The Masked Singer revealed: Every unmasked celebrity on season 4
The unmasked singers
The dragon was slayed in the season 4 premiere. The ferocious firebreather mask was removed to reveal famed rapper Busta Rhymes. The 12-time Grammy nominee told EW he'd love to return to The Masked Singer one day. "If the opportunity presents itself again to be a part of The Masked Singer, you can definitely look forward to seeing me do it in a whole new way. I'll make it that much more challenging for y'all to figure out who it is. That's a fact."
For the first time in Masked Singer history, a contestant decided to self-eliminate. Instead of waiting around for the results to find out who was going home, Gremlin said he was too hot in his costume and wanted to send himself packing. The cuddly purple creature popped off his mask to reveal Oscar-nominated star of The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke.
He may have been head and shoulders above the rest — literally — but Giraffe just couldn't top the competition. The regal beast was eliminated in the Oct. 7 episode and revealed to be Beverly Hills, 90210 star Brian Austin Green. The former teen heartthrob told EW he was stunned that his childhood friend Robin Thicke never guessed his identity. "No disrespect to him, because he's a super-nice guy, but he sucks at this. He's terrible," Green said. "I told the producers early on, if there's anybody on this panel that's going to guess me, it's him because we know each other so well."
Baby Alien has been sent back to his home planet. The out-of-this-world creature shocked everyone by revealing he was not a comedian or a professional puppeteer, but retired NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez. Not a single panelist came close to guessing the former Jet. Sanchez revealed to EW that even he was stumped by some of the hints about his own identity. "I thought the clue package was so hard. I obviously know it's me, but I still second-guessed it a couple times when I watched the clue package. I was like, 'Wait, what?' Yeah, that was tough. And I think the accent totally threw everybody for a loop."
Fans finally got to hear the Group C singers when the show returned after the World Series, but soon had to kiss Lips goodbye. The pouty singer took off her mask to reveal outspoken TV host Wendy Williams. After her elimination, Williams told EW that although she was the first Group C singer to go, she was satisfied knowing she was in good company from seasons past. "If they can cut Chaka Khan, then I don't feel bad about getting cut. I'm gonna go out here, and have a good sense of humor about the whole thing. And when I get back home, ah, I can just take a big sigh of relief."
Squiggly Monster had his many eyes on the prize, but just couldn’t squiggle his way to a win. After becoming the second member of Group C to get the chop, the lovable monster used his eight hands to unmask himself, revealing comedian and Full House star Bob Saget (as EW had predicted). In a post-elimination interview, Saget told EW he said yes to the show the moment he saw the costume. "There was just no question, because I looked at it and I laughed out loud. That's usually the key. It's a joyous-looking thing. It's something that a kid would want to pick up, with all the eyes that look like those little three-eyed guys in Toy Story. It just had a feeling of a childish, loving kind of thing."
The first singing duo in Masked Singer history has flown away home. Snow Owls came out of their shell — literally — to take off their masks, revealing musicians Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black. The country couple told EW they plan to release a song called "Till the End of Time" inspired by their time on the show next month, and might even have enough material for a full album, or a "Snow Owlbum," as Clint put it.
Whatcha has macalled it a day. The disturbingly hairy one-eyed creature was the first to get the boot in a double elimination episode. He brushed the hair off his face to reveal New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball. To everyone's shock, notoriously bad guesser Ken Jeong actually got this one right!
The Serpent has slithered home. The golden voiced crooner was the second to go in the double elimination. He removed his mask to reveal Dr. Elvis Francois, a.k.a. the Singing Surgeon who rose to viral fame during the pandemic with soulful renditions of “Imagine” and other covers to help raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. After his elimination, Francois told EW he hopes to release original music in the next few months — while still working his day job as a spine surgeon.
The Broccoli has been chopped. The jolly green singer was eliminated during a special Thanksgiving Day episode. He removed his head to reveal legendary crooner Paul Anka. After his elimination, the ‘Puppy Love’ singer — and name inspiration for Lorelai Gilmore’s pup — revealed to EW he almost sang a Harry Styles song, but just couldn't pull it off. "I looked at 'Watermelon Sugar,' a couple of very contemporary songs and I said to myself, well, I'm in the studio now, I'm trying to work on a lot of new songs here. So my brain was kind of maxed, so I really chose songs that I felt like I could pull off or that would work for me."
Popcorn was the first out during a devastating triple elimination episode. The buttery-voiced contestant popped off her mask to reveal Grammy-nominated '80s hitmaker Taylor Dayne. After her elimination, Dayne told EW she gravitated toward the costume because it was sexy. "I felt she had a presence to her that was joyful, as well as knowing me [and I'm] a little sassy, sexy, but also playful. And that's why I chose her, and she was also really just glittery and glam."
Jellyfish was next to swim away in the triple elimination. The neon green songstress removed her mask to reveal Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim. The snowboarder told EW she surprisingly had no vocal training before blowing fans away with her pipes on the show, but would be open to recording music now. "I don't know if anyone wants me like that, but if they do, come my way. I'm down. I'm down to drop a few bangers."
In one of the more shocking eliminations in the show's history, Seahorse rode off into the sunset before the finals. The powerful vocalist removed her mask to reveal two-time Grammy winner and American Idol semi-finalist Tori Kelly. Kelly told EW she isn't as disappointed to get the boot as fans have been about her early ouster. "I mean, it's hard to say disappointed because it's just such a fun experience as a whole. And I think there is a little part of me too, right when they said I was going home, I was like, oh, okay, cool. I get to show people that it's me."
Crocodile rocked his way into the season 4 finale, but took home the bronze. He removed his glittery mask to reveal Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. After his elimination, Carter told EW that his experience on the show has inspired him to get back into his solo work. “I feel as if I just really never broke out with any of my [solo] albums that I've done in the past and stuff like that. Of course I love being a part of the Backstreet Boys and love being the little brother in the group. But it was uncomfortable to be kind of outside the safety net of my group, as far as just being exposed as a solo artist and just from my voice. ...And as I watched every single [TMS] performance, I started to realize maybe my talent has matured to the point where I should give it another shot.”
Fans and panelists had been stumped over Mushroom’s identity all season after switching up his vocals in every performance. After the phenomenal fungi was named runner-up, he finally revealed his true self to be “Wake Me Up” and “I Need a Dollar” singer Aloe Black. The Grammy nominee revealed to EW the secrets of how he chose such varied songs. “At first I was putting together a list of female ballads, power ballads, rock and pop ballads, that I thought would be entertaining for the audience. So with Cher's ‘If I Could Turn Back Time,’ I thought that was going to be really cool for an older generation who was familiar with that particular song and Cher. Then I thought that the Katy Perry song ‘Unconditionally’ would be cool for a younger generation watching the show. And then I thought the Kate Bush/Maxwell ‘This Woman's Work’ falsetto would be something different from what people recognize in my voice. ...I think the songs that ultimately really, really showed who I was behind the mask would have been the Donny Hathaway song [‘A Song for You’] that I sang in a Smackdown against Broccoli, and then my finale song [‘I Wish’ by Stevie Wonder].”
And the winner is… Sun! After proving to be the shining star all season, Sun rightfully took home the Golden Mask trophy and revealed herself to be Grammy-winner LeAnn Rimes. After her win, Rimes told EW the story behind her showstopping a cappella performance of Billie Eilish's "When the Party's Over," which she said she had to fight for. “It's such an interesting TV moment because usually a cappella is not the way to go, you usually want to do this big dramatic thing, which it ended up that way, but I really fought for that. I really wanted the intimacy of that, because I know how powerful that can be. When I saw it, I thought it turned out exactly like I wanted it to. People connected to it so deeply, and it was a powerful moment."