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The Masked Singer: Kandi Burruss removes the Night Angel mask after winning season three of the hit Fox show

Night Angel’s Kandi Burruss was named the season three winner of The Masked Singer on Wednesday and became the first female winner of the show.

The 44-year-old reality star impressed the jury as the Night Angel with her charisma, smoky voice and musical chops nodding to her early career as a singer / songwriter.

By earning the show’s coveted golden mask, Kandi achieved a goal she was chasing all season long.

The winner: Kandi Burruss removed her Night Angel mask on Wednesday after winning season three of The Masked Singer on Fox

The winner: Kandi Burruss removed her Night Angel mask on Wednesday after winning season three of The Masked Singer on Fox

33-year-old Jesse McCartney, who dressed as the Turtle, came in second, while 33-year-old rapper Bow Wow came in third as the Frog.

Show host Nick Cannon, 39, asked Kandi what it meant for her to win the contest for all the singers who had been on the show.

“It feels incredible!” crowed Kandi, who became famous as a member of the 90s girl group Xscape.

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star has had an impressive career as a musician, producer, actress, businesswoman and member of several reality shows.

Last song: The 44-year-old reality star sang River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner for her last song

Last song: The 44-year-old reality star sang River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner for her last song

Last song: The 44-year-old reality star sang River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner for her last song

Angelic Voice: Night Angel captivated audiences and panelists all season long

Angelic Voice: Night Angel captivated audiences and panelists all season long

Angelic Voice: Night Angel captivated audiences and panelists all season long

Crushed: The reality star crushed it again during the finale

Crushed: The reality star crushed it again during the finale

Crushed: The reality star crushed it again during the finale

Robin Thicke, 43, said he was impressed by Kandi’s “versatility”, calling her catalog of hits “so humble” for him as an artist.

After her exposure, Kandi revealed that she doubted her vocal skills for so long that she would essentially stop doing what she was so good at, which shocked the judges.

“I stopped singing on my own for a long time,” she confessed. “You know, you get negative feedback and you mess with your head.”

First wife: Kandi became the first woman to win the Fox singing competition show

First wife: Kandi became the first woman to win the Fox singing competition show

First wife: Kandi became the first woman to win the Fox singing competition show

Mask Off: The RHOA star performed again with her mask off

Mask Off: The RHOA star performed again with her mask off

Mask Off: The RHOA star performed again with her mask off

“I really appreciate you for helping me rebuild my confidence,” Kandi told the panel.

Nicole Scherzinger, 41, called Night Angel an ‘inspiration’ and said, ‘I feel we all have a Night Angel, that we can take advantage of how powerful and empowered you are when you sing.’

The win may have been even sweeter for Kandi because the final contestants on the show were so good that Nick called it “ the tightest three-way race in Masked Singer’s history. ”

High praise: Nicole Scherzinger, 41, called Night Angel an 'inspiration' and said, 'I feel like we all have a Night Angel, that we can take advantage of how powerful and empowering you are when you sing'

High praise: Nicole Scherzinger, 41, called Night Angel an 'inspiration' and said, 'I feel like we all have a Night Angel, that we can take advantage of how powerful and empowering you are when you sing'

High praise: Nicole Scherzinger, 41, called Night Angel an ‘inspiration’ and said, ‘I feel like we all have a Night Angel, that we can take advantage of how powerful and empowering you are when you sing’

When the episode started, 50-year-old Ken Jeong still celebrated the fact that he correctly guessed the identity of the rhino, former baseball player Barry Zito, 42, on last week’s show.

“Ken, you got a good one this season, and that’s because you stole Jenny’s gamble,” Nick told the actor, who dressed like a king while waving on set.

“I knew Ken’s head was going to get bigger by the end of this season, so I got an even bigger head,” Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, 47, cracked, with a giant cut-out in her fellow judge’s face.

Good guess: Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg rightly suspected Night Angel was Kandi

Good guess: Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg rightly suspected Night Angel was Kandi

Good guess: Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg rightly suspected Night Angel was Kandi

She openly admitted that she had no idea who would eventually win the Golden Mask.

“They are all incredible artists. They are each unique in their gifts, ”Jenny thought.

The first contestant to sing in the final was the Frog, who impressed everyone with his rapping and dancing to the song Bad Boy For Life by Black Rob, Mark Curry and P Diddy.

First: The first contestant to sing in the final was the Frog, who impressed everyone with his rapping and dancing to the song Bad Boy For Life, by Black Rob, Mark Curry and P Diddy

First: The first contestant to sing in the final was the Frog, who impressed everyone with his rapping and dancing to the song Bad Boy For Life, by Black Rob, Mark Curry and P Diddy

First: the first contestant to sing in the final was the Frog, who impressed everyone with his rapping and dancing to the song Bad Boy For Life, by Black Rob, Mark Curry and P Diddy

“That could have been the MTV Music Awards in that performance,” Nicole wondered, as Robin praised the Frog’s ability to race around without losing his breath.

Several judges rightly suspected that the Turtle could be Bow Wow, but they also thought he could be a rapper like Lil ‘Romeo, 30, and Kid Cudi, 36, or entertainer MC Hammer, 58.

Bow Wow said he had known he couldn’t top many of the artists on the show, so he chose songs that showed his ‘swag’ and instead got ‘the people’ behind him.

Choice of people: Bow Wow said he knew he couldn't top many of the artists on the show, so he chose songs that showed his 'swag' and got 'the people' behind him

Choice of people: Bow Wow said he knew he couldn't top many of the artists on the show, so he chose songs that showed his 'swag' and got 'the people' behind him

Choice of people: Bow Wow said he knew he couldn’t top many of the artists on the show, so he chose songs that showed his ‘swag’ and got ‘the people’ behind him

Grand finale: Nick interviewed Bow Wow who revealed he had never done choreography

Grand finale: Nick interviewed Bow Wow who revealed he had never done choreography

Grand finale: Nick interviewed Bow Wow who revealed he had never done choreography

Clues to his identity included an ice cube tray, which nodded to the movie Lottery Ticket, in which he and Ice Cube played together, and a lightning bolt referring to his role in the movie Like Mike.

The next artist was the Turtle, who moved everyone with his emotional rendition of Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go, and made Nicole cry.

“You made the most of every moment you’ve been on this show,” she told him.

“When I started this journey, I had no idea how much this competition would change me as an artist,” said the Turtle. “This has allowed me to take risks that I would never have dreamed of.”

Emotional rendition: Turtle touched everyone with his emotional rendition of Lewis Capaldi's Before You Go and made Nicole cry

Emotional rendition: Turtle touched everyone with his emotional rendition of Lewis Capaldi's Before You Go and made Nicole cry

Emotional rendition: Turtle touched everyone with his emotional rendition of Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go and made Nicole cry

Long journey: “When I started this journey, I had no idea how much this competition would change me as an artist,” said Jesse

In his video, he said that he had ‘many’ almost ‘moments’ in his career. “A lot of things didn’t go the way I planned,” he confirmed. “Despite the ups and downs of this industry, I’ve only gotten a bigger scale, because performance is what I have to do.”

Some judges thought the turtle was Jesse, while others predicted he could be Nick Jonas, 27, Adam Lambert, 38, or Nick Carter, 40.

“This has been a very, very long way,” Jesse admitted, once exposed. “There are so many talented competitors. I’m just stunned to be here. ‘

Baffled finalist: 'There are so many talented competitors. I'm just stunned to be here, ”Jesse told host Nick Cannon

Baffled finalist: 'There are so many talented competitors. I'm just stunned to be here, ”Jesse told host Nick Cannon

Baffled finalist: ‘There are so many talented competitors. I’m just stunned to be here, ”Jesse told host Nick Cannon

His video clues included a bleeding heart, an allusion to Bleeding Love, the song he co-wrote for Leona Lewis, and comic books, a nod to his role as Robin in the superhero cartoon Young Justice.

The Night Angel closed the gigs with a rocking cover of Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High, with Jenny saying, “I’m so happy and thankful you’re on this show.”

She predicted that Night Angel would win, and Kandi’s voice trembled as she responded.

Subtle Clues: Turtle's video clues had a bleeding heart, an allusion to Bleeding Love, the song he co-wrote for Leona Lewis and comic books, a nod to his role as Robin in the superhero cartoon Young Justice

Subtle Clues: Turtle's video clues had a bleeding heart, an allusion to Bleeding Love, the song he co-wrote for Leona Lewis and comic books, a nod to his role as Robin in the superhero cartoon Young Justice

Subtle Clues: Turtle’s video clues had a bleeding heart, an allusion to Bleeding Love, the song he co-wrote for Leona Lewis and comic books, a nod to his role as Robin in the superhero cartoon Young Justice

Finally: Kandi as the Night Angel closed the gigs with a rocking cover of Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High

Finally: Kandi as the Night Angel closed the gigs with a rocking cover of Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High

Finally: Kandi as the Night Angel closed the gigs with a rocking cover of Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High

“Normally I try to get out of the way of the microphone, because I just got the feeling that I wasn’t singing very well anymore,” she admitted. “Your positive words made me feel so good.”

In her video, Kandi described her struggle with self-esteem and said that she was initially afraid of failing when she came to the show thinking she wasn’t ‘enough’.

Her lack of success as a solo artist had led her to develop other solid companies, but she wanted to try singing again to encourage her children to follow their dreams.

Feeling good: Your positive words made me feel so good, “Kandi told the panel

“This experience has allowed me to capture and channel my fear into something much more powerful – a confidence I never knew I could have,” Kandi explained.

Some judges felt that Night Angel was an actress such as Taraji P. Henson, 49, or Tisha Campbell, 51.

But Jenny pointed out that one of the clues showed four grandma’s sparring, and she immediately knew it was a reference to Kandi’s Atlanta Old Lady Gang restaurant.

She also noted that a commercial with the words’ Off the Hook ‘echoed the title of Xscape’s 1995 album, while Robin saw a shot of someone calling up the band’s 1993 single Just Kickin’ It, which he often had bought and listened to.

Singing Star: Robin Thicke agreed with Jenny that Night Angel was Kandi

Singing Star: Robin Thicke agreed with Jenny that Night Angel was Kandi

Singing Star: Robin Thicke agreed with Jenny that Night Angel was Kandi

“You’re a boss and you’re a mogul, and you’re great,” Jenny confidently told the Night Angel before exposing herself. ‘I love you! It’s Kandi Burruss. ‘

Other clues from Night Angel’s video package included fan mail, which referred to the 1999 TLC album Fan Mail, on which Kandi wrote the song No Scrubs, and a snow globe and winter gear, alluding to Kandi’s RHOA spin-off show, Kandi’s Ski Trip, which aired on Bravo.

Fireplace and lighter clues nodded to the name of her daughter Blaze, who was born in November 2019, while shots of lipstick referred to Xscape’s 1998 platinum album Traces of My Lipstick.

Kandi won a Grammy Award in 2000 for her contributions to No Scrubs.

Heavenly appearances: The panelists worked with Kandi after she won the Golden Mask

Heavenly appearances: The panelists worked with Kandi after she won the Golden Mask

Heavenly appearances: The panelists worked with Kandi after she won the Golden Mask

Reality star: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star, seen in Beverly Hills, California in November, performed with the female group Xscape

Reality star: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star, seen in Beverly Hills, California in November, performed with the female group Xscape

Reality star: The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star, seen in Beverly Hills, California in November, performed with the female group Xscape

Season two of The Masked Singer was won by Wayne Brady, 47, and the season one champion was T-Pain, 34.

Kandi was congratulated on social media by Michelle Williams, Andy Cohen and Judge Robin who said the first gold mask won by a woman “couldn’t go to a more deserving person” and sent his love to the singer.

Earning honor: Robin on social media said the first gold mask won by a woman 'couldn't go to a more deserving person' and sent his love to the singer

Earning honor: Robin on social media said the first gold mask won by a woman 'couldn't go to a more deserving person' and sent his love to the singer

Earning honor: Robin on social media said the first gold mask won by a woman ‘couldn’t go to a more deserving person’ and sent his love to the singer

Famous singer: Michelle Williams also took to Twitter to congratulate Kandi

Famous singer: Michelle Williams also took to Twitter to congratulate Kandi

Famous singer: Michelle Williams also took to Twitter to congratulate Kandi

Bravo boss: Andy Cohen also congratulated the RHOA star on Twitter

Bravo boss: Andy Cohen also congratulated the RHOA star on Twitter

Bravo boss: Andy Cohen also congratulated the RHOA star on Twitter

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