On Wednesday night, the season finale for Fox’s newest celebrity competition series “The Masked Dancer” aired, and, in typical masked TV gameshow fashion, three finalists were unmasked and a champion was crowned (well, handed a trophy).
The contestant known to audience members as Cotton Candy won the first ever “Masked Dancer” title, and the celebrity behind the mask was none other than the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas.
In an interview with Hollywood Life, Douglas shared her her feelings about participating in the show.
“I can’t even put words to it,” she said. “The whole entire experience was so fun. I loved every single challenge. I loved putting in hard work and effort. It has honestly inspired and just kind of awakened this passion in me to even dance more.”
Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) is the first-ever #TheMaskedDancer champion! The Olympian talks about her "extraordinary" win, that crazy fall & more. Exclusive interview: https://t.co/yFZfIZJtH3 pic.twitter.com/8qMCAvsJrT— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) February 18, 2021
The show’s four panelists had a hunch that Cotton Candy was an athlete, CNN reports. Ashley Tisdale incorrectly guessed the dancer was Simone Biles, Ken Jeong guessed Michelle Kwan, Brian Austin Green picked Tara Lapinski, while Paula Abdul correctly guessed Douglas was behind the mask.
Who were the other finalists?
Douglas’ runner-up was “Dancing with the Stars” veteran Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who performed disguised as Sloth, and the third place winner was “Dance Moms” star Mackenzie Ziegler who was dressed as Tulip, Yahoo! reports.
Will there be a Season 2?
According to Deadline, “The Masked Dancer” was billed as a “limited masked event” but the series’ showrunner/executive producer James Breen is optimistic about future seasons.
“We all hope it does (continue on for more seasons), but now it’s an event,” Breen said in December (via Deadline). “Obviously we want to keep going forever and I think there’s potential, it’s a really fun show so I hope it goes for as long as it can.”