Neighbours actor Bonnie Anderson has won The Masked Singer 2020, after being unveiled as the Bushranger.
Songstress Kate Miller-Heidke was runner-up as Queen and writer-performer Eddie Perfect finished third as Frillneck.
All three had been hotly tipped on social media for the past few weeks, while Dannii Minogue & Jackie O both guessed Bonnie Anderson & Kate Miller-Heidke, and Urzila Carlson correctly guessed Eddie Perfect.
It was a most unusual finale given the amount of green screen to pull off the fact three cities were in play, with Jackie O & host Osher Gunsberg in Sydney and Urzila Carlson in a hotel room in Auckland.
But producers Warner Bros. did a top job given the technical challenges, including scenes were Gunsberg was virtually standing side by side with singers on stage. Under such trying conditions it was almost seamless (save for Urzila’s very big hands).
Anderson said of her participation, “I haven’t really been singing, Neighbours has taken a lot of my time. This has sparked a fire in me, and it’s nice to know I can do this. I can’t believe I’ve won this thing, it has blown my mind!”
Kate Miller-Heidke said, “It’s super liberating. I got to leave myself and my normal hang-ups behind and step into this really strong, larger-than-life character.”
Eddie Perfect added: “It was a scary thing to do, and I didn’t want to say no to something just because it scared me. I thought I would live to regret that.”
The finale caps off a challenging season for 10 in which 17 staff tested positive to coronavirus, sending the entire production team into a 2 week lockdown.
Despite the headlines, the show has performed well for 10, which has already announced it will screen The Masked Singer USA soon.