‘Masked Singer’ winner shocks judges, fans

‘Masked Singer’ winner shocks judges, fans

None of the judges expected this final “Masked Singer” reveal. SPOILER ALERT: This video includes season finale results.

T-Pain, revealed Wednesday as the man inside Monster and the inaugural winner of Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” tells USA TODAY the one-eyed, gap-toothed creature helped him overcome his initial reluctance to be part of the hit singing competition.

“I didn’t really get into it until I saw the choices for the costume. Once I saw Monster, I was like, ‘I just want to wear that thing.’ I wasn’t going to pass by that Monster,” says the Grammy-winning singer, who fell for the one-eyed, gap-toothed, aqua-tinged fuzzball that seems more likely to inspire hugs than fear.

“I got into the (competition) just to wear the costume. As long as I got to wear it once, I was fine. … I didn’t think I was going to get past the first episode,” says T-Pain, whose birth name is Faheem Rasheed Najm.

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