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!