Entertainment

The Masked Singer fans brand final result a ‘FIX’ as Natalie Imbruglia wins over Charlotte Church


Natalie Imbruglia was crowned the winner of The Masked Singer 2022 on Saturday night after being revealed as Panda. 

The songstress, 47, beat Charlotte Church, 35, who was unmasked as Mushroom in second place and Westlife star Mark Feehily, 41, who was revealed to be Robobunny in third place. 

And fans of the ITV competition were quick to take to social media, where they branded the result a ‘fix,’ insisting that operatic singer Charlotte should have taken the crown. 

Winner! The Masked Singer viewers have branded the final result a ‘FIX’ as Natalie Imbruglia’s Panda won over Charlotte Church’s Mushroom and Westlife’s Mark Feehily’s Robobunny

One dumbfounded viewer blasted: ‘wtf???? Panda’s voice was s**t. It’s a fix. #MaskedSingerUK,’ while someone else tweeted: ‘Mushroom was robbed!!! What a fix!!! ���� #MaskedSingerUK.’ 

Another viewer fumed: ‘Well that’s me changing the channel now! Absolute b**locks that panda won against robo bunny and mushroom, your audience needs looking at!!! Clearly a fix! What a waste of an evening !! #MaskedSingerUK.’ 

‘How anybody in that audience thinks Panda is a better singer than Robbobunny or Mushroom is beyond me? Mushroom absolutely robbed. Has to be a fix. #MaskedSingerUK,’ mused someone else.

‘Masked Singer what a bl**dy fix!! Can’t believe that Mushroom didn’t win? Who is seriously voting? #MaskedSingerUK,’ asked another.   

Robbed! Fans of the ITV competition were quick to take to social media, where they insisted that operatic singer Charlotte should have taken the crown

Robbed! Fans of the ITV competition were quick to take to social media, where they insisted that operatic singer Charlotte should have taken the crown

Fan reaction: Viewers were unimpressed that Natalie won over Charlotte and Mark

Fan reaction: Viewers were unimpressed that Natalie won over Charlotte and Mark

When contacted by TSWT, an ITV spokesperson said: ‘The Masked Singer winner is decided by the studio audience.’ 

Natalie impressed judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Joss Stone on Saturday night when she sang Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space, before performing a duet with comedian Jason Manford, who was Hedgehog in series one. 

This year’s final saw Panda, Mushroom and Robobunny battle it out to be crowned the 2022 champion after beating off competition from nine other quirky characters. 

Amazing! Natalie was crowned the winner of The Masked Singer 2022 on Saturday night after being revealed as Panda

Amazing! Natalie was crowned the winner of The Masked Singer 2022 on Saturday night after being revealed as Panda

Yay! Natalie impressed judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Joss Stone on the night when she sang Taylor Swift's hit Blank Space on the night

Yay! Natalie impressed judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Joss Stone on the night when she sang Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space on the night

Speaking after the unmasking Natalie said: ‘I just loved being Panda! I stayed in an American accent the whole time to hide it! 

‘I really thought Rita and Davina would guess as they know me! I got to make friends with a Mushroom and Robobunny. It’s just been great.’ 

Speaking in an interview after the show Natalie explained why she decided to take part in the series, saying: ‘I did it for my son. He loves the character I chose. 

Shock: Speaking after the unmasking she said: 'I just loved being Panda! I stayed in an American accent the whole time to hide it!'

Shock: Speaking after the unmasking she said: ‘I just loved being Panda! I stayed in an American accent the whole time to hide it!’

Reaction: She added: 'I really thought Rita and Davina (pictured during the unveiling) would guess as they know me! I got to make friends with a Mushroom and Robobunny'

Reaction: She added: ‘I really thought Rita and Davina (pictured during the unveiling) would guess as they know me! I got to make friends with a Mushroom and Robobunny’

Thrilled: The five judges were all equally as shocked to see that it was singer Natalie behind the mask, after none of them guessed her identity correctly

Thrilled: The five judges were all equally as shocked to see that it was singer Natalie behind the mask, after none of them guessed her identity correctly 

‘I also thought it would be fun to sing with a mask on, no need to spend hours in hair and make-up. I liked the idea of hiding my identity and putting on an accent to throw people off the scent. I guess it’s also an acting gig.’

Asked if it was hard keeping it all a secret she added: ‘I found it quite hard as I’m a very open person. So, I had to create some interesting white lies about what I was working on and I had to avoid people which wasn’t hard as we worked long hours.’

Natalie went on to explain that she got very nervous during the competition, saying: ‘I was terrified and I can’t remember the first two performances. 

Huge star: Charlotte was unmasked as Mushroom in second place earlier in the night after wowing with her operatic voice

Huge star: Charlotte was unmasked as Mushroom in second place earlier in the night after wowing with her operatic voice 

‘I thought the mask would make me feel more confident but it took a while to get used to. Your voice is booming back at you so that is strange at first. By the third performance I was loving it. You sweat a lot too so that made me feel better about eating all the treats in the dressing room.’ 

Speaking in her final interview Charlotte, 35, gave her reasons for taking part, explaining: ‘I took on the challenge because I liked the idea of the show being entirely centered around the voice, and I haven’t sung in the public eye for quite some time now so it felt like the perfect opportunity. 

‘Also, I really wanted to design my own costume as I thought this would be very exciting to do, and it really was.’

There he is! Mark was unmasked as Robobunny during the final and ended up finishing the competition in third place

There he is! Mark was unmasked as Robobunny during the final and ended up finishing the competition in third place

On the issue of secret-keeping she added: ‘It’s REALLY hard to keep the secret! I’ve even had to lie to my own mum.

‘I’m very excited for the big reveal, I think the majority of my friends and family will be very surprised because I don’t generally do too much in the public eye anymore, as I’m quite a private person. So, everyone will be incredibly shocked.’ 

Meanwhile Mark told why he wanted to sign up for the show, saying: ‘I was craving to do something different, outside of my comfort zone vocally, I really wanted to add comedy to my character so when it was agreed I would be allowed to do the two-voice thing I signed up.’

He then explained by he picked his unusual character: ‘For me when I saw Robobunny I immediately came up with the idea that the rabbit could duet with the robot and there could be two different characters which got me so excited… 

Star: Robobunny kicked off the show with a emotional rendition of Run by Snow Patrol, with the judges heaping praise on the vocals and guessing it could be Ronan Keating or Charlie Simpson

Star: Robobunny kicked off the show with a emotional rendition of Run by Snow Patrol, with the judges heaping praise on the vocals and guessing it could be Ronan Keating or Charlie Simpson

Costume: Next up to perform was Panda who sang Taylor Swift's hit Blank Space and Rita and Davina guessed afterwards that it could be High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens

Costume: Next up to perform was Panda who sang Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space and Rita and Davina guessed afterwards that it could be High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens

Quirky: Taking to the stage last was Mushroom who sang an opera song and wowed the judging panel. They guessed it could be Charlotte Church or Sheridan Smith

Quirky: Taking to the stage last was Mushroom who sang an opera song and wowed the judging panel. They guessed it could be Charlotte Church or Sheridan Smith

‘I only wanted to do it if I could do something different to what had been done before and the feedback on Robobunny being unique and a first has been very strong.’

Robobunny kicked off the show with Run by Snow Patrol, with the judges heaping praise on the vocals and guessing it could be Ronan Keating or Charlie Simpson. 

Next up to perform was Panda who sang Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space and Rita and Davina guessed afterwards that it could be High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. 

Taking to the stage last was Mushroom who sang an opera song and wowed the judging panel. They guessed it could be Charlotte Church or Sheridan Smith. 

Happy: After the big reveal Charlotte said on Twitter: 'I absolutely loved being your Mushroom, what a joy to be a part of something so focused on singing, which I love!'

Happy: After the big reveal Charlotte said on Twitter: ‘I absolutely loved being your Mushroom, what a joy to be a part of something so focused on singing, which I love!’

Solo: After being revealed Mark said he's found a confidence he 'didn't know he had' performing on The Masked Singer

Solo: After being revealed Mark said he’s found a confidence he ‘didn’t know he had’ performing on The Masked Singer

The trio also enlisted the help of former The Masked Singer stars as they performed show-stopping duets as well as their solo numbers.

The show saw the return of the first Masked Singer UK champion Nicola Roberts aka Queen Bee as she took to the stage to perform with Robobunny. They sang the iconic duet I Knew You Were Waiting for Me by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. 

Comedian Jason Manford, who was Hedgehog in series one, was back as he sang It Takes Two alongside Panda.

She's back: Joss Stone returned to the show this year to make a guest appearance on the judging panel

She’s back: Joss Stone returned to the show this year to make a guest appearance on the judging panel 

Contestants: This year's final saw Panda, Mushroom and Robobunny battle it out to be crowned the 2022 champion after beating off competition from nine other quirky characters

Contestants: This year’s final saw Panda, Mushroom and Robobunny battle it out to be crowned the 2022 champion after beating off competition from nine other quirky characters 

While series two’s Robin, aka Aston Merrygold, made an exciting comeback as he duetted with Mushroom. They say Rihanna’s dance hit We Found Love.

Meanwhile, also making a triumphant return was last year’s champion Joss Stone (Sausage), who this time swapped the stage for the judging panel as she joined Davina, Mo, Rita and Jonathan in trying to figure out the final three celebs.

The You Had Me hitmaker, 34, looked sensational in a sparkling silver jumpsuit as she joined in with the festivities of the show. 

All hail the Queen! The show saw the return of the first Masked Singer UK champion Nicola Roberts aka Queen Bee as she took to the stage to perform with Robobunny

All hail the Queen! The show saw the return of the first Masked Singer UK champion Nicola Roberts aka Queen Bee as she took to the stage to perform with Robobunny

What a duo: Robobunny and Queen Bee put on a very special performance

What a duo: Robobunny and Queen Bee put on a very special performance

Other guests featured during the third series included Dame Joan Collins and Olly Alexander.

Throughout this year’s series, the celebrity sleuths and viewers alike have been entertained by a plethora of dazzling performances, while being equally perplexed as they tried to guess who was behind the masks. 

The first casualty of this year’s contest was M People singer Heather Small, who was the first celebrity to be voted off after being unveiled as unveiled as Chandelier. 

Look who it is: Comedian Jason Manford, who was Hedgehog in series one, was back as he sang alongside Panda

Look who it is: Comedian Jason Manford, who was Hedgehog in series one, was back as he sang alongside Panda

Aaaw: Hedgehog and Panda shared a sweet moment on stage after their performance

Aaaw: Hedgehog and Panda shared a sweet moment on stage after their performance

He's back! While series two's Robin, aka Aston Merrygold, made an exciting comeback as he duetted with Mushroom

He’s back! While series two’s Robin, aka Aston Merrygold, made an exciting comeback as he duetted with Mushroom

Romances: Mushroom and Robin certainly knew how to entertain the crowd

Romances: Mushroom and Robin certainly knew how to entertain the crowd

Next out was Loose Women’s Gloria Hunniford, whose performance in her Snow Leopard costume failed to impress. 

The third star out was singer Will Young, who turned out to be Lionfish, while tennis legend Pat Cash became the fourth celebrity to be voted out after being unveiled as Bagpipes.

Next up was Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, who left the judged stumped when he was unmasked as poodle.  

Hello there! Meanwhile, also making a triumphant return was last year's champion Joss Stone (Sausage), who this time swapped the stage for the judging panel

Hello there! Meanwhile, also making a triumphant return was last year’s champion Joss Stone (Sausage), who this time swapped the stage for the judging panel

Dazzling display: The You Had Me hitmaker, 34, looked sensational in a sparkling silver jumpsuit as she joined in with the festivities of the show

Dazzling display: The You Had Me hitmaker, 34, looked sensational in a sparkling silver jumpsuit as she joined in with the festivities of the show

A pleasure: Other guests featured during the third series included Dame Joan Collins (pictured with Davina) and Olly Alexander

A pleasure: Other guests featured during the third series included Dame Joan Collins (pictured with Davina) and Olly Alexander

Week six saw a double elimination with Jaime Winstone and Michael Owen voted out in sixth and seventh place as Firework and Doughnuts respectively. 

Meanwhile week seven saw yet another double elimination with Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams being outed as Rockhopper and singer Aled Jones unveiled as Traffic Cone.  

And amid all the performances and eliminations, the final three contestants have managed to allude everyone by keeping their true identities hidden – until the the final show that is!

First out: Heather Small was the first celebrity to be unveiled after hiding in a chandelier costume

Out second: Snow Leopard was unmasked as the show's oldest ever contestant, Gloria Hunniford

First two out: Heather Small was the first celebrity to be unveiled after hiding in a chandelier costume, while Gloria Hunniford was unveiled as Snow Leopard

Number three: Will Young was the third celebrity to be eliminated from the nation's favourite guessing game last Saturday after being revealed as Lionfish

Number three: Will Young was the third celebrity to be eliminated from the nation’s favourite guessing game last Saturday after being revealed as Lionfish

Farewell: Pat Cash was the fourth out after failing to impress as bagpipes

Farewell: Pat Cash was the fourth out after failing to impress as bagpipes 

A whole host of wrong (or right!) guesses hadbeen thrown their way, with predictions for Panda’s true identity ranging from Amanda Holden, Cheryl and Alesha Dixon.

While fans and judges have tipped the likes of The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, Vinny Jones and Danny Jones of McFly to be Robobunny.

With Charlotte Church, Sheridan Smith and Irish actress Aisling Bea being names associated with Mushroom. 

Fifth to go: Next up was Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, who left the judged stumped when he was unmasked as poodle

Fifth to go: Next up was Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, who left the judged stumped when he was unmasked as poodle

Take it off! Week six saw a double elimination with Jaime Winstone unmasked as Firework

Do-nut believe it: Michael Owen was revealed as Doughnuts

Take it off! Week six saw a double elimination with Jaime Winstone and Michael Owen voted out in sixth and seventh place as Firework and Doughnuts respectively

Who would've guessed! Meanwhile week seven saw yet another double elimination with Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams being outed as Rockhopper

Who would’ve guessed! Meanwhile week seven saw yet another double elimination with Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams being outed as Rockhopper

Leaving: While Aled Jones narrowly missed out on the final after being revealed as Traffic Cone

Leaving: While Aled Jones narrowly missed out on the final after being revealed as Traffic Cone

The reality show originated in South Korea and its success spawned similar shows across the world including the UK and the US.

The first UK series saw former Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts revealed as the voice behind Queen Bee and was crowned the winner.

While the most recent series saw Joss Stone soar to victory after successfully hiding her identity in a Sausage costume. 

Winner! Joss Stone was crowned the champion of The Masked Singer 2021, after she bamboozled the judges as Sausage

Success: She was so good, in fact, that panellists Jonathan, Davina, Mo and Rita failed to correctly guess her identity before she took off her mask

Winner! Joss Stone was crowned the champion of The Masked Singer 2021, after she bamboozled the judges as Sausage

2020 winner! Nicola Roberts won the 2020 series after she was revealed as Queen Bee and she returned as a guest judge on the 2021 final (pictured on show in 2020)

2020 winner! Nicola Roberts won the 2020 series after she was revealed as Queen Bee and she returned as a guest judge on the 2021 final (pictured on show in 2020) 

.



Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.