'Masked Singer': Popular guess for the Rabbit, NSYNC's Joey Fatone, confirms you're all wrong
Are you convinced that the Rabbit on last week's "Masked Singer" was NSYNC's Joey Fatone?
Well, hop along to your next guess.
The clues were in his favor: The Rabbit was described as someone who "pops up everywhere," possibly alluding not only to pop music in general, but also NSYNC's 2001 hit "Pop." Plus, he used the phrase "gonna be me" -- lyrics to another well-known NSYNC number. And the kicker? His teaser video was carnival themed, just like Fatone's 2004 wedding.
Fans are adamant that they recognized Fatone's voice, with YouTube users commenting their firm stances: "It's Joey Fatone. Nobody will convince me otherwise ... I knew my childhood skill of being able to recognize each NSYNC member by breath would come in handy one day."
"Joey Fatone. I can't mistake that voice anywhere," another wrote. "When you know him in person, you know his jokester ways."
But it appears the clues were red herrings, and fans might not know his voice so well after all: Fatone is definitely not the Rabbit, he confirmed to multiple outlets, pointing out that he's pretty busy hosting Game Show Network's "Common Knowledge."
"I'm here to set the record straight," he told Us Weekly, noting that he hadn't seen the performance until fans started tweeting him episode clips. "It's really funny! I'm not the rabbit."
So if it's not Fatone, who is the Rabbit?
Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre, both of New Kids on the Block, are now the most prevalent guesses. Wahlberg's own wife, Jenny McCarthy, is a judge on the show -- is it possible she wouldn't have recognized his voice?
Other fans are leaning toward Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, especially because one of the clues is that the Rabbit had performed wearing a mask in the past. McLean wore a mask in the 1997 BSB music video for "Everybody."