to a consensus about who was behind the mask. The viewers, though? They think they have this mystery solved.

Who Is the Rottweiler on The Masked Singer?

After hearing the Rottweiler sing so well, most of the judges have made singer guesses Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys, JC Chasez from NSYNC, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, Bruno Mars, Gavin DeGraw, Darren Cross, Nick Jonas, and even Pat Monahan from Train. It's safe to say that the judges are all over the place. However, most fans have had one consistent guess this whole time. They think Chris Daughtry from the rock band Daughtry (and from American Idol) under that mask.

When you look closer at the original clue package from the show, that guess makes a ton of sense. In the 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.

Perhaps, in the clue video, he was saying preparation was key for football and that he didn't prepare enough because he wasn't good. Also his championship ring is in fantasy football rather than real football because he didn't make it to the pros.

In the video there was a record named "Live" playing, and, as a musician, Daughtry has played live many times. He also said he wants to "show the doubters, it's not over." Well, "It's Not Over" is actually one of Daughtry's most popular songs. Take a look at the clue video for yourself if you want to be further convinced:

After the second clue video, fans were just further convinced. The Rottweiler said in the video package that 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.

A week later, the pre-performance package hinted the the performer has gone platinum (Daughtry's self-titled album was certified four-times platinum by RIAA) and that they've won at least four awards for their work. (Four-times platinum AND four American Music Awards.)

Basically all the clues point to Daughtry, and fans are like a dog with a bone — they won't let this guess go.

None of the judges have guessed Daughtry when they've heard the Rottweiler sing. So maybe we're totally barking up the wrong tree with this Daughtry guess. We'll just have to wait and see when the Rottweiler is unmasked.

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