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Season 1

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Ranking: First Round Elimination
Real Identity: Gretel Killeen
Songs sung:
"Fame" by Irene Cara

  • Blush Sticker: Has a pair of rings on her cheeks that give off this impression.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: Appears at the start of her performance of "Fame" in front of a giant clamshell, with several fish-girls as backup dancers.
  • Cool Shades: Features a flashy pink pair of ladies' sunglasses where the eyes are on the mask.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Is seen reading a book titled "8 Long Arms of the Law". She dropped out of law school to become a comedian.
    • Is then seen reading a book of "Sharkespeare's Sonnets" and mentions that people laughed at her when she chose a different path. Decided to pursue comedy after reading a serious poem out loud which made everyone laugh.
    • Mentions how lately she earns her money from the bookmakers. She’s also a best-selling children’s author.
    • One of the security people have a rainbow band on their arm. Co-hosted the Sydney Mardi Gras sideshow in 2015.
    • Claims to have played a pivotal role in a popular international musical. Once played the Narrator in a production of The Rocky Horror Show.
  • Funny Octopus: An octopus that served as a contestant.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Predominantly pink with blue rings, and revealed to be female comedian Gretel Killeen.
  • The '60s: Her costume draws from Sixties fashion, particularly the sunglasses and go-go boots.
  • Visual Pun: Her clue package has her watering plants and tending to her garden.


Ranking: First Round Elimination
Real Identity: Brett Lee
Songs sung:
"What's My Scene?" by Hoodoo Gurus

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Based on a rainbow lorikeet. They aren't called rainbow for nothing.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: The stage turns into this during his performance of "What's My Scene?", with shifting, primary-coloured Musical Squares of the Parrot's face.
  • Bird People: Gives this impression being an anthropomorphic bird costume.
  • Cape Wings: His wings hang down by his sides which gives this impression, along with his back and tail feathers.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Claims to live life at high speed, which can be dangerous. He's one of the fastest cricket bowlers in the world and has been measured delivering balls up to 161.1 km/h.
    • By saying he’s travelled the world "following the sun", he means his highly successful international cricket career.
    • One of his international photos is of the Taj Mahal. Not only has he played cricket in the Indian Premier League, but has also appeared in several Bollywood movies.
    • He’s seen playing air guitar at one point. Because he also plays guitar for the rock back Six & Out.
    • Is shown on a fashion runway and claims he's "not afraid of the cat walking by." He spent time as a runway model in his teens.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: And polly got one! ...But only for one song.


Ranking: Second Round Elimination
Real Identity: Nikki Webster
Songs sung:
"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
"Youngblood" by 5 Seconds of Summer

  • Alien Sky: "Born This Way" features a rocky alien landscape with a purple, starry sky as a backdrop.
  • Expy: Of the Alien on the American version, complete with similar head shape.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • A lot of clues in particular refer to Her performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony. Including:
      • Says she hit the heights after her big competition win. Said competition being the audition process for the role she played in the ceremony.
      • Appearing in a stunning flash of lights and sound. This was her big, star-making public performance.
      • Five hula hoops and a picture of the Spice Girls appear in the background of one shot. The rings refer to the Olympic rings, and the Spice Girls also performed at the same ceremony.
      • The equation on the chalkboard equals 2000.
    • Mentions that she only wanted to please, but ended up the one being "probed" so she "beamed herself away". After her attempt to reinvent herself as Hotter and Sexier was ridiculed, she retired from the public eye.
    • She's shown practicing and teaching a lesson in a dance studio. Referring to the performing arts school she opened later on.
    • Bars around the world have a drink named after her. The Strawberry Kiss cocktail, referring to her hit song "Strawberry Kisses".
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Three fingers on each hand.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: "Youngblood" is set against a rainy, grey backdrop with backup dancers holding red umbrellas as a Splash of Color.
  • Little Green Men: She resembles a classic green alien and also one of the shortest contestants. Her backup dancers in "Born This Way" are also a pair of these.
  • Space Clothes: Wears a glitzy silver space suit right out of a 50s serial.
  • Sphere Factor: Shows up in her performance of "Born This Way" inside a giant inflatable sphere, before bursting out partway into the song.


Ranking: Second Round Elimination
Real Identity: Wendell Sailor
Songs sung:
"Shotgun" by George Ezra
"Low" by Flo Rida

  • Coolest Club Ever: The setting for "Low", complete with DJ and trippy rave lighting in the background.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Says rhinos don't always stop to think and that's set him back, and how he almost became an extinct species. Was suspended from playing rugby for two years after failing a drug test, along with having his contract terminated.
    • Has a plate of chicken wings in one scene. Played wing position in rugby league.
    • A birthday cake with a boat on it. A hint at his surname, Sailor.
    • He’s seen breaking a bone in two. He accidentally broke Ben Ross' arm on TV during an arm-wrestling match.
    • Mentions he's always shown off his fancy footwork. Referring to both his smooth dance moves and his football career.
    • Claims to be an "all-star". As in his time as part of the Indigenous All-Stars.
    • In one shot has him boxing with an inflatable swan. Once beat former Sydney Swan Warrick Capper in a charity boxing match.
    • Says that while he doesn’t believe in ghosts, he does believe in crossing over. Crossing Over is the title of his book about how he moved from playing rugby league to rugby union.
  • Gladiator Games: Themed after a Roman Gladiator. Indeed, in his performance of "Shotgun" he's flanked by a pair of dancers wearing gladiator outfits, and the background projection is of a colosseum.
  • Rhino Rampage: Gives off the vibe of being big and strong with hulking muscles and a visible six-pack.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The costume is designed so it looks like the only thing the Rhino is wearing is a gladiator skirt and shoulder pads.


Ranking: Third Round Elimination
Real Identity: Darren McMullen
Songs sung:
"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley
"I Want to Break Free" by Queen
"Let Me Entertain You" by Robbie Williams

  • The Charmer: Cocky and confident and won't pass up a chance to show his swagger, especially to the female judges. He's very fond of shaking that prawn tail of his for them.
  • Dressed to Plunder: Done up like a classic pirate captain, complete with Eyepatch of Power. Also features a crustacean claw in place of a Hook Hand not unlike Davy Jones.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Plays this up in his performance of "Suspicious Minds", complete with hip swinging.
  • Fashion Show: "Let Me Entertain You" features backup dancers strutting up and down a catwalk wearing bizarre fashion themed after various sea life.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Claims his skin wasn't made for the hot Australian sun. Because he was born in cold and rainy Scotland.
    • Mentions he famously spent a lot of time "around the house", which makes him "feel like an outsider", and that prawns also enjoy a change of "sea-nery". All three are references to series he's starred in: House Husbands, Darren McMullen’s Outsiders, and Sea Change.
    • Says he likes all kinds of music and that has helped him in the past. Has hosted both The Voice Australia and The Big Music Quiz.
    • A John Farnham album is shown and he claims the only thing you can judge him on is "his voice". A reference to both the John Farnham song "You’re the Voice", and his time hosting The Voice Australia.
    • Says his choice of hobby is "unusual", while holding up an NFL football and a soccer ball. His passion is American football and hosts NFL Football Fanatic in the States.
    • His personal item clue is a set of skiing trophies and skiing equipment. He was once on track to be a professional skier.
  • Leaning on the Furniture: Takes a moment to cockily lean against the stage steps during "Let Me Entertain You".
  • Mic Drop: Drops his microphone after his latter two performances.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The Prawn mask has a constant, goofy grin.
  • Pirate: Fitting theme for an aquatic animal.
  • Prison: The theme of his performance for "I Want to Break Free", complete with dancing prisoners.
  • Shaking the Rump: He sure knows how to work that prawn tail.
  • Visual Pun: The set for "Suspicious Minds" features a giant fishing net behind him as well as being surrounded by crab traps. Said song opens with the line "We’re caught in a trap".


Ranking: Third Round Elimination
Real Identity: Adam Brand
Songs sung:
"Geronimo" by Sheppard
"Roar" by Katy Perry
"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

  • Armored Dragons: Dragon wears a set of medieval armor including a cuirass, pauldrons, gauntlets and a scale-mail kilt over chainmail.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Is shown living inside one in his clue packages. It also appears in the background of his performance of "Roar".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Claims breathing fire is easy when you have petrol in your veins. Also says he has wins on tracks all over Australia and that he loves when raw power turns to speed. All of these refer to his history competing in motorsport racing.
    • Is shown being arrested and mentions "living outside the law". Referring to his band The Outlaws.
    • Mentions that he’s a dragon of many strings. A dual reference to his background as a country singer and his three Golden Guitar awards.
    • Says he's been known by other names from other cultures. He's referring to his original Italian name: Adamo Alberto Brun.
    • Has proved in the past that he possesses artistic balance and poise. He won Dancing With the Stars in 2009.
    • Several clues include cooking references. He's the owner of several restaurants.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They can sing and dance!
  • Retraux: His performance of "Shut Up and Dance" is absolutely dripping with Eighties neon colours. Helps that the song is already a huge Eighties throwback.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His singing voice is surprisingly soft and high-pitched for a dragon.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Has an impressive set of mechanical wings that can unfold. Shame they can't actually fly.


Ranking: 6th Place
Real Identity: Kate Ceberano
Songs sung:
"High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco
"Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish (as performed by Halocene)
"Heroes" by David Bowie
"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

  • Ancient Egypt: Her performance of "High Hopes" is bursting with Ancient Egyption iconography. From the backup dancers dressed like Anubis, to the backdrop projection featuring everything from the pyramids, to sarcophagi, to headbanging Nefertiti statues. Then there’s the performance of "Heroes" with a giant Eye of Horus in the background.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Has a mane despite being played by a female. Also notable for being different from the American version since the mane is actually part of the mask, instead of being a furry collar worn around the shoulders.
  • Bling of War: Very shiny and golden all over.
  • Expy: Of the Lion from the American version, though certainly not as bedazzled as the original.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Claims that as a young lion she entered a competition that would change everything. She placed third in the TV competition Search For a Star back in 1981.
    • Says that she prides herself on being brave. "Brave" is the title of her 1989 album.
    • This isn’t the first time you’ve seen her as "Queen of the Jungle". She was crowned queen of Moomba Festival in 2010.
    • At one point she’s shown playing tennis and one of the security guards is wearing a bra. Once did a photoshoot for a brand of sports bras.
    • Her personal clue is her Logie award. Only a few people have won in this category since she did. The Logie is for winning Most Popular Music Video in 1993, which is now a defunct category.
  • Matrix Raining Code: The performance of "Bad Guy", complete with backup dancers dressed straight out of The Matrix.


Ranking: 5th Place
Real Identity: Paulini
Songs sung:
"Toxic" by Britney Spears
"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" by AC/DC
"Zombie" by The Cranberries
"Titanium" by David Guetta
"Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi

  • All Webbed Up: Several people are seen hanging upside down in full web cocoons during "Titanium". Let's hope they're not her former backup dancers.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Not surprising, with a dress featuring spider and web designs.
  • Cobweb Jungle: The set for "Titanium" has multiple giant webs as a backdrop. One of them has a hapless security guard trapped in it.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Likes to write and her words have gone all over the world. She's a songwriter and has written songs for several international artists.
    • Says she learned everything she knew from her dad. Her father was a choir conductor and taught her how to sing.
    • Claims that she's an "exotic" spider. She was originally born in tropical Fiji.
    • A photo of Pope Benedict XVI appears. She performed at the Pope's Farewell.
    • Jennifer Aniston appears in a photo as well, and in the background one security guard is shown carrying another. Aniston's character on Friends was named Rachel, which is also the name of the lead role in The Bodyguard, which Spider starred in the stage musical of.
    • Says that if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen or call a fireman. Released a song in 2012 called "Fireman".
    • Mentions that sometimes you're part of a team, but sometimes you’re an individual. Used to be part of Young Divas, but decided to go solo.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The costume's eyes are designed like this. They even attach to the mask like a pair of goggles.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: While not quite raining, Spider is surrounded by suitably gloomy stormclouds while performing "Someone You Loved". Said stormclouds then light up with purple lightning.
  • Hazmat Suit: Her backup dancers are fittingly dressed like this for her performance of "Toxic".
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In her first clue package she mentions that her multiple arms make it easy to write.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Looks like it's made of spiderwebs.
  • Rock Star Song: "It's a Long Way to the Top..." is performed just like any classic rock song should be, with the backup band and dancers in classic rock-star getups.
  • Spider People: Has a head resembling a spider by itself.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The backdrop for "Zombie" fittingly sometimes cuts to a horde of zombie silhouettes clawing at the screen.


Ranking: 4th Place
Real Identity: Deni Hines
Songs sung:
"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran
"Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
"Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé
"Forget You" by Cee Lo Green
"Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars

  • Eternal Engine: The setting for "Proud Mary" is themed like a factory, with metal flooring and a giant industrial fan in the background. Then out come the grinder girls and the background changes to showering sparks to accompany them.
  • Expy: Of the Unicorn from the American version. This one however leans more into the fantastical appearance and wouldn't look out of place in the original 80s My Little Pony show.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mentions that she's a creature born of legend with bloodlines through the ages. Her mother is pop superstar and Living Legend, Marcia Hines.
    • Claims that her early days were "rocky". Released her first single with Australian band Rockmelons.
    • How it seemed like her voice was always in the background. Performed as a backup singer for several bigger names before her solo career.
    • Is shown mourning over a coffin. Her father passed away when she was very young.
    • When she first roamed the Earth she travelled on the elements. She toured internationally with Earth, Wind & Fire when she first went solo.
    • While not a diva herself, she stood behind the world's greatest one and her words can be found on a B-track. She once wrote a song for Beyoncé.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has a beautiful mane coloured in rainbow pastels.
  • Neon City: The background of "Forget You" is a high-speed flythrough of a city at night lit up by neon lights.
  • Snow Means Love: Evoked with the set for "Perfect", which features her surrounded by snow-covered trees while the backdrop is a forest blanketed in snow.
  • Winged Unicorn: Has both a horn and wings.


Ranking: 3rd Place
Real Identity: Gorgi Coghlan
Songs sung:
"Think" by Aretha Franklin
"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
"All By Myself" by Céline Dion
"Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette
"What About Us" by P!nk

  • Cute Monster: Very cute and cuddly.
  • Cyclops: Has one big, blue eye.
  • Expy: Of the Monster from the American version. Also counts as a Distaff Counterpart, being bright pink and clearly played by a female while the original version was male.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Drops plenty of clues about horses, sheep, and being from the country. She was raised on a sheep farm and is an accomplished equestrian.
    • At one point she's carrying a bag with a circle on it. Referring to her role on the daytime talk show The Circle.
    • The number 31 is the channel she started her TV career on.
    • She's shown teaching a science class. Used to be a teacher and has a diploma in biology and science.
    • The message "We will miss you, Miss R" is written on the chalkboard in the classroom. Referring to her maiden name "Rendell".
    • Mentions the phrase "never the twain shall meet" and is shown playing Shania Twain’s "Still the One" on piano. Used to star in a Shania Twain tribute act.
    • Likes to talk about other things and hear her words drifting on the air. She’s a regular panellist on Australian news show The Project.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Her first clue package shows she's very fond of horses and has a history with them.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: "All By Myself" has Monster sitting at home alone as rain streams down the window panes outside.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: A recurring theme in her performances. Particularly "I Wanna Know What Love Is" has the Monster looking for love on the dating app 'Monstergram'.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: Her backup performers for "Think" are a trio of naughty nurses.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Bright pink with light blue polka-dots.
  • Shrinking Violet: Tends to act quite shy and nervous outside of performances, despite being a monster. Then there's how most of her performances are slow, emotional ballads.
  • Slumber Party: Evoked during "Listen To Your Heart", where the backup dancers are wearing pink pyjamas and sleeping masks (though with eyeholes).


Ranking: 2nd Place
Real Identity: Rob Mills
Songs sung:
"Man I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes
"Disco Inferno" by The Trammps
"Shallow" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys
"Come Together" by Aerosmith

  • The Big Bad Wolf: Has plenty of references to Little Red Riding Hood. His performance of "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" takes place at "Grandma's Diner" on open mic night and his backup dancers are dressed in red hoods.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mentions that he might be the wolf because he's "up all night". "Up All Night" was the name of his album.
    • Says that he's constantly being misjudged and underestimated. Had a highly infamous fling with Paris Hilton which people still bring up despite his other successes. Also a reference to his cabaret show Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good, which in turn was inspired by reviews of him in other projects that note how he's a surprisingly good singer.
    • While he wasn't the runt of the litter, he wasn't number one either, and it wasn't near enough for him. How he made it to the top five on Australian Idol, but didn't win.
    • That getting to where he is now is a miracle, like walking on water. He played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
    • Claims to have once been a prince. Once played Prince Fiyero in the Australian production of Wicked.
    • Is seen wearing a toolbelt and that he feels “electricity in the air”. Trained as an electrician before becoming a singer.
    • Several clues make reference to Little "Green" or "Orange" Hood instead of red. These refer to his colour blindness.
    • His personal clue from home is a lawnmower. After dropping out of his electrician traineeship due to being colour blind, he resorted to mowing lawns to make a living.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Shows off his moves while performing "Disco Inferno", complete with the "Staying Alive" Dance Pose.
  • Noble Wolf / Savage Wolf: Walks the line between the two. The savage side is alluded to in "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" with silhouettes of werewolves and shots of desolate woods in the background behind Wolf.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a stylish gray fur coat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has a pair of glowing red eyes.
  • Wolf Man: He's accompanied by a huge pack of wolfmen during his performance of "Come Together" in the finale.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Constantly. From his clue packages to his performances. Most notably he does this at the start of his performance of "There's Nothing Holding Me Back".


Ranking: 1st Place
Real Identity: Cody Simpson
Songs sung:
"Hold Back the River" by James Bay
"The Horses" by Daryl Braithwaite
"I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
"Jolene" by Dolly Parton/"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" by Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus
"The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga

  • Big Electric Switch: Throws one during "Jolene"/"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" to activate his robot backup dancers.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The background in "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is a trippy tunnel of red, black, and white colours, matching the colours of Robot himself. The backup dancers are also dressed in all-red too.
  • Down in the Dumps: The performance of "Jolene"/"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" takes place in a junkyard, with stacks of staticky old TVs occasionally flashing the Robot's image on them.
  • Extendable Arms: Stretches out his slinky tube arms at the end of his performance of "I Don't Care".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Makes many references to water and swimming. He was a champion swimmer in his youth before pursuing music.
    • Says he chose the Robot because he was created by the digital age. He was discovered through his song covers on Youtube.
    • Is seen cleaning trash out of the water and putting it into bags labelled "UN". In 2017 he was named the first United Nations Development Programme advocate for oceans.
    • Mentions that when he was young he was surrounded by gold. Was born on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
    • He went east after leaving his factory. He headed to Los Angeles to record music.
    • The time 20:12 appears on a digital clock. 2012 was the year he released his first studio album.
    • He realised that others were controlling his programming and that he felt like a clone. Meaning he didn’t like how he was being made into yet another manufactured pop star, which is why he went solo.
    • His guitar has a sticker saying "I love FloRida". Flo Rida was featured on his debut single.
    • A plate of spaghetti and meatballs is seen on a table. One of his songs appeared on the soundtrack to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
    • Makes references to Russian dolls. Played Dmitry in the Broadway version of Anastasia.
  • Living Toys: Evoked in his performance of "I Don't Care", where he steps out from a giant action figure box and his backup dancers act as box packers in a toy factory.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: By virtue of being a human in a robot costume. Though he does make plenty of efforts to move and dance like a robot.
  • Shaking the Rump: Playfully does this for the judges during "The Horses".
  • Technicolor Fire: The pyrotechnics for "The Edge of Glory" features some impressive colour-changing jets of flame.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Has a sleek modern look overall, but has slinky tubes for arms and the head is definitely a throwback to cutesy toy robots. Several of his backup dancers in "Jolene"/"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" resemble the more traditional version.

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