Are you as excited as we are to find out who wins “The Masked Singer” on February 27? Part of the fun of watching this show has been figuring out which famous faces are hiding behind those elaborate masks. We are 100% certain we know the real identities of the three celebrities still in the competition. Keep reading if you want to know who the Bee, Monster and Peacock really are. Spoilers ahead.
The Bee is Gladys Knight. Our suspicions were confirmed when this singing legend belted out the the national anthem at the Super Bowl. The Bee sounded just like Gladys when she sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin on the semi-final on Feb. 20.
Each of the Bee’s performances to date has showcased her outstanding voice. She nailed her covers of the vocally demanding “What’s Love Got to Do with It” by Tina Turner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars and “Chandelier” by Sia.
Among the clues that tipped us off about the Bee being Gladys were her admission that she has been singing since the 1950s (Gladys got her start on TV’s “Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour” in 1952), that she has had lots of hit records (Gladys has had six number-one R&B albums and 11 number-one R&B singles) and that “you can call me Queen Bee, but empress also suits me” (Gladys is known as the Empress of Soul).
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The Monster is T-Pain. This one-time rapper is in the middle of a comeback and is singing more mellow music. The Monster certainly showed us he can handle different styles when he covered the Sam Smith power ballad “Stay With Me” on the semi-final.
Prior to that he had scored with the rollicking “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as two other rock classics, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and “American Woman” by The Guess Who. In between he had showed off his range with his version of Gavin DeGraw‘s “I Don’t Want To Be.”
Among the most revealing hints offered up by the Monster was his explanation that he wanted to be on the show “to re-write my mixed tape and prove that I am more than just puff and fluff.” T-Pain suffered a backlash from the business when he began to rely too heavily on AutoTune.
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The Peacock is Donny Osmond. On the semi-final, he had the whole audience bopping to his cover of the dance hit “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo. The Peacock has proven to be a natural showman with his performances of such varied songs as the upbeat “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, the soulful “All of Me” by John Legend, the soaring “The Greatest Show” from “The Greatest Showman” and the catchy “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic.
The Peacock is proud of his show business roots. He revealed he got his start in the business when he was only five (that is how old Donny was when he first appeared on TV with his older brothers), that he was “a little teeny bopper” (the Osmond Brothers were a huge boy band in the late 1960s and early 1970s) and that he has had “different incarnations in my career” (Donny has been host of a variety show, talk show and game show; starred on Broadway; and headlined in Las Vegas).
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We won’t find out for sure about any of these three till they are unmasked on the finale that airs on FOX on Wednesday, February 27. Do you think we are right about the true identities of the Bee, Monster and Peacock? Sound off in the comments section with your best guesses.