Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss has been crowned the winner of the third season of The Masked Singer. Burruss was dressed as the “Night Angel,” which hid her face and identity through the show’s season.

Judge Jenny McCarthy had predicted the night angel’s win multiple times throughout the season – and even guessed that it was Burruss behind the mask. McCarthy was blown away by Burruss and even said that her performance of “Black Velvet” by Allanah Myles during the top 6 round was the greatest in The Masked Singer history.

Burruss has become the first female singer to win the competition and close out the show by singing “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner

Burruss commented on her win. “When I first got here I was terrified of failure, because for so long I had convinced myself that I wasn’t enough,” she said. “When I didn’t find success as a solo artist, I decided to develop other businesses behind the scenes; I did what I had to do, because I’m a mother. But as my kids have grown, it’s gotten harder to tell them to chase their dreams when I wasn’t chasing my own. So I’m here to win, not just for myself but for all women!”

The contestant that came in second place was dressed as a Turtle and revealed himself to be Jesse McCartney. He said, “I had no idea how much this competition would change me as an artist. It’s allowed me to take risks I would have normally never dreamed of.… I’ve only grown a thicker shell, because performing is what I’m meant to do, and coming back to this stage is proof of my resilience.”

Burruss and McCartney both released singles on Wednesday.

In third place was the Frog who is really Bow Wow. The rapper explained how participating in The Masked Singer had also helped him grow. “I wasn’t a singer,” he said. “I wasn’t a dancer. I felt like I couldn’t even compete. After years of people always having things to say about me on social media, I started to really doubt myself. But the more that I pushed myself, the more that I felt like I was exactly in the right place. I’ve proven that as a rapper, I’ve got just as much vocal chops as the singers.… This experience has allowed me to get back to my first love, which is music.”

Fox has announced that the fourth season of The Masked Singer will premiere in the fall. However, it is unclear of what that will look like due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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