The Masked Singer UK star Aston Merrygold was gobsmacked by the fact that he starred on the same show as Ne-Yo as the final contestants were unmasked.
On tonight’s final of the singing competition, Sausage was crowned the winner, with singer Joss Stone unveiled as the celebrity underneath the costume.
Before Joss was announced as the victor, Robin was unmasked as JLS singer Aston while Badger was revealed to be American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo shortly afterwards.
Aston, who turned 33 today, shared his live reactions to Badger and Sausage’s unveilings on Instagram.
In a video shared on his Instagram Story, the singer filmed his astonishment to Ne-Yo appearing on stage, writing in the caption: ‘@neyo we need to link up no games!!!!!!!’
In a second clip, Aston looked shocked while resting his face on one of his hands, stating: ‘Yo, I was in the same show as Ne-Yo you know! Wow.’
Who knows… perhaps in the not too distant future we’re going to be hearing about an Aston and Ne-Yo collaboration!
To mark his 33rd birthday, Aston shared a 16-minute video on Instagram, in which he sang several of the tunes he performed on The Masked Singer UK.
The first one on the list was Ne-Yo’s 2008 hit Closer, which Aston admitted was his favourite song to sing on the programme.
‘Ne-Yo was on the show and I sang Ne-Yo’s song. In front of Ne-Yo. That’s not ok,’ he said, clearly still processing what went down in the series finale.
When he finished the song, Aston gave a ‘shoutout to Ne-Yo for that one’, adding that he’s going to try to ‘chill’ as his ‘real fanboy comes out’.
After he was eliminated from the competition, Aston said it was ‘quite exciting’ holding onto the knowledge that his friends and family ‘had no idea’ that he was taking part.
‘I loved my outfit and character. As soon as your mask goes on something takes over and that’s it you’re a whole different… I was about to say person but, yeah, you’re the furthest thing from being a person on this show!’ he said.
Ne-Yo said that while he found his Badger costume ‘terribly hot’ he ‘loved’ his overall look.
‘The Rock n’ Roll Badger has become a part of my life and will forever hold a special place in my heart!’ he stated.
The Masked Singer UK is available to watch on ITV Player.
The Masked Singer series 2: Who is behind each mask?
With the nation more or less confined to their living rooms every Saturday night, The Masked Singer has proven to be something of a lockdown 3.0 saviour. While the performances are of course a draw, most of the fun lies in guessing just who is behind each mask. Here are the clues and theories so far:
- UNMASKED: Alien was Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- UNMASKED: Seahorse was Mel B
- UNMASKED: Swan was Martine McCutcheon
- UNMASKED: Grandfather Clock was Glenn Hoddle
- UNMASKED: Bush baby was John Thomson
- UNMASKED: The Viking was Morten Harket
- UNMASKED: The Blob is Lenny Henry
- UNMASKED: The Dragon is Sue Perkins
- UNMASKED: Harlequin is Gabrielle
- UNMASKED: Robin is Aston Merrygold
- UNMASKED: Badger is Ne-Yo
- UNMASKED: Sausage is Joss Stone