The Masked Singer 5 Finale Recap: And the WINNER IS… (VIDEOS)

THE MASKED SINGER: Piglet in the “Finale” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, May 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Michael Becker/FOX.
CR: Michael Becker/FOX.

Tonight, season 5 of the wacky singing competition, The Masked Singer CONCLUDES. THREE celebrity contestants will be unmasked! 

The competition becomes fierce as the FINAL THREE remaining celebrities perform in crazy costumes.  After the contestants are presented, with clues, they perform a song. Then, it’s up to the at home-audience to guess who is behind the mask.

Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke sit on the panel. And Nick Cannon is back as host.

Tonight’s final masked celebrities include Black Swan, Piglet, and Chameleon. A winner will be crowned.

The show opens with last season’s champion, Leann Rimes, AKA Sun, singing her hit “How Do I Live.” She’s wearing her costume, but with the mask mounted next to her. OH. It’s a group number with Chameleon, Black Swan and Piglet. Chameleon talk/speaks his lines. And adlibs through the chorus. It’s kind of weird! 

Leann not only opened the show, but she is also a guest panelist! 


Clues: He originally signed up for the show for his Masked Singer loving kid. But now he has learned to love the show too. He wants to be the first winner who only rapped in competition. He mentions a sister who passed. 

Performance: Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio – Can a rapper win Masked Singer? Chameleon performs first, which is usually a bad sign. The singers remaining, especially Black Swan, are just TOO GOOD to beat. “You are a megastar” gushes Nicole. Nick says no guessing until later. 

Black Swan

Clues: She mentioned her stage fright, and that she toured around the world before she had her drivers licence.

Performance: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You by Michael Bolton – It’s a big cheesy 80s song for Black Swan, including a dramatic key change. She’s the best singer remaining and deserves to win. “You took us to church,” says Nicole. “That stage should be afraid of YOU,” Robin insists. Black Swan and Leann are bonding over conquering fears.


Clues: He shares that he opened up his life to the public before social media was a thing. It traumatized him so much, he subsequently made his life very private. 

Performance: Faithfully by Journey – It’s a good song choice for Piglet, even if his boy band-light voice doesn’t have the heft of Steve Perry. He grabs a balloon and a collective “aw” erupts among the judges. He ends on a big dramatic note. He’s not the best singer, but he’s clearly a favorite. Ken says, “You peaked at the right time.” Jenny thinks he could win. 

And it’s time to vote. No, the fake audience is not actually voting. Supposedly, there is a remote audience watching and voting. Results are up next!

RESULTS – 3rd Place

In third place is…The Chameleon! – Panels first impression guesses: Jenny’s first guess: Denzel Washington. Now she thinks he’s Gucci Mane. Robin’s first guest: Redfoo. Now he thinks it’s Wiz Khalifa. DING DING DING. Nicole’s first guess: Nick Cannon. Obviously she’s changed her mind. Her guess now is Wiz Khalifa. Ken’s first guess: Dwight Howard. but now he thinks it’s 2 chainz. Leann also guesses 2 chainz

And CHAMELEON IS…Wiz Khalifa! Robin and Nicole got it. He is so dang tall. Wiz describes himself as a “fun dad.” He wants to spark his son’s imagination. Nicole says “You’ve won over the hearts of America.” 

It all comes down to Black Swan and Piglet. And the WINNER IS…PIGLET! Black Swan is the RUNNER-UP. Nick hands Piggy the trophy. 


Black Swan first impression guesses: Robin’s first guessed Rita Ora. Now he thinks it’s Normani. Jenny first guessed Leighton Meester. Now she thinks it’s Monica. Ken first guessed Jessie J. But now he thinks it’s Demi Lovato. Nicole’s first guess was Natasha Bedingfield.  But now she thinks it’s JoJo. DING DING DING. Leann also thinks it’s JoJo. And yes, Black Swan is Jojo! Quarantine made JoJo crazy, which is why she said yes to the Masked Singer

RESULTS – The Masked Singer Winner Piglet UNMASKED

Judges first impressions: Nicole’s first impression was Cody Simpson. But now she thinks its Brian Littrell. Oh she’s so sure. But she’s wrong. Robin’s first guess was John Resnick but now he thinks its Nick Lachey. DING DING DING. . Ken’s first guess was Adam Lambert. UH EFF NO. Ken changes his guess to Jeremy Renner. Jenny’s first impression guess was Nick Lachey. AND SHE’S WISELY STICKING WITH THAT. Leann also believes it’s Nick Lachey. And Piglet is…Nick Lachey! Nick joined Masked Singer because he misses performing. 

And once again, Jenny McCarthy wins the Golden Ear. Two in a row.

BLACK SWAN WAS ROBBED Y’ALL. These celebrities were unmasked by internet sleuths weeks ago, so not much of a surprise tonight.  There really is no way to get around that the identities of the celebrities are figured out pretty quickly. By the finale, it’s all rather anti-climatic. The only way to keep the element of surprise is to avoid spoilers, but even that can be hard, because the speculation over who is behind the mask is pretty rampant on social media and websites. 

Until season 6, which premieres in the fall…


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