It was obvious the Mallard on The Masked Singer was a country music fan!
The finely dressed performer made his debut by delivering a performance of Big & Rich‘s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Since he burst out on stage proudly singing a country song, the judges assumed he was a country singer.
The Mallard advanced in the competition, and shook things up by singing “My House” by Flo Rida. He advanced yet again, and this time he turned back to his country roots.
Mallard’s next performance was a cover of Brooks & Dunn‘s #1 hit, “Play Something Country.” The song was released in 2005 off of Brooks & Dunn’s album Hillbilly Deluxe.
Mallard came out swinging with his performance of “Play Something Country.” He seemed like a natural on stage!
But in his clue package, Mallard confessed he hasn’t always been a confident performer. He said years ago Luke Bryan asked him to sing with him, but he didn’t know the words to the song. He regretted not being able to sing with him then.
That clue was a pretty big hint at the Mallard’s identity, and confirmed what viewers thought all along.
Since the start of the show, viewers felt confident the Mallard was Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson. Here were just a few connections between the Mallard and Robertson:
- The Mallard talks about writing a New York Times bestseller and having a Platinum album. Robertson has done both of those things.
- The Mallard says family means everything to him, and talks about eating supper with his family each day. Episodes of Duck Dynasty famously ended with the Robertsons gathered around the dinner table.
- The mere fact that the Mallard is a duck is a pretty big hint itself. The Mallard is also elaborately dressed, seeming to reference the Duck Dynasty theme song “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top.
- Like the Mallard, Robertson shares a connection to Luke Bryan. The two have been buddies for years, and Bryan has welcomed Robertson on stage before. Robertson and Bryan co-own Buck Commander with Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans, Tombo Martin, and Jason Aldean.
Everyone’s suspicions were right on the money, because the Mallard was later revealed to be Robertson. All of the clues pointed right to him!
Watch Robertson cover Brooks & Dunn as the Mallard below.