Everyone loves to guess the identities of the contestants on The Masked Singer US season 8. When it came to the identity of Harp, though, fans pretty much nailed it from the start.
The show’s new format meant that there were only four performances during the season 8 premiere and only one moved forward after winning the title of Queen/King of Masked Singer for the night. After a breathtaking performance, that title went to Harp. Harp rose above the noise on opening night to land the distinction of Queen of Masked Singer. Hedgehog and Knight were unmasked and sent home, and Hummingbird’s identity would be revealed in week 2.
Harp managed to hang on through the semifinals after Snowstorm was knocked out of the competition so that Harp and Lambs would face off in the finals. We have Harp and Lambs' journey to the finals mapped out if you need a refresher.
So who was Harp? Let's find out!
Who is Harp on The Masked Singer?
Fans had it figured out from the very start. Harp was none other than Glee alum Amber Riley. Though she tried to hide her voice and sing with different pitches to throw the judges off, ultimately her identity was figured out the moment she started singing.
Who is Harp on The Masked Singer US? Song picks
In week 3, Harp sang "Thank You for Being a Friend," the theme song from The Golden Girls as part of TV Theme night.
In week 2, Harp sang Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for Vegas Night.
In week 1, Harp performed Pink’s "Perfect" and she was pretty darn perfect in the eyes of the fans and judges.
You can watch her performance below.
Who is Harp on The Masked Singer US? Show clues
The show clues were, as always, both helpful and misleading. Just when you think you have Harp’s identity figured out, new possibilities spring up.
Harp revealed that her weakness is "players" and her clue was that she’s a "luxury car fan."
When asked about her proudest accomplishment, the clue provided a wealth of information. "I think maybe the award I won for my acting. No, actually the one I won for my singing. No, it’s probably the one for my comedy because I got to share that with my besties."
And then there’s her package voiceover. As Harp was being introduced, this is what she had to say about herself: "I can’t believe I’m here on premiere night. But I will tell you, life has a funny way of putting you where you need to be. When I was a teenager, I auditioned for the biggest show in the world. It was my dream. But I didn’t fit the mold and was turned down. I was devastated. But I knew I had to keep going. It was my uniqueness that later gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. And became an idol for anyone who felt like an outsider. The no’s in my life made me very strong. But I’m not taking no for an answer tonight."
Who is Harp on The Masked Singer US? Theories
Based on the clues, her voice and her performance style, fans across social media were convinced they knew the identity of Harp, and they were right.
Unlike other Masked Singer contestants who evoke lots of guesses, fans were pretty convinced that Harp was Glee star Amber Riley.
The harp on @MaskedSingerFOX is 110% Amber Riley. ABSOLUTELY no way it’s notSeptember 22, 2022
Masked singer spoilers ///// I knew the harp was amber Riley before she opened her mouth bc she said “and I am telling you” lolSeptember 22, 2022
Amber Riley is the Harp and that clue is a reference to when she did The Wiz live. There is absolutely no mistaking those vocals. You've got way too many Gleeks here to try and confuse us. 😂September 22, 2022
All those "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" clues for Harp really point to Amber Riley since she played Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls. Also any Glee fan knows that voice!September 22, 2022
My Masked Singer guesses: Harp = Amber Riley*Lambs = Wilson Phillips* Amber Riley needs to be on TV on the regular. Immensely talented, lovely person. I always love seeing her. #MaskedSingerDecember 1, 2022
In the end, Nicole Scherzinger was right when she guessed that Harp was Amber Riley. Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg guessed Jordin Sparks, Robin Thicke guessed Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong guessed Jennifer Hudson.
The latest episodes of The Masked Singer are available to stream on Hulu.
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