Many things have changed on The Masked Singer stage over the years, but one thing has remained mercifully the same — the clue packages.
Each season, all of the contestants get their own batch of cryptic hints and references to help the audience at home figure out who is under the masks, and season 8 is no different. And like each season before it, EW is rounding up all of the info to be gleaned from each clue package, as well as what happens during the singers' time on stage, and the latest guesses from panelists Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, and Robin Thicke.
Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about each of these new contestants. Can you figure out who's under the mask?
FOX Harp on 'The Masked Singer' season 8
"Life does have a funny way of putting you exactly where you need to be," she says to start the first clue package
She's shown being judged at the pearly gates of Heaven
She auditioned for "the biggest show in the world" as a teen, but she didn't "fit the mold" and was turned down
She's shown dancing, and later seen wiping tears away
Even though she was devastated, Harp later got the opportunity of a lifetime and became "an idol for anyone that felt like an outsider"
"The no's in my life made me stronger, but I am not taking no for an answer tonight"
Binoculars, a call sheet listing Harp in a leading role, two bouquets of roses, a person wearing a witch's hat, and 3D glasses all appear in the first clue package
"It feels incredible to be crowned the first queen of season 8, but I am up against two new singers tonight and I have to crush this performance," she says to start the second package
The casting sheet, witch hat, binoculars, and 3D glasses all appear again, this time on pedestals
"I've been labeled competitive my whole life, but I don't see that as a bad thing — it means you've worked hard to be the best"
Says she's "always on time"
Her new clue for her second clue package is a CD called "Night Night"
"This queen lives to fight another day. But heavy is the head that wears the crown, and between me and you, it can be pretty nerve-racking knowing I have to go back into battle again," she says to start the third clue package
"This week, I'm trying to remind myself to have a little fun, live in the moment, and just enjoy my reign"
Her clues from previous packages are shown again
Her new clue for her third clue package is a Christmas-themed cupcake with a Santa on it: "Hey, I get royalties for these, right?"
First performance: "Perfect" by Pink
What accomplishment are you most proud of? "I think maybe the award I won for my acting. No, no, no. Actually, the one I won for my singing. Wait, no, no, no. It's probably the one for my comedy because I got to share that with my besties," she said.
Second performance: "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston
Vegas Night Clue: A ball that says "collaborated" on it. "You know, Nicole [Scherzinger], I always love seeing our names together. We should make it happen again soon," Harp said.
Third performance: "Thank You for Being a Friend," The Golden Girls theme song
TV Theme Night clue: Purple mashed potatoes. "These purple mashed potatoes are almost too beautiful to mash, but, I mean, who doesn't love a good mashed potato?"
Judges' guesses: Queen Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Amber Riley, Ashanti, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jill Scott, Ariana DeBose
FOX Hedgehog on 'The Masked Singer' season 8
"It's so special to be here tonight, but this isn't my first big premiere," he says to start the first package
"Some say this show is mad, [but] this is probably one of the more normal things that I've ever done"
Says he's been naked in Playboy; is part of "one of the biggest groups of all time" that has sold out the Hollywood Bowl and Sydney Opera House; and he's been a part of the Olympics
Says he has a cult following and a celebrity one that includes Jimmy Fallon, Bradley Cooper, Kate Beckinsale, Tina Fey, and Elon Musk
He says he's here to sing a song, just like that one time he did that with "the Queen"
A python, a Club Hedgehog sign, an acoustic guitar, a knight, an exploding parrot, a beer, and a dancer dressed as Queen Elizabeth II all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "Love Me Do" by The Beatles
Which award means the most to you? "Well, I won a Tony and a Grammy," he said.
Judges' guesses: Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Idle, Bill Nighy
FOX Hummingbird on 'The Masked Singer' season 8
"I'm excited for the kickoff of season 8, because I promise you, this Hummingbird knows a thing or two about competition. It's in my DNA," he says to start the first clue package
Says he got his start with help from Shaq and a "patriotic team that felt like family"
"Together, we dominated the Super Bowl"
Says his career has been "a revelation" but he's only human and "so nervous" to step on the Masked Singer stage tonight — says it's "all or nothing"
A speaker, a cleat, cowboy hats, a locker room, a pile of footballs, a scoreboard that says 71 on it, a Ring Pop, and a football stadium all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw
What in your golden trophy room do you cherish the most? "My special awards that are out of this world. They're not exactly golden, they're silver, but that doesn't mean second place," he said.
Judges' guesses: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Deion Sanders, Chad Kroeger
FOX Knight on 'The Masked Singer' season 8
"I can't believe it's taken me eight seasons to be on The Masked Singer. I was holding out for the hosting gig, but Nick keeps having babies, so I guess he's not going anywhere," he says to start the first clue package
Says he is supposed to list off why he's so famous — he's a Shakespearean actor, he's done multiple "walks of fame," done movies and TV and worked with George Lucas — but he says there's lots he hasn't done
Says he's never thrown a chair on national TV (it was actually two chairs because he's a "passionate man"), never sold a body part for profit ("it was a charitable donation"), and never ridden a golden goose while singing showtunes, but there's a first time for everything
A Shakespeare bust, the solar system, a police badge, a tape labeled "Covers," and a fake hand all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire
What do you cherish more: the big awards or the small ones? "I love all the awards. Every single one. The big ones, the small ones. I have a little tiny one from my native country embedded in my chest," he said.
Judges' guesses: David Hasselhoff, William Shatner, Jerry Springer, "Weird Al" Yankovic
"It's lucky that I'm here on Vegas Night, because one of the biggest lessons I've learned is to always bet on yourself," he says to start the first clue package
Says he was top of the game and "rubbing shoulders with Beyoncé"
One day, people thought he was dead — even his own family
But, he got to see how others would remember him and he realized he had more of a legacy to leave, so he "started back at one" to show he is a "a scholar, a son, a lover, and a leader"
Says he's here to show no one has the power to define him
A basketball, a city street, a picture of Beyoncé, headlines about his alleged death, signs for "def" and "ense," a VCR labeled "Panther's Creed," and a cane all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone
Vegas Night Clue: A globe and "victory." "Panther believes that victory isn't just about winning, victory means the world to me," he said.
Judges' guesses: Andre Drummond, Sam Richardson, Brian McKnight, Lamar Odom, Billy Porter
"When I was 8 years old, I wasn't very popular, but I had a unique way of making my own friends and we always got a laugh," he says to start the first clue package
Says he and his friends set out for "the impossible dream" and to go "where few have gone before — Hollywood"
His family thought he had talent but everyone else thought he was a "dummy"
Says he proved them wrong and became the king of all pi-rats
He has performed in Vegas many times but not as a leading man, he says
A puppet, the Hollywood sign, "dinner for dummies" sign served on a platter, and "late laugh" written in the clouds all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John
Vegas Night Clue: Carrot Top appears via video from Vegas with a menu for the "Pi-Rat special." Says Carrot Top: "Is it a comedian? Is it an actor? Or is it me?" "I like to think that I have something special to share with the world and you're getting a little taste of it tonight," Pi-Rat said of the clue.
Judges' guesses: Robert Smigle, Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham
"Hey, you, turn up the volume on that TV. Yeah, we're coming to you live and in color. Now sit right back and you'll hear a tale of how it all came to be," they say to start the first Gilligan's Island-themed clue package
Says we watched them grow up and might even consider them family
"They say sibling bonds are the strongest, right?"
They say they learned a lot from each other and they probably "taught you a few life lessons as well"
They're seen high-fiving and sipping on tropical drinks
Says they've been off the grid for a while, but it's "what we're most famous for"
"Tonight it feels so good to get the mummy fam back together for another reunion"
A blueprint for a house that says "iconic" on it, a picture of season 2's Fox (a.k.a. Wayne Brady), a copy of Tiger Pop magazine with them on it, and an admit one ticket to the cinema all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "The Monkees," The Monkees theme song
TV Theme Night clue: "Blended Barry Bros" smoothie packets, delivered by Beverly Hills, 90210 star and season 1's Unicorn Tori Spelling. "It's good for the soul, refreshing, classic, and the smoothies are pretty good, too," they said.
Judges' guesses: Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, and Jason Priestley; Mike Lookinland, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight; Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Martin Lawrence; Hemswoth brothers
"Growing up and watching TV in Queens, I had visions of being a big music king," he says to start his Wheel of Fortune-themed first clue package
Says he wasn't the best singer, so he tried dancing but got "beat out by Jermaine Dupri"
Says with the help of his mom, he figured out a unique way to get into the industry
"Soon, everyone wanted a dash of me in their music videos"
Says an "unusual offer" came in while he was "keeping up with the Kardashians," and if it wasn't for them, he might have missed out
A business card, a wheel of fortune that lands on "jackpot," an angel in a briefcase full of money, pictures of the Kardashian family, a sign for "accept" or "decline," and raining money all appear in the first clue package
First performance: "Movin' On Up," The Jeffersons theme song
TV Theme Night clue: New York Fresh pizza dough delivered by Full House star Jodie Sweetin. "With a little time, you too can turn dough into your own piece of pie," he said.
Judges' guesses: Steve Harvey, P. Diddy, Jonathan Cheban, Daymond John, Ryan Seacrest
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Follow our ongoing coverage, including interviews with the unmasked celebrities.
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