Spoiler alert! Harp has been revealed! Scroll to the bottom to find out who was behind the mask!
Season 8 of Fox’s The Masked Singer follows a group of celebrities attempting to hide their singing voices through masks and extravagant costumes. The Nick Cannon-hosted program keeps viewers on the edge of their seats nearly every week as they guess the secret person belting out tunes onstage.
Since the show began in January 2019, the guesses from the show’s fans haven’t always been accurate. On several occasions, they’ve accused celebs of being a particular Masked Singer, even though they were never on the show. After a Season 8 preview, some believed they knew the voice behind one contestant, “Harp,” before the series even premiered.
Now that we've seen Harp perform in full, here are the top guesses and clues as to who's behind the mask.
Harp on ‘The Masked Singer' — The Clues
In September 2022, a video from The Masked Singer Season 8 was leaked online before its Wednesday, Sept. 21 premiere. During the clip, Nick and the show’s judges — Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger — gawked while watching Harp perform P!nk’s 2010 song, “F**kin Perfect.”
Fox also released one clue about Harp ahead of the season premiere. An Instagram video showed the following hint:
- The Harp can read sheet music and carried it as one of its clues.
A clue package released during Episode 1 offered further hints:
- She auditioned for "the biggest show in the world" but she "didn't fit the mold and was turned down."
- A witch hat
- 3D glasses.
On Episode 2, Harp competed against Pi-Rat and Panther — managing to beat out both and secure her spot on The Masked Singer. She blew away the judges and audience with her rendition of "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston.
On Episodes 3, Harp once again prevailed over two new contestants, Mummies and Fortune Teller. This means she's officially in the semi-finals!
Other clues offered in Episodes 2 and 3 include:
- A CD that reads "Night Night"
- Purple mashed potatoes
Harp on 'The Masked Singer' — The Guesses
After hearing Harp’s voice, our top guess is Amber Riley, who rose to fame as Mercedes Jones on Glee. Here's the proof:
- Amber auditioned for Season 2 of American Idol, but was rejected.
- The 3D glasses hinted at the Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
- The witch hat was a reference to the musical The Wiz, in which Amber played Good Witch Addaperle.
Fans and judges have also shared their predictions. Ken guessed that the singer was Jennifer Hudson due to her comedy clue. The Hangover actor explained how Jennifer starred in the first Sex and the City movie, where she showed her comedic chops as “Louise from St. Louis.”
Based on her voice, Candice Golver of American Idol fame has been another theory.
So, who is Harp on 'The Masked Singer'? The answer is… Amber Riley!
On the Season 8 finale of The Masked Singer, Harp was revealed to be none other than Grammy-nominated actress and singer Amber Riley, most known for her portrayal of Mercedes on Glee.
Not only did Amber make it all the way to the finale of The Masked Singer, but she took home the crown, beating out the Lambs to win the Golden Mask Trophy!