SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 7, Episode 10, of “The Masked Singer,” “Season Finale: I’m Team Good, Thanks for Masking,” which aired May 18 on Fox.
It came down to a battle of the Good in the season finale of “The Masked Singer” but only one could emerge victorious: Singer/actress/dancer Teyana Taylor.
“The Masked Singer” ended 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 the Ringmaster, while “Call Me Kat” star Cheyenne Jackson earned the bronze as the Prince.
For Firefly, Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg guessed right, 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 a different Hayley: Hailee Steinfeld.
And then as Prince, Scherzinger got it right, choosing Jackson. Jeong guessed Matt Bomer, Thicke thought it was Ricky Martin, McCarthy Wahlberg went with Ben Platt.
Taylor as Firefly (round 1 winner) campaigned this way: “Now comes the most important decision of your voting lives. Team Firefly or Team Firefly, it’s that simple. Joining this competition meant I had to face my fears and come out of retirement. I refused to fade away. And being on the stage has allowed me to shine bright again. Never give up on Firefly and I’ll never give up on you.”
Taylor sang “Bad Girl,” by Usher, for her final song. For her second track, facing off with Ringmaster, Taylor performed “Lost Without U’ by Robin Thicke. Previous performances included “Ain’t Nobody,” by Chaka Khan [interrupted by coughing fit in first try]; “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),” by Michael Jackson; and “Attention,” by Charlie Puth.
Final clues included a basketball net, a faded “M” and “5, 6, 7 (bolded), 8.” Other names that had been suggested for Firefly: Alicia Keys, Monica, Aisha Tyler, Keisha Cole, Lauryn Hill, Ciara, Keyshia Cole and Brandy.
Meanwhile, round 2 winner Orrantia as the Ringmaster completed her run by performing “Gravity,” by Sara Bareilles and 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.
Other past guesses for the Ringmaster by the panel included 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. 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 am a musician,” Orrantia told Variety. “However, music has always been my first love and I have been releasing music independently between filming seasons of The Goldbergs.
Orrantia said she felt lucky to have the Firefly 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 required some practice to get used to carrying all of that while focusing on keeping my vocals as strong as possible. Having the mask on made it a little more difficult to catch my breath, but because I had a pack on with in-ears, I could at least hear myself decently.”
Jackson as the Prince (round 3 winner) said he discovered the show “was harder than I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure it was live and I didn’t anticipate how hot and sweaty and difficult it is to actually sing with a big mask on.”
Among the most difficult parts: “The weight of the mask, using your neck muscles to hold your head up when you should be relaxing them to sing,” he said. As for the panelists’ guesses, “[they] made me crack up every week. I figured at first they’d go the athlete route initially cuz of my size and my big legs but then when they started honing in, they started guessing quite literally all of my peers. I was laughing inside my frog head.”
For his last song, Jackson performed “Viva La Vida,” by Coldplay. Other songs he sang included “La Copa de la Vida,” by Ricky Martin; “Lay Me Down,” by Sam Smith; and “Sir Duke,” by Stevie Wonder.
Prince 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…