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Is the Tap-Dancing Tulip on 'The Masked Dancer' Maddie or Mackenzie Ziegler?

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Fox’s reality competition The Masked Dancer just got underway on Sunday, Dec. 27, but fans already think they know the TikTok tap dancer in the Tulip costume.

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Even though the celeb panelists guessed Charlie D’Amelio, Ariana Grande, and Heather Morris, many viewers think the mystery celeb in the flowery get-up is Maddie Ziegler or her sister, Mackenzie. Here’s what we know… 

The Tulip’s video package offered some hints on 'The Masked Dancer.'

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Before she danced a tap-infused routine to Fergie’s “Fergalicious,” Tulip introduced herself in a video package. “Hey, guys! I thought I wouldn’t have anything to talk about in this video, but then I found this gem,” Tulip says, holding up a Mount Laurel yearbook. “I don’t want this to sound like one of those good guy/bad guy stories, but growing up, I was teased all the time. My confidence tumbled. But I tried my best not to let trolls get in my head.”

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She went on: “I packed up my things and found a new, sunnier place to call home. People were chill about the stranger things about me. For the first time, I felt like I could really breathe and be myself. Tonight, my dance is dedicated to anyone searching to find their place in the world. After all, we’re all in this together.”

Along the way, there are some props that could be clues… or red herrings. The Tulip turns off a “Tick Tock” alarm clock that reads 11 o’clock. She eats cereal from a box with a prominent “11.” She holds up a bus ticket reading “AL [to] DC.” And she clicks her heels three times.

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'The Masked Dancer' panelists made good guesses.

When it came time for the celeb panelists to give their guesses, Ashley Tisdale zeroed in on the TikTok sign the Tulip flashed at the end of her performance. 

“I just feel like, you know, the sassiness, the TikTok, I would say you are Charli D’Amelio,” Ashley said. “Charli was part of an anti-bullying campaign. She’s the biggest one on TikTok. She’s a dancer, so she knows tap.”

Paula Abdul, on the other hand, focused on the Tulip’s heels. 

“It’s someone who’s been bullied, and I saw three heel clicks. … I know someone who has a connection to this. Ariana Grande is being considered to be the lead in [the film version of] Wicked.” (Paula also thought that the Tulip’s one-word clue without voice modulation — the word “triple” — meant that the mystery celeb is a triple threat.)

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But Ken Jeong took his cue from the glee club photo in the yearbook. 

“Looking at the clue package, they had the glee club, and I famously recurred on Glee for an amazing two-episode arc. I was playing the father to Heather Morris. She can tap. What if this is my TV daughter Heather Morris? Look at the way she’s shrugging — that’s a qualified ‘yes’ to me!”

Fans, however, think the 'Masked Dancer' Tulip is Maddie or Mackenzie Ziegler.

Online, many fans are positing that the Tulip is actually Dance Moms alum Maddie Ziegler.

“If you see on her ticket, it [says] ‘AL DC,’ which is Abby Lee Dance Company,” one Twitter user pointed out. “And Maddie Ziegler also knows how to tap dance, and she was also bullied from the moms for always being the one on top of the pyramid.”

Another user, however, said it might be Maddie’s younger sister, Mackenzie Ziegler — who, by the way, played Dorothy in The Wonderful Winter of Oz on stage. Maddie doesn’t have a TikTok account, it seems, but Mackenzie does, and she has racked up over 19 million followers on the platform.

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