Who is Sun on The Masked Singer? All the clues it's this Grammy-winning country icon
To start off, before the season even began, the show teased in a sneak peek episode that Sun "knows how to shine like a torch even during the freezing winter." This feels like a Winter Olympics reference, and lo and behold, Rimes opened the 2002 Winter Olympics with a performance of "Light the Fire Within."
But the clue packages given so far during the season also line up pretty well with Rimes. In the first package, there's a badge that says "Gold Member" on it. Rimes has several albums that have been certified gold, including This Woman, Twisted Woman, and I Need You. A Mickey Mouse head also pops up, and Rimes has done several projects with Disney over the years, including recording the anthem "Remember When" as part of the “Happiest Celebration On Earth,” the Mouse House's global tribute to the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.
The Sun also mentions having fallen into "a deep depression," and Rimes has been open about her struggles with depression and anxiety, and in 2012 she checked into a treatment center for her mental health. Also in the first package, a Chihuahua and a jaguar randomly pop up. Rimes had a beloved Chihuahua named Eveie who died last year, and she's written a children's book called Jag. (Good thing Ken Jeong didn't notice and guess someone from JAG yet again.)
Moving on to the second clue package, we find out that Sun missed out on a lot of her childhood. Rimes got a very early start to her career, appearing on Star Search when she was just 8 years old, and at the ripe old age of 14, she became the youngest person to win a Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for Blue.
Speaking of, clue package number 2 included plenty of references to the color, from a blue butterfly to a blue hair tie to a blue pail.
There's also a ring of candles, and Sun says, "I'm always looking at the bright side, burning ugly rumors out of my life." Rimes makes and sells candles, and the official Instagram for the venture states that its goal is, "Helping awaken and heal the spirit through connection, community, joy and LovE. Reflecting your light back to you!" The rumors bit could also refer to the intense media attention she received over the breakup of her first marriage following an affair between her and Eddie Cibrian, whom she later married.
Perhaps the most damning evidence is this, though. In episode 1, Sun sang Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You," which you can listen to again here:
And after you're done listening to that, you can compare it to Rimes singing the same song, here:
So what do you guys think? Has EW cracked the case, or is some other legendary voice under the golden mask? Let us know in the comments below.
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The Masked Singer
Celebs compete in this reality-singing TV show while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identities. Can you guess the celebrity behind the mask?