During the 318th episode of King Of Masked Singer, Nightmare and Pineapple went head to head with their unique renditions of “Trap of Youth (청춘의 덫)” by Ji Soo and “Monster” by Red Velvet‘s Irene and Seulgi. While both performances were outstanding, Nightmare ended up taking the victory, meaning the identity of Pineapple was finally going to be revealed.
Even though it came as a surprise to some, thousands of MELODYs around the world weren’t too shocked when BTOB‘s Minhyuk took off his mask – and neither was guest panelist Ryan S. Jhun!
In fact, the songwriter had already voiced his suspicions in the previous episode. Jhun, known for his work with TWICE, EXO, NCT, and many more, was immediately able to pinpoint how Pineapple had the “BTOB style”.
However, he was slightly off the mark with his initial guess of a different member – Eunkwang! Almost immediately after the words came out of his mouth, Dara spoke up and firmly denied that possibility.
Dara can confirm it's not Eunkwang 😂👍 pic.twitter.com/dpP8t3gw74
— 💙비투비&멜로디💙3♡7 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓴💙 (@ardo_37) August 15, 2021
But then, Jhun was struck with a sudden realization: it had to be Minhyuk! And while his main argument was quite hilarious, we have to admit he made a good point.
I’m working on a song for those BTOB guys these days. So I’ve done my research about them. And I noticed that Minhyuk likes to leave his shirts open like this. If you look up his pictures, he has it open like that in most of them. So I feel like that’s Minhyuk… down to the swag, and the muscles too. Minhyuk has a buff chest.
— Ryan S. Jhun
Not only was Jhun able to figure it out pretty quickly, but many MELODYs knew it was Minhyuk since his very first appearance! No matter how much he tried to hide it, Minhyuk’s rapping was extremely recognizable, even when he attempted to fake viewers out with an impression of G-Dragon.
— G-DRAGON UPDATES (@gdragonupdate) August 9, 2021
One MELODY actually remembered a moment from one of Minhyuk’s previous livestreams where he accidentally gave fans a huge hint! When he was listening to a bunch of songs on his personal playlist, “Monster” started playing and he turned it off in a matter of seconds without a word.
Remember when Minhyuk accidentally clicked on Monster (by Irene & Seulgi) on his playlist & quickly changed the song? I had wondered why. Watching him sing it on KOTM now makes sense
— BTOB Minhyuk's friend 🍍🍍🍍 (@Deborah06061) August 15, 2021
While Minhyuk wasn’t named “King of Masked Singer” this time around, we’d say he’s definitely qualified for the “King of Spoilers” title! You could probably throw in a “King of Chest Muscles” crown as well.
You can watch Minhyuk’s full performance here: