During Group A’s finale performance on Fox's The Masked Singer, it was revealed that the Skunk singer was none other than R&B legend and the First Lady of Bad Boy, Faith Evans.
Evans shared that the show helped her return to the stage after she took time off to attend to her teenage son, Ryder, who is autistic.
In an interview with People, Evans revealed that returning, "felt great, because I could do it still even after not having done performances in so long. It's not like I walk around the house singing every day. I literally have not been performing or singing, so it definitely reassured me that you can still do this."
Evans revealed she and her son have "been going through a lot of legal stuff with the school district."
ed she and her son have "been going through a lot of legal stuff with the school district."
“We actually pulled him out of school before the pandemic, so he’s been privately homeschooled for a while,” she said. “There are so many moving parts to navigate, having a child with special needs, so I chose to shut my schedule down as far as that. This was a great honor to have this opportunity and it’s based in L.A. and I had enough time to put things in order for someone to be at home with my son while I was working. I said, ‘Why not?'”
On the show, Evans performed classics such as James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips and Etta James’ “At Last” among other timeless classics.
Host Nick Cannon stated this vote was the closest in the history of the show.
Her first-round performance of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” coupled with her zealous second-round performance of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (with Michael Bolton) wowed the audience and panelists.
The panelists guessed Mary J. Blige, except for Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, who hit the nail on the head with their guesses. Thicke has always thought it was Evans since the beginning of the competition as he recognized her voice.