The identities of The Masked Singer's three finalists were revealed on the season 1 finale

By Natalie Stone
February 27, 2019 09:55 PM
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The identities of The Masked Singer‘s bee and peacock have been revealed!

After two months of mounting anticipation by audiences, celebrity panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong, and host Nick Cannon, the final three contestants — monster, bee and peacock — on the Fox reality competition series‘ first season were unmasked during Wednesday’s finale, when the monster was declared the winner.

Before the monster was revealed, the bee was named the second runner-up and the peacock was named the first runner-up.

Credit: Michael Becker / FOX
Credit: Michael Becker / FOX

But which celebrities were behind the elaborate bee and peacock costumes?

As previously correctly guessed by the panelists, the woman behind the bee costume was Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gladys Knight.

“We should always strive to do different kinds of things,” Knight, 74 — who was second to perform and sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” — said of the experience.

She admitted of being behind the mask, “It was kind of difficult for me because first of all you can’t see ‘nothin. The eyes are so important. You know, just seeing you guys here look at me, let me look at you. Let me look at you and you and you. That’s what gives me courage.”

Credit: Gladys Knight

The peacock’s identity also didn’t come as a surprise to panelists and viewers, who both pinpointed Donny Osmond‘s voice and personality behind the bird costume.

“Because it’s fun!” Osmond, 61 — who was the first to sing and performed Ray Charles’ “Shake a Tail Feather” during the finale — said of performing on the show.

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“I had the time of my life here. It’s the best thing of my life,” said Osmond. “It’s better than being Donny Osmond!”

After Osmond was unmasked, the winning monster’s identity was disclosed — and rapper T-Pain took off his blue mask!

“I didn’t have a chance to come into the game with my natural voice and a lot of my peers did and they get accepted. This helped me get my voice out there,” T-Pain, 33 — who was the last celebrity to sing for the night and performed Montell Jordan‘s “This Is How We Do It” — said of why he chose to be on the show.