The second series of The Masked Singer Australia premiered on Monday night, and with it, there was plenty of fan speculation around which stars were behind the masks. In particular, two of the female performers had viewers wondering if there was a Eurovision connection.

The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing contest based on a popular South Korean show format. The acts range from established singers to amateurs from other fields, such as sport, comedy and television who just fancy a singalong. But while the contestants are household names in Australia, they can’t rely on their fame.

The contestants all perform in disguise, wearing elaborate costumes that hide their true identity. The second Australian series features an Echidna, a Queen, a Frillneck lizard, a Bushranger and a Kitten. But regardless of the costume, it ends up being all about the voice.

The series kicked off with the first six acts performing. One act was unmasked and sent home at the end of the episode, but the identities of the other acts remain a mystery.

Fans think that Kate Miller-Heidke is Queen

One performer who grabbed attention in the first episode was the elegant Queen. Her musical majesty wore a black and gold costume, including a voluminous skirt, black gloves and a golden mask.

Queen performed The Weeknd’s international hit, “Blinding Lights”, but added her own style. There was a definite popera flavour to Queen’s interpretation of the song, suggesting a classically trained singer.

And if there’s one Australian Eurovision start who fits that description, it’s Australia’s Eurovision 2019 star Kate Miller-Heidke. More clues are given in a clip, with Queen saying “I was expected to be known by my Italian works”, suggesting an opera background.

She also says “13 times I’ve been a bridesmaid, but never the bride”. Fans have been quick to point out that Kate has been nominated for ARIA music awards 13 times but not managed to win one yet. We’re just trying to figure out why Queen is showing us her tinselly map of Tassie.

One fan reckons Queen is “1000000% Kate Miller-Heidke” and if this proves correct, Her Royal Highness will surely serve audiences more memorable performances over the coming weeks.

But who is the Dragonfly?

One of the other female masked performers has also got fans wondering if there’s another Australian Eurovision star on stage.

The Dragonfly wears a colourful bodysuit, including shimmering wings. She performed Cyndi Lauper’s classic ballad “True Colours” and showed off substantial vocal talent.

But just who is the Dragonfly? Some fans think it might be Australia’s Eurovision 2016 star Dami Im, but others are suggesting pop icon (and Junior Eurovision songwriter) Delta Goodrem, TV host (and singer) Sophie Monk, musical theatre actor Lucy Durack, or even Emma from The Wiggles.

Regardless of who is behind the Dragonfly, it will certainly keep viewers guessing.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the show’s audience has been filled with production staff wearing animal costumes — bringing a fun atmosphere. A virtual audience streamed the show from home during its production and voted for their favourites.

The first act to be eliminated was the Echidna, revealed to be the Australian tennis champ Mark Philippoussis. The series continues on Tuesday night, where the other six competing acts will perform and face elimination. And who knows — perhaps there will be even more speculation about Eurovision stars.

Former Eurovision stars have also had success on local editions of The Masked Singer in their own countries. Earlier this year, Portugal’s Eurovision 2003 singer Rita Guerra won the Portuguese edition, t.A.T.u.’s Lena Katina finished eighth in the Russian edition, and Finnish national final star Erika Vikman placed third in the Finnish edition.

What do you think? Is Kate Miller-Heidke behind Queen? And who could be the singer behind Dragonfly? Tell us your theories below!

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ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 month ago

The Wizard could be Isaiah Firebrace 😀

Brett
Brett
1 month ago

Dragonfly is definitely Sophie Monk that is without doubt her voice

wolfie
wolfie
1 month ago

Kate is married, from Brisbane and has no significant connection to Tassie. The clue video the Queen would rule out being KMH.

The Dragonfly is definitely not Dami, either. I swear I recognise that voice I just can’t pick it. Annoyingly I can’t hear that song without the drawl of Kasey Chambers’ cover getting stuck in my head. I love her cover, even with the twang and drawl.

AusESC
AusESC
1 month ago
Reply to  wolfie

The tassie clue is referencing KMH’s song “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”, and the 13 bridesmaid clue is talking about her 13 ARIA Nominations without winning a single one. So I’m 100% certain its her.

As for the dragonfly, i have no idea at all.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I say KMH is The Queen and Dami Im is definitely not The Dragonfly. Other than that, the costumes are !!!!amazing!!!!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

The globe referring to her song ‘the last day on earth’?

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

She also was flying above the Earth in Zero Gravity (OK, maybe they’re not all just references to Zero Gravity and we’re blinded by our Eurovision myopia, but it could be!)

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I would be amazed if the Queen is not KMH. Even without the clues, that voice almost couldn’t be anyone else.
I’m equally sure Dami isn’t the Dragonfly. Dami is a much better singer than that.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Danielle de Niese might be a second choice though

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

It’s definitely Kate. She talked about experiencing highs and lows. She was high on the pole at Eurovision while singing a song about overcoming depression.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian

Also, besides the “bridesmaid/bride” line being a metaphor for her many ARIA near-misses, she also wrote the music for the musical adaptation of the film Muriel’s Wedding.

mr 305 # dale
mr 305 # dale
1 month ago

the lizard is totally our commentator joel creasey it had a lgbt flag and south africa which is where he went for the celebrity get me out of here show

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  mr 305 # dale

troye Sivan would also fit the criteria since he is a Perth boy and was born in Johannesburg and is lgbt but idk if he would ever do something like this