Las Vegas Strip headliner Donny Osmond has been unmasked.
The famous male mainstay of the Donny & Marie production in the duo’s eponymous theater at Flamingo Las Vegas was indeed the costumed Peacock on the Fox-TV competition show.
The format in the eight-show series was for judges Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger to attempt to guess singers’ hidden identities (guest judges included Keenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live,” Joel McHale and comic J.B. Smoove. Nick Cannon hosted.
NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, comic Margaret Cho, and stage performer Rumer Willis and actress Tori Spelling were among the costumed celeb contestants. The performers dropped clues through performances and recorded interviews in each broadcast.
Woke up today wondering if I was a human or a #peacock.🦚😉 If you haven't seen the @MaskedSingerFox #finale yet, you can watch it online here: https://t.co/chrFAZS33e #unmasked #TheMaskedSinger pic.twitter.com/rlbGC3UTzt
— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) February 28, 2019
Osmond did not miss any stage time while toggling between tapings in L.A. and the show in Vegas. He told the judges that every night he was done with the show, he flew to Vegas and performed that night.
Clues from last Wednesday’s episode included a cut-away of the Peacock where a pink Flamingo was visible in the background. The character also referred to his “partner” (Marie? Anyone?) and his fans as “soldiers of perfection” (he recorded “Soldier of Love” in 1989). He also said he was known “the most well-rounded of the flock,” a likely reference to the vast Osmond family of entertainers.
In October, Osmond announced the Donny & Marie show will close its 11-year run at Flamingo in December. Neither Marie nor the hotel has confirmed these plans officially, but in the coming weeks are expected to formally call a halt to the show at the end of the year.
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