Although they were unmasked in last night’s shocking episode of “The Masked Singer,” plenty of fans were sure that the Russian Dolls were really 90s band Hanson, famous for the 1997 earworm, “MMMBop.”
But how did they do it? Let’s put the pieces together and find out!
Many of the first clues in the early video clue packages featured a strange assortment of items.
For example, the first video clue package revealed a jug of milk, a conveyer belt of cardboard boxes, and a “Garden State Highway” sign at a train stop.
The second clue package revealed that someone in the band had been rushed to a hospital with the ominous warning that things might “never be the same.” It also showed a red letterman jacket with the letter “M” on it.
“M for “MMMBop,” perhaps?
The third video clue package teased humble origins, stating that they performed in parking lots, softball fields, and pizzerias. However, all of their hard work was realized when they finally had a chance to perform for the President of the United States.
Things got even more confusing in the next clue package, which teased a nickel and a dime, adding up to fifteen cents.
A final clue that really helped the judges put everything together was a shirt that said, “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”
Although each of the clues might not mean much on their own, added together, they seem to point directly to Hanson.
Probably the biggest clue might be the t-shirt. Although some judges thought it might be a reference to a Justin Timberlake song of the same name, it actually refers to the title of their first album, “Boomerang,” which was independently released and funded by the group’s father.
The clue about performing for the President after getting a struggling start in the industry was another major clue. After the success of “MMMBop,” the band would later perform for then-President Bill Clinton.
Even the smaller clues, like the milk jug, is a reference to one of the most popular “Got Milk?” commercials of the 90s, in which Hanson featured.
The reference to the “15 cents” is actually a reference to their children. Between them, the Hanson brothers have 15 children: Taylor (7), Zac (5), and Isaac (3).
The horrible accident that put someone in the hospital is a reference to Zac’s 2019 motorcycle accident, which left him hospitalized with three broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a cracked scapula.
Although Hanson might be out of the running for the Golden Mask Trophy, many fans still celebrated the return of the band that produced one of the most iconic songs of the 90s.
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