ITV’s The Masked Singer drew to a spectacular close tonight – with Sausage being unmasked as Joss Stone and crowned champion.
After weeks of speculation, intrigue, rumors and wild guesses, all the celebs under the final three costumes were revealed.
Pre-show favourite Robin was surprisingly first out – and was unmasked as Aston Merrygold from JLS.
In a thrilling final showdown Sausage sang the haunting Rise Up by Andra Day, while Badger belted out Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.
And it went down to judges Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and the public to choose the winner as Sausage – with the help of reigning champ Nicola Roberts, aka Queen Bee.
Badger was placed second and then unveiled as US songwriter and singer Ne-Yo – leaving winner Sausage to be revealed as Joss Stone, despite being heavily tipped as Stacey Solomon.
The finalists had gone head-to-head after previous contestants kicked off the programme by singing along to the disco classic, I’m Coming Out.
Robin then sang the Steve Wonder classic For Once In My Life, a performance described as ‘amazing’ by Nicola and ‘incredible’ by Davina.
Badger followed by wowing the judges and huge TV audience with his superb rendition of Believer by Imagine Dragons. Jonathan Ross called it ‘an amazing performance’.
Crowd-favourite Sausage blew everyone away with a real banger – the Whitney Houston classic I Wanna Dance With Somebody and was first through to the head-to-head.
Badger also made it through to the sing-off, meaning Robin was out and unmasked as Aston, who revealed he had not even told his JLS bandmates of his secret identity.
Fans online had been convinced Sausage was Stacey Solomon, but Joss Stone had dropped tips along the way. She finished her final performance by stating: “God, what a funny show!”
During this year’s hugely popular series, former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins was earlier unmasked as the Dragon to the surprise of most viewers.
Harlequin was revealed to be pop singer Gabrielle, with the judges correctly guessing who was behind the mask.
Dudley-born Sir Lenny Henry as The Blob had also been heavily tipped before his unmasking, but former England soccer star and manager Glenn Hoddle played a blinder as Grandfather Clock.
Just a handful of production staff knew the identities of the 2021 singers, who are assigned top secret code names.
Contestant contracts even ban them from mentioning they are in the show – even to their families.
Davina McCall had earlier revealed she could not even tell her daughter the identity of The Masked Singer champion.
She had said: “Holly, my eldest daughter, watched it with me a couple of times before she went back to uni. She was like, ‘Is it blah blah?’. I was like, ‘Holly, you know me so little’.
“She said, ‘I’m your daughter’. I went, ‘No, you can’t pull that cord, like, it doesn’t work like that. It ruins it, it would ruin it if you knew’.”