‘The Masked Dancer’ Finale: Winner Cotton Sweet, Sloth, Tulip Unmasked

Olympic gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas is the first-ever winner of “The Masked Dancer,” having scored the present’s diamond masks trophy after being revealed as Cotton Sweet.

Douglas was victorious regardless of going through off with two skilled dancers within the finale. Runner-up Sloth turned out to be “Dancing with the Stars’” Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And in third place was Tulip, who was revealed to be Mackenzie Ziegler (“Dance Mothers”).

Douglas was unmasked after dancing to “This Is Me,” by Kesha. The panelists had been torn between whether or not the Cotton Sweet was a gymnast or an ice skater. Paula Abdul found out it was Gabby Douglas, whereas Ashley Tisdale named her teammate Simone Biles. Brian Austin Inexperienced thought it was Tara Lapinski, Ken Jeong named Michelle Kwan.

Amongst Douglas’ notable moments on the present got here earlier than her first dance, when (dressed as Cotton Sweet) she was suspended excessive in an acrobatic ring however then fell right down to the bottom. “The Masked Dancer” obtained lots of mileage taking part in that clip and noting how Cotton Sweet shortly rebounded and carried out.

Now, Douglas can reveal that — sarcastically — that though it wasn’t straightforward to bounce in disguise, it was maybe that elaborate, padded costume that protected her.

“The ring was spinning very quick, which I had performed so many takes earlier than that, however I simply actually needed to make all the pieces simply very mild and ethereal,” she instructed Selection. “I sort of wasn’t paying consideration, and a part of my left shoulder obtained exterior of the ring, after which gravity actually simply took me down. However I used to be so lucky for Cotton Sweet’s costume as a result of it padded the autumn, and I had an enormous ol’ skirt on, had her [large] head. So I walked away with solely a bruised chin and a bruised knee, however I used to be fantastic. I simply obtained proper again up and was like, ‘All proper, guys, let’s do it once more.”

Douglas could also be an athletic celebrity, however she admitted that her dancing abilities had been solely “at 5%. As a result of I’m so used to doing sort of static poses and probably not being in character, transferring, doing completely different genres, or model of dancing. So, it was very, very completely different.”

The panelists ultimately found out that Cotton Sweet was both a gymnast or an ice skater, which made Douglas extra desperate to cowl her tracks. “I didn’t wish to make it very gymnast-y in any respect so I used to be working towards with choreographers saying like, ‘OK, how do I be a ballerina or how do I be a hip hop dancer, to throw the judges off.’”

She was amused by a number of the early off-kilter guesses, particularly by Jeong: “I believed Ken was tremendous hilarious a few of his guesses are very wild. Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez which was wow, is he simply doing this to be humorous or is he truly critical?”

Douglas provides excessive marks to her expertise. “If I may rewind and do it yet again I might,” she stated. “It’s positively impressed my ardour to bounce extra.”

Second place Sloth was appropriately guessed by Abdul and Inexperienced, who selected Chmerkovskiy. Jeong named Channing Tatum, whereas Tisdale thought it was Hugh Jackman.

For third place Tulip, Tisdale found out it was Ziegler. Abdul went with Liza Koshy, Jeong selected Lucy Hale, Inexperienced named Sabrina Carpenter.

“I believe one of many hardest issues for me was clearly having the pinnacle on,” Ziegler stated. “As a result of it was positively manner larger than my precise head, and it was exhausting as a result of I used to be doing methods, my associate was lifting me up and it was exhausting on rehearsals, making an attempt to navigate across the head as a result of it was simply so huge.”

Ziegler stated a lot of her followers found out early on it was her: “I’m simply so excited for everybody to see me as a result of lots of my supporters have been guessing me already. And all of my feedback are, ‘are you the Tulip?’ So I’m excited to see how everybody reacts after they get me proper.”

Abdul and Inexperienced got here into the finale with two appropriate guesses, whereas Jeong and Tisdale had one. By the top of the night time, Abdul received the season with 4 appropriate guesses, whereas Inexperienced wound up with three, Tisdale with two and Jeong together with his one.

“The Masked Dancer” contains the characteristic “Phrase Up,” through which every contestant says a one-word clue to their id. Douglas’ first “Phrase Up” was “Primetime,” second “Phrase Up” was “Crew Participant,” third was “Prayer” and fourth was “Cowl Lady.” On Wednesday, her ultimate “Phrase Up” was “Basis.”

This season’s costumes embrace Zebra, Tulip, Sloth, Unique Chicken, Cotton Sweet, Cricket, Disco Ball, Moth, Ice Dice and Hammerhead. Beforehand unmasked had been Oscar de la Hoya because the Zebra, Jordin Sparks because the Unique Chicken, Vinny Guadagnino because the Hammerhead, Brian McKnight because the Cricket, Elizabeth Sensible because the Moth, Invoice Nye the Science Man because the Ice Dice, and Ice-T because the Disco Ball.

The present touts a solid of 10 celebrities which have “amassed greater than 38 million albums offered worldwide, 20 Emmy Award wins, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, 5 New York Instances Greatest-Promoting Writer titles, 4 Olympic gold medals and three Broadway present appearances.”

“The Masked Singer” opened with finalists Cotton Sweet, Tulip and Sloth dancing to “I’ve Had The Time of My Life,” with host Craig Robinson singing the male half.

Right here had been ultimate three contestants and their performances on episode eight, “Highway to the Finals — Ultimate Clues to the Masks!/The Finale — One Final Masks!”:

Cotton Sweet, “The Masked Dancer”
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Cotton Sweet

Dance: “This Is Me,” by Kesha
Phrase Up: “Basis”
Panel guesses: Michelle Kwan, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles
Earlier dances: “Glitter within the Air,” by Pink; “Bitter Sweet,” by Girl Gaga feat. Blackpink; “Nice Balls of Fireplace,” by Jerry Lee Lewis; “Swan Lake Opus 20, Act 1 Finale,” by Tchaikovsky; “Get Prepared (2013 Model),” by 2 Limitless and “Hey Mickey,” by Mickey Combine DH
Earlier Phrase Ups: “Primetime”; “Crew Participant”; “Prayer”; “Cowl Lady”
Earlier panel guesses: Jenna Dewan, Pink, Julianne Hough, Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Gabby Butler, Simone Biles, Hayden Panettiere, Gabby Douglas

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Sloth, “The Masked Dancer”
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Dance: “Ballroom Blitz,” by the Struts
Phrase Up: “Magical”
Panel guesses: Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum
Earlier dances: “What I Like About You,” by the Romantics; “Up The place We Belong,” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes; “Ain’t {That a} Kick within the Head,” by Dean Martin; “Twist Remix,” by Neeraj Shridhar; “Dancing with a Stranger,” by Sam Smith feat. Normani
Earlier Phrase Ups: “Broadway”; “Main man”; “Rose”; “App”
Earlier panel guesses: Matthew Morrison, Kevin Federline, Jason Derulo, Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harry Shum Jr., Hugh Jackman, Jack Black, Patrick Dempsey, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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Tulip, “The Masked Dancer”
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Dance: “Kings & Queens,” by Ava Max
Phrase Up: “Followers”
Panel guesses: Lucy Hale, Mackenzie Ziegler
Earlier dances: “Fergalicious,” by Fergie; “Fields of Gold,” by Eva Cassidy; “Thank U, Subsequent,” by Ariana Grande; “My Boyfriend’s Again,” by The Chiffons; Polka medley
Earlier Phrase Ups: “Triple”; “Princess”; “Lifetime Achievements”; “Butterflies”
Earlier panel guesses: Charli D’Amelio, Ariana Grande, Heather Morris, Sarah Hyland, Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Charli D’Amelio, Simone Biles, Julianne Hough, Liza Koshy, Haylie Duff, Jamie Lyn Spears, Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler, Noah Cyrus, Dove Cameron

Subsequent up, Season 5 of “The Masked Singer: premieres Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, paired at 9 p.m. with the debut of “Recreation of Expertise,” hosted by “Singer” Season 2 winner Wayne Brady. As Selection reported, Season 5 of “Singer” will kick off with visitor host Niecy Nash, who’s filling in for Nick Cannon as he recovers from COVID-19.

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