At the end of Wednesday’s two-hour episode of “The Masked Singer,” the Black Widow unmasked to reveal Emmy-nominated actress, singer and host Raven-Symone. After performing Cher‘s “Believe,” the Black Widow lost the audience vote against Butterfly, Flamingo, Leopard and Thingamajig and was forced to reveal her true identity in front of America. In her exit interview following the taping, Raven declared the entire experience to be “freeing” (watch above).
“I did this show because I love to sing,” Raven explained, “but I’ve always sung songs that didn’t always represent who I was as a person, or I didn’t feel comfortable enough in my own skin on stage to perform. So I thought, if I could put on a mask and a costume and be a whole different character, I could perform like I do in my personal mirror. And so I did.”
She continued on, “With the mask I was able to come on stage, sing a little bit, make any kind of crazy face I wanted to. I didn’t have to worry about my facial expressions and trying to be pretty while singing. I just got to close my eyes and sing, and that was freeing.” Raven names “The Masked Singer” as one of the “smartest shows on television” because of the way it gives contestants anonymity to be themselves.
Raven loved some of the guesses from judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and guest star Anthony Anderson. “The panel was hilarious,” she laughed. “Their guesses were every which way, up, down, around and about. And I appreciate them. I had some wonderful, wonderful comparisons.” Some of their wild guesses included Miranda Lambert, Drew Barrymore and Amber Riley.
Also in her exit interview, Raven described her arm injury in detail and hypothesized that the season’s winner will need to have “emotion, talent, performance and empathy” in order to prevail. Are you bummed the Black Widow is no longer a part of “The Masked Singer” Season 2? Sound off down in the comments section.