Many Fans Think Hunter Hayes Is Behind the Astronaut On 'The Masked Singer'

Leah Rocketto

From Woman's Day

Fans have finally gotten to see all The Masked Singer groups perform, and they all have their detective hats on to determine which celebrities are behind this season's elaborate costumes. Initially, on Jan. 22, Fox introduced one of the most out of this world characters via Twitter: the Astronaut. Although this costume is new to US fans of The Masked Singer, many Twitter users were quick to point out that that the Astronaut won Germany's version of The Masked Singer in 2019. Max Mutzke, a German singer-songwriter, was behind the elaborate costume.

So will that Astronaut take home the trophy again? Well, it may depend on which celebrity is beneath the mask.

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Who is the Astronaut?

On March 11, the Astronaut finally got to perform for the first time, and the judges had plenty of guesses about who he could be. Ken Jeong said Adam Devine, because of a Pitch Perfect clue, or Josh Hutcherson, because of a clue about hunger (Hutcherson was in Hunger Games). Jenny McCarthy guessed Lance Bass, because he has an astronaut certificate. And Nicole Scherzinger guessed Zac Efron kind of out of nowhere. But fans on Twitter have very different theories.

Theory 1: Hunter Hayes

Singer Hunter Hayes has a song called "Wild Blue" that's filled with space references like the lyric, "I found some sunlight in the space." Additionally, one of the clues in the video package was a lei, perhaps because it rhymes with his last name Hayes? There was also a clue about "500 days," and days rhymes with Hayes. Plus, in the second clue package, the Astronaut said he was singing a song from one of his friends, and then launched into a Stevie Wonder number. Hayes and Wonder have actually performed together before.

One of the big clues from the March 25 episode also pointed to Hayes. The Astronaut said he and Nicole Scherzinger had been at a mall together for a big birthday. Well, in 2015 both Hayes and Scherzinger performed at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for July 4 — otherwise known as America's birthday.

The April 1 clue said that the Astronaut was a record breaker, and Hayes has a Guinness World Record for most shows played in 24 hours. (He played 10.)

Fans are also convinced that the Astronaut's voice is the same as Hayes' voice.

Theory 2: Joseph Gordon Levitt

In week two, Judge Robin Thicke guessed that JGL was behind the Astronaut's mask because of the "500 days" clue, which could be a reference to Gordon Levitt's film 500 Days of Summer. He also played a French character who walks a tightrope in The Walk, and there was a reference to a French horn and a bridge. Plus, there were lots of clues about how the Astronaut started in the business as a young kid, and JGL was in 3rd Rock from the Sun as a child. (Plus, that show title is a space reference, which would explain the Astronaut costume.)

Another clue that pointed to Gordon Levitt during the March 25 episode was a cup of coffee, aka a cup of "Joe," which is short for Joseph and could also be a reference to the Gordon Levitt movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He hasn't broken any records, but he does have a company called HitRecord, and what happens when you hit a record? It breaks.

Lots of fans agreed that JGL was a good guess.

Theory 3: Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Another child actor that fans think might be behind the Astronaut mask is Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The big week two clue that points to him is the Lion King reference. JTT voiced Simba in the original animated movie. He also voiced a character in the space movie Thru the Moebius Strip. Several fans are convinced of this theory, even if none of the judges have voiced it yet. However, he doesn't have anything that really fits with the broken record clue, so these fans may want to rethink their guess.

We need more clues to know for sure who the Astronaut is, but Masked Singer fans are off to a great start with these theories.

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