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We're calling it: A complete list of the celebrities behind the masks on The Masked Singer.

Australia is obsessed with The Masked Singer, and for good reason.

The musical mystery show combines all our favourite elements of reality TV: competitive B to D list celebrities, extravagant disguises and highly produced musical performances. Lindsay Lohan bantering with Dave Hughes is just an added cherry on top.

Two episodes in, we’ve been introduced to our characters, and now must guess the famous identities hidden beneath, a challenge we have whole-heartedly accepted.

Using all the clues we’ve garnered from the show and social media, here’s our very thorough and exhaustive investigation into who they might be.

Watch The Masked Singer’s Octopus, who was none other than former Big Brother host, Gretel Kileen. Post continues below.

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Spider – Paulini

According to Spider, none of the judges have come close to guessing her identity, so that rules out Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, Willow Smith, Amy Sheppard, La Toya Jackson and Sia (Dave Hughes, please). However, after Kate Miller-Heidke confirmed that she’s most definitely NOT Spider, our next guess is former Australian Idol contestant, Paulini Curuenavuli.

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As per Spider’s clue package, the 36-year-old has faded in and out of the spotlight since her debut on our screens in 2003, and she faced public backlash after pleading guilty to bribing a government official in order to obtain her driver’s licence. In 2017 she also told the Sydney Morning Herald that she credits her father with teaching her how to harmonise.

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IT ALL MAKES SENSE. Image: Ten.

More importantly, if Paulini is Spider, it explains why pictures of both Pope Benedict XVI and Jennifer Aniston made an appearance on Wednesday night's episode. Both Paulini and Aniston have played characters named Rachel; Jennifer as Rachel Green on Friends and Curuenavuli as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard Musical. Paulini's connection to Pope Benedict XVI dates back to 2008, when the singer performed for the religious leader.

Spider's last clue: "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, or call a fireman, but don't burn," could be a reference to Paulini's 2012 song, 'Fireman,' and the music video for 'Rough Day,' which also features the singer in a kitchen.

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Lion - Kate Ceberano

A sneak peak for Monday's episode has fans convinced singer Kate Ceberano is behind the lion's mask.

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Fiesty, fierce and determined, like Lion, singer Kate Ceberano has tried many things in her career. She was one of the first judges on The X-Factor in 2005, has performed in musical theatre, and has also written a memoir: I'm Talking: My Life, My Words, My Music. 

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Lion is sure to go down with a fight. Image: Channel 10.

In 2014 the 52-year-old was also the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame, alluding to Lion's clue that you have to "fight hard to be on top on this big island".

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Monster - Gorgi Coghlan

Regular host of The Project, Gorgi Coghlan, has to be the woman inside Monster's costume.

Like her hot pink counterpart, Coughlan spends a lot of her time 'living in the shadows' on her farm on Ballarat, where she is regularly seen with her horses.

 

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She also deals with "heavy material," as in the emotional stories she covers as a journalist.

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Hi Gorgi! Image: Channel 10.

As for the science reference? Before Coughlan became a star in front of the camera, she was actually a science and biology teacher. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (majoring in pharmacology and zoology).

Case closed.

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Wolf - Rob Mills

Here's what we know about the celeb behind Wolf's mask: he's a "triple threat," meaning he can sing, dance and act, and he "was known years before I was successful."

Although Rob Mills first came to fame in Australian Idol in 2003, and now stars in Neighbours, he's held many jobs in the entertainment industry in between, from hosting Young Talent Time, to co-hosting The Mint.

 

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He also cemented his 'triple threat' status when he played the lead male role of Fiyero in the live musical Wicked. His wolf costume may also be another clue, which alludes to the fact Mills' has also appeared in the popular musical Into the Woods.

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FoxFM radio producer, Leon Sjogren, further stoked the rumours, when he made a Twitter post, sharing a photo of him posing next to Wolf, with the caption: "Me with @RobMillsyMills". He later had to confirm in a later tweet, that he was, "just guessing like everyone else".

"Just to clarify to all those people saying I’ve ruined the show, I was absolutely speculating and have no knowledge who it is," he wrote.

Unicorn - Deni Hines

Social media is convinced that the Unicorn in none other than Deni Hines, and the clues add up.

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Who is unicorn? Image: Ten.
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Although they've hinted that there's a long history within her bloodlines, she's also very  "aware of those who've gone before". Proving this, while Hines' mother is none other than Australia music legend, Marcia Hines, the 49-year-old has crafted her own career in the music industry.

Also it needs to be said that Unicorn's voice is a match for Hines' own soulful, jazzy, alto tones. Just watch Unicorn's performance here, and then listen to Hines in her 2009 record, Imagination.

Told you so.

 

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Prawn - Ronan Keating

Prawn brought equal parts star persuasion and swagger to the stage, and we think it was none other than former Boyzone singer, Ronan Keating.

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Prawn's performance of Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds', caused major confusion when he pointed to judge, Dannii Minogue and sang, "Cause honey, you know. Yes, Dannii you know. I've never lied to you". This playful nudge could allude to Minogue and Keating's long work relationship, which includes the two both being judges of on X Factor Australia, to their 2013 Christmas duet, 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'.

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Prawn's other clues also hint towards Keating. His work has taken him all over the world, and he's been in the  "public eye both here, in the UK and America".

The media personality, performer and soccer fan (remember the football in Prawn's clue package?), is also no stranger to singing in front of audiences, ranging from international tours, to presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997.

 

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Robot - Cody Simpson

A millennial celebrity born of the digital age, at just 22 years old, Cody Simpson has achieved a lot. Like the Robot, the singer is an avid surfer, releasing an album titled Surfers Paradise in 2013.

In 2007 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also named Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate, accounting for the UN sign we saw in Robot's clue package.

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While talking about the ocean and a love for environmental issues, the robot was spotted with a surfboard. Image: Ten.

Robot's final clue saw him state that "growing up I was surrounded by gold and as a young robot my favourite animal was the butterfly, but now I prefer something that goes tweet," and Cody was born on Queensland's Gold Coast, formerly swam butterfly in a competitive capacity, and is now an avid, and regular Tweeter.

Check, check and check.

 

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Dragon - Adam Brand

A storyteller with the ability to inspire laughter, and tears, this could have been a reference to 20 plus year long career as a prominent Aussie country musician.

In 2018, Brand also covered New Zealand rock band, Dragon's song Rain, along with Scott Darlow, Sarah McLeod, Jack Jones and Todd Hunter, donating their proceeds to help Australian farmers suffering from the drought.

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A storyteller and race car enthusiast, just like Adam Brand. Image: Channel 10.

In terms of Dragon's clue that he's done "a few more laps than the average Aussie dragon," Brand is also an avid racing fan, having competed in the amateur Lismore Legend series in 2015.

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Episode 4: Rhino - Wendell Sailor

Ok... we were wrong. Despite the evidence, oh which there was A LOT, rugby footballer, Wendell Sailor was the man behind the mask.

Like Fevola, he is also 191cm tall, but instead of Aussie Rules, Sailor is a former rugby league and rugby union player.

When it came to his clue package, the sail boat cake was an obvious reference to his last name, while Rhino's line that his "greatest success was the year Sydney held the Olympic Games," spoke to the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, where Sailor was the top try-scorer and player of the tournament.

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Ship cake = Fevola's time on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. Image: Channel 10.
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Episode 3: Alien - Nikki Webster

An extraterrestrial who's fallen from fame, there's no doubt Alien is Nikki Webster. It has to be.

Webster's 2000 music video for 'Strawberry Kisses' was even filmed on a space ship.

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Is the Spice Girls a reference to the 2000s, or a bigger clue?. Image: Ten.

When asked whether she's ever had a "single on the Australian music chart," Alien replied with, "When you pursue your dreams success will follow and a lot of heavy metal came my way," potentially referring to the two Aria awards Webster won in 2001.

The 155cm-tall contestant also said she had a sudden rise and fall from the spotlight, like the Aussie singer who near-disappeared from the charts after performing at the 2000s Sydney Olympics.

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Which celebrities do you think are behind the mask? Tell us in a comment below.

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