Who Is Mantis on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Believe It's a 'Footloose' Alum

Tatayana Yomary - Author

Apr. 26 2023, Updated 8:51 p.m. ET

Mantis performing on 'The Masked Singer'
Source: Fox

As Season 9 of Fox’s hit series The Masked Singer approaches the finale, the competition is getting pretty stiff. The singers are showcasing their skills, entertaining the audience and judges, and continuing to leave viewers stumped on their identities, including the newest addition — Mantis.

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The April 5 episode is titled “Movie Night,” and Mantis’s costume takes on the identity of an actor from a Warner Bros. film. Since Mantis dons a rather iconic outfit many remember from the 1984 film Footloose, most viewers are convinced that the masked singer is a famous actor.

So, who is Mantis on The Masked Singer?

Here’s everything that we know.

Mantis on 'The Masked Singer'
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Mantis on 'The Masked Singer' — The Clues

We had a little taste of who Mantis might be with these clues:

  • A leather jacket
  • Great dance moves
  • Unique swagger

However, that was only the tip of the iceberg.

Now, we have a few more to go off of. Mantis performed “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger on the April 5 episode of the show. The performance gave us a few more clues:

  • “Known for his brooding persona”
  • Almost won an Emmy for comedy
  • Guitar
  • Is a published author
  • Has done Shakespeare
  • Wolf
  • Poker chips
  • Cowboy boots
  • Gasoline
  • Matches
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“True Story," Mantis said. “Representing a legend was instrumental to my success, and it was an honor to do so.” This statement from Mantis left us with more questions than answers. We’ll need to keep tuning in to find out more.

“Movie Maverick.” Mantis said, “I’ve won awards for my independent spirit, but the real reward is having more movie credits than Ken.”

Mantis gave us a wonderful performance of “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks on April 26. Plus, we had a whole new slew of clues to contemplate:

  • Has a daughter
  • Not known as a singer
  • Secret Agent badge
  • Baseball diamond
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Mantis on 'The Masked Singer' — The Guesses

Mantis appears to have a rough, masculine aura that leaves us to believe that it could be a male talent behind the mask. Before the performance, judge Jenny McCarthy shared a guess in a preview clip that The Masked Singer is none other than Kevin Bacon.

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Kevin Bacon, Cole Hauser, and Ne-yo
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Following the April 19 performance, the judges had a lot to go off of with this one, so let’s see what they thought. Robin guessed Dennis Quaid. Ken’s guess was Bruce Springsteen and Nicole thinks Mantis is Keanu Reeves.

This was certainly a mixed bag of guesses.

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Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Tom Lennon
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Ken boldly guessed Brendan Fraser on April 26. Nicole believed Mantis was Steve Buscemi. Robin’s final guess for Mantis was Tom Lennon.

Other guesses include:

So, who is Mantis on 'The Masked Singer'? The answer is…

Mantis was revealed on April 26 as Lou Diamond Phillips!

Check out new episodes of The Masked Singer on Fox on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST for more reveals.

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