The Bee was one of the three finalists of “The Masked Singer.” He competed against the Peacock and the Monster in the singing competition series’ final episode “The Final Mask is Lifted,” which aired on February 27, 2019 on Fox.
As a guest panelist, Kenan Thompson joined resident panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger and host Nick Cannon. The Bee was the second finalist to perform.
“You may ask, did I train for this show?” the Bee said. “Well, I won a singing competition before the panelists were even born. Peacock may have those Vegas clues but I once had the number-one rated show on the Vegas strip. I’m no stranger to show business.”
Viewers learned that while the Bee has been entertaining people for almost seven decades, she has never done anything quite like “The Masked Singer” and she came on the show determined to connect with a new generation. For her, winning the Golden Mask would help her prove that music is universal.
By singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, the Bee exhibited her sultry voice. She performed with a crew of dancers around her.
Released on October 22, 1991, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is one of the songs from Raitt’s 11th studio album titled “Luck of the Draw.” The song was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin.
After the Bee’s performance of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” the judges were in awe and gave her a standing ovation. Scherzinger said the masked singer does everything in her own timing so it was like hearing the songs for the first time.
Thicke praised the hope and light the Bee gives to everyone when she sings. Thompson guessed Gladys Knight while Jeong guessed Anita Baker.
According to the Bee, she has always been a people person and she loves the respect from the judges. Watch her performance of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” here: