AN old clip of LeAnn Rimes singing Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You has The Masked Singer fans convinced she’s the celebrity in The Sun costume who performed the same song during Wednesday’s season 4 premiere.
Social media users listening closely to both covers of the song believe the notes and voice are so similar it’s like she “copy-and-pasted” it from one performance to the other.
The first five contestants for the new season fo the Fox competition series hit the stage during episode one, including The Sun, Giraffe, Popcorn, Snow Owls, and Dragon.
The Dragon got booted and revealed to be rapper Busta Rhymes, but other move on to the next round.
While The Sun’s identity won’t be officially revealed until she’s eliminated from the contest, fans believe an old video of LeAnn covering the same Lizzo song that The Sun just sang is proof she’s the mystery singer.
The 38-year-old country artist, who’s married to actor Eddie Cibrian, posted the cover last year and it’s resurfaced as Masked Singer viewers look to figure out who’s behind the mask.
Some believe Demi Lovato or Christina Aguilera are The Sun, but this old clip is turning many into LeAnn believers.
On the video, one person commented: “It’s a little Sunny up in here… Leann Rimes, welcome to the Masked Singer, Season 4.”
Another noted that just “from that first note” they could tell it was the same voice singing as The Sun.
A third wrote: “I’ve been a BIG fan of hers ever since she first made it big. I’d recognize her voice anywhere.”
Others noted that “she hit that ‘Youuuuuu’ exactly the same” and had the same arm and hand movements as The Sun did while performing the same tune.
Aside from fans calling out the seemingly identical vocals, the clues given all appeared to line up, as well.
In the pre-premiere sneak peek clues, there were hot hair balloons, and LeAnn performed at the All Ohio Balloon Fest 40th anniversary event in 2015.
The masked contender also said, “This sun knows how to shine like a torch even during the freezing winter,” possibly referencing LeAnn’s performance at the 2002 Winter Olympics, singing the event’s theme song, Light the Fire Within.
During the premiere, there were quite a few more clues given, including a “Gold Member” card, and LeAnn has multiple gold-certified albums.
The Sun talked about feeling like the “center of the universe” when she was young, and LeAnn starting performing when she was just a little kid on the TV competition show Star Search.
A shape of Mickey Mouse was shown, and the country star had the 1997 Disney Channel special, LeAnn Rimes in Concert, and also recorded a song for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary album.
She mentioned being “frozen,” which might also be a connection to the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Masked Singer contestant opened up about falling into a “deep depression” and then going into a “quiet place” and being “transformed into a ray of light.”
In 2012, LeAnn checked into a rehab facility for her own depression and anxiety, and she’s been very vocal about it all.
Just a few months ago, she told People: “At first I didn’t want to face my pain, because I thought I would get lost in it.
“But I didn’t. People are so ashamed to talk about it and ask for help. But taking away the shame is so important.
“…There was a lot of co-dependency. And a lot of healing that needed to be done.”
“I know who I am now, and I try to keep things in perspective. The need for other’s approval has changed big-time. Self-worth is key.”
The costumed singer mentioned being at a “solar sanctuary,” possibly referencing a treatment center or that LeAnn said she now practices yoga routinely.
At the very end of the first clue package, there’s also a giant leopard, and that could be a subtle hint to a tiger, and LeAnn Rimes and Tiger Woods once reportedly dated, according to Us Weekly.
It could also reference the various zoos that LeAnn has performed at over the years, including Woodland Park Zoo and the Oregon Zoo.
The Masked Singer season 4 airs on Wednesdays on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.
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