*Caution: Spoilers Ahead!
With another season of The Masked Singer having come to a close, and another Golden Mask Trophy awarded, the show has once again proven it can have a big impact on the stars who have the courage to take part in the surreal fun.
Speaking with ET on Wednesday, Ne-Yo reflected on his time on the show, and how performing in a new way, and with some anonymity, reignited his burning fire for making music.
“I’ve always been very certain about who I am, what I am, what I can do well, and as Ne-Yo, I know what is the Ne-Yo wheelhouse,” he explained. “But as a songwriter, I could be Rihanna, I could be Beyonce, I could be Omarion, I could be whoever — as a songwriter.”
“The music industry, as a whole, if you allow it, will kind of take some of that joy from you,” he continued. “I didn’t get into music to get rich or to get famous, I got into music because it’s literally woven into my DNA.”
According to Ne-Yo, he’d recently felt that spark of love dim, due to the pressures of the industry itself — until he got the chance to don the Cow costume.
“This show.. [has] revitalized that joy for me,” he said. “So that’s my major takeaway, for me.”
In Wednesday’s finale, Ne-Yo’s Cow kicked off the show with a energetic and exciting rendition of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” and he wound up taking home the coveted trophy — beating out John Schneider as The Donut, Janel Parrish as The Gazelle, and Macy Gray as The Sea Queen.
“I had a ball with the experience, and I would one million percent do it again if I thought I could get away with it,” Ne-Yo shared with a laugh.
Check out the gallery below for a look at every single contestant who has ever had to “take it off” throughout the history of the show!