The Bee was one of the five mystery celebrity singers who performed in “The Masked Singer” Season 1 episode 8 titled “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking,” which aired on February 20, 2019 on Fox. He competed against the Monster, the Lion, the Rabbit and the Peacock.
As a guest panelist, Kenan Thompson joined resident panels Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger and host Nick Cannon in “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking.” The Bee was the last to perform.
In the Bee’s clue reel, she said some members of the panel were convinced that she was the queen of the Pips, who is Gladys Knight. But she gave an idea that she could have been giving mixed messages.
As the Bee noted, she has become very competitive as an insect and nobody makes a peach cobbler quite like Bee, a hint at Patti LaBelle. The masked singer said she wanted to make it to the end so was serving up a powerful song by her good friend Aretha Franklin.
Indeed, the Bee performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” a single released by Franklin in September 1967 on the Atlantic label. Carole King and Gerry Goffin co-wrote the song for Franklin with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler.
King has performed and recorded her version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Many other performers have performed and record the song, as well, including Celine Dion and Mary J. Blige.
After hearing the Bee’s performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” Thompson was sure she was Knight and noted that those who could not recognize it were not in their right mind. But Jeong believed she could be Anita Baker.
“Behind this mask, it’s difficult because I’m cut off from you,” the Bee revealed. “I need to see, touch and feel you whether I’m performing or just walking down the street.”
Watch the Bee’s performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” here: