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‘The Masked Singer’ Winner Revealed

Spoiler Warning: Do not continue reading if you haven’t watched “The Masked Singer” season finale “Road to the Finals,” airing on Dec. 18.

After eliminating 13 contestants over the course of “,” the show revealed its Season 2 winner on the finale episode.

The Fox was presented with the Golden Mask on Wednesday night, with Grammy award-nominated and Emmy winner Wayne Brady revealed as the celeb behind the mask.

“This has been the coolest, most amazing, most touching, most challenging, weirdest, and this is the weirdest — and I host ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ But, God, I mean, really I’m gonna take this with me forever,” Brady said following the unmasking. “This show is amazing because of the mask you lead talent-first. So there’s no one to say, ‘Wayne Brady doing our– Shut up, that’s the funny guy.’”

“Somebody who could pull all that off, sing all those different styles. There only a few people in the business like that, and Wayne is one of them for sure,” panelist Robin Thicke, who correctly guessed Brady, said.

The final contestants were narrowed down to the Rottweiler, the Flamingo, and the Fox. The performer with the most votes from audience members earned the Golden Mask, with the Flamingo taking third place and revealed to be Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon.

The panelists submitted their final guesses for the performer behind the pink mask, with Thicke, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger going with Bailon. In the end, Ken Jeong admitted he didn’t know who the Flamingo was, eventually choosing Jessica Simpson.

After the Fox was announced as the winner, panelists had to give their final guesses for the Rottweiler. Scherzinger and Thicke went with Darren Criss, while McCarthy guessed Jason Mraz. Jeong bizarrely decided to go with Dave Franco.

No one on the panel proved to be right though, with Chris Daughtry revealed to be the Rottweiler, blowing both the panelists and the audience’s minds.

“When T-Pain won, I was just like, ‘I just want to do this. That looks like so much fun,’” Daughtry said, before reprising his stunning performance of Sia’s “Alive” from earlier in the episode. “I had no idea how challenging it was gonna be. I’m so happy I did it. And my kids have no idea I’m doing this, so I’m so pumped for them to see this.”

At last, the panelists had to submit final selections for who the Fox was. Jeong and McCarthy stuck with their longtime suspicions of Jamie Foxx as the Fox, but Thicke and Scherzinger correctly went with Brady.

The first hour of the finale episode reflected on each of the finalists’ road to the top, highlighting their best performances and touching on some initial guesses from the judges as to who they may be. It also went over the contestants who had been unmasked so far, as well as the clues that could have led viewers to guess the performers.

In the Fox’s final clues of the season, he explained that he was paying particular attention to his dance moves, before soulfully performing Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” Partway through, he broke into an original rap and stunned the panelists with a sharp dance routine. He then gave a short, emotional speech that brought panelist Nicole Scherzinger to tears.

“I swear to you, I didn’t know until right now exactly how much winning this would mean. This is…,” the Fox’s voice broke. “This is all I’ve done my whole life. And I’ve been able to be blessed enough to make a lot of people happy. But I haven’t always been happy myself. It’s taken me all this time to find my joy again.”

The Flamingo took the stage to perform Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” “I was told I’d never amount to anything, and even though I’ve doubted myself, I’m determined and I’m hard-working,” she said after the rendition. “I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Panelist Jenny McCarthy and Scherzinger leaned on the Flamingo’s cheetah luggage clue, as well as an emphasis on the word “Israel,” to mean the Flamingo is Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon. Jeong disagreed, however, putting forth one of his typically nutty suggestions with Fergie.

The Rottweiler took the stage to blow the panelists away with a rendition of “Alive,” prompting the Scherzinger and Thicke to double down on their guess of Darren Criss.

In the season premiere, the Egg was revealed to be Olympic figure skater Jonny Weir, while Ice Cream was unmasked as professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The second episode saw the revelation of the Eagle as Dr. Drew Pinsky; none of the panelists guessed his identity, including McCarthy, who worked with him on MTV. Retired heavyweight boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali, was also unmasked as the Panda.

Paul Shaffer turned out to be the Skeleton, though Jeong was sure it was Martin Short. Actress, comedian, and former co-host of “The View” Sherri Shepherd was the Penguin, and Raven-Symone was the Black Widow — though guest judge Anthony Anderson couldn’t figure out her identity despite her guest role on his series, “Black-ish.” “The Talk” host Kelly Osbourne was revealed as the Ladybug, while the Flower’s recognizable vocals turned out to be Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle.

The Butterfly was revealed as Michelle Williams and the Tree turned out to be Ana Gasteyer while during last week’s semi-finals, the Thingamajig was unmasked as Victor Oladipo and the Leopard as Seal.

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of The Masked Singer.

Will the Rentheads in the audience please raise your hands? Cool. (And the rest of you, please give us a moment.)

You know how there’s that scene in the musical, at the Life Café right before the end of Act I, where Tom Collins and Maureen chant about revolution and such? The winner of The Masked Singer Season 2 spent plenty of time going over those lyrics with none other than the reality series’ judge Nicole Scherzinger when they both starred in a 2010 Hollywood Bowl production of the Broadway show.

And yet, the singing competition’s top dog — er, Fox — says he never worried about whether Scherzinger would recognize his voice underneath his Masked Singer character’s monocle and fur.

“Worried? No. Hoped? Yes!” says Wayne Brady, who beat Flamingo and Rottweiler in the season finale and was crowned Season 2 champion Wednesday. (Read a full recap here.) “Call it ego. Especially during stuff like ‘La Vie Boheme,’ the two of us went over that bit that Maureen and Collins had over and over again, because it’s such a wordy piece. So we listened to each other sing a lot.” He laughs. “But the fact that she was one of the last people to pick up , I was like, ‘Ah, this is beautiful.’ Because the story’s just gonna be so much sweeter.”

TVLine chatted with the Let’s Make a Deal host — whose extensive TV resume includes Whose Line Is It Anyway?, How I Met Your Mother, The Bold and the Beautiful and an upcoming stint on Black Lightning — about waking up everyone who slept on his musical talents (dude’s got a Grammy nomination under his belt!), freestyling that “Otis”-esque rap at the end of the episode and using Fox’s singing competition as the perfect springboard to re-launch his music career.

TVLINE | Congratulations on your win!
I am on such a high and it’s cool that the moment is finally here and I can say, “Yes, y’all were right.” Or, I can say “Ha ha, y’all were wrong.”

TVLINE | Do you get to take the Golden Mask home, or is that something you get to hold for a few minutes and then they take it back?
That one you get to hold for a few minutes. Once everything is finished, it’s kind of like an Emmy or a Grammy: You get to hold it and take pictures, and you get it in the mail later on. So I think I’ll get it in the mail. Which makes sense: If I were to take it home , and somebody came over to my house and saw it on the mantle, that would be awkward.

TVLINE | You mentioned several times during the season how the general public wasn’t aware of your singing abilities. That was surprising to me — I’m a fan of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and I know you’ve done Broadway — but it seems like that’s a common thing that you get? Like, “You’re the funny guy, not the guy who can belt “I’ll Cover You”?
Yeah — and thank you for knowing that I did Rent.. I look at myself like the story about the blind men and the elephant. Depending on which piece of the elephant they were touching, they each had a completely different idea of what it was. And I realized that in a culture where it’s easy to just put people in a box, where you go, “Oh yeah, I’m a fan of Let’s Make a Deal and that’s what I watch, so I know that’s what he does.” Or “I like you on Whose Line and I know that’s what you do.” Or “I liked How I Met Your Mother or “I like this other thing.” It’s cool I’ve done so many things that people have a favorite. But then they’re not looking at the guy in totality, because we don’t exist in that golden age of showbiz, where everyone that was on TV could sing and dance, so it was a given. So that’s where the disconnect comes in. I did this show as a way of bringing all of those different reins together and go, “Oh, OK!” People like yourself, you said that you watched Whose Line: If you are a real fan, then you know that in everything that I do, it is music-based. Because that is my first love. The comedy, the Broadway thing — it’s always been what I’ve done before TV. I made my living in cover bands and doing regional theater all over the U.S. So this is a really cool way and amazing platform to really have that “ta-da!” moment to people who don’t put the whole thing together.

TVLINE | The rap breakdown in “Try a Little Tenderness” in the finale obviously evoked the “Otis”-ness of the whole thing: Whose idea was that?
That’s me. It’s this full-circle thing. The very first musical revue show that I did in ’96, right before I moved to Los Angeles, that’s where I met my ex-wife Mandie , who is my best friend in the world and my business partner and the mom of my daughter. She was in my corner this entire time to help me make all the creative decisions. So I did it as as tribute to her and as a tribute to where I started from. And that song was flipped into “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye , so I figured it was one of the dopest songs to perform. I loved the hip-hop nature of it, I loved the soul nature of it, and it let me do everything I needed to do.

TVLINE | And then you came back at the end with a freestyle! I assume that was all done right there, on the spot?
Oh, absolutely. That was all off the top.

TVLINE | You have an album coming out soon.
The name of the single that’s coming out tonight is called “Flirtin’ With Forever.” It’s a love song to music. I’ve flirted with music my entire career, and my life, and I’ve gone back and forth like, “Are we gonna do this thing or not?” I’ve been on a lot of dates with her, to Broadway and using it on daytime TV. I even got nominated for a Grammy but stepped away… But now, I am fully committed to her. So I am going to be making up for lost time. So that’s why it’s called “Flirtin’ With Forever.” The name of the EP that comes out at the end of January/beginning of February is called Been Here. Because that’s the case: I’ve been here, doing what I do, and it’s the answer to the first record, which was called A Long Time Coming. This is, “I’m still here.”

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Winner takes it off! The second season of The Masked Singer was full of surprises, to say the least. During the Wednesday, December 18, season 2 finale, a winner was declared and the three finalists were unmasked.

This season featured some major celebrities, including Seal, Kelly Osbourne, Raven Symone, Dr. Drew. While some of the contestants were tough to figure out, judges Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger were often pretty spot-on putting the clues together and figuring out the identities themselves.

One of the most surprising eliminations of the season had to be Flower, who was revealed as legendary vocalist Patti LaBelle was behind the mask. Later, when Michelle Williams‘ Butterfly was eliminated after the Thingamajig barely beat her out, everyone was pretty divided on who should have came out on top.

Ahead of the finale, the Leopard and Thingamajig were revealed to be Seal and NFL player Victor Oladipo in a shocking double-elimination. Then, only Flamingo, Rottweiler and the Fox were left to battle it out for the big win.

Throughout the season, there have been many guesses about who could be behind their masks. Many people, including most of the judges, were sure that Flamingo was Adrienne Bailon. However, the Rottweiler and Fox have been a bit of a mystery.

Guesses for the Rottweiler have ranged from Chris Daughtry to Darren Criss and people wondered if the Fox could be Jamie Foxx or Wayne Brady.

During the finale, the final three gave their last-ditch efforts to win over the audience. The Fox gave an elaborate performance of “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding complete with an impressive dance number that the judges were blown away by. After the song, McCarthy guessed Foxx, but clarified that she thought the Fox was “better than any name (she) could possibly say.” However, Thicke was convinced that Brady was behind the mask.

The Flamingo performed a soulful rendition of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner which had most of the judges are convinced, again, that Bailon was behind the mask. However, Jeong was torn on who it could be and ended up guesses Fergie and Jessica Simpson. Regardless, the character showed her serious moves during the song and solidified her star power.

The Rottweiler truly stumped all of the judges after performing “Alive” by Sia. Their guesses ranged from Jason Mraz to Dave Franco to Criss, and everyone was confused. However, they were not mistaken in agreeing that the performance was expert-level and appeared to be the work of a professional artist.

Scroll through for the reveal and to find out who won!

Fox says he came to The Masked Singer to win — and he did

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about Wednesday’s season finale of The Masked Singer.

Sorry, but it has to be said: Wayne Brady outfoxed them all.

The host of Let’s Make a Deal just become the second winner of The Masked Singer, and he’s talking to EW about how he came to the show to win and why his mother never suspected he was Mr. Fox — even though she believed it sounded like her son. And above, check out the music video for “Flirtin’ With Forever,” the first single from Brady’s new album, which drops in January.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You just won The Masked Singer! Is the outcome you wanted or did you just do this to have fun?
WAYNE BRADY: As I’ve said to other people in my life, I don’t have time to just do stuff for fun. When I do something, it’s with the full intent and my intention was winning. Whether I won or not, that’s up to someone else, but my intention was absolutely to win. I wanted to have people not be influenced by my face or that I make them laugh on TV to just to listen.

Because your day job doesn’t always require you to sing, did you not have to worry much that folks would recognize you or was that always in the back of your mind?
Well, I disagree with you. On my day job, if you ever watch, I sing a lot. So the small worry was, yeah, people might guess me but because it was out of context, they may not put two and two together. I’m the only game show host to ever win an Emmy for a song. So all of the stuff I do is musically influenced.

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There were some viewers who thought you tried to disguise your voice. Did you?
No, not at all. When singing certain styles, you sound differently. I wish I could take credit for trying to disguise it. When we were briefed by the show, they said don’t try to disguise your voice when you’re giving the clues because they do that with an effect. So I didn’t want to try to “This is me, I’m giving you a clue” because then it would’ve sounded weird. And I never tried to disguise my voice during a song. It’s just how some of the songs came out.

Now it seems like most viewers still figured you out, though there was a good contingent who still held out hope that you were Jamie Foxx. How did that make you feel?
It felt great because it’s a win-win, right? So if a bunch of people watching the show said, “No, that’s Wayne Brady” then that’s awesome. People know my voice. And they like my voice and more so, than I thought. And then the fact that they think that it’s Jamie, that’s a win because I love him and I think that he is an amazing musician.

My favorite performance of yours was “Tennessee Whiskey,” but I definitely heard Wayne Brady in there. Was there one song that you worried it would really expose who you are?
No, because I had no choice but to just sound like me. I think if I would have tried to go, “Okay, I’m going to sing this song like this guy,” then I would’ve messed myself up. You know what I mean? Instead of really singing the song and giving it the emotion that it needed, then it would’ve become a comedy performance of me like when I was on Whose Line Is it Anyway. So I think I just sang the song and let it go. I was very impassioned about that song.

Are you going to cover it later?
Oh, that’s coming. That’s coming. Trust me.

Now let me ask you the requisite costume question: How heavy was that headdress?
Heavy was the head that wore the headdress. It wasn’t super heavy, but if I tried to swing my head any way, it definitely took some getting use to.

Were you ever actually able to hear your competition during taping?
It was cool in certain circumstances because they do a really good job at sequestering you backstage so that you can’t really hear anyone else. But towards the middle of the competition, once you were blended into a group, that’s when you got to hear each other, when you’re passing each other doing sound checks. So I had my suspicions and I’m glad to see that I was right. I was like, “Miss Patti. Oh my God, what an honor.” And I know Patti and I love her and I think that it was just the coolest thing to say that I performed on the same show as Patti LaBelle. And watching Seal be unmasked! I knew it was him because his voice is so… I mean you can’t really disguise that voice. But at one point I thought it’s either him or it’s Terrence Howard pretending to be Seal. And then watching, seeing that it was Michelle Williams, that’s when I went, “Oh my God, Michelle was on the show and she’s amazing and she’s a third of Destiny’s Child and I’m still here.” So some of the reveals really, really let me know that I was in the right place.

How many people in your circle signed the NDA?
I kept my circle very tight. Let’s put it this way, my mother didn’t know. What’s hilarious is, she would give me a text every week and her and her husband would say, “Wayne, you know that Fox? He’s trying to sound like you sometimes. I know your voice.” But then she’d say something like, “But I know that’s not you because you sing better than he does.” I’m like, thanks, Mom.

Do you think she’s going to get mad when she finds out it’s you and you didn’t tell her?
No. I think that everybody will go “See? I knew it!”

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Celebs compete in this crazy reality-singing TV show while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identities. Can you guess the celebrity behind the mask?

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‘The Masked Singer’ Winner Interview: ‘It’s the First Time in My Life I Kept a Secret Months on End’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Season 2 finale of “The Masked Singer” on Fox, which aired on Dec. 18, 2019.

Another season of “” has come to an end, which means the winner has been revealed — but more interesting than the winning character is the celebrity who was revealed behind the mask.

Wayne Brady was revealed to be the Fox on Wednesday night, coming in first place ahead of the Rottweiler (Chris Daughtry) in second place and the Flamingo (Adrienne Bailon) in third place.

“This whole thing has just been the most fun ever, and it’s the first time in my life that I’ve kept a secret for months on end,” Brady tells Variety, relieved that he no longer has to keep the secret that he’s the man behind the Fox mask.

Speaking to Variety over the phone from Atlanta where he’s filming The CW’s “Black Lightning,” in which he’ll have a four-episode guest arc, Brady is beaming with excitement over his time on “The Masked Singer.”

The multi-talented performer is especially thrilled that his experience on the series gave him the opportunity to show millions of viewers everything that he does. Brady — who’s been hosting the long-running gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal” for over 10 years, and is also known for the improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” — is a skilled dancer, singer, actor and comedian, but admits that many people aren’t aware of his plethora of skills.

“People are like, ‘You sing?’ And I’m like, ‘Hell yeah, I sing!’ This is how I made my money all my life,” jokes Brady.

Brady, who earned a Grammy nomination for best traditional R&B vocal performance in 2009 for his version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” dropped a new single called “Flirtin’ With Forever” after his crowning moment on “The Masked Singer” finale. He also has a brand new album of original music being released at the end of January, following his debut album, which was released in 2008.

“The biggest feeling that makes me feel good that I did the show is because I wanted to stop the disconnect of people who didn’t know that I sing and the people who didn’t know that I dance and the people who didn’t know what else I do,” Brady explains. “It lets me bring all the pieces together, and it’s an amazing opportunity.”

Here, Variety talks to Brady about the biggest challenges of “The Masked Singer,” who he had to keep his secret from and who knew he was the Fox the entire time.

How hard was it to keep the secret that you were competing on “The Masked Singer”?

The nature of a performer is you always want to be lauded for what you do, and the fact that you’ve done something that you can’t talk about at all, it’s funny. And then to be doing something that’s the biggest secret on TV right now and then to listen to people speculate and see the internet chatter each week, and the judges talking about it, and your friends and family guessing that you’re on it, I’ve had to lie to people straight to their faces. It’s so nice that I will not have to anymore.

Many of the judges and especially a lot of the viewers guessed you were the Fox. Are you surprised that people were guessing it was you?

The thing I didn’t count on is that more people knew my voice than I thought they did. Thousands of people on Twitter every single week guessed it. I thought it was so cool that people on Twitter knew more than the judges.

Did you keep up with fan theories on social media?

Yes, I have to admit I did. My ex-wife and daughter would play social media cops and they would send me quotes and screenshots. It was very cool to read the things that people thought, and it was overwhelmingly always positive. People knew it was me because they bought my record and knew my voice, so it showed me that more people had checked out my music than I thought.

In the first season, people thought you were the Monster. This year, people thought you were the Thingamajig. Do you have any idea why people keep guessing that you’re on “The Masked Singer”?

I cannot even tell you! It was so weird. Of course, as a singer and performer, you always want to have a distinctive voice. So the fact that people thought it was me on Twitter — I knew the Monster was T-Pain because I already knew that T-Pain had an amazing voice behind everything — so I was like, “No, that’s not me!” But the more you protest, the more people think it is you, so I finally stopped protesting. But I pretty much guessed everyone last season — I was dead-on and I knew it.

A lot of people did guess you, but a lot of people also thought the Fox was Jamie Foxx. What did you think about those comparisons?

I think it’s an amazing compliment to me because I love, with a capital L, Jamie Foxx’s voice. In fact, Jamie Foxx is kind of the template for how I wanted to pursue things in the business. I have Jamie Foxx’s record called “Peep This,” which came out years before he got the Oscar for “Ray” and years before doing the song with Kanye West, but nobody was really buying the record. So to be mentioned in the same sentence as him is a career high-five for me.

The celebrity contestants are allowed to select who they want to tell at the beginning of the season, and then those people sign NDAs and have to keep the secret. Who did you tell?

The very first people that I told immediately was my daughter, Maile, and my best friend, who is my ex-wife, Mandie. I had to tell them first because I asked my daughter’s permission.

Clearly you ended up getting your daughter’s permission. What did she think about her dad being on the show?

My daughter and I are kind of talent snobs. Any show that starts off with “celebrity,” we go, “Hell no!” Because in my mind, people tune into those things — like “Dancing With the Stars” or celebrity ice skating or whatever it is — not because they want to see the talent, but because they want to see the train wreck. I don’t like the train wreck. I like the talent. But I saw how good the show was when I watched last season and I said, “I’ve got to do this.” So, I asked Maile, and then her mom, and those were my two people. The whole circle that’s known throughout the entire time has been limited to maybe six people in my camp. My daughter and her mom were really my team.

Since your daughter is a tough critic for reality competition shows, how did she think you did when she watched the show?

At first, she was like, “Ah hell no, Daddy!” And then I told her, I said, “Look, this is a good show. The music is really good. It’s one of the biggest things on the planet. Trust me on this.” So when she saw week-after-week that I approached this show like I do with everything else in my life with commitment, she slowly came over to my side. I was asking her for advice on what song I should sing. She was both feet in by the first episode, and it’s been funny because she comes home every day because some kids at her school will say, “Hi, Little Fox.” And she’ll say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” But she would come home and say, “Dad, I have to keep lying to everybody!” But she also thinks it’s really cool because not everybody can say they have a parent doing a show that everyone is talking about. She is 100% behind me and she is my biggest fan.

You said that you watched the first season, so it sounds like you’re a fan. Is that how you became interested in joining the show?

When I finished watching the finale for Season 1, I had to sit on it for a second and I said, “Okay, I think I can do this show and I think I can win it. There’s no reason to do it if I don’t think I can win it.”

So did the show reach out to you to join? Or did you reach out to them because you were a fan?

Both. They actually reached out during the first season and because I never heard of it and I didn’t know if it would be one of these train wreck weird things, I said no. When I saw the sheet explaining the show, I went, ‘What!?” I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that you’d be wearing a mask. But when I saw it, I went, “Oh!” And I got it from the first episode. They do such a good job of producing the human interest part of the story. I listened to everybody’s stories and that’s how I got into it, and I wanted to tell my story.

How involved were you with creating the costume and character of the Fox?

I was very much involved. I’ve got to say though, those producers, wow, what a great bunch. From the first time we all started talking, they asked me what I saw in terms of the costume and then they laid out all these designs in front of me. At first, I looked at the Rottweiler, and I thought it would be cool to have this hip-hop dog, so I kind of helped to design that look, but then I saw the fabulous Mr. Fox and I thought, “Wow.”

Why did you want to be the Fox?

A fox is a wily creature who’s underestimated, and sometimes, when you underestimate a fox, a fox can take your hand off. The fox uses its brains in nature to succeed against bigger animals, and that’s how I think of myself. I’ve had to use my smarts, whether it was growing up and being bullied in my neighborhood, or growing up and using my brains for improvisation to make a living for myself to get down this path, or being constantly underestimated and not being seen as a Swiss army knife of entertainment. So I just thought, “Wow, that’s exactly me.”

What was the toughest part of being on “The Masked Singer”?

Pulling the double duty and sometimes triple duty with my schedule. I was shooting “Let’s Make a Deal” and shooting “The Masked Singer” and I was on tour. And then on top of that, learning to navigate with the mask on and breathe and sing and dance.

How difficult is it to operate in the giant mask and costume?

The tail was a belt strapped around by my waist. But I did have a slight advantage over everyone else because I was a character at Walt Disney World when I was a kid, like 16 or 17, and I did Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh.” And Tigger was built the exact same way as the Fox, so I knew how to dance with the costume because Tigger’s tail was the exact same thing. As you saw, I could get down and dance, but I couldn’t do as much as I normally could because I was worried about the head, and I was worried about not passing out. But I knew what to expect because I talked to T-Pain and I talked to Joey Fatone.

What sort of advice did T-Pain and Joey Fatone give you?

Joey Fatone gave me great tips. He said, “Breathe!”

You have to go through tons of training when competing on “The Masked Singer” — choreography, vocal coaching and learning how to operate in a mask. Did you also have to be trained on how to keep spoilers from fans?

No one trained me. I think I’m just good at thinking fast on my feet. But I learned by watching people from Season 1. When people come at you and you immediately go, “No, no it’s not me!” It’s like, “Nope. You were protesting too much.” I already had the advantage of people thinking the Monster was me last year, so I could say, “You thought it was me last year, and then you thought it was the Thingamajig, so you should go download my previous record and then you’ll see if you see it’s my voice!”

So basically, you used the guessing game as an opportunity to promote your music?

Exactly! It was the best opportunity ever.

On season 2’s finale the winner of Fox’s smash-hit who-sung-it reality competition, The Masked Singer, was revealed. Of the three remaining disguised contestants – Flamingo, Fox, and Rottweiler – the Fox was the last costumed singer standing. After Fox won season 2, his true identity was revealed as actor, comedian, and TV host Wayne Brady.

The top three singers took the stage for the last time – Flamingo, Fox, and Rottweiler – and reflected on their journies to the top three. The finale was the last time for the singers to win over the audience and the judges. The Fox performed “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, along with some impressive choreography that blew the judges away. Next, the Flamingo performed “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner which sold the judges that it was some type of superstar behind the mask. Last, the Rottweiler stumped the judges with his performance of “Alive” by Sia, which had all of the judges thought they knew who the man was behind the mask, but this one threw them for a loop.

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It was a tough call for the judges, but they finally chose the third-place winner – the Flamingo. The first to be unmasked of the night, she revealed herself to be Adrienne Bailon. Audiences know her from the Disney Channel group Cheetah Girls and from 3LW, as well as being a co-host on The Real. After she was unmasked, Bailon spoke about how transformative this experience has been for her. The Flamingo said that she had the time of her life, regardless of the panic attacks from the insecurities and the difficulty breathing under the costume. Next, in second place was the Rottweiler who was revealed as Chris Daughtry. Fans will recognize this rockstar from American Idol back in season 5 when he placed fourth place. He had a quite expansive post-Idol career, with chart-toppers which included “Home” and “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry’s rocker voice was recognized by his fans early on, but his diversity is what surprised audiences and judges the most after he was unmasked.

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This narrowed down the Fox as the winner of season 2 of The Masked Singer. Under the sly Fox costume was the Emmy-award winning actor and TV host Wayne Brady. The reveal was shocking to the audiences as they had no idea who the smooth vocals were coming from. The judges had been sure it was Jamie Foxx all along, but they were in for a huge surprise to see the Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedian under the mask. His stage presence was what was really won over the judges, that along with his exceptional vocals and on-point choreography. Brady really went all-in for each and every one of his The Masked Singer performances.

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Once being crowned winner and unmasked to reveal his true identity, Brady was able to speak about his experience on the show. He said, “A show like this – because of the mask – took all of the bullsh*t out of the way and just let me truly encapsulate what I do.” Brady revealed how being masked was actually freeing, saying, “I was funny as the Fox. I could dance as the Fox. I sang as the Fox, so I was Wayne as the Fox.” Brady said that the journey was comparable to “a roller coaster that kept going up.” The whole experience for him was amazing and that his win has him “still in shock” and has turned out to be “one of the most amazing moments of my entire life.” Brady encouraged artists of all walks of life to be “vulnerable” and that authenticity will shine through. The Let’s Make A Deal host then urged all of the celebs out there watching at home to call their agent and get on season 3.

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It’s been a wild journey of over-the-top costumes, extravagant choreography, and singing performances that has revealed some of the most unlikely hidden vocal talents. American audiences only knew Brady as a host, actor, and comedian and didn’t expect him to have the vocal fortitude that he revealed as the Fox. These celebs have put it all out there and left their hearts on the stage. Congratulations to Wayne Brady for not only being the most surprising contestants on The Masked Singer but for consistently wowing audiences under the Fox costume and winning the title of season 2 The Masked Singer winner.

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What does the Fox say? Apparently, he says, “I am the winner of The Masked Singer Season 2.” And another thing he says is, “I am Wayne Brady.”

Yes, on Wednesday, America learned that it was the famous comedian/singer/talk-show host/actor lurking underneath all those faux-fur pelts and layers of steampunk pleather, as Brady was handed the coveted Golden Mask trophy.

Brady’s victory came after a blockbuster performance of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” during which the fabulous Mr. Fox tried a little bit of just about everything, including boy-band-style dance moves and even some old-school rapping. “I didn’t know until right now exactly how much winning this would mean to me,” he confessed, actually sounding like he was crying from somewhere inside to hollow cavity of his top-hatted bobblehead. “I’ve done this my whole life, and I’ve been able to be blessed enough to make a lot of people happy, but I haven’t always been happy myself. It’s taken me all this time to find my joy again. … I just want to thank the show for making me one happy fox.”

It was a surprisingly emotional evening Wednesday, considering that this is usually a supremely silly show starring bipedal furries doing Devo and Pussycat Dolls karaoke. The judges were all sobbing through their own Mardi Gras masks; overexcited host Nick Cannon was claiming Brady had just given “one of the greatest musical performances in television history” (yeah, no); and Jenny McCarthy was calling The Masked Singer “the greatest show on TV” (actually, she was right about that). Nicole Scherzinger told Wayne, “This couldn’t go to a more deserving human,” while Brady praised The Masked Singer for “putting talent first.” (Well, if Brady meant the talent of Emmy-nominated costume designer Marina Toybina, then yes.)

Third-place finalist the Flamingo, revealed to be (as expected and widely predicted) TV personality and former 3LW/Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon, also shed a few pink tears. “I was told I would never amount to anything, and even though I have doubted myself, I’m determined, I’m hard-working, and I have truly had the time of my life,” she declared.

I’m not exactly sure why Bailon grappled with so many insecurities this season (and, apparently, throughout her entire career). She gave a dynamite swan-song (or flamingo-song?) performance this Wednesday, literally shaking a tailfeather during her Vegas-style spectacular of “Proud Mary.” And she should indeed be proud.

On a bummer note, poor Chris Daughtry can’t catch a break. Thirteen years ago, he went home in fourth place on American Idol — arguably the most shocking elimination in that series’ history. This year, he returned to the same network to avenge his defeat and complete his redemption story arc… and he stalled as the runner-up on The Masked Singer.

Yep, despite the fact that the judges mistook the Rottweiler for everyone from Jared Leto to Darren Criss and Patrick Stump to Jason Mraz, he was — as every Idol stan on Twitter correctly guessed in week one — American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry. Chris too babbled a lot about his insecurities, which made zero sense, considering that he’s one of the most successful Idol contestants of all time. While losing on yet another reality show probably won’t help bolster his supposedly flagging confidence, his performance Wednesday of Sia’s “Alive” was the best vocal of the night, paws down, and I think he should have been named the Season 2 champ. This dawg was not pitchy! But he told the judges, “I feel like I’ve already won,” and he enjoyed a sweet intra-species hug with the Fox, so I think he handled his defeat well.

The Masked Singer Season 3, featuring the “biggest celebrities yet,” this Andy Warhol-esque banana, and many other surely Emmy-worthy awesome costumes, will return Feb. 2, right after the Super Bowl. So, as Daughtry would say, it’s not over. And it’s going to be bananas. See you then.

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  • Chris Daughtry addresses ‘American Idol’ rumors, ‘Rock Star: INXS’ past

  • ‘Masked Singer’ host/producer Nick Cannon on quitting ‘America’s Got Talent’: ‘One of the best decisions I ever made in my career’

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