Kandi Burruss isn’t simply ‘The Masked Singer’ season three winner, she’s additionally the primary girl to win. She spoke with HL about her large win and the way her ‘RHOA’ co-stars guessed she was the Night time Angel even when she couldn’t verify it.

Kandi Burruss slayed each single week on The Masked Singer because the Night time Angel. The 44-year-old wowed with performances of hits from Andra Day, Donna Summer season, Tina Turner, Lil Wayne, and extra. It got here all the way down to the Night time Angel, Frog, and Turtle, however Kandi’s Night time Angel finally walked away with the season three victory. The FOX sequence completed filming months in the past, so Kandi has needed to maintain the information about her win below wraps since then.

MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Kandi about maintaining this big secret from the world. She even needed to disguise it from her Actual Housewives of Atlanta co-stars! Although she couldn’t verify something, a few of her co-stars advised her that they knew she was the Night time Angel. Kandi additionally revealed the difficulties she had with performing in that huge and elaborate costume. Learn our full Q&A beneath.

Congratulations on being the primary feminine winner of The Masked Singer! How does it really feel?
Kandi Burruss: That’s the half that makes me tremendous excited as a result of there’ll by no means be one other first. I really feel actually, actually good. I’ve been holding this in for months now, and I’m lastly in a position to actually discuss it. It’s an awesome feeling. I used to be tremendous excited when it really occurred, however I really feel prefer it’s much more thrilling now as a result of I can share my pleasure with my family and friends and the individuals who present me love.

What was it like maintaining {that a} secret? It’s powerful for everybody, but it surely will need to have been actually exhausting for you. 
Kandi Burruss: It was exhausting as a result of clearly I’m not allowed to speak about it. We’re not allowed to let it get out. There have been so many individuals texting me and calling me, even my members of the family and stuff. I didn’t wish to inform any of them as a result of I didn’t need them posting it on social media. I all the time needed to both ignore their calls, ignore their texts, and never reply. My fan pages had been posting the movies each week. Usually, I might remark below the submit. I wasn’t commenting. I used to be attempting to observe the principles.

Did any of your Actual Housewives of Atlanta co-stars guess that you just had been the Night time Angel?
Kandi Burruss: Yeah, just a few of them did. They didn’t know for certain as a result of I by no means confirmed it with them, however just a few of them had been texting me. Kenya [Moore] texted me a number of instances. She was like, “I do know you’ll be able to’t say something, however you killed it final evening!” Cynthia [Bailey], Eva [Marcille], and Marlo [Hampton] would ship me a textual content or say one thing, however I simply wouldn’t reply.

You had so many unbelievable performances over the season. Which one stands out probably the most to you as your favourite?
Kandi Burruss: I had a few favorites. I might undoubtedly say “Rise Up” as a result of I used to be a bit nervous to deal with that music. I actually felt strongly about that efficiency. The different one which I actually beloved was Lil Wayne’s “How To Love.” I needed to flip a hip hop document or one thing from a rapper. I needed to do one thing completely different to set me aside.

The Night time Angel costume was very elaborate. What was it like so that you can carry out in that?
Kandi Burruss: The wings had been big. They couldn’t actually put the wings on me till I used to be virtually able to stroll out on stage as a result of they had been so large. Some areas like little hallways I must go sideways. The different factor was they strained my motion slightly bit as a result of after they put them on my shoulders, they had been maintaining my shoulders pulled again. It took me a minute to get used to it as a result of I couldn’t breathe and carry out with these wings on. I keep in mind after I first began rehearsing for it, I had all these dance strikes. I used to be like, “I’m about to kill it.” The first day of gown rehearsal, I couldn’t even breathe. I minimize out all these dance strikes. I needed to simply concentrate on the vocals. Additionally, it was so sizzling up beneath that costume. I used to be sweating so dangerous. I used to be like a mop every time. Typically they wish to put followers in entrance of us in order that we are able to get slightly air as a result of all of the costumes had been sizzling. They might attempt to not maintain us in them too lengthy so no one would get overheated. However I used to be like, “Please get that fan out of my face.” As a result of that might dry me out after I would attempt to sing, so I used to be simply sitting there sizzling and sweaty.

How has this present helped you as a performer?
Kandi Burruss: I undoubtedly really feel like the beauty of being part of this present is that it undoubtedly made me extra assured in my performances and my vocals. One other factor was the vocal coaches on the present. Numerous instances once we sing different individuals’s songs, we attempt so exhausting to sing it like them and sing it in the important thing that they sing it in. Typically that doesn’t match us, so the vocal coaches had been so nice about telling me to drop the important thing and becoming the songs to my voice. What I took away from that’s I’m going to cease attempting to make my voice match what different individuals need it to be and simply do my factor. Simply do my factor and be distinctive and simply do Kandi as an alternative of attempting to make myself sound like anyone else.

‘The Masked Singer’ season three winner Kandi Burruss with the movie star panelists. (FOX)

You simply launched a brand new single “Used To Love Me.” Is that this the start of a brand new album down the street?
Kandi Burruss: Sure. I undoubtedly intend on releasing like a full album or EP within the coming months. I’m tremendous enthusiastic about it. I made a decision to place out a document that was simply extra upbeat and one thing that makes individuals dance. As quickly because it comes on, it simply makes you wish to transfer. It’s one thing that everyone can dance to. It’s exhausting for me as a result of I like all kinds of music, and I believe I form of confirmed that on the present. I attempted to do one thing in each style. I needed to do a document that felt like a dance document, but it surely form of may play anyplace within the pop world. I simply really feel prefer it’s the form of document that anyone would wish to dance to.