Badger has officially become the 11th contestant to leave The Masked Singer, being unmasked as Ne-Yo.
Rita Ora and guest judge Nicola Roberts guessed right at the last minute, with fans guessing the superstar on social media.
Chatting about his experience, the So Sick hitmaker said: ‘The secrecy at filming was, to say the least, EXTREME. I doubt Fort Knox has more security!’
‘Aside from it being terribly hot, I loved my mask and costume! The Rock n’ Roll Badger has become a part of my life and will forever hold a special place in my heart!’ he added.
The 41-year-old went on to say: ‘It was so hard not to laugh at some of the panel’s guesses. They REALLY had no clue who I was and I loved it!’
There were plenty of clues pointing Ne-Yo’s way, including that he sang Kelly Clarkson’s Because Of You during his appearance on the show. The singer – real name Shaffer Chimere Smith – has a song with Rihanna called Because Of You.
He also referenced coding in a couple of clue packages, with the singer previously investing in a coding school.
Meanwhile, his talk of being ‘anonymous’ referred to his beginnings as a songwriter.
He made it all the way to the final but was unmasked at the final stage of the competition by judges Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora, and Mo Gilligan.
The latest episode of the show saw all three remaining singers take to the stage, which consisted of Sausage, Robin and Badger.
The unmasking comes after Dragon was eliminated last week, with fans being shocked to see comedian and presenter Sue Perkins behind the mask, while Gabrielle was behind the Harlequin mask.
In previous weeks, Viking was unveiled as A-ha Morten Harket after singing his own song on the show, and Blob turned out to be Sir Lenny Henry.
Bush Baby was unveiled as John Thomson, with Grandfather Clock being revealed as football legend Glenn Hoddle.
Martine McCutcheon surprised everyone when she was revealed as Swan, while Mel B was unveiled as Seahorse and Mel B as Alien.
The Masked Singer is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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:
- Who is Sausage?
- Who is Badger?
- 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