'The Masked Singer' Season 3 Winner: 'RHOA' star Kandi Burruss aka the Night Angel takes home the trophy
The Night Angel was announced the winner of her 'The Masked Singer' Season 3 making her the first female winner of the show. After her win, she unmasked herself, putting to rest all the speculations about her identity. It was none other than 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' superstar castmate Kandi Burruss under the mask, just what the audiences at home and even judges' Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy were guessing for a while now.
The performer was elated with her win and mentioned she felt 'incredible' after being the first female contestant to lift the golden mask trophy. She also thanked the judges for instilling confidence in her and she admitted that she'd stopped singing for a long time because of all the negative feedback she received. Across the season, Kandi proved her worth as a singer and also turned out to be a favorite with the judges and studio audiences that never sent her to the bottom two ever. She's now the winner of the show.
For her finale performance, she went with her Tina Turner's song 'River Deep, Mountain High'. In a clue package that played before she got on the stage, she mentioned that she was "terrified of failure" before coming on the show because she had convinced herself that she wasn't enough. She also mentioned that she "didn't find success as a music artist" back in her time and that is why she had to develop other businesses because she's also a mother. She revealed that she's using her time on 'The Masked Singer' to prove to her kids that it's never too late to pursue one's dreams and passion.
She delivered a super energetic performance to Turner's song getting everyone in the studio on their feet. After her performance, judge McCarthy exclaimed, "You have every right to win this competition. your voice has moved me week to week". The Night Angel was just too overwhelmed with the staggering response and one could sense the lump in her throat when she stated, "I just try to shy away from the microphone because I think I can't sing anymore".
Burruss told Variety: “The best thing about performing in a costume, is that nobody is judging you from preconceived thoughts they had about you from anything else. They’re only judging your voice and what they hear that night. Obviously being on a reality show like ‘Real Housewives,’ I get so many people that are like, ‘I like her’ or ‘I hate her.’ It’s no judgement based off of that. It is just totally what they thought of me in that moment.
“It’s not even judging me based off of what I’ve done before in my group or anything like that,” she added. “It’s just me and what they think of me as a vocalist. I had lost confidence in my voice. For a while I started feeling like, maybe people don’t really want to hear me sing. But to be able to do this and get so much positive feedback, it felt really good.”
For the final guesses, Nicole Scherzinger maintained that it's Taraji P Henson while Robin Thicke mentioned that the vibrato in the Night Angel's voice can only be associated with Burruss and McCarthy too thought it was Burruss under the mask.