Did singer-actress Marie Osmond just spill the beans on FOX’s new hit show, The Masked Singer?
During an interview with Access Live earlier this month, Marie Osmond appeared to accidentally reveal that the celebrity behind the mask of fan-favorite contestant the Peacock is none other than — SPOILER ALERT — her older brother and fellow former child star, Donny Osmond.
After chronicling the health struggles she and her family have faced over the years, Marie was asked whether Donny would be well enough to return to the stage when their long-running Donny & Marie show resumes in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. “Oh yeah, he’s fine,” she replied. “He planned it.”
At this, the Access Live hosts zeroed in on rumors surrounding the Peacock’s true identity. “He’s gotta be alright because he’s doing this other show, The Masked Singer,” one host claimed, before the others chimed in with, “He’s great as the Peacock!” and “Tell us, is he a Peacock?”
The hosts’ line of questioning and Marie’s subsequent answers notably began to line up with a set of clues shared by the Peacock during episode one. In addition to noting how he got his start at the age of five and performed in the Sin City, the Peacock said, “It’s probably been a while since your mom had a poster of me on her bedroom wall.”
“You said you started performing when you were three. How old was Donny when he started performing?” one of the hosts asked. “We started the same year. He was five, I was three,” Marie replied, later adding, “I know, I told him, ‘Why are you giving away such easy clues?'” However, when asked whether she’d actually just confirmed that Donny was indeed the Peacock, Marie appeared to backtrack a bit, saying, “I don’t know! But I know that we started at NBC, which was the Peacock.”
For those who have yet to tune in, The Masked Singer, which is based on South Korea’s King of Mask Singer, is the latest singing competition phenomenon (via Variety). It began airing on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show’s panelists include singer Robin Thicke, actress-model Jenny McCarthy, actor-comedian Ken Jeong, and singer-actress Nicole Scherzinger.
According to its website, the popular series “features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask.” Readers may remember that the Thai version of the reality TV series brought us all the Oyster Mask viral sensation in 2017.
For his part, the anonymous Peacock kicked things off in week one with a performance of “The Greatest Show” from the Hugh Jackman-led movie musical The Greatest Showman. During episode three, he returned with a rendition of OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.” It should be noted that most viewers have long-suspected that Donny Osmond is indeed the Peacock (via Country Living). However, according to the show’s website, other popular guesses have ranged from Jamie Foxx to Robert Downey Jr.
Unfortunately, speculation surrounding The Masked Singer isn’t the only reason Marie and Donny Osmond have been in the news in recent months. Readers may remember that the showbiz siblings sadly made headlines following the untimely passing of their 33-year-old nephew, Troy, in November 2018. As Nicki Swift previously reported, Troy was pronounced dead by authorities after being discovered not breathing in his parents’ home in Utah. According to Radar Online, there were no signs of foul play found at the scene.
Marie, whose son Michael Blosil tragically died by suicide in 2010 (via ABC News), later wrote on social media that it’d understandably been “a sad and challenging week” for her family. “First and foremost, Troy loved his family and cheered them on with every opportunity he had, and we loved him, completely and fiercely,” she continued, adding, “I know my son Michael is safe and continues his life in another realm and I also know my nephew Troy is now with him doing the same as well as my parents and others I love.”
As for the future of The Masked Singer, the question remains whether or not Marie Osmond’s apparent reveal will affect the Peacock’s fate in the competition. To find out, be sure to tune in when the fourth episode airs on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at 9 p.m. on FOX.