Who was Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US?

Ringmaster singing on The Masked Singer
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Ringmaster certainly gave an amazing effort in this year's competition. Her vocals were always standing ovation worthy. We can see why she was able to make it to the final two in this year's The Masked Singer US season 7 finale. Unfortunately, she missed out on being crowned the winner of the season, coming in second place to Firefly. 

But who was the spectacular voice underneath the Ringmaster costume? 

Who was Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US?

Ringmaster was revealed to be Hayley Orrantia, who plays Erica on The Goldbergs. This is where we would like to politely say we "told you so." If you recall, we initally theorized that Hayley was behind the mask based off the clues and her voice. Too bad the judges didn't have our insight. 

The entire panel of judges guessed incorrectly. Robin Thicke thought the Ringmaster was Maren Morris, Jenny McCarthy thought she Hayden Panettiere, Ken Jeong guessed Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Scherzinger beleived she was correct naming Lucy Hale. 

Who is Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US? Song picks ...

During her first week on the show, Ringmaster belted out "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.  

Ringmaster's second performance was of "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj.

Ringmaster's final performance in the group stage was Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which fans loved enough to vote her through to the finals.

In the season finale, Ringmaster wowed viewers with two stellar performances. The first selection was "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. The second song she chose was "Waking Up In Vegas" by Katy Perry. 

Who is Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US? Show clues...

The first clue offered in Ringmaster’s premiere week on the series was a mug with a picture of Miley Cyrus on top of an outlined image of the state of Montana. Perhaps this signals Ringmaster has ties to the singer. 

The next hint offered was a Tic-tac-toe board with an "x" placed in the middle. Not the strongest clue to work with at the moment. Lastly, the final hint offered was a bottle of "Sweet Southern." Again not the strongest clue, but perhaps Ringmaster has roots in the south.

In Ringmaster's second week, the clue provided was a guitar, with Ringmaster saying, "You should know that I'm a '90s chick, but I've been songwriting for as long as I can remember."

The third round of clues for Ringmaster painted a picture of her career, where she described being surrounded by the best of the best, having tried to be part of a group but eventually made the choice to do something different and has been reaping the rewards for the last 10 years. The visual clues included a laughing emoji, NASA written on a blackboard, a "Welcome to Nashville" sign, juggling, a A++ and B- report cards and an elf with a no symbol on it.

In the "Roads to the Finals" episode, it was briefly mentioned that Ringmaster has met judge Nicole Scherzinger before. 

In her final week on the show, Ringmaster's first clue was a sticker with a picture of a horse. The next clue was a picture of a cartoon mouse. Wrapping up her hints for the week was a photo of Simon Cowell. 

Who is Ringmaster in 'The Masked Singer' US? Costume clues…

The Masked Singer US Ringmaster

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Ringmaster's costume is quite an elaborate one, with the bottom of it designed to look like an entire circus tent. This has caused people to suggest it could be one of the cast members of The Greatest Showman, as the film focuses on showman  P.T. Barnum who rounded up performers to create his own epic circus.

With this in mind, we could be looking at some huge names like Rebecca Ferguson or Zendaya, as they were two of the major characters in the 2017 film. Or could it possibly be another person from the film?

Another theory could be Britney Spears as she has an album called Circus, and this could be a big comeback for the star after recently making headlines due to her conservatorship. Or, Dita Von Teese could be back after her appearance on The Masked Dancer UK, as she's a performer and loves elaborate, elegant costumes!

But until we have some more concrete clues it's difficult to pinpoint exactly who Ringmaster could be, so we'll have to wait patiently for further clues to drop. 

Who is Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US? Verbal clues… 

From the very first note that came out of Ringmaster’s mouth, we could tell she is probably a singer by trade. We’d venture to say she is in her 20s and perhaps prefers to sing country. Ringmaster really does sound pretty great.  

Who is Ringmaster in The Masked Singer US? Theories…  

There is no runaway theory as to who Ringmaster is just yet, but one name floating around is actress Hayley Orrantia, who plays Erica on The Goldbergs. This is a great guess considering Orrantia actually sang background vocals for Miley Cyrus on Disney's Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack. That fact makes the mug hint in the clue package make complete sense. We are going to stick with this theory for now.  

The latest guesses from the panelists include Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland (Robin Thicke), country stars Kacey Musgraves (Leslie Jordan) and Maren Morris (Nicole Scherzinger).

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Now she works for our sister site TechRadar in the same role. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress