Fox’s The Masked Singer is about to launch into season 10 (premiering Sept. 27, with a special kick-off episode on Sunday, Sept. 10), so Billboard is going back through every winning artist who unmasked themselves for the grand reveal.
Hosted by Nick Cannon, the singing competition series premiered on Fox in 2019 as a way for celebrity contestants to perform anonymously in head-to-toe costumes while clues about their real identity are given throughout the competition before they’re unmasked one by one.
Judges-turned-detectives Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke have used clue after clue to get closer to uncovering who’s hiding behind each mask, but the final reveals always leave their jaws on the floor.
Over 10 seasons, a wide variety of celebrities have competed on the reality contest, from sports superstars to comedians to actors and beyond, but when it comes to the winners, they’ve all been musicians first and foremost. The very first winner was hip-hop crooner T-Pain, who left his trademark Auto-Tune behind to show off his pipes au naturel.
Below is a complete list of which mystery musician unmasked themselves to reveal the winner at the end of each season.
Oh they couldn’t believe it! T-Pain shocked millions of viewers with his Monster win to cap the first season of The Masked Singer, proving once more that he doesn’t need Auto-Tune to carry a tune.
Winner’s Costume: Monster
Winner’s Real Identity: T-Pain
Who was it anyway? Between being mistaken as Thingamajig or Fox, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Let’s Make a Deal star Wayne Brady cut through the fierce competition and proudly lifted his snout after a stirring rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” that was complete with an improvised rap about his 30 years in the game.
Winner’s Costume: Fox
Winner’s Real Identity: Wayne Brady
Defeating the likes of iconic singers Miss Monster Chaka Khan and Mouse Dionne Warwick and dusting off her finale performance of Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” with her glittery hands, Grammy-winning songwriter, former Xcscape member and The Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV star Kandi Burruss was the Night Angel in disguise after all.
Winner’s Costume: Night Angel
Winner’s Real Identity: Kandi Burruss
From her titanic opening-night cover of Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” to her tear-jerking covers of Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” and Kesha’s “Praying,” it was Sun that shone through and glimmered even brighter with the crown on top of legendary country singer LeAnn Rimes.
Winner’s Costume: Sun
Winner’s Real Identity: LeAnn Rimes
A diamond in the rough! As the Queen of Hearts, singer-songwriter Jewel stole our hearts and won season 6 after a tight race against the Bull.
Winner’s Costume: Queen of Hearts
Winner’s Real Identity: Jewel
When up against the Ringmaster and the Prince, Firefly shone bright with covers of judge Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U” and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” The powerful voice proved to be none other than Teyana Taylor.
Winner’s Costume: Firefly
Winner’s Real Identity: Teyana Taylor
Harp plucked the judges’ heartstrings from her very first moment on stage when she make P!nk’s “Perfect” her own, right up until she cemented her season-long front-runner status with a performance of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” which sealed her win over three-headed rivals The Lambs. The powerful voice underneath the gilded crown was none other than Glee and Broadway veteran Amber Riley.
Winner’s Costume: Harp
Winner’s Real Identity: Amber Riley
Like something straight out of Greek mythology, Medusa’s journey to the Masked Singer crown was a heroic one. Throughout the season, Bishop Briggs wowed judges with mystical, powerful renditions of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy,” My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” and more.
Winner’s Costume: Medusa
Winner’s Real Identity: Bishop Briggs