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The Sloth on 'The Masked Dancer' Is This 'Dancing With the Stars' Alum (SPOILERS)

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Feb. 17 2021, Updated 10:23 p.m. ET

Update: The fans were on the right track for who the Sloth on The Masked Dancer was. On Feb. 17, it was revealed that former Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy was behind the Sloth mask on The Masked Dancer Season 1. Keep reading to see who fans initially predicted.   

Viewers eat up the mystery and constant guessing game that is The Masked Singer, so it's no wonder that many theories have already come out about the contestants on The Masked Dancer, including the Sloth.

Even with just a couple of clues to go on so far, viewers have managed to dredge up a few guesses and a few confident claims that they know who is hiding behind the furry costume and solid dance moves.

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Who is the Sloth on 'The Masked Dancer'?

During the 8-second clip released ahead of the Sloth's introduction on The Masked Dancer, not much was revealed. It was meant to be a simple teaser, and that's just what it was.

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In the past on The Masked Singer, contestants have been revealed to be actors, athletes, singers, and reality TV personalities. The Masked Dancer has included a similar mix of celebrities, along with some surprising faces— so far, we've unmasked Ice T, Bill Nye, Elizabeth Smart, Brian McKnight, Vinny Guadagnino, and Jordin Sparks. As of right now, though, no one is positive about the Sloth's identity on The Masked Dancer

But there are a couple of clues about who the Sloth might be.

If you look at the video featuring the Sloth before their debut on The Masked Dancer, you might be able to decipher a few clues. The Sloth wears workout clothes and jumps up high. Could it mean the Sloth is a professional athlete of some kind? Maybe even a professional dancer?

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In Sloth's first clue package, we see him walking on a treadmill before being transported to some kind of medical facility where they are studied by doctors. The camera zooms in on the "D.R." nametag on one doctor — but what does that mean? 

"When I was a kid, I had a bad accident," Sloth says. "People talked down and dirty to me and said I was just a Mickey Mouse operation." We also see the Sloth brushing his teeth (with GLEEm-brand toothpaste) and the number 13 on a red Solo cup.

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The second clue package for the Sloth includes a mirror and people holding a variety of sports equipment. Sloth says he moved "to a new place with a new language" when he was young. There's also a woman holding a boombox and a clip of Sloth proposing to a woman holding an "I *heart* U" diary.

The Sloth's "Word Up" clue was "Broadway."

Some 'Masked Dancer' fans already think they know who the Sloth is.

Someone on YouTube guessed that the Sloth on The Masked Dancer is Derek Hough. As a professional dancer, it wouldn't be surprising to see him pop up on the show at some point, and the easy way that the Sloth moves could point to Derek. 

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Given the many Glee-related clues, Matthew Morrison has also been a popular guess. The show's panelists have also floated the names Neil Patrick Harris, Taye Diggs, Will Ferrell, Keegan Michael Key, Kevin Federline, and Jason Derulo.

After watching the Sloth dance, though, it's pretty clear that they are someone with serious dancing abilities. That makes us think the Sloth might be a professional dancer after all — maybe even Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing With the Stars fame! What do you think?

Watch The Masked Dancer on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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