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‘The Masked Singer’ guesses: Is NSYNC’s Joey Fatone the Rabbit?

Two of the 12 mystery contestants of the Fox reality singing competition show “The Masked Singer” have unmasked. One of the remaining masked contestants is the Rabbit.

In “The Masked Singer” Season 1 episode 2 titled “New Masks on the Block,” which aired on Fox on January 9, 2019, the Rabbit performed “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin, 47. He confirmed that had been in a band, claimed that he is well-versed in “synchronized singing” and declared, “You’d better believe the last mask standing is gonna be me.”

This reminded the viewers of the 2000 song “It’s Gonna Be Me” by the boy band NSYNC. Among the top guesses was that the Rabbit is either JC Chasez, 42, and Joey Fatone, 41.

But Fatone claimed that he had nothing to do with “The Masked Singer.” He told Us Weekly, “I’m here to set the record straight, people!”

“My Twitter was blowing up beyond belief,” Fatone continued. “It’s really funny! I’m not the rabbit. I wanted to be a judge! Why wasn’t I called?”

Alongside Nick Cannon, 38, as the host, Ken Jeong, 49, Nicole Scherzinger, 40, Robin Thicke, 41, and Jenny McCarthy, 46, are the celebrity judges of “The Masked Singer.” Jeong is the first person to appear in both the original Korean version and the U.S. franchise of the reality show.

McCarthy’s husband Donnie Wahlberg, 49, is also one of the guesses of the viewers as the Rabbit. The brother of Mark Wahlberg, 47, is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block.

Fatone was added as the fourth member of NSYNC in 1995. He and Chasez had three bandmates namely Justin Timberlake, 37, Chris Kirkpatrick, 47, and Lance Bass, 39.

In 2007, Fatone competed in “Dancing with the Stars” Season 4 with Kym Johnson, 42, as his partner. The former NSYNC member was runner-up to Olympic short-track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, 36, whose partner was Julianne Hough, 30.

According to Fatone, he does not have time to do “The Masked Singer” as he is busy promoting his upcoming game show titled “Common Knowledge,” which premiered on Game Show Network on January 14, 2019.  Here is the former NSYNC member trying the new game show with the “Today” hosts:

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