Masked Singer’s Aston Merrygold guessed Ne-Yo was Badger after singing his song

The Masked Singer UK finalist Aston Merrygold, aka Robin, has revealed that he had a "fan boy" moment when he discovered that US superstar Ne-Yo was on the same show as him.

Aston, 33, came third place on the wacky ITV series which came to an end on Saturday night.

Singer-songwriter Joss Stone, aka Sausage, was voted the winner after receiving the most votes from the studio audience.

Badger came second place in the competition and was unmasked as music icon Ne-Yo.

JLS band member Aston performed a stunning rendition of Closer by Ne-Yo during his time on the show, which went down well with viewers.

However, the pop star has revealed that he found out Ne-Yo could be Badger just after moments he stepped off stage singing one of his songs.

Speaking to Daily Star and other press, Aston explained: "The wildest thing for me is when I sang Ne-Yo's song and he was on just after me.

"I heard this voice and I said to my dresser at the time 'I can hear Ne-Yo. That sound likes Ne-Yo'.

"I was like 'I've just sang a Ne-Yo song. The show wouldn't go 'Yeah we love this song, this a great' and Ne-Yo be on the show, but they really did that."

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Aston went on to share his reaction when it was confirmed over the weekend that Ne-Yo was in fact inside the Badger disguise.

He said: "When finding out it was Ne-Yo for sure on Saturday I was 'wow ok'. I had a full on fan boy moment.

"I had to go back and watch my performance of his song because he would have seen and heard it."

Celebrity detectives Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross tried to guess the identity of the outrageous characters for weeks.

But it wasn't until near the end of the series when Rita, 30, correctly guessed that Robin could be Aston.

"I was trying to throw them off so much. I was trying to get them to stay away from my name," he said.

"I think the first song rumbled it for most people. I think its was the song that sounds most like me."

Aston revealed that he had a bit of "performer's anxiety" before his first performance of the series after being away from the stage for so long.

The musician was meant to go on on tour with his band JLS last year but the shows were postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking about performing on the Masked Singer, he said: "It was massive silver lining for me. The tour has been a long time coming for us. It's going to happen when it can happen.

"Getting to do the show at that time for me, mentally and physically, was very uplifting.

"A little of performer anxiety was kicking in but as soon as I hit the stage it was like 'and breathe again'."

Aston didn't tell his bandmates Marvin Humes, Oritsé Williams and JB Gill about appearing on the show but he said they knew it was him from the get go.

"The boys have heard my voice for over 10 years and we've known each other for longer, he said

"As much as I said 'no' they were like 'yeah ok, we get it, you can't say anything."

JLS are hoping to hit the road in June with their highly-anticipated reunion tour.

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