The panel was all over the place with their final guesses for the smash hit's big finale, but they didn't even come close on the identity of the Season 1 winner.
A strange and wonderful journey comes to a close as "The Masked Singer" brings its final performances and unmasks all three singers.
And these three are singers as they've proven week in and week out throughout this crazy ride. This is a show with people in silly costumes, and there have been moments it left us sobbing in our seat. There's something special about what this does for these performers who've spent so much time in the spotlight.
We've got the Vegas showman, the legendary soul powerhouse and the music industry star seeking both redemption and fresh ears on what he's capable of. All three have been amazing throughout the season, but only one could win.
In the end, though, we were all winners because we finally got to see who was under all three masks. By the end of the hour, everyone stood revealed and absolutely no one saw the identity of the show's first-ever winner coming!
Tonight, the two weakest performers got the boot, but we're going to make you power through the terrible (and occasionally good) guesses made by our illustrious panel of Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger first. And this week they were joined by the even worse guesser J.B. Smoove. We do this because we love ... to torture you.
Peacock went old school for his final performance of the season with Ray Charles' "Shake aTail Feather" and gave it his usual showy flair. It was an incredibly fun performance, but vocally it was not the best showcase he's had yet this season.
And with competition as powerful as Monster and Bee still to come, this might have been way too tame. Come on, Donny Osmond, you know better than this; you've been doing this your whole life.
Yes, before the grand reveal, we were still solid with our pick for Peacock. The showmanship and stage presence has all that over-the-top performance that Donny has been giving his fans for decades. And even when he tried newer and fresher songs, he couldn't help but add his unique flair.
The newest clues revealed that he had a starring role next to a Pharoah and even dropped mention of the pyramids. These tie in with his earlier rainbow cape and wig reveals, hinting at his role in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
But really since everyone was revealed tonight, it's more about who's got the best shot at taking this crown. As good as he is, Peacock was the underdog coming into this finale and we don't think he did enough with this performance to do any better than third.
Bee's been at it for almost (she was sure to emphasize that almost) 70 years, revealing that she won a singing competition before anyone on the panel was even born. She also tried to one-up Peacock by telling us she once had the number-one rated show on the Vegas strip.
She then brought all of our soul and grace and experience and gravitas two Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," and it was a great competitive choice for her final time performing under the mask.
She is such a master vocalist, she wrung every ounce of emotion out of those lyrics with the tiniest flicker of her vocals. Her voice was a little muffled underneath the echo of the mask this week, but there's no denying she's a powerhouse and she is here to win it all.
The panelist rightfully gave her a standing ovation. And while we're not confident anyone can beat the Monster at this point, what a huge get for "The Masked Singer" that Gladys -- or whoever this is -- was able to lend her legendary status to their silly little show.
When she signed on, no one knew what a phenomenon it was going to be. We're predicting bigger and even more shocking stars in future seasons.
Monster dropped his final T-Pain clue when he said he could take out Bee and Peacock, "whether it's in my cave at the bar or on a boat." That last option was a clear nod to his Lonely Island smash hit from "Saturday Night Live" by that name.
He is so humble and sweet and gracious and appreciate for this opportunity to show who he really is as a performer and a vocalist. This show means more to Monster than anyone else, and that sincerity leads to genuinely emotional moments.
Why are we laughing at a singer in an adorable, smiling monster costume? We bet you could ask yourself the same thing. This week, though, he spared us from heartache by going uptempo on "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan.
Nevertheless, his amazing voice still came right through and this proved to be yet another chapter in the most diverse contestant of the season. He's clearly the sentimental favorite and he might just be the most dynamic vocalist (no offense to the living legend on the premises).
And he's right -- should this prove to be T-Pain -- that no one believed him capable of this caliber of vocals and no one was really willing to give him a chance after his autotune usage dominated his public image.
Monster is here to win and he is absolutely deserving of the title. If it were up to us, this would be Monster's season. It's about more than just his voice, it's his whole story, his versatility, his humor and, at least in part, how damned adorable that costume is.
3rd Place - Bee
This one caught Nicole Scherzinger and us by surprise, as we fully expected Peacock to slip to third place. She and almost the entire panel were in consensus that this was Gladys Knight, but Ken Jeong was insistent it was Anita Baker ... and he was wrong.
The Bee was totally Gladys Knight and when asked why she would agree to do a show like this, she said, "Because we should always strive to different kinds of things because they elevate us."
2nd Place - Peacock
The final guesses for the Peacock included Robin Thicke's "Weird Al" pick, which the audience cracked up about. Jenny backed off of NPH at the last second to go with Donny Osmond, so Ken went with NPH, as did Nicole. Kenan jumped on weird with "Weird Al," but no.
It was Donny Osmond, of course, meaning only Jenny got this one right. Donny's reason was simple enough. "Because it's fun!" And he proved what a workhorse he is, still doing his Vegas shows each night while doing this show.
Winner - Monster
Once again, it is amazing that this ridiculous show could elicit true emotion but what a wonderful victory for the Monster. This journey has meant so much to him, and hopefully it will give him the career resurgence he so desperately wants -- and with a voice like that, totally deserves.
Monster has been our favorite to win this show from his very first note and he has been the highlight of every episode he's appeared in. Nick Cannon was super-confident that he knew who it was and wrote his guess down.
As for the panelists, they've been all over the place all season with Monster. After getting Donny Osmond right, Jenny went way into the cornfields to come up with Michael Vick as her pick, and even the panel was perplexed. Robin went with Jamie Foxx, Ken tossed out Darius Rucker, Nicole didn't even like her pick of Ceelo Green and Kenan settled on Tyreese Gibson.
And guess what, they were all wrong.
It was a beautiful reveal as T-Pain finished his journey of redemption triumphantly and with tears in his eyes. Never again will anyone doubt what he is capable of as a vocalist. And we absolutely love that his reprise song unmasked was Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," because we want his take released as a single right now!
"The Masked Singer" is a bona fide phenomenon and will be back for a second season, and we suspect it will be even bigger and longer than this one.
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