Spoiler alert: This story accommodates the identification of the winner of season 9, revealed on Wednesday evening’s (Could 17) episode of The Masked Singer.
Like one thing straight out of Greek mythology, Medusa’s journey to the Masked Singer crown was a heroic one.
It was a star-studded season, which featured iconic actors Dick Van Dyke, Malin Akerman, George Wendt and Lou Diamond Phillips; spectacular singers like Sara Evans, Debbie Gibson, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider and Pentatonix; and each kind of superstar in between. All of it led as much as The Masked Singer‘s ultimate battle of season 9 on Wednesday evening, by which two of the season’s favorites, Macaw and Medusa, went head-to-snake-filled-head.
All through the season, Medusa wowed judges with mystical, highly effective renditions of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy,” My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” and extra. Nonetheless, it nearly got here tumbling down throughout New York Night time, when Medusa and California Roll competed within the Battle Royale, singing “Uptown Lady” by Billy Joel. The panel of judges selected California Roll to go on to the subsequent spherical, however used their first-ever save on Medusa when decide Nicole Scherzinger rang the Ding Dong Hold It On Bell.
Earlier than getting topped the winner of The Masked Singer on Wednesday evening, the judges have been perplexed when it got here to her identification. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg initially thought she may be Ellie Goulding or Halsey, whereas Ken Jeong thought Medusa may be the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, and Robin Thicke guessed Kesha. Scherzinger predicted Tove Lo or Lorde, earlier than precisely guessing the girl behind the parable: British-American singer-songwriter, Bishop Briggs.
The star — recognized for her passionate vocals in hits like “River” — spoke to Fakazakamp earlier than Wednesday evening’s finale, sharing her emotion-filled journey to the crown, the inspiration behind her upcoming EP When The whole lot Went Darkish and the way Medusa helped flip her weaknesses to stone.
Congratulations in your massive win! How does it really feel?
Thanks! It’s the coolest factor ever. I can’t imagine that I may even share that that is taking place.
Did anybody in your private life suspect that Medusa was you?
I undoubtedly acquired quite a lot of textual content messages and I attempted my finest to maintain it a secret. I simply can’t wait to textual content all of them again tonight and inform them they have been proper.
You had the judges fairly stumped all through the season. Was it thrilling to be the key however unimaginable expertise on the present?
I wasn’t tremendous shocked that I didn’t get guessed simply because I’m nonetheless an up-and-coming artist. I’ll say although, when Nicole ultimately guessed me, rapidly you are feeling very uncovered [laughs]. I felt very conscious of my physique and mannerisms. It was good to fly below the radar, although.
Then again, you bought in comparison with some superb artists. The judges thought you may be Ellie Goulding, Halsey or Kesha. How did that really feel?
Always remember, additionally they mentioned Lorde at one level. I’m undoubtedly holding on to these and by no means forgetting that it’s the good factor ever.
Nicole Scherzinger additionally saved you earlier within the season. Have you learnt her personally and the way did it really feel to be championed by her all through the present?
I have no idea her personally, however I’m clearly obsessed along with her. Coming into the present, she was vocalist that I actually, actually admire and I really feel like she’s actually underrated for what an unimaginable vocal expertise she has. I imply, she sings like Whitney Houston. So the truth that she had any response to my voice, it meant a lot to me. And with the bell, that second, I can’t even clarify how the whole lot was sluggish movement. They have been all yelling ‘Take it off!’ I actually thought that I used to be going to be going house. You actually study in these moments how a lot you need to be there.
We now have to speak about your superb costume. Why Medusa?
I really feel that she is somebody who was actually misunderstood and I used to be balancing quite a bit after I was on the present. I used to be six months postpartum. I used to be a brand new mother and I used to be pumping in between performing. I really feel like the concept that ladies may be so many various issues abruptly actually is Medusa to me. To have the ability to use Medusa energy after I actually wanted it, meant a lot.
Balancing your postpartum journey with this present sounds robust.
I barely balanced it in any respect. I used to be writing notes to my son even when I used to be away just for just a few hours and I used to be bombarding him and my husband with FaceTime. There isn’t any such factor as steadiness, however we will discover that area the place we get to do what we love, and in addition be current as a dad or mum. I feel discovering these moments means the whole lot and it’s not talked about sufficient. I’m nonetheless on the journey of postpartum and it’s loopy how a lot your thoughts and physique utterly evolves and adjustments.
With the bodily struggles of postpartum and selecting such troublesome songs to carry out, how did you handle all of it whereas in a fancy dress?
I really like performing a lot, and my favourite factor about performing is basically dropping myself in no matter track I’m singing. I really feel like I acquired to make use of the truth that I actually lean into the emotion of each track to my benefit. I additionally really feel just like the snakes have been good luck charms and so they whispered to me. The corporate saved me heat at evening, so I feel there was a facet of it the place I wasn’t alone on stage.
It’s an thrilling 12 months for you. You launched a brand new single, “Baggage,” and your EP, When The whole lot Went Darkish, is out June 23. What’s the story behind your new music?
It’s about these previous few years, the previous, current and future. I misplaced my sister actually unexpectedly. The journey of grief is an ever evolving one and, with that and changing into a mother, I felt like exploring the matters of affection, loss, grief and, hopefully, by the tip of it, feeling empowered to maintain going. That actually is the principle factor that I actually am making an attempt to work on, not solely as an artist and thru the EP however as a human being. Then I’ve a tour arising, that I’ll be bringing the newborn on, after all. I’m actually excited to have the ability to carry out the songs.
Is it unusual to have grief co-exist with the enjoyment of bringing a brand new life into the world?
Sure, and it’s so laborious. You may’t assist however really feel like maybe the brand new life was a present left behind from that beloved one. The quantity of instances that you just hear about these items taking place in such shut proximity, I all the time surprise that as a result of my son is somebody that actually helped me proceed. Even after I was pregnant, I made positive to work on my psychological well being simply to be sure that I used to be going to be a grounded mother that would discuss what has occurred.
What do you hope viewers take away out of your Masked Singer journey?
The whole lot we’re speaking about, which is you may be a number of issues abruptly. Don’t be afraid to lean into these completely different sides of your character and your spirit, and I hope that folks really feel empowered to take action.
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