When “The Masked Singer” introduced a new character, fans had little idea that they would be Jenny McCarthy’s husband, Donnie Wahlberg.
However, the secret was out earlier— pending you were listening. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Craig Plestis explained how viewers might have missed the reveal.
According to Plestis, it took some effort to keep Donnie Wahlberg’s identity a secret, especially from McCarthy. He said there were some clues that he thought would reveal it all but somehow went unnoticed.
“There were Easter eggs with Donnie all the way through the show,” he said. “Two episodes ago — just so you know, and no one’s picked up on this at all — we had a producer interviewing all of our contestants in the clue packages. So when we were doing it, I called up Donnie, and I said, ‘Donnie, I want to record you asking all the questions, and we’re not going to change your voice. We’re just going to put it on air and see if anybody picks up at all that that is actually you.’ And he did it!
We were trying to put like these little Easter eggs all the way through because that really is the DNA of our show,” Plestis continued. “He just loved playing the game all the way through and got a thrill out of it.”
Plestis referred to Season 5, Episode 8. During that episode, the contestants’ clue packages were framed like interviews, though the audience never saw the producers asking questions. Yet, the change didn’t raise any eyebrows— potentially because fans were so used to seeing changes on the show.
Producer Weighs in on Donnie Wahlberg’s Return to ‘The Masked Singer’
When asked if Donnie Wahlberg’s character might return, he gave some details. “Well, you know what, I think Cluedle-Doo was really a great success for the season. I’m not sure if Cluedle-Doo will be coming back next season. Maybe another character might be coming in Cluedle-Doo’s place. Let’s wait and find out.”
For the finale, Plestis’ message to fans is “Don’t miss it.” Last season’s winner, LeAnn Rimes, will return as a guest panelist. She will also sing with the three finalists.
“It’s an action-packed episode. We’ve got three incredible performances. These are some of the biggest performances we’ve had all season. There’s three incredible unmaskings, and of course, one grand winner from those three.”