Here! We! Go! Just eight weeks ago Fox debuted its new reality TV show “The Masked Singer,” a singing competition unlike any other. Twelve celebrities dressed up in elaborate costumes and performed for the votes of the in-studio audience and judges Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke. Week after week, one was eliminated and forced to unmask in front of America, leaving only three still in the running for the golden mask: Monster, Bee and Peacock. Who ended up winning the Season 1 finale and who was hiding behind the final trio of masks?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 1, Episodes 9 and 10, titled “Road to the Finals / Season Finale: The Final Mask is Lifted,” to find out what happened Wednesday, February 27 at 8/7c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite costumed celebs on Fox’s reality TV show, who impresses you the most, and who you think will ultimately win. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.
8:00 p.m. — “Previously, on ‘The Masked Singer’!” In last week’s semi-finals two celebs were unmasked: Rumer Willis as Lion and Joey Fatone as Rabbit. None of the main judges (nor guest panelist Kenan Thompson) guessed that Rumer was hiding behind Lion’s mask, but both Robin and Nicole correctly predicted Joey was Rabbit. So how will tonight’s two-hour season finale play out? We can’t wait!
8:05 p.m. – Over the past eight weeks we’ve witnessed the unmasking of Antonio Brown, Tommy Chong, Terry Bradshaw, Margaret Cho, Tori Spelling, Ricki Lake, LaToya Jackson, Rumer Willis and Joey Fatone. Tonight, Monster, Bee and Peacock will battle it out for the final time. So who’s behind the mask? Behind the scenes, we see how the designers created custom costumes to conceal the identities of all the celebrities throughout the entire set. Even family members and agents were disguised backstage. The contestants don’t know who they are competing against and even the audience is forced to sign confidentiality agreements. Intense!
8:10 p.m. – In a trip down memory lane, we see that Monster chose his costume because he’s been called one before. He came to prove that label wrong and show a side of himself audiences haven’t seen. Singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen for his first performance was a big shock for the judges, who were blown away by his voice and showmanship. Robin calls Monster his favorite, by far. Despite his eye-opening start, Monster found himself in the bottom three in week one. After nearly going home, Monster has been on fire! Ken’s favorite performance of his was “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw. He followed it up with “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith to reach the finals, bringing many in the audience to tears.
8:15 p.m. – Throughout the season, the panel has guessed Monster is Tommy Davidson, Gucci Mane, Nelly, CeeLo Green, Jamie Foxx, P Diddy, Darius Rucker, Lil’ John, Lil’ Rel and Calvin Harris. Are any of these guesses right? We saw boom boxes, grills and a whole lot of partying. He revealed a headset on stage, we saw him driving from the South in his Cadillac, and he opened up about his fight for a comeback after hitting rock bottom. Monster thinks the panel will be shocked when he takes off his mask. Who is Monster? I think it’s T-Pain.
8:30 p.m. – Up next we take a look back at the journey of Bee, who has been blessed to have a long, soaring career. She’s here to introduce herself to a new generation and thrives off challenging herself no matter how old she gets. Before Bee’s first song, “Chandalier” by Sia, she just said a prayer and went for it. Bee was not used to performing with a costume and found it difficult to project her voice. Bee gave the panel goosebumps and they knew whoever Bee was, they were in the presence of a living legend. She confirmed to the panel that she began her singing career in the 1950’s, sparking Jenny to ask, “Is Shirley Temple still alive?” As the competition progressed, Bee became more comfortable and slayed her performance of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. To reach the finale, Bee paid homage to her friend, Aretha Franklin, with “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.”
8:35 p.m. – Throughout the season the panel has guessed Bee is Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan or any of the Supremes. From the clues given throughout the season, we know Bee has won 10 Grammy Awards, has been successful for decades and is very connected to foods such as peaches, waffles and bakeware. Who is the Bee? I know for a fact just from listening to her voice it’s Gladys Knight.
8:50 p.m. – Time to take a look at Peacock’s road to the finale. He’s done so many performances in his life, but going on stage as a Peacock was probably the coolest moment of his career. His dear friend Michael Jackson once told him that because everyone recognizes him, to propel his career to the next level he’s got to cover his face. Doing this show is a fulfillment of what Michael told him. Peacock proved he was a contender for the title with his first performance, “The Greatest Showman” by Hugh Jackman. His over-the-top showmanship floored the panel who instantly knew he was a seasoned performer. The stakes are high for Peacock to win this, who says he’s there to reinvent himself and captivate new fans. Later in the season, Peacock faced his fear of heights by performing “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic on top of a 30-foot pole. To reach the finale, Peacock sang “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, which received mixed reviews from the judges but the audience loved it.
8:55 p.m. – Throughout the season, the panel has guessed that Peacock is Criss Angel, David Copperfield, David Hasselhoff, Wayne Brady, Shaun Cassidy, Neil Patrick Harris, Donny Osmond and Tom Jones. For the clues, we’ve seen a bunch of Las Vegas clues and many nods to magic. We’ve also seen him dressed as a bull fighter with a rainbow cape, and on separate occasions we saw him holding a dog and the Queen of England. Then, he showed off that creepy wig as a clue on stage saying, “Because of this wig, I was thrown in jail.” Peacock has been in the business since he was a teenager and has been on stage and screen, even hosting awards shows. So who is Peacock? I’m pretty sure it’s Donny Osmond.
9:00 p.m. – Heading into the final hour of the show, we get some last minute clues about the finalists identities. Peacock says, “You could say I struck like and Egyptian, because I have a starring role next to a pharaoh and another alongside pyramids. Now, Bee may have her hive, but a beehive symbolizes where I’m from.” Next, Bee says, “You may ask, did I train for this show? Well I won a singing competition before the panelists were even born. Peacock may have those Vegas clues, but I once had the number-one rated show on the Vegas strip. I’m no stranger to show business.” Finally, Monster reveals “I’ve got the music, the lyrics and the cadence to take them down, whether it’s in my cave, at the bar or on a boat.”
9:10 p.m. – Up first to perform is Peacock. In his career he has sang, danced, hosted and lived nearly every dream he’s had. The key to success is that he doesn’t relax. He’s always thinking about how to improve and is a perfectionist. Winning would mean everything to him. Singing “Shake a Tail Feather” by Ray Charles, Peacock is keeping it old-school to charm the audience and judges. He’s twisting the hips with a full team of ridiculous dancer behind him and hamming it up on stage. “I love him!” screams Jenny. In the end, he strikes a dramatic pose like always. Nicole really feels he cares and that’s what separates him. Peacock reveals he’s been in show business a long time, but this is probably the most fun he’s ever had. Jenny says, “If it’s not Neil Patrick Harris I’m going to jump on stage and impale myself on that beak. But I also have down Donny Osmond and Harry Connick, Jr. Robin believes it is Weird Al Yankovic.
9:20 p.m. – Next coming to the stage is that beautiful Bee. She was nervous in the beginning and it was a whole new setup to sing these modern songs anonymously. She’s been entertaining people for almost 70 years, but has never done anything quite like this. She came on the show determined to connect with a new generation. She’s come this far and she wants to win that Golden Mask to prove music is universal, no matter what your age. Singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, Bee is making sure everyone hears that sultry voice, front and center. The crew of dancers around her looks absolutely absurd, but she sounds good. This is so dramatic. The judges are in aw and on their feet. Nicole says she does everything in her own timing so it’s like hearing the songs for the first time. Robin appreciates the hope and light she gives everyone when she sings. Kenan it was “un-bee-gladys-knight-able.” Ken still thinks it’s Anita Baker. Bee says she’s always been a people person and loves the respect from the judges.
9:30 p.m. – The last finalist to perform tonight is Monster. He says he never knew who he was until he put on the mask. He gets to be who he wants to be when he’s in the suit. It’s been the best time he’s had in 12 years and he’s gone from hiding in the cave to being in the finale. Singing “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. Monster is here for the party tonight! The panel is dancing and Nicole says he sounds amazing, just like the record. The crowd went wild for that one and Jenny is blown away. From day one they’ve fallen in love with his talent and sense of humor. Monster confesses he’s always wanted to perform without the fear of being judged. Now Jenny is crying, what a mess. Robin thinks it’s Jamie Foxx, Kenan says Tyrese Gibson, and Ken wonders if it’s Terence Howard. We’ll find out soon!
9:40 p.m. – Peacock, Monster and Bee are about to get some results! The singer in third place is…Bee! For their final guesses, everyone but Ken says it’s Gladys Knight. Ken holds firm that it’s Anita Baker. Bee reveals herself and it is, in fact, Gladys Knight! Gladys says we should always strive to do different kinds of things because they elevate us. She said it was a struggle to be inside the costume because she couldn’t see anything and, to her, making eye contact is important. Kenan gave her a special, heartfelt tribute and expressed his gratitude to witness her on stage. Gladys sings for a final time to say goodbye. What a class act!
9:50 p.m. – It’s all down to Monster vs. Peacock! The winner of the Golden Mask is…Monster! Confetti! Now, let’s find out who the Peacock is. For their final guesses, Robin sticks with Weird Al, Jenny says Donny Osmond, Ken guesses Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole agrees it’s Neil and Kenan says Weird Al. The Peacock unsmasks to reveal…Donny Osmond! Donny said he had the time of his life and he’s been jumping on a plane and doing his Vegas show while doing “Masked Singer.” Great job, Donny!
9:59 p.m. – It’s time to reveal the winner of “The Masked Singer,” the Monster! I don’t think the panel has any clue who this is. Nick believes he’s known since the moment he heard Monster’s voice, he knew who it was. Nick writes down his guess to see if he’s right after the panel makes their guesses. Robin says Jamie Foxx, Jenny says Michael Vick, Ken thinks it’s Darius Rucker, Nicole says CeeLo Green and Kenan throws out Tyrese Gibson. Finally, it’s time for the Monster to reveal himself! Monster is…T-Pain! Congrats T-Pain!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “The Masked Singer” Season 1, Top 3 week:
Who will win ‘The Masked Singer’? Monster
Who will finish in 2nd place? Peacock
Who will finish in 3rd place? Bee
Will Ken correctly guess one of the unmasked singers’ identities? No
Will Jenny correctly guess one of the unmasked singers’ identities? Yes
Will Nicole correctly guess one of the unmasked singers’ identities? Yes
Will Robin correctly guess one of the unmasked singers’ identities? Yes