The Masked Singer season 3 finale aired on Wednesday, May 20 at 8/7c on FOX. The finals episode revealed the celebrity identities of all three finalists: the Turtle, the Frog, and the Night Angel. At the end of the episode, one contestant was crowned the season 3 winner and awarded the Golden Trophy.
Read on to learn what happened during the season 3 finale of The Masked Singer and find out who was unmasked.
BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. This article will be updated as the episode airs.
‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Finale Performances Recap
First up for his finale performance was the Frog. Before his performance, he revealed that before he joined The Masked Singer season 3, “I wasn’t singing, I wasn’t dancing, I couldn’t even compete,” even though his “first love” was music. He also hinted that he’s a rapped professionally, and showed off his rap skills performing “Bad Boys For Life.”
The Frog told the judges that he’s learned by competing on the show that “As long as you put your mind to it, you can do whatever it is. I’d never done choreography in my life before I got to The Masked Singer.” After Nicole Scherzinger called his performance “MTV Music Awards” caliber, the judges guessed the Frog might be Lil Romeo, Kid Cudi, or MC Hammer.
The Turtle was up next, and his final video package was full of emotional moments. Reflecting on the competition, he said “it’s allowed me to take risks I normally would have never dreamed of” Thinking back on his professional life, he said “In my career, I’ve definitely had a lot of ‘almost’ moments,” adding “I’ve only grown a thicker shell because performing is what I’m meant to do. Performing on this stage is proof of my resilience.” He also revealed that he is newly married.
The Turtle delivered a stirring rendition of “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi that moved the judges and audience. Nicole Scherzinger guessed that he might be Jesse McCartney, Ken Jeong guessed Nick Jonas, and Jenny McCarthy guessed Nick Carter.
The Night Angel was the last finalist to perform. At the start of her final clue package, she said “When I first got here, I was terrified of failure because for so long I convinced myself that I wasn’t enough.” She revealed a big clue about her identity, teasing “When I didn’t find success as a solo artist, I decided to develop other businesses.”
For her finale performance, the Night Angel sang “River Deep, Mountain High.” As the panelists praised her performance, the Night Angel tearfully told them “Your positive words have made me feel so good.” Nicole Scherzinger guessed that she’s Taraji P. Henson, and Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke guessed Kandi Burruss.
‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Finale Reveals
After the audience voted, the Frog finished in third place. Before he took off his mask, Ken guessed Kid Cudi, Jenny guessed Lil Romeo, and Robin and Nicole guessed Bow Wow. When the Frog took off his mask, he revealed himself to be … Bow Wow! Bow Wow said he wasn’t expecting to make it so far in the competition, but that he did it for his daughter and wanted to stay true to who he is as a rapper.
In the end, the Night Angel won season 3 of The Masked Singer, the first female winner of the show. The Turtle finished in 2nd place, which meant he was next to take off his mask. When the Turtle took off his mask, he revealed that Nicole and Jenny’s guess was correct – the Turtle was Jesse McCartney all along. Of his experience on the show, McCartney said “This has been a very, very long road… honestly, I’m just stunned that I’m here… This is an experience that I will never forget, truly.”
At the end of the finale, the Night Angel and season 3 winner took off her mask, revealing herself as Kandi Burruss.
The Masked Singer season 4 premieres in Fall 2020 on FOX.