'The Masked Singer' Spoilers: Who are Russian Dolls? From ‘Hanson’ stars to Jonas brothers, here are the clues

The Season 5 premiere finally revealed that the Russian Dolls is in fact a duo, in an incredibly grandiose way. Here's all the information about which celebs could be under these beautiful masks

                            'The Masked Singer' Spoilers: Who are Russian Dolls? From ‘Hanson’ stars to Jonas brothers, here are the clues
Brothers Taylor, Zac, and Isaac from Hanson fit the clues of The Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer'. Jonas Brothers are a popular guess (Getty Images)

The Russian Dolls kicked off the Season 5 premiere. The mask was introduced as a solo but the camera panned to reveal that it was actually a duo. This is the second time a duo was introduced on the show, and they join the ranks of the Snow Owls from Season 4. However, since the size of the dolls is massive, the judges are of the opinion that there are at least two people inside each of the dolls and that it could be a large band that is participating in the show for the very first time. 

The costume is inspired by the Russian toy which is also known as babushka dolls and is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. Hence the judges may not be entirely wrong in guessing a band's presence on the show. Continue reading below to know all about these very creepy yet cool masked performers and which celebrities could be under the dolled masks. 


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The Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer' Season 5 (FOX)

Who are the Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer'?

The Russian Dolls sang 'Man in the Mirror' by Michael Jackson. But before the performance, a clue package video focusing on just the larger doll played out on screen. In the video, the doll said that they'd been doing their own thing for some time but there was a time when they were one of the hottest toys on the market. There was also a time in their career when they were tried to be controlled and put in a box but they said that they never fit any. "As much as they tried to put me in a box, I just didn't fit," the doll said in the clue package in an auto modulated voice. 

The Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer' Season 5 (FOX)

Some of the visual clues in the video included a jug of milk, breadsticks, recycle bins with the word 'Office' etched on them, blue puppet strings, dogs, bears, trains, and other toys. There is also a Garden State Highway sign painted in green next to a bench that says 'coming to a country near you' and the doll is seen wearing a cowboy hat at this point. The Cluedle Doo's special clue about the masks was "A Russian Doll can sometimes have 15 replicas of itself."

During their week 1 clue package, the Russian Dolls revealed they were "put on a shelf". This could be a reference to a sudden drop in work and fame that the band Hanson had to go through as they switched label companies in early 2000s. They were dropped by their new label and it explains their shelved clue. In another clue package, the Dolls said they performed for a president which could be Hanson slipping in a clue about the time they performed Mmbop for Bill Clinton. The biggest clue came from Cluedle Doo as he revealed the Russian Dolls can have as many as 15 replicas. The Hanson brothers have 15 children, Taylor(7), Zac (5), and Isaac(3)

Who did the judges think the Russian Dolls on 'The Masked Singer' are?

Niecy asked the dolls about who is the director and who is a follower among them and the larger doll said, "Our ideas work very well together. You see what our dynamic is now." The guesses from the judges included Lady A, Matthew Morrison, and Kevin McHale from 'Glee' and Gwen Stefani and her guitarist Tom Dumont. Boyz II Men, Darren Criss, and Vanessa Hudgens's names were also discussed amongst the judges. "It was crazy! It was kind of so creepy but so magical," Nicole Scherzinger said as the two dolls finished their performance. 

(L-R) Charlie Wilson and Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of music group Boyz II Men perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

It was difficult to determine if the Russian Dolls were a man and a woman or two men singing but the two had a lot of fun during their performance. While the larger doll stayed put because of the massive size of the mask, the smaller doll moved around and it was clear that they were having a great time. 

Coming to the other theories surrounding The Russian Dolls' identities, there is a good enough chance they could be Kevin and Franklin Jonas. The Jonas brothers were raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, before the family moved to Little Falls, New Jersey, this could explain the Garden State signboard that New Jersey is referred to as. The bigger doll started the performance on a strong note, and the smaller doll was introduced later to support the performance. Frankie hasn't tasted super stardom yet and nor has he began performing for larger audiences and this could be his first tryst on a stage so big and it would explain the late introduction

Kevin and Franklin Jonas (Instagram/Kevin Jonas, Franklin Jonas)

Nicole guessed 'Glee' stars Kevin McHale and Matthew Morrison under the masks and it made perfect sense since certain clues hinted that they covered songs by other musicians. It's not a very concrete theory since the masks have just made a single appearance on the show, however, we hope they build on that in the next package. A Misfitz toy store too was part of the visual clues and 'Glee's premise was a group of misfits coming together to form a club. Do these hints resonate with you and the guesses that you have about the identities of the Russian Dolls? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

'The Masked Singer' airs every Wednesday at 8 pm ET on FOX. 


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