Who Is Macaw on 'The Masked Singer'? We Finally Have an Answer for You

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May 17 2023, Updated 10:10 p.m. ET

Macaw performs on 'The Masked Singer'
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Since premiering on Feb. 15, 2023, Season 9 of The Masked Singer has yielded some extravagant costumes and big-name celebrity reveals, from Michael Bolton to Sara Evans. However, despite all of these unmaskings, we still remain far from the end and so many identities remain hidden.

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On the March 22 episode, Macaw, the colorful parrot, performed his favorite country song — and boy can this bird sing! Who is under the Macaw mask? Here’s what we know.

Nick Cannon with Macaw on 'The Masked Singer'
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Macaw on 'The Masked Singer' — The Clues

Before singing "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw like a pro, Macaw shared some clues about his identity:

  • “I’ve been performing from a young age”
  • Salsa
  • Arrows
  • Yellow dolphins
  • “What started as a way to make my parents happy turned into what actually fills me with glee.”

A Live Clue — a silver medal — was also presented by country music singer Deana Carter. "It wasn’t until I left the nest that struck gold," Macaw explained.

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“Leader.” Macaw said, “Whether in the studio, on the stage, or on TV, I know how to lead.” Macaw performed “Your Song” by Elton John on May 3.

“Acceptance is definitely something I’ve struggled with both in my career and in my personal life,” they added for an additional clue.

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On May 10, Macaw performed the hit “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction! Plus, we found out that they are connected to Nicole: “Not only do we both love to travel, but we both have a special love for the Philippines.”

Other clues include:

  • Chili pepper
  • Vote sign

“If I win, it means I actually can win something,” Macaw said during the finale episode. The judges took this to mean that Macaw must have come in second place in another competition. Plus, we found out that Macaw had a minor injury last year that left them silent for three months.

For their last performance, Macaw performed “Hold Back the River” by James Bay and “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen.

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Macaw on 'The Masked Singer' — The Guesses

Spoiler alert! We're revealing Macaw's identity!

The judges were blown away by Macaw's performance — Jenny McCarthy named him the front-runner of the night — which prompted some big-name guesses.

Based on the clues and his Macaw, Robin Thicke guessed Elijah Wood while Jenny guessed former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

Macaulay Culkin, Ryan Cabrera, and David Archuleta
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Nicole Scherzinger, who admitted she was a bit confused, named someone with a musical background, guessing Doug Robb from Hoobastank.

On May 3, she changed her guess to Ryan Cabrera. Nicole guessed David Archuleta and Ken thought that Macaw could be Macaulay Culkin.

On May 10, Nicole thought about it and guessed David Archuleta. Robin went with Natasha Bedingfield’s brother Daniel Bedingfield. Finally, Jenny guessed The Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe.

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The judge’s final guesses were:

  • Jenny - Neil Patrick Harris
  • Nicole - David Archuleta
  • Robin - Jason Mraz

Spoiler alert: One of them guessed right.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Archuleta, and Jason Mraz
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So, who is Macaw on 'The Masked Singer'? The answer is …

Macaw was David Archuleta the whole time! The singer is famous for having gotten his start on American Idol, but ultimately losing. In this case, Macaw ended up losing again. However, he did come in runner-up!

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