“I’m going home tonight and I’m kind of happy,” Patti LaBelle declared after being revealed as the Flower on “The Masked Singer.” During her post-show interview, LaBelle explained, “I miss my little puppy. His name is Mr. Cuddles. He’s a shih tzu and he’s eight years old.” LaBelle faced off against Leopard in Wednesday night’s smackdown, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and Joel McHale opting to send home the “godmother of soul” and keep the tall cat. Watch LaBelle’s exit interview video above.
LaBelle admitted she was surprised by the level of talent in the competition, saying, “I’ve learned from this experience that as high as my voice is and as beautiful as my voice is, there are voices more beautiful than mine and more extended and more everything. I mean, you never know who you’re gonna be against. I learned that there are so many powerful singers other than me.” This week LaBelle faced off against Leopard, Flamingo and Rottweiler, all of whom will now advance to the Top 6 of Season 2.
“I’ve been in this business for 60 years,” LaBelle divulged. “I’m 75 years young and I’ve never done anything so hard and so hot and so controlled. I’m used to singing without ears, you know, having a monitor in front of me blasting me out on stage.” There was no such thing in her Flower get-up, which she called “the most beautiful costume I’ve ever worn.”
Looking back on her “Masked Singer” journey, LaBelle confessed, “I’m proud of myself. But I had to lose to a dog.” She’s well aware of the fact that everybody recognized her voice “from the first day,” much like Gladys Knight (aka the Bee) in Season 1. LaBelle considers herself a flower at heart and has a garden at home. “I’m going home to water the real flowers,” she smiled.
Three of this week’s five panelists correctly deduced LaBelle was hiding behind the Flower mask: Robin, Jenny and Nicole. Ken thought it was Bjork, while Joel guessed Dionne Warwick. Were YOU surprised by this week’s reveal? Give us your take down in the comments section.