R&B singer Faith Evans was finally unmasked as the Skunk on “The Masked Singer.”
Fans already put the clues together weeks ago. With her strong vocals, the judges proclaimed that Skunk might have been one of the strongest performers in “TMS” history.
The Group A finals that aired on December 1, saw Skunk coming face to face against the Bull, who has yet to be unmasked. He will go on to face the winner of next week’s Group B finals to compete for a chance at being the season six winner in the finale airing on Wednesday, December 15.
Although there were only two competitors in last night’s episode, the show switched it up a little bit by adding a duet with a celebrity guest. Skunk sang with legendary talent Michael Bolton, while Bull performed with the season 3 runner-up, Turtle, better known as Jesse McCartney.
Celebrity judges Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger recognized Evans’ signature vocals in her last performance before the Thanksgiving break; however, judges Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and Ken Jeong went with a solid guess of Mary J. Blige.
However, they were proven wrong when host Nick Cannon helped remove the Skunk mask to reveal a breathless Evans!
Why Did Faith Evans Take Part In The Show?
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In a post-unmasking interview with Variety, Evans described herself as “elated” when her manager finally got the call to be on “TMS” because she “always thought that would be a fun show to be a part of.”
“I haven’t been performing at all in the last three or more years,” she added. “So it was exciting to be able to do a show that I already enjoy watching and it’s local in L.A. And I had enough lead time to map out plans. I was totally excited and honored to be asked.”
Although some performers might turn up their nose at appearing in a skunk costume, Faith said that she “loved it.”
“I loved the idea of it,” she continued. “I loved the idea of it. And once I got into it, it was cumbersome. It was hot. But it was still sexy. And the reason I chose the skunk was because not only was it just a cute little sexy skunk, but because I’m biracial. I thought that the black and white thing, you know, but that was a little play on things.”
This Judge Recognized Faith Evans From The Beginning!
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Although various guesses included Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams, Queen Latifa, and Jennifer Hudson, Thicke thought of Evans from the very beginning.
Evans said that she was not surprised to hear that Robin recognized her voice.
“We’ve worked together a couple of times before and aside from the record that we put out; we had a duet together ten years ago,” she explained. “But there was a time when I used to just go by his house. He’s kind of like family, so I assumed he would know.”
In one of Evans’ last videos, she said that “just as many people have been inspired by my person as by my music.”
She described a time when she was at church with the late Whitney Houston and they encountered a young lady who was crying. At first, Evans thought that she was crying because she was encountering the great Whitney Houston.
“And so the lady got up and she was saying, my song got her through so much. And she was literally crying, ‘I know God is real because I never thought I’d ever see you in my life!’ And then I start crying because I’m thinking she’s talking about Whitney. I was like, ‘oh my God!’ It made me realize that my actions and the hardships I’ve been through didn’t just make me stronger, they helped other people too. And I’ll take that with me forever.”
“The Masked Singer” Group B semi-finals will air on Wednesday, December 8 on Fox at 8 PM EST.
In the meantime, check out who fans think are hiding behind each of the remaining three costumes.