Saturday, March 28, 2020

Could JoJo Siwa Be The T-Rex on 'The Masked Singer'? [Updated]


Although unconfirmed, it's rumored that Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is the T-Rex on The Masked Singer season three!:

From ScreenRant:

The Masked Singer Clue Confirmed T-Rex’s Identity

The Masked Singer fans were just introduced to group C and already think they know who T-Rex is, but do the clues say something different?

This week The Masked Singer introduced Group C, the last remaining new performers for season 3, and by the end of the show, many fans already knew who was hiding behind the dinosaur mask. Who is T-Rex and what clues confirm her identity?

T-Rex had drawn many guesses starting from the time her costume was introduced. All those went out the window though, the minute that she took to the stage with boundless enthusiasm. The first thing fans noticed was that T-Rex was clearly a young performer who was full of energy as she danced around the stage. Fans also noticed that T-Rex was quite tall as she stood not much shorter than the host Nick Cannon. She sang "So What" by Pink and immediately fans took to social media with their guesses.

Another theory floating around was the the T-Rex was Liza Koshy, the host of Nickelodeon's revived Double Dare.

By the time the performance was done most agreed that it was YouTube sensation, JoJo Siwa, who was behind the mask. If they weren't convinced by the performance alone then the clue package definitely helped confirm their suspicions. The clue package for T-Rex started out with sitting on a baby doll to tell the story of her journey, implying she began very young. This would be accurate for Siwa who is still by most standards very young. Next a compass with the directions "N" and "W" circled. Fans of the YouTuber, as well as fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians, know that she appeared on the show with Kim Kardashian's daughter North West who she appears close to. She talked next about being discovered while showing a dinosaur dripping in pink. Pink is one of JoJo's signature colors this made sense. She was also discovered when she appeared on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.

She went on to say she was plucked out of obscurity to a magical place full of creatures pirouetting the land all similar in looks strength and skill. This was a clear reference to her appearance on the dance competition show leading to a two-year stint on the popular reality show Dance Moms. Next viewers were shown a gold "U" which pointed to her success as a YouTuber which followed the show. T-Rex even showed off some of her dance moves before she sang. At 5'9" she fits the height guesses for T-Rex as well. More than any of the clues though was just that her fans felt her overall personality showed through in the performance. The voice was also fairly recognizable to anyone who has watched her YouTube channel.

[Her performance was a lot of fun.] [However,] many to believe that she would be the first member of group C eliminated. However, this dinosaur escaped extinction for at least another week as it was Bear, who turned out to be former Governor Sarah Palin, who went home. Whether you're young enough to be a fan of JoJo Siwa or old enough to have been reminded it of by her performance, there is no denying T-Rex was entertaining. Luckily we will get to see at least one more performance from her next week.


From Variety:

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the T-Rex: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3, episode 9 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired March 25 on Fox.

JoJo Siwa can finally reveal the truth to her fans: Yes, the T-Rex on “The Masked Singer” was her. Plenty of viewers had figured it out — but per the rules of the show, the YouTube and Nickelodeon star had to keep her lips sealed.

“I think the hardest thing was the secrecy from my people and my friends,” Siwa told Variety. “The hard thing was social media. ‘The Masked Singer’ on social media, whomever runs the page is amazing. They’ll tweet and ask, ‘Do you think T-Rex is JoJo Siwa’ and they’ll tag me, ‘@JoJoSiwa, what do you think? Is it you?’ And you can’t like it, you can’t do anything. So that made it hard. And also, I film my life every single day and I’m posting online every single day. So to not post about this was so weird. I wanted to post, obviously.”

Making it doubly unusual: One of “The Masked Singer” dancers also works as a backup dancer for Siwa, who went on tour last year.

“But she didn’t know who it was, since you can’t know,” Siwa said. “I think after she heard me sing and saw me dance she my have figured it out, but we never talked about it because you can’t. I’m excited tonight to be able to text her and say it was me! We worked together for three weeks and it was fun!”

For her third appearance, Siwa-as-T-Rex performed “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny),” by A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls (coincidentally, ‘Masked Singer’ panelist Nicole Scherzinger wrote part of that song as a member of the Dolls). In previous weeks she performed “So What,” by Pink, and “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa.

Ultimately, Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg and Robin Thicke figured out it was Siwa, while Ken Jeong guessed Liza Koshy and guest panelist Will Arnett thought it was Tara Lipinski. In previous weeks the panelists also guessed Kourtney Kardashian, Maddie Ziegler, Rebecca Black, Lily Singh, and Mikaela Shiffrin.

“I have a really recognizable voice,” Siwa said. “And no one quite uses energy in their performance like I use energy, so I knew people were going to guess me. It was just a matter of how quickly they were going to guess me. It’s fun to be guessed.”

Siwa said she didn’t hesitate to join the show when she was approached: “I think if anybody was asked to do ‘The Masked Singer’ they’d be crazy to say ‘no’ to it,” she said. “I knew it was going to be fun before I did it, so as soon as I got the opportunity, I was like, ‘yes.'”

Siwa wanted to be a dinosaur on the show before she even joined, but didn’t tell the producers or costume designers. When they approached her with the T-Rex as one of her costume possibilities, she said it was an easy pick — even if the costume was a bit cumbersome.

“It was definitely hard and definitely tiring and the costume was tiring,” she said. “It definitely was tricky, it was about figuring it out. The tail was complicated and caused quite a bit of trouble. But aside from the tail, it was just really heavy and hot.”

Siwa was the third star to be kicked off in Group C, the final of three groups of six celebrities (making 18 total) competing in this year’s competition. Her exit this season follows Lil Wayne, Drew Carey, Chaka Khan, Tony Hawk, Dionne Warwick, Tom Bergeron, Sarah Palin and Bella Thorne.

Now that the Group C championships are over, next week kicks off the second phase of Season 3, with the final nine going at it: White Tiger, Turtle, Kangaroo, Frog, Kitty, Banana, Rhino, Astronaut and Night Angel.


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Originally published: Sunday, March 15, 2020.

H/T: Special thanks to @RealMagitroopa for the news!
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