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The Masked Singer has returned. The singing competition that proved to be a smash hit is back for more clues and shocking celebrity reveals. That said, many fans are wanting a refresher on season one, and which celebrity proved the most successful. Who won the first season? What costume were they wearing?

T-Pain was the winner of The Masked Singer season one. He wowed the judges and audience alike with his soulful performances, all the while hiding underneath a monster costume that resembled something out of Monsters, Inc. T-Pain gave several clues as to his identity, the most notable being that he’s had to “fight his demons” in the past and that he’s a “teddy bear” at heart.

T-Pain Was the Winner of ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 1

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Some of the promos also hinted at T-Pain’s music. The Monster was shown sitting at a bar, while a bartender wearing a top hat dances. The Monster then gets up and starts throwing money and break dancing. All of these actions relate to T-Pain singles, most notably “Bartender” and “I’m In Luv (Wit a Stripper).” The top hat also alludes to the kind of hat wear that T-Pain wore during 2008 and 2009.

T-Pain said that winning the competition was personally satisfying for him. “Just to hear all the compliments and to hear everybody praising so much, it was pretty cool to hear that,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Don’t cry, because once you get going, you are going to get me going! It was always like that, but to see them appreciate so much of what I did, it was it was pretty cool.”

T-Pain Said He Had to Take Extra Precautions Not to Reveal His Identity

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T-Pain admitted that the lack of auto-tune on his voice was what threw many off his trail. “It was normal to me, because I hear my voice all the time, but when people hear the auto-tune, they automatically go off, ‘Well, that cant be his real voice!’” he explained. “You know, it’s pretty much the same.”

The rapper/singer (or rappa ternt sanga) also talked about the extensive security measures that the show’s producers took, and how he had to make sure not reveal his identity by mistake. He said that only his wife, his mother, and a few other family members knew that it was him under the costume.

“It was difficult, because they kind of wanted me to be unmasked so they can just show the world, but they wanted me to make it to the end, so everybody was conflicting,” he recalled. “I would always get text messages about how good I’m doing, and my mom’s always supporting me, and my wife is always right next to me, so she’s rooting for me. It helps a lot.”

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The Masked Singer is returning to start the new decade on a high note! Just weeks after the conclusion of season two, the “who sung it” competition is back again, as a new batch of celebrities are ready to take to the stage disguised head-to-toe in elaborate costumes to sing their hearts out.

Read on to find out everything we know about season 3, including when The Masked Singer premieres, what new costumes are coming our way and much more.

When does the new season of The Masked Singer start?

The Masked Singer season 3 premieres on Feb. 2, 2020 on Fox. The show has the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, airing immediately following the conclusion of Super Bowl LIV. The Masked Singer will then move to its regular spot at 8 p.m. ET Wednesdays on Fox.

How does The Masked Singer work?

The Masked Singer is based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. A group of celebrities compete on the show anonymously in costumes over a series of episodes. Each episode, a portion of the competitors are paired off into face-off competitions, in which each will perform a song of his or her choice in their real voice. From each face-off, the panelists and live audience vote; the winner is safe for the week, while the loser is put up for elimination. At the end of the episode, the losers of the face-offs are then subjected to the earlier votes of the panelists to determine who will not continue; the eliminated singer then takes off their mask to reveal their identity.

What’s new for The Masked Singer season 3?

After two successful seasons, expect a few changes to make season 3 of The Masked Singer bigger and better! First off, Fox is upping the number of contestants from last season’s 16 mystery singers to 18. That’ was already an increase from the 12 contestants in season 1.

Will there be other changes for The Masked Singer season 3?

This season, the 18 fully disguised celebrity singers will be split into three groups of six: Group A, Group B and Group C. Group A will kick off the first three episodes as they are whittled down to three singers, taking off masks as they go. Then Group B will take the stage as they go from six to three, then Group C. The final nine masked contestants from all three groups will then come together as they continue to battle for the Golden Mask Trophy.

What happened in The Masked Singer season 2?

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Who are the singers in The Masked Singer season 3?

The full lineup of 18 singers for season 3 have not been revealed yet. However, a sneak peek shown during the season 2 finale and a few social media posts have revealed six costumes that included a mouse, a banana, a frog, robot, llama and a female version of “The Monster” from season 1. We’ll share pics of all the singers as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, here are the five we know so far.

The Banana

The Banana (Michael Becker / FOX)

The Robot

The Robot (Michael Becker / FOX)

The Frog The Frog (Michael Becker / FOX)

The Llama (Michael Becker / FOX)

Miss Monster

Miss Monster (Michael Becker / FOX)

Who are the host and judges for The Masked Singer season 3?

The judging panel for The Masked Singer includes comedian Ken Jeong, television personality Jenny McCarthy, singer and actress Nicole Scherzinger and singer-songwriter and record producer Robin Thicke. The host is actor and comedian Nick Cannon. Various guest judges will appear throughout the season, including Jamie Foxx, Leah Remini, and Jason Biggs.

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Will there be celebrity guest judges?

For sure! Various guest judges will appear throughout the season, including Jamie Foxx, Leah Remini, and Jason Biggs. We’re super-excited to see Jamie Foxx joining the series after he was incorrectly guessed as the celeb under both the Leopard and Fox masks in season 2!

Season 3 needs to hurry up because @LeahRemini and @JasonBiggs are joining as guest panelists on #TheMaskedSinger!

— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) January 15, 2020

Why do fans love The Masked Singer?

The Masked Singer has hit the right nerve with TV viewers. And Ken Jeong knows why The Masked Singer has been so successful.

“It’s insane, isn’t it?” he explains. “None of us expected the monster ratings, pun intended. One reviewer described the show as a ‘fever dream.’ It’s like, ‘Wow, is The Masked Singer on or do I have the flu?’”

The real winner?

“It’s the format,” he says. “The Masked Singer is four gameshows rolled into one. It’s part American Idol, part The Voice, part Dancing With the Stars, and a little big vintage What’s My Line. And it’s addictive. The format is the star.”

What do we know about the celebrities under the masks on season 3?

The season 3 contestants have amassed a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Who designs the costumes for The Masked Singer?

Season 3 of The Masked Singer will introduce all-new custom-made costumes for the celebrity singers to wear. The costumes are designed by a hardworking team led by four-time Emmy winner Marina Toybina.

Where can I watch The Masked Singer online for free?

The Masked Singer airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. Fans can watch and stream the show online with the FOXNOW app and a cable login, or the next day on Hulu.

Where can I find news about The Masked Singer season 3?

Check back here for Masked Singer news throughout season 3.

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The Masked Singer: And the winner is…

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The Masked Singer has crowned (and unmasked) its victor.

The Fox reality series, which has already been renewed for a second season, brought its off-the-wall first season to an end Wednesday night. After last week’s double elimination of Rabbit and Lion, revealed to be Joey Fatone and Rumer Willis respectively, the finale pitted Peacock, Bee, and Monster against each other for the crown.

The two-hour finale saw a host of excitement, including the return of all 12 contestants kitted out in their masks to sing Aloe Blacc’s “Make Way.” For their final performances, Peacock fittingly offered up Ray Charles’ “Shake a Tail Feather,” while Bee sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Monster performed Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” while celebrity panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke, and celebrity guest Kenan Thompson looked on.

Ultimately, Monster — revealed to be T-Pain — was crowned the first-ever winner of The Masked Singer, shedding some tears of joy after the panelists praised his voice and performances.

👁 SPOILER ALERT 👁#MonsterMask had his EYE on the prize. 🏆 #TheMaskedSinger

— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) February 28, 2019

Over the course of the show’s 10 episodes, Monster went for a soulful, rock and R&B vibe, taking on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” and Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman.”

Bee was eliminated first. Under the mask was ten-time Grammy-winner Gladys Knight, who performed Sia’s “Chandelier,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” among others.


Keep scrolling if you’re not ready to see the celebrity behind the #BeeMask. #TheMaskedSinger

— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) February 28, 2019

Peacock was Donny Osmond. He focused more on showmanship than pop music, performing The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” John Legend’s “All of Me,” and channeled Hugh Jackman to perform “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman.


No wonder #PeacockMask was such a force on the stage! #TheMaskedSinger

— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) February 28, 2019

The Masked Singer will return for a second season on Fox. The date is still to be announced.

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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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As we head into 2020, it’s important to remember the poor souls who sacrificed themselves to The Masked Singer this year. These unsung heroes (literally, most of them cannot sing) bravely fell victim to a fleet of haunted costumes intent on destroying humanity. Their leader? A soulless creature who simply goes by “Egg.”


^Don’t look directly into his eyes! SHIELD YOURSELVES!

It seems only right that as The Masked Singer wraps up its eggciting seggond season, we pay homage to the A B C D-list celebrities featured on the show. Here’s to hoping their therapy bills aren’t too high in 2020!

Season 1

The Monster: T-Pain

IDK who hurt T-Pain, but he spent weeks of his life hiding in a monster costume only to end up being crowned the winner of The Masked Singer season 1. Wow, what a thing to have on your Wikipedia page.

The Peacock: Donny Osmond

Donny strutted his stuff inside the Peacock so triumphantly that he claimed second place on this cursed show. I can only assume he’s no longer able to be around birds without bursting into tears.

The Bee: Gladys Knight

Gladys won third place during season 1, which means she was trapped in that costume for literal weeks just buzzing around (*laughs weakly*), desperately waiting to be eliminated.

The Rabbit: Joey Fatone

Remember when you were an innocent youth watching Joey Fatone dance his way through NSYNC and you were all, “Wow, this is what an A-lister looks like.” Yeah, well, Joey ended up stuffed into a rabbit costume made out of what I can only assume is the Easter Bunny’s literal skin.

The Lion: Rumer Willis

If you’d have told me last year that celebrity royalty Rumer Willis would be on this show, I’d have assumed you were lion to me. AHAAHAHAHAhahahahaah.*

*To be clear, this is the sound of me crying, not laughing.

The Alien: La Toya Jackson

The only thing more shocking than Donald Trump winning the 2016 election was La Toya Jackson, actual person with talent, doing this show and not even winning. I demand a recount.

The Raven: Ricki Lake

Honestly, Ricki Lake is exactly the type of celebrity I imagine when I think of The Masked Singer, so I have no problem with her emerging from the Raven’s body and ruining Edgar Allan Poe’s life’s work in the process.

The Unicorn: Tori Spelling

Fun fact: Jenny McCarthy suggested that Lauren Conrad might be lurking inside the Unicorn. Like, girl wouldn’t even go to Paris. You really think she’d be on The Masked Singer?

The Poodle: Margaret Cho

Upon being unmasked, Margaret Cho uttered a sentence that has haunted me for the better part of a year: “I liked the head, and I felt comfortable inside of it.”

The Deer: Terry Bradshaw

Has anyone checked on Super Bowl MVP Terry Bradshaw since he did this show? Because honestly, I’m not convinced his empty deer costume didn’t reanimate like some sort of horned corpse and attack him.

The Pineapple: Tommy Chong

The Pineapple was voted off thanks to a woefully weak performance of “I Will Survive.” Ironic due to Tommy not surviving this competition.

The Hippo: Antonio Brown

Not only did Antonio Brown agree to dance around in a hippo costume, but he was also voted off in the first episode. Truly, my heart bleeds for him.

Season 2

The Fox: Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady won this thing, which means his life for the foreseeable future will be talking about The Masked Singer. Please add him to the list of celebs you pray for every night.

The Flamingo: Adrienne Bailon

Due to devoting years of my life to stanning The Cheetah Girls, I’d like you to please respect my privacy at this difficult time. Thanks.

The Rottweiler: Chris Daughtry

Name one thing scarier then watching a cute stuffed dog decapitate its own head while crowds chant “TAKE IT OFF, TAKE IT OFF.” Exactly, you cannot.

The Leopard: Seal

Things scarier than the Leopard’s cold, dead eyes? The fact that Seal, a professional singer, agreed to do this show.

The Thingamajig: Victor Oladipo

Thanks to Thingamajig, I am now attracted to monster costumes. It goes without saying that I’ll be invoicing The Masked Singer directly for my therapy bills.

The Tree: Ana Gasteyer

I regret to inform you that the holidays are canceled because Santa accidentally watched Ana Gasteyer get mind-controlled by a Christmas tree and has been unresponsive ever since.

The Butterfly: Michelle Williams

All I am going to say is that the career trajectory of Beyoncé vs. the rest of Destiny’s Child has been…interesting to witness.

The Flower: Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle is a national treasure and the fact that she went on The Masked Singer is a national emergency.

The Ladybug: Kelly Osbourne

I’m honestly very much here for Kelly Osbourne dressing as the Ladybug and joining the cast of this show. What I’m not here for is her costume, which I’m pretty sure is my sleep-paralysis demon.

The Black Widow: Raven-Symoné

In case you were wondering, no, I am not willing to refrain from making the world’s most obvious joke, so on that note: THAT’S SO RAVEN!!!!!

The Penguin: Sherri Shepherd

Me after seeing the Penguin’s costume: Penguins are canceled, birds are canceled, animals are canceled, the human species is canceled, etc.

The Skeleton: Paul Shaffer

It was honestly so kind of Paul Shaffer to dress up as me during this show!!!!

The Eagle: Dr. Drew Pinsky

I don’t know about you, but I think the American bald eagle deserves a public apology for this truly damaging brand moment. Also, great to see Dr. Drew putting his medical degree to good use!

The Panda: Laila Ali

Laila Ali can literally do no wrong in my eyes, so if she wants to spend her free time dressed as the Panda on The Masked Singer, then I am in full support. Live your life, live your truth, Laila Ali!

The Ice Cream: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

Still don’t know who this person is (sorry to this man), but here’s what’s crystal clear: ice cream is dead to me.

The Egg: Johnny Weir

I cannot even begin to describe the palpable relief I felt when the Egg cracked, if you will, and revealed himself to be Olympic skater Johnny Weir. Finally, I was free from my emotional prison, but I’ll never be free from the memories.

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To quote a classic line uttered often by Saturday Night Live troop member/The Masked Singer guest panelist Kenan Thompson: What up with that?!

The Fox competition’s Bee, Monster and Peacock spent Wednesday’s two-hour season finale in a last-ditch effort to stump the guessing panel, which consisted of the usuals (Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg) as well as repeat guest Thompson.

And Bee was the third-place finisher. Seriously?! Given who she was revealed to be, that’s a travesty.

To find out how everything shook out — including who was in the other costumes, and who took home the golden mask trophy — read on.

PEACOCK | After a big group number with all of 12 the contestants, the bird kicked off the solo performances with an on-brand number (Ray Charles’ “Shake a Tail Feather”) that included traipsing through the audience with a cadre of backup dancers in tow. As he has done throughout the season, Peacock gave an excellent, crowd-pleasing turn. (My guess: Donny Osmond.)

BEE | The intriguing insect quieted things down with a soulful, simple yet elegant cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”… and did anyone else catch Thompson tearing up on the panel as the song hit its crescendo? Thompson then doubled down on what he said last week: That Bee is Gladys Knight. I concur. (My guess: Gladys Knight.)

MONSTER | Monster once more proved his versatility by singing Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” complete with quite a lot of footwork for someone wearing, as Thompson pointed out, “a furry trashcan.” (Seriously, can he please be a full-time panelist next season?) (My guess: T-Pain.)

THE UNMASKINGS | Bee came in third, and when her helmet came off, she was, indeed, Grammy-winning recording artist Gladys Knight. Peacock came in second, and he was revealed as all-around entertainer Donny Osmond. And that left Monster, who won the whole shebang and who was shown to be rapper/singer/Auto-Tune enthusiast T-Pain.

Now it’s your turn. Grade the finale via the poll below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on the final unmaskings!

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‘The Masked Singer’ finale recap: Fox hightails it to the top, is revealed to be …


Spoiler alert! This story contains details from “The Masked Singer” Season 2 finale, including the identities of the final celebrity contestants.

“The Masked Singer” has crowned a foxy new winner, revealed to be Wayne Brady.

The ecstatic star, 47, who hosts CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal” and appeared on ABC’s improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” described the competition as “the coolest, most amazing, most touching, most challenging, weirdest” thing he’s been a part of. “I’m gonna take this with me forever.”

Two members of the panel – Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger – nailed the identity of the Fox, while Jenny McCarthy and Ken Jeong guessed a different Foxx, Jamie.

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Before his final performance, Fox revealed he was “obsessing over every detail” and gushed just how much he wanted that golden mask trophy.

“Winning will allow me to showcase my skills as a singer and finally write my own story,” he said.

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During a high-energy performance of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” Fox showed off his dance moves and rapping skills, asking people to “put on some respect on my name.”

After singing, an emotional Fox told the panel how jubilant the competition has made him.

“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,” he said. “It’s taken me all this time to find my joy again, wearing a mask and having no preconceived notions from anyone about what I can do, and I just want to thank the show for making me one happy Fox.”

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Rottweiler nearly made top dog, placing second in the competition.

His identity came as a shock to the panel. Scherzinger and Thicke believed Darren Criss was beneath the costume, while McCarthy suspected Jason Mraz and Jeong guessed Dave Franco. It turns out the strong set of puppy pipes actually belonged to Chris Daughtry. The singer, 39, who competed on “American Idol” in 2006, serves as frontman for the band that shares his last name.

“Whoa, what a treat!” host Nick Cannon said, appreciative of the artist’s presence.

“I wanted to do something fun; I wanted to challenge myself,” Daughtry, 39, said of doing the show.

In his final clue package, before performing Sia’s “Alive,” he also expressed frustration with his career.

“My big break happened when I was just a pup, and I never really got a say in defining who I was,” Rottweiler said. “Although I’ve fought hard to forge my own path, it’s been impossible to change the way people see me.”

Rounding out the top 3, Flamingo placed third.

With Jeong being the only outlier (he guessed Jessica Simpson), the other members of the panel were locked on Adrienne Bailon. And they were right. Bailon, 36, a co-host of “The Real” talk show, previously sang as a member of 3LW and The Cheetah Girls.

For Bailon, who dazzled the audience with Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” for her final performance, the experience has been “life-changing.”

“I’m like, ‘Wait, I might think I sound terrible, but if they think I sound a’ight, maybe I sound a’ight,’ she said. “

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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 finale: Who was the winner?

Warning: Spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer” follow.

The Fox outfoxed half of the judges in the Season 2 finale of the “The Masked Singer” Wednesday night.

After beating out the top-three contenders Flamingo and the Rottweiler, the Fox was revealed to be comedian and “Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady.

Judges Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy incorrectly thought he was Jamie Foxx. But both Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger guessed he was Brady, who previously worked with Scherzinger in a summer 2010 production of “Rent,” directed by Neil Patrick Harris, at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.

Before his big reveal, Brady choked up when talking to the judges and audience about his insecurities.

“I’m able to be blessed enough to make a lot of people happy, but I haven’t always been happy myself,” the 47-year-old actor said under his top hat and mask. “It’s taken me all this time to find my joy again, wearing a mask and having no preconceived notions from anyone about what I can do.”

He also wowed the room with a rap-infused version of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

“I love singing and dancing my tail off every week,” he added in a video greeting. “Winning will allow me to showcase my skills as a singer and finally write my own story.”

While Brady has previously used his vocal talents — most notably starring as Lola in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots” and playing Aaron Burr in the touring company of “Hamilton” in 2017 — the Emmy has never been fully recognized for his singing skills.

But after his unveiling, Scherzinger, 41, lavished her former coworker with praise.

“I’m over the frickin’ moon right now. This couldn’t have gone to a better, more deserving human and talent, superstar, super hero,” said the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer. “You slayed everybody — like, you was on other levels.”

Wayne Brady is unmasked alongside host Nick Cannon.Lisa Rose / FOX

Ahead of his unveiling, the show also revealed the other two contestants who made it to the finale, having been whittled down from the 16 original clandestine crooners over the course of the season.

The second-place finisher, the Rottweiler, was revealed to be “American Idol” Season 5 castoff Chris Daughtry. His unveiling seemed to shock the audience and the judges — none of whom guessed correctly — and even host Nick Cannon, who remarked, “Whoa! What a treat! Man, what in the world made you do this show?”

“I wanted to do something fun. I wanted to challenge myself,” said Daughtry, who turns 40 on Dec. 26. “I had no idea how challenging it was gonna be. I’m so happy I did it.”

And the third-place finisher, the Flamingo, was unmasked as “The Real” host and former Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, 36, who was correctly guessed by McCarthy, Thicke and Scherzinger. (Jeong predicted the feathered finalist was Jessica Simpson.)

“This has been life-changing,” said the unmasked bird, who before her reveal shook more than a few tail feathers during a rocking rendition of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” adding, “I never thought I’d love performing again.”

“The Masked Singer” returns for Season 3 on Feb. 2, 2020, after Super Bowl LIV on Fox.

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Tonight was the Season 2 finale of The Masked Singer on Fox, and the final three competitors were the Flamingo, the Fox, and the Rottweiler. The Season 2 winner was revealed to be the Fox, Wayne Brady.

In third place came The Flamingo, Adrienne Bailon. The second place was the Rottweiler, who we learned was Chris Daughtry.

Each took to the stage for some impressive performances and belted their hearts out in the hopes of becoming the reality show’s next winner. While the show was broadcast on Wednesday night, it actually filmed back in August.

As it turns out, fans didn’t predict this season accurately. In a Twitter poll, 40% of fans voted that they believed the Rottweiler would win. 29% voted for the Fox, and 17% voted for the Flamingo. In the end, the decision came down to the judges and an in-studio audience.

Last week, the Leopard and Thingamajig were unmasked, and we found out they were Seal and Victor Oladipo, respectively.

Who Sang What?

Before the final performances kicked off, The Masked Singer provided a recap of the top moments from the season.

Tonight, the Flamingo shared that she’s self-conscious about her baby voice, and said it’s what makes her nervous to sing live. She added on that she’s a triple threat, and that she’s a “worldly bird.”

When it was his turn, the Fox said that he wants to sing without being judged for his reputation. He said he wants to sound the alarms because in spite of everything he has accomplished in the industry, he has been “slept on” as a vocalist.

When the Fox took to the stage for his first performance of “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, Ken and Jenny guessed it was Jamie Foxx, while Robin was sure it was Wayne Brady.

After belting out “Proud Mary”, the Flamingo burst into tears, admitting that she was told she would never amount to anything. Robin, Jenny, and Nicole were all determined the Flamingo was Adrienne Bailon.

The Rottweiler was up next and sang “Alive” by Sia. Nicole and Robin surmised it could be Darren Kriss. Ken, meanwhile thought it was Dave Franco, and Jenny was sure it was Jason Mraz.

Season 3 Is Just Around the Corner

Season 3 of The Masked Singer is slated to air on Fox after the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020. On the show’s official Instagram page last week, it was revealed that a banana would be one of the costumes in the next installment of the series. We can expect some bigger celebs headed into the third season.

This season started off with 16 contestants, which was swiftly whittled down to tonight’s final three: the Fox, Rottweiler, and Flamingo. Other celebrities who competed on this season of the show were Seal, Victor Oladipo, Ana Gasteyer, Michelle Williams, Patti Labelle, Kelly Osbourne, Raven-Symone, Sherri Shepherd, Paul Shaffer, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Laila Ali, Tyler Belvins, and Johnny Weir.

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