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The Masked Singer season 5 topped a brand new champion on Wednesday! After some next-level performances from the ultimate three contestants, one costumed crooner ended up strolling away with the Golden Mask trophy.
First, we’ll take a look at how the evening unfolded. Scroll down to search out out who gained and who got here up simply quick.
Wednesday’s finale got here all the way down to The Chameleon, The Black Swan and The Piglet — every of whom delivered maybe their most commanding performances of the season. But when it got here to the viewers vote, one singer wowed the viewers with their unbelievable vocals and vigorous efficiency.
Before the winner was introduced, the third-place finisher was named and unmasked. Despite a powerful cowl of “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, that includes L.V, it was The Chameleon who was the primary star to unmask.
After the present’s panel of movie star “detectives” — Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy, in addition to visitor panelist and season 4 champion LeAnn Rimes — made their remaining guesses, it was time for The Chameleon to unmask.
The resplendent reptile turned out to be none apart from hip-hop famous person Wiz Khalifa!
Khalifa stated, in his a number of clue packages, that he did the present for the sake of his son — 8-year-old Sebastian, whom he shares together with his ex, Amber Rose. After the unmasking, host Nick Cannon requested how his son goes to react to seeing his dad on the present, and he defined, “He’s probably gonna be a little freaked out when he sees The Chameleon.”
“I’m a fun dad, I love to enjoy myself, and I love to be myself. And as much as I can encourage him to be himself and get into his imagination… I’ll be the best example for that,” he added, earlier than taking his depart after an unmasked cameo of “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
This left solely The Black Swan and The Piglet within the operating for the Golden Mask! After quite a lot of suspense and buildup, Cannon revealed that this season’s champion is…
… The Piglet!
It should have been a decent race! The Piglet made the judges cry together with his cowl of Journey’s “Faithfully,” however The Black Swan hit some spectacular excessive notes along with her rendition of Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?”
Before The Piglet revealed his true identification, it was time for The Black Swan to unmask. After some remaining guesses (which Scherzinger and Rimes nailed spot-on), the beautiful songbird eliminated her masks to disclose herself to be the gifted vocalist JoJo!
ET spoke with JoJo on Wednesday, and he or she opened up about her emotional time on The Masked Singer, which she touched on in a number of clue packages all through the season.
“My journey on the show was a lot like the arc that you see, but maybe even more extreme,” JoJo shared, referring to The Black Swan’s recurring admissions of stage fright and insecurity that performed out over the past 11 weeks of competitors.
“I came in feeling really depressed and numb and afraid, and just really in my head. I was going through some personal stuff at the time… and there was so much uncertainty with the pandemic, and I was feeling the weight of that uncertainty… and it was just getting to me,” JoJo recalled. “So putting on that costuming and not taking myself as seriously as I have in the past was just what I needed.”
“Coming into it, you wouldn’t really expect to have that type of awakening, or to have this type of growth from such a silly show,” she admitted. “To be on the other side of it, it’s just something you don’t really know how amazing it’s gonna be until you’re in it. So I’m glad I said yes, because I was kind of uncertain, but I just dove in.”
JoJo is dropping her new single, “Creature of Habit,” Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. PT, 12 a.m. ET, shortly after The Masked Singer finale wraps up, and the songstress credit her expertise as The Black Swan with serving to her create her new music.
“By the end of [the season], I really felt like I was getting my mojo back. And if it weren’t for my experience on the show, I don’t know if I would be in the right mental space to write new music and to be ready to go on tour,” she shared. “I really feel like I found my voice again.”
After JoJo’s unmasked encore efficiency of the Michael Bolton basic, it was time for The Piglet to simply accept his trophy and take off his masks.
This time round, Thicke, McCarthy and Rimes all nailed their remaining guesses proper on the pinnacle after they predicted The Piglet was really singer and former 98 Degrees band member Nick Lachey!
Lachey was met with a standing ovation as he accepted the trophy, and he defined to Cannon how he felt about his time on the present, sharing, “I’ve had the best time going on this incredibly twisted, weird ride that is The Masked Singer.”
Lachey additionally spoke with ET on Wednesday, and mirrored on why he determined to signal on to be part of season 5.
“It had always been on may radar as something I’d love doing,” he shared. “My kids have been huge fans of the show and I thought they’d have fun with it… so when the opportunity came up, I kind of jumped all over it.”
According to the singer, he acquired some recommendation from fellow boy bander and former Masked Singer contestant Joey Fatone — who carried out as The Rabbit in season 1.
“He said, ‘Hey, if you ever decide to do this, really make this a character. Give this character all these idiosyncrasies,'” Lachey recalled. “So I tried to do things that gave this character a personality.”
Lachey’s enjoyable Piglet persona was seemingly one issue for his recognition with the viewers, alongside together with his capability to ship beautiful renditions of songs from all kinds of musical genres, together with energy ballads, rock hits, pop classics and even just a little opera thrown in for good measure.
“A goal of mine going into this was to try and show range and show diversity. I didn’t want to come and stay in one lane,” Lachey stated. “I think it’s more fun for the audience… but it’s also fun as a performer not to do the same thing every time.”
He additionally managed to convey quite a lot of emotion into his performances, and delivered just a few songs that truly introduced the panel to tears.
“I’ve always said that’s kind of your ultimate validation, if you’re able to bring emotion out of someone listening to your music. Then you know you’ve done your job,” he defined. “It makes you feel good as a performer. It makes you feel like, ‘I did what I came here to do.’ Which is to get emotion across with my vocals.”
Congrats to the season 5 Masked Singer champion!
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