Many viewers guessed that the Rabbit in “The Masked Singer” Season 1 was Joey Fatone and they were right. The former member of NSYNC was one of the two contestants unmasked in episode 8 titled “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking,” which aired on February 20, 2019 on Fox.
In fifth place was Rummer Willis, who was the Lion. Fatone finished in fourth place.
Born in Brooklyn, New York City, United States on January 28, 1977, Fatone is of Italian descent. After graduating from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, United States, he worked as a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando.
In 2007, Fatone finished second in “Dancing with the Stars” Season 4. He is currently the show of Game Show Network’s game show “Common Knowledge.”
Before Fatone’s unmasking as the Rabbit, the panel members gave their final guesses. Kenan Thompson guessed Nick Lachey from 90 Degrees, Ken Jeong guessed Kevin Richardson from Backstreet Boys and Jenny McCarthy guessed her husband Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block while both Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger correctly guessed Fatone.
Prior to the episode, the judges and viewers guessed that the Rabbit is Fatone and the Lion is Willis. However, both denied being a part of “The Masked Singer.”
“I’m here to set the record straight, people!” Fatone told Us Weekly. “My Twitter was blowing up beyond belief. It’s really funny! I’m not the rabbit. I wanted to be a judge! Why wasn’t I called?”
Willis also mentioned Twitter. She told People, “I am not.”
“All of a sudden when it started airing, I started getting all of these things in my Twitter feed and I said, ‘Oh, okay. Well, maybe I have to watch this and see what’s happening,’” Willis continued. “It’s pretty cool.”
Nick Cannon hosted “The Masked Singer” Season 1. Watch Fatone’s unmasking as the Rabbit here: