Avid viewers of The Masked Singer know that uncovering a disguised contestant can often feel like destiny once all the clues fall into place. For instance, it makes total sense that Laila Ali was this season’s Panda (“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”), or that T-Pain, who received criticism for his use of auto-tune previously in his career, was behind last season’s winning Monster.
A similar theme has emerged regarding Season 2’s butterfly. After her week 1 performance—she sang “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj opposite the Egg, who turned out to be Johnny Weir—many are convinced the contestant’s chrysalis belongs to none other than former Destiny Child singer Michelle Williams.
In her clue video, she emphasizes ideas of rebirth and metamorphosis. “I’m flying high and ready to shake up the competition,” she says at one point, which many fans have pointed out as a reference to the Destiny’s Child song “Bridges.” A lyric in the ’90s song goes, “See, you are young and flying high.”
During her intro, the Butterfly says, “For the past year, I’ve been waiting patiently in my cocoon for the promise of metamorphosis,” which squares up with Williams’ openness about her own mental health. Oh, and the photo of Big Ben in the butterfly eye—”the one place [she] used to call home”—points to her recent West End performance in Chicago and time spent living there.
Lastly, the Butterfly says, “I bump into everything. I just pray that I don’t fall over.” Williams has a religious background, including a history performing gospel music. Plus, there’s a viral video of Williams falling during a Destiny’s Child performance on BET.
The winged competitor will take the stage for the second time during tonight’s episode, granting fans another opportunity to guess at the identity inside.