Spoiler Alert: On Nov. 17, the Mallard was revealed to be Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson. Check out our running list to see who else has been unmasked this season and read on to see who else fans predicted.
As Season 6 of The Masked Singer gets underway, fans have been busy practicing their sleuthing skills to get to the bottom of the mystery identities of the whole new coterie of singers. Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Robin Thicke have all resumed their role as the eagle-eyed panelists, while Nick Cannon continues to host the show. One contestant has already caught the fans' attention. So, who is the Mallard?
Who is the Mallard on 'The Masked Singer'? — The Clues
As each performer is dressed in a state-of-the-art costume created by a visionary costume designer, Marina Toybina, standing out from the crowd on The Masked Singer is anything but easy. The Mallard seems to have pulled off the trick, however. Clad in a suit so dapper it would put the cast of The Great Gatsby to shame, the Mallard boasts an elegant aesthetic complete with a stovepipe hat adorned with black feathers, a gold-framed monocle, and a pair of yellow gloves.
The Mallard's first clue from the Sept. 12 sneak peek special was a red rotary telephone.
And as the Mallard revealed in their first clue package, they worked their way up to the top.
"I may be living the high life, best-selling book, platinum album, but that was not always the case," the Mallard explained in the clue package. "Growing up the way we did, you [are] always hustling."
The clip also featured a chestnut brown Victorian lace-up boot, a picture of Chris Pratt with a note saying "BFF" tacked onto it, and a toy reindeer.
"One of my first businesses was selling worms," the Mallard added. "And then I found the human jukebox on a school bus. You [have to] put a quarter in the armpit, and then I can sing."
In Episode 5, we got another clue package containing the following clues:
- "I met my wife in fourth grade."
- An apple
- A glass of sweet tea
The next time we saw Mallard was Episode 8. Here are the clues from that package:
- "I rose to fame as part of a pretty famous [family]."
- An Allen key
- A picture of Abraham Lincoln
- A orca
The Mallard on 'The Masked Singer' — The Guesses and Reveal
Spoiler alert! Find out who fans initially guessed and how the reveal went down.
Following the Mallard's first-ever performance on The Masked Singer, Robin Thicke guessed Alan Jackson (which could tie in with the Allen key clue from Episode 8!) or Garth Brooks (who is friends with Chris Pratt). Ken Jeong went with Billy Ray Cyrus, while Nicole Scherzinger named Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt, and Dierks Bentley.
Jenny McCarthy refused to narrow down the options, listing Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett, and Kenny Chesney as the potential contenders.
As a member of the non-country singer contingent, Hugh Jackman continued to enjoy popularity among fans determined to unveil the Mallard's real identity ahead of the judges. Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson was also subject to a great deal of suspicion as well. Willie was our top guess for this mask as well.
Additional guesses include:
So, who is Mallard on 'The Masked Singer'? The answer is…Willie Robertson!
Playing a duck on TV while you're best known as a famous duck hunter is a little dark, but hey, no judgement, Willie! That famous family the Mallard mentioned is, of course, the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. As Willie told Entertainment Weekly after the reveal, "I felt like I was hiding in plain sight with that thing on."
Catch new episodes of The Masked Singer every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.