Who Is the Black Swan in 'The Masked Singer' Season 5?

Wednesday night's The Masked Singer gave us more clues alluding to the identity of Season 5's Black Swan! The compelling costume, of course, makes us think of Natalie Portman's movie Black Swan — and we'll see if they live up to that level of performance! You can check out the character live each week via FuboTV, which currently has a free trial offer.

All of Black Swan's The Masked Singer performances, as well as clues, will be recapped here each week. We'll also bring up what judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke have guessed. Scroll through to learn what we know about this mysterious vocalist. Of course, spoilers are ahead.

Season 5, Episode 12

Black Swan explained that she's so proud of herself for facing her fears by going on The Masked Singer. She said that her time on the series makes her reminisce about when she was younger and "free." Even though she used to doubt herself, she's leaning into her confidence now and is urging others to do the same. Black Swan's clue package featured some new items that may give fans an idea about her identity, as there was an easel with a maple leaf on it, a man who wore a name tag that read, "Hello my name is '1,'" on it, and an empty fish tank.

Yet again, Black Swan blew the judges away with her latest performance, which saw her singing Dan+Shay's "Tequila." After their performance, Ken Jeong shared that the individual could be Bjork, given that she wore her famous swan dress at the Oscars. Guest judge Darius Rucker picked up on some of the clues, including the Canadian vibes, and guessed Alanis Morissette. Robin Thicke suggested another Canadian singer, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Season 5, Episode 11

Black Swan started off by saying that she has experienced some "disappointments in her career" that made her hesitant to take "risks." She ultimately decided to put those fears aside in order to take a chance on The Masked Singer. Like the other singers, Black Swan shared that one of her favorite artists is Cher given that they've both been a part of "iconic fantasy films."

Black Swan performed an old rendition of one of her favorites, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." Jeong said that his gut feeling is that the masked singer is Dua Lipa. Thicke thought that it could be Normani based on the fact that the singer has dressed as Cher for Halloween, a costume that went viral.

Season 5, Episode 8 - "The Spicy 6 - The Competition Heats Up!"

This week, Black Swan gave clues from her dressing room, and like the other contestants, she ditched her real mask for a reflective visor. She said: "I'm finally having fun, I'm not as afraid, last week I felt like I was going to faint inside my costume. I was crying inside the mask, I was just, like, spiraling!"

The camera panned around the room to show a fancy table setting with two glasses, two dim lamps and a black umbrella hanging over it, as well as some framed artwork displaying three images: a pony, an infant and a rendering of an atom. It also focused on some wall art shaped like the state of New Hampshire and a giant painting of a soda can labeled "Swan Kissed Soda."

As for her story that no one knows about, Black Swan said: "As a little girl, I would put a hat out on the street and like, sing for people. I would ask what they wanted to hear. I just had absolutely no fear. I'm really trying to channel that fearlessness now that I'm all grown up. So, tonight, I can't wait to continue my journey with a joyful song by one of my favorites of all time. Wonder who?"

It soon became clear as Black Swan sang "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder. The range of her song choices impressed Ken Jeong before the "mind-reader" machine came out on stage for this week's clue. It showed an image of Mariah Carey in Black Swan's brain. Black Swan said: "for the record, I'm a huge fan of hers! Surpassing her record one time was just one of the biggest moments of my entire life."

This prompted Robin Thicke to reiterate his guess of Kesha, while guest panelist Chrissy Metz guessed Christina Milian. Jeong pointed out that Mandy Moore is from New Hampshire, though Metz cast doubt on that guess, knowing Moore pretty well.

Season 5, Episode 7 - "Super 8 - The Plot Chickens!"

The Black Swan was the last up at bat during the Super 8 episode, and she packed an emotional punch. Her clue package kicked off with her in her bedroom, explaining that she hasn't always been supported. She added, while showcasing a record player and a rabbit doll in a rocking chair with an "I'm late" sign, that she was raised by a single mother. Black Swan said that when she would sing for them, her voice would transport them into different worlds. At that point in the package, Black Swan appeared in a regal location with white draping and a couple of garden gnomes in the background. She was then presented with a glass slipper. The masked singer also danced with a man who donned a blue fin headband.

Black Swan dedicated her performance of "Use Somebody" by the Kings of Leon, to her mother. Guest judge Rita Wilson guessed Kesha. The other judges' guesses included Demi Lovato (Jeong), Becky G (Scherzinger), and JoJo (also Scherzinger).

Season 5, Episode 5

Black Swan was up first for the night. She noted that taking part in the competition has been a major boost to her confidence, as she said that her nerves subside with every performance. She also said that "all this anonymity" brings her back to the start of her career. The Black Swan sent out audition tapes without her face visible so that those watching them could focus on her abilities. She explained that once she did reveal her face, people didn't respond how she would have hoped. However, she said that she recently hit a "major milestone" and that she subsequently took a "leap of faith." The clue package involved her jumping out of an airplane and included hints about a black cat, a backpack with "Montana" on it, and three tens written out on a mailbox.

The Black Swan, once again, put her impressive vocal chops on display for a rendition of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Live." The judges were blown away by her performance, with all of them rising to their feet for the Black Swan. Their guesses for her identity ranged from Emily Osment (McCarthy), Victoria Justice (Thicke), and Brenda Song (Jeong).

Season 5, Episode 4

The Black Swan's clue package revolved around the topic of love. She explained that she had someone special in her life that she ended up having to let go of. But, eventually, they made their way back to each other. As a result, she dedicated her performance to them.

The Black Swan entered the stage in show-stopping fashion, as she descended from the ceiling in the swing. Her performance of "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes left the judges speechless. Her vocals led both McCarthy and Scherzinger to believe that it could be Demi Lovato. Jeong guessed that they were Lindsay Lohan, which no one else was on board with. Thicke wrapped up the guesses by offering that it could be Ashlee Simpson.

Season 5, Episode 2 — "Shamrock and Roll"

The Black Swan made a grand entrance onto the stage, strutting their stuff as they did so. They subsequently shared a series of clues so that the judges could narrow down their identity. The Black Swan said that she is "incredibly rare" and that her talent made her "someone else's prey," explaining that she was enticed by a "Hollywood deal that I couldn't resist." She was also spotted standing on a red X on the floor, which judge, Jenny McCarthy thought meant that they could be from X Factor. She also said that, ultimately, her flock helped "rescue" and "set her free," while holding up a red square. The masked celebrity also mentioned to guest host Niecy Nash that this show was so far out of her "comfort zone."


Shortly after they shared their clue package, the Black Swan went into a stunning rendition of "Barracuda" by Heart. Ken Jeong thought that the clues led to the Queen's Gambit and that they were Anya Taylor-Joy. However, McCarthy felt that there were "girl group vibes" going on and guessed that it was former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello due to the possible X Factor connection. Nicole Scherzinger had another great guess, as she thought that it could be singer Leona Lewis. Ultimately, McCarthy said that the Black Swan will likely be in the competition for a while given their impressive vocal chops.

Who is Black? We'll have to wait and see! The Masked Singer airs each Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX affiliates. You can watch that broadcast live on FuboTV, which has a free trial promotion going on . Fans can also watch the show on Hulu if you're willing to wait until the day following FOX's live broadcast. PopCulture.com will be diving into The Masked Singer Season 5 all season, so stay tuned!

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