Nick Cannon hosts a new competition series called ‘The Masked Singer’ on Fox and is developing his own late-night show for the network. He also reflects on the success of ‘Wild ‘N Out.’ (Jan. 8)
Spoiler alert! This story contains details from “The Masked Singer” Season 1, Episode 9, including the identity of the winner and eliminated celebrities.
It is the moment we have all been waiting for: Who is “The Masked Singer”?
During Wednesday’s episode of the Fox hit, the final three competitors – Peacock, Monster and Bee – took the stage for a last performance to claim the first golden mask trophy.
First up was Peacock, who appropriately sang Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers’ “Shake a Tail Feather.” “You’re my favorite and you’re going to win it all,” Ken Jeong said. As for his guess? “Honestly, I have nothing.” Jenny McCarthy pondered previous clues that Peacock has performed in Las Vegas and is a child prodigy. She narrowed it down to Neil Patrick Harris and Donny Osmond. Robin Thicke, however, thought it was “Weird Al” Yankovic because the singer claimed to have been inspired by Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines.”
Peacock said: “I’m truly humbled to be standing here for the final three. I had no idea I would be standing here.”
Next up was Bee, who slowed things down with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Nicole Scherzinger called the rendition “beautiful,” while Thicke added that Bee’s voice is full of “hope and a light at the end of that tunnel.” Guest judge Kenan Thompson said the performance was “Un-bee-Gladys-Knight-able,” giving away his guess. All the judges agreed with Thompson, except Jeong. He was convinced it was Anita Baker.
In final remarks, Bee shared respect and appreciation for the panel of judges, “I love you guys.” The masked singer wanted to win the coveted trophy to prove “that music is universal” and not about how old you are.
The final singer to take the stage was Monster, who brought the judges to their feet with a playful rendition of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” paired with equally impressive footwork. “From Day 1, we immediately fell in love with your talent and sense of humor,” McCarthy said. Thicke guessed the “soulful” voice belonged to Jamie Foxx, while Thompson thought it could be Tyrese Gibson.
Monster thanked the judges for giving the utmost respect during the competition. “It feels so good to be able to do what I love and do it freely. I have always wanted to perform without the fear of being judged.”
Those sentiments made McCarthy tear up: “I love him so much he’s making me cry.”
In the end, Bee finished in third place. As for the judges final guesses? Everyone except Jeong guessed Knight. Jeong stuck with Baker.
When the mask came off it was … drum roll please … Knight. The Grammy award-winning legend revealed that she signed on for the show to “elevate” herself and try something different. Jeong, the only one to guess wrong, told the rest of the panel, “OK, kids, congrats.”
Peacock finished in second place. For final guesses, Thicke selected Yankovic. Thompson agreed. McCarthy had a hard time narrowing it down to one choice, but guessed Osmond in the end. Jeong and Scherzinger selected Harris.
McCarthy was right! It was Osmond, who host Nick Cannon described as “one of the greatest entertainers of our generation.” The all-around showman said he had “the time of my life here,” adding his peacock costume was “better than being Donny Osmond.”
He even revealed that he flew to Las Vegas every night to perform during the competition. Talk about commitment.
And then there was one.
Monster, who was crowned the “Masked Singer,” was ordered to unmask to claim his title. During the final deliberations, Cannon revealed that he knew who it was. He wrote his guess on a piece of paper and put it in his jacket until after the reveal.
As for the judges’ guesses? Thicke picked Foxx. McCarthy guessed Michael Vick (to which the Monster replied “I love my dogs”). Jeong selected Hootie & the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker. Scherzinger thought it may be CeeLo Green and Thompson went with Gibson.
Cannon was right. It was rapper T-Pain. “Are you kidding me?” Jeong exclaimed in disbelief, while McCarthy added, “No way,” before apologizing for her Vick guess.
T-Pain, who popularized Auto-Tune, said the competition helped show off his “natural voice.” Jeong added, “This is exactly what this show about.”
The top three join unmasked singers Rumer Willis (Lion); Joey Fatone (Rabbit); La Toya Jackson (Alien); talk-show host Ricki Lake (Raven); actress Tori Spelling (Unicorn); comedian Margaret Cho (Poodle); former NFL quarterback and Fox Sports commentator Terry Bradshaw (Deer); comedian Tommy Chong (Pineapple); and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (Hippo).
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