- Donut gave impressive performances and captivated the audience with his singing and dancing.
- Donut’s One Hit Wonders clue package hinted at a successful career after being associated with a rough persona, and mentioned his love for theater and pouring his heart into songs.
- The Masked Singer panelists guessed that Donut could be Stanley Tucci, Tom Jones, or Engelbert Humperdinck, but the clues seem to point to John Schneider.
The Masked Singer season 10’s Donut debuted on One Hit Wonders Night, and there are many clues to his identity. In its milestone season, the mystery celebrity singing competition welcomed back host Nick Cannon, along with panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger. After Demi Lovato was revealed to be Anonymouse in a special unmasking during the season premiere, 16 contestants have competed in three groups to win the coveted Golden Mask trophy.
The Masked Singer season 10 Group A consisted of Rubber Ducky (Anthony Anderson), Diver (Tom Sandoval), and Pickle (Michael Rapaport), along with the three finalists, Gazelle, S’More, and Cow. Group B revealed Royal Hen (Billie Jean King) and Hawk (Tyler Posey), with Tiki, Husky, and Sea Queen moving on to the finals. In addition to Donut, Group C includes Anteater and Candelabra, while Hibiscus (Luann de Lesseps) and Cuddle Monster (Metta World Peace) were unmasked. Here are the clues to figure out Donut’s true identity.
Donut’s One Hit Wonders Night Performance & Clues
On The Masked Singer One Hit Wonders Night, Donut performed an impressive rendition of “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede. When he first came out on stage, Nicole commented that he was tall, while Robin said he was a big guy. Jenny agreed that he was “huge.” Donut sang and danced joyously, captivating the audience.
Donut’s clue package began with him in a Western scene. He said, “I’ve been really lucky in my career. I was part of a mega-hit that catapulted me to number one. But it also put me in a box, and people only associated me with this one rough and tough flavor.” A badge was then shown. Donut continued, “But I’m actually a well-rounded donut, and it was my more refined side that helped this country boy get out of Dodge.” An orange flag with “LA” printed on it was seen blowing in the wind. As Donut walked down the street, he stood in front of a building with a sign that said, “Wild West.”
Donut then appeared on a city street saying, “Yes, since I was young, I’ve been a connoisseur of the theaters from Chicago to 42nd Street.” A lit-up sign on one of the buildings said, “Open” and “Today’s Music Bar,” and was decorated with a blue neon sign of cowboy boots. Donut went on to say, “I’ve been known to pour my heart into a song or two.” A food truck with an umbrella that said, “Mr. Grill,” was then shown.
Donut continued, “After the toughest year of my life, getting back to my roots is exactly what I need right now.” A lit-up advertisement for The Masked Singer that said, “Who is under the mask?” then appeared on the screen. Donut then said, “There is nothing more healing than a stage and a song.” A neon sign of a bow and arrow was then shown with the full moon in the background. Donut then spun around in the city street, looking at all of the signs on the buildings. He concluded with, “And, tonight, I am feeling so grateful to get to share my whole heart with you all. It’s gonna be sweet.”
After Donut’s performance, another clue was given. The Masked Singer One Hit Wonders karaoke machine played the classic song, “How Bizarre,” by OMC. Donut explained, “You know what’s bizarre? Me being on One Hit Wonder Night. Because, just like Rocky, I’ve got hit after hit after hit.”
Donut’s Trolls Night Performance & Clues
On Trolls Night, Donut sang, “I Do (Cherish You)” by 98 Degrees. Donut’s Trolls Night clue package took place in an old-fashioned diner called, “Donut’s Donuts.” The Masked Singer season 10 contestant began by saying, “Last time, I told you there’s nothing more healing than a stage and a song. And, boy, was I right. I’ve been really fortunate in my life. I’ve gotten to live out a billion dreams. From movies to music to marrying my soulmate, life has been pretty sweet.” As Donut walked through the diner, he passed by a film slate that said, “#1.”
Donut continued, “For decades, I’ve been entertaining you. But, recently, I’ve been keeping more to myself because the love of my life is no longer here, and it has left a huge hole in my heart.” Two photographs of Donut and his donut wife were shown together. In one picture, there was an orange Dodge Charger with arms with fists. He explained, “We did everything together. We had the same dream of owning a studio, and we actually did.” Donut cried as he said, “I still can’t believe she’s gone. And most days I just feel … lost.” As he said this, he sat down to eat a giant bowl of peaches.
Donut added, “But I try to honor her memory every day by doing something brave.” At that point, he held a limited edition comic book titled, “Donut Adventures.” He explained, “It’s the whole reason I’m here. And it makes me smile knowing just how much she would love it. And, by the way, that’s what I call her – My Smile.” At that point, Donut clicked on the light to the “Open” sign of the diner.
After Donut’s song, Robin commended him for his emotional and powerful performance, and said that everyone could understand his great loss. Donut replied, “It was all for her.” Branch and Poppy from Trolls then gave a clue which was Branch shaking up a jar of seasoning. Donut explained, “Well, I’m well-seasoned, and I have been enjoyed by several generations.“ Robin later laughed that he never thought a donut would make him cry.
Donut’s Identity Prediction
After Donut’s One Hit Wonders Night performance, the Masked Singer panelists made some guesses about his identity. Nicole wondered if he could be Sylvester Stallone. Ken agreed with Nicole saying that Donut could be an actor who can sing, and he guessed Jeff Bridges. Jenny was leaning more toward “amazing vocal artist legends,” and thought that Donut might be Tom Jones. Robin agreed with Jenny and was confident that her guess was correct because of Donut’s vibrato.
The Masked Singer panelists’ guesses on Trolls Night were a bit different after they learned that Donut had lost his wife. Ken guessed Stanley Tucci, while Robin thought that he might be Liam Neeson. However, Robin then said that he still thought that Donut was Tom Jones because of his vocal and vibrato. Nicole theorized that Donut might be her good friend, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Although the panelists had some great guesses for Donut, the clues seem to point to a different actor and country singer: John Schneider. His voice sounds just like him, and the clues support this theory as well. John is 6’3″, and Donut is very tall. The role that he played with a badge most likely refers to John’s role as Beauregard “Bo” Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985. The bow could represent his character’s name. When Donut said, “get out of Dodge,” he could’ve been referring to the orange 1969 Dodge Charger driven by the characters on the show. It was also shown in one of Donut’s photographs, with its “dukes” up.
The theater clues referred to John’s performances in the Broadway revival of Chicago and the Pittsburgh CLO revival of 42nd Street. He also has a successful music career, and he has released many albums over the years. When Donut talked about the “toughest year” of his life, he was most likely referring to the death of John’s wife, Alicia Allain, on February 22, 2023. This tragic event was at the center of Donut’s Trolls Night clue package as well. In addition, John owned a studio called John Schneider Studios. He also played Jonathan Kent on Smallville, which could explain the comic book clue.
Donut had a wonderful energy that brightened the Masked Singer stage. He easily moved on to the Group C finals, so even more clues will be revealed about him. Donut is sure to continue to sweeten the competition with his performances.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.
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