SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched “The Masked Singer” Season 7, Episode 10, “Season Finale: I’m Team Good, Thanks for Masking,” airing May 18 on Fox .
It all boiled down to a battle for Good in the season finale of “The Masked Singer,” but only one could emerge victorious: singer/actress/dancer Teyana Taylor.
“The Masked Singer” wrapped up its seventh season with three finalists, all from “Team Good,” competing for the Golden Mask trophy. Landing behind the Firefly, ‘The Goldbergs’ star Hayley Orrantia came in second place, as Ringmaster, while ‘Call Me Kat’ star Cheyenne Jackson took bronze as Prince.
For Firefly, Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg guessed right, along with Taylor. Nicole Scherzinger thought it was Monica and Ken Jeong guessed Alicia Keys.
As for Ringmaster, no one guessed Orrantia. Thicke thought it was with Maren Morris, Scherzinger chose Lucy Hale. McCarthy Wahlberg thought it was Hayden Panetierre and Jeong guessed another Hayley: Hailee Steinfeld.
And then as a prince, Scherzinger did it right by choosing Jackson. Jeong guessed Matt Bomer, Thicke thought it was Ricky Martin, McCarthy Wahlberg went with Ben Platt.
Taylor as Firefly (first-round winner) campaigned this way: “Now comes the most important decision of your electoral life. Team Firefly or Team Firefly, it’s as simple as that. Joining this competition meant I had to face my fears and come out of retirement. I refused to pass out. And being on stage allowed me to shine again. Never give up Firefly and I will never give up on you.
Taylor sang “Bad Girl,” by Usher, for her final song. For her second track, opposite Ringmaster, Taylor performed Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U”. Previous performances included “Ain’t Nobody”, by Chaka Khan [interrupted by coughing fit in first try]; “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)”, by Michael Jackson; and “Warning”, by Charlie Puth.
The final clues included a basketball net, a faded “M” and “5, 6, 7 (bold), 8”. Other names that had been suggested for Firefly: Alicia Keys, Monica, Aisha Tyler, Keisha Cole, Lauryn Hill, Ciara, Keyshia Cole and Brandy.
Meanwhile, second-round winner Orrantia as Ringmaster ended her run performing “Gravity,” by Sara Bareilles, then “Waking Up in Vegas,” by Katy Perry. Previous songs were “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus; “Super Bass,” by Nicki Minaj; and “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton.
Olivia Rodrigo, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrissette, Zara Larson, Sarah Hyland, Noah Cyrus, Maren Morris, Hailee Steinfeld, Lucy Hale and Hayden Panetierre were other past guesses for the Ringmaster by the panel. Clues this time included a horse, a Disney-like mouse, Simon Cowell, hail.
“I thought ‘Masked Singer’ would be a fun experience that would confuse audiences because not many people know I’m a musician,” Orrantia said. Variety. “However, music has always been my first love and I released music independently between filming seasons of The Goldbergs.
Orrantia said she felt lucky to have Firefly’s costume, which was more flexible than some of the other costumes this season. “At least I could move around, but I wasn’t used to having the weight of the costume on me when performing,” she said. “It took a bit of practice to get used to wearing it all while focusing on keeping my voice as loud as possible. Having the mask on made it a little harder to catch my breath, but because I had a bag with ears, I could at least hear myself decently.
Jackson as the Prince (Round 3 winner) said he found the show “was harder than I thought. I wasn’t sure it was live and I hadn’t planned on what point it was hot, sweaty and difficult to sing with a big mask.
Among the hardest parts: “The weight of the mask, using your neck muscles to hold your head up when you should relax them to sing,” he said. As for the panelists’ guesses, “[they] pissed me off every week. I thought at first they would go the athlete route first because of my height and big legs, but when they started to perfect they started to literally guess all my peers. I laughed in my frog head.
For his last song, Jackson performed “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Other songs he has sung include “La Copa de la Vida,” by Ricky Martin; “Lay Me Down,” by Sam Smith; and “Sir Duke”, by Stevie Wonder.
Prince’s clues in the finale included a reference to “Glee” and that series’ creator, Ryan Murphy; as well as Broadway. Previous guesses for Prince included Enrique Iglesias, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Enrique Iglesias, Niall Horan, Darren Criss, AJ McLean, JC Chasez, Ben Platt, Andrew Rannells and Ricky Martin.
Teyana Taylor as Firefly, Hayley Orrantia as Ringmaster and Cheyenne Jackson as Prince joined the list of unmasked celebrities this season which also included En Vogue as Queen Cobra, Shaggy as Space Bunny, Kirstie Alley as Baby Mammoth, Rudy Giuliani as Jack in the Box, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman as Armadillo, Jennifer Holliday as Miss Teddy, Penn and Teller as Hydra, Christie Brinkley as Lemur, Jorge Garcia as Cyclops, Jordan Mailata as Thingamabob, Duff Goldman as McTerrier, and Joe Buck as Aries.
“The Masked Singer” entered Season 7 with 15 contestants, which were split into “The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly”. Costumes this season included THE GOOD: Ringmaster, Armadillo, McTerrier, Firefly, Frog Prince; THE BAD: Hydra, Ram, Jack in the Box, Cyclops, Queen Cobra; THE CUDDLE: Baby Mammoth, Thingamabob, Lemur, Space Bunny, Miss Teddy.
The season 7 contestants have totaled 112 movie appearances, 15 Grammy nominations, eight Emmy nominations, seven Super Bowl performances, two Hollywood Walk of Fame stars, two world records, and an attempt to destroy democracy in plotting a coup and undermining the properly elected president. the United States.
In another change, the show’s panelists did not compete for a “Golden Ear” trophy based on their first impressions of each masked performer (which McCarthy won twice, but Scherzinger won last season) this time. .
Here is the breakdown of the three finalists:
THIRD PLACE: The Prince (“Team Good”)
Song: Viva La Vida by Coldplay
This week’s voiceover: “My loyal fans. A vote for me is a vote for love. Finding the love of my life has taught me to let go of the hard times in the past and put my heart and soul into everything I do. A trait I hope to pass on to my children. I want to earn this for my family. And believe me when I say, that golden crown means nothing without that golden mask. So vote for me, the Prince, and I’ll lead you to love.
Previous voiceover: “A long time ago, I was a young toad who dreamed of escaping from my little pond. I knew I had something special to share with the world, but it felt like no one was listening. So I went on a trip to make my little voice heard. But people only judged me on what they saw on the outside. Why couldn’t they really see the Prince that I was really inside? I’ve traveled to scary places and sometimes felt like turning around and jumping home. But I knew I had to wipe away my tears and keep pushing. After years of struggle, people finally started to recognize me for my true talent. I had finally become the royalty I always thought I was. And now I stand before you, prince of the stage, king of my castle and future winner of Team Good.
Previous clues: “A long time ago, a long time ago”; Carnegie Hall; write musical scores; pencil; airplane; bats; watch/time; High five.
Previous interview: “I did this show because I come from a very small town where I was not always understood. And music was my first love. Over the years, I became known for things other than music. But I wanted to get to a place where I could rediscover that original joy.
Previous songs: “La Copa de la Vida”, by Ricky Martin; “Lay Me Down,” by Sam Smith; “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
The previous panel assumes: Enrique Iglesias, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Enrique Iglesias, Niall Horan, Darren Criss, AJ McLean, JC Chasez, Ben Platt, Andrew Rannells, Ricky Martin
SECOND PLACE: Ringmaster (“Team Good”)
Songs: “Gravity”, by Sara Bareilles; “Waking up in Vegas”, by Katy Perry
This week’s voiceover: “Ladies and gentlemen, come vote for the one and only Ringmaster,” his voiceover began. “As a young Ringmaster, my only passion in life was music. But over the years the music died down and my life took a different path. But the ‘Masked Singer’ scene gave me back my It’s time to put on the greatest show on Earth and win this contest.
Previous voiceover: “Looking at the web in my live, I remember my first day at a prestigious school, when I was just a little guy. I was surrounded by some of the best of the best and I wondered if I would ever be pretty good. And that pushed me to work even harder. I always did my own thing, and my mentors wanted me to join the crowd. So I did. I had never been part of a band before. And we tried our best to make it work, but I knew I wanted more. So I took a risk and did something completely different. And it’s been paying off for ten years. Tonight , no clowning around. This playmaker will be center stage in the final.
Previous clues: NASA, hula hoops, laughing emoji, “Welcome to Nashville”, juggling, “B-“, a “no” sign on a holiday elf doll, “A++”
Previous songs: “The Rise,” by Miley Cyrus; “Super Bass,” by Nicki Minaj; “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
The previous panel assumes: Olivia Rodrigo, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrissette, Zara Larson, Sarah Hyland, Noah Cyrus, Maren Morris
WINNER: Firefly (“Team Good”)
Songs: “Bad Girl”, by Usher; “Lost Without You” by Robin Thicke.
Previous voiceover: “I’ve never been one to shy away from the spotlight. Even as a young firefly, I loved dressing up in my mother’s clothes and entertaining my imaginary audience. Then one day, my mother encouraged me to present myself in front of a real crowd: My neighbors. I even charged them to watch my show. And believe it or not, it was one of those neighbors who got me my first real gig. I have always been a shining star. I am not only the fire, I am the fly. Showdown or not, I’m gonna light up this stage and let my voice shine, baby!”
Previous songs: “Ain’t Nobody”, by Chaka Khan [interrupted by coughing fit in first try]; “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)”, by Michael Jackson; “Warning” by Charlie Puth
The previous panel assumes: Alicia Keys, Monica, Aisha Tyler, Keisha Cole, Lauryn Hill, Ciara, Keyshia Cole