Kandi Burruss recently made history as the first female artist to win “The Masked Singer” on Wednesday, May 20. Donning a Night Angel costume, the singer-songwriter beat out the Turtle (Jesse McCartney) and the Frog (Bow Wow) in the season 3 finale.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality star shared in an interview with Nick Cannon, the show host, that she felt “incredible” about being the first female champion. “For a long time I really stopped singing by myself. You get negative feedback so it kind of messes with your head. I had really stopped and I really appreciate you guys for helping me build my confidence back up,” she said to Cannon.
After the winner was announced on Fox, Burruss posted a photo on Instagram that showed her clad in her costume. In her caption, she revealed that she was going to talk about her experience on the secret singing competition series in an Instagram Live story and on Facebook. Some people claimed that they knew Burruss was underneath the mask all along.
Throughout the competition, many clues were given that hinted at Burruss’ identity. At the beginning of the season, Burruss walked into three motel rooms that were numbered 4,5,6. Burruss was featured on the song “4, 5, 6” with artist Solé and JT Money in 1999. One room contained three duck bills, a reference to the Destiny’s Child song “Bills, Bills, Bills” that the Georgia peach helped write. Another room was filled with a group of older women, alluding to Burruss’ Old Lady Gang restaurant.
Fans were ecstatic over Burruss’ big win.
“Real Fans knew since the beginning! 😍😍🔥😘🔥😍🎉🎉🎉.”
“I’m so happy for you 😍😍😍.”
“Congratulations Night Angel 👏👏👏👏👏 I knew it was you from the first note! Been a fan for years 👏👏👏.”
“So deserved, you killed it the entire season! ❤️ Congrats 👏.”
“Almost cried when you took your mask off. Well-deserved win, CONGRATS! 🎉.”
“So proud of you fav 💖.”
“Girl u wasn’t fooling nobody from day 1 😃😃😃.”
“She’s embedded in y’all mfn BRAIN 🧠@kandi is here to stay baby!!! I ❤️ it. What’s not to love about a boss 🙌🏽 Congratulations boo.”
“You deserve it & I knew it was you.”
In honor of her huge accomplishment, the former “Xscape” member released her new single, “Used to Love Me” on Wednesday, May 20, sharing that “The Masked Singer” gave her the confidence to sing again.