Back in March, she was a fan favourite in Finland’s national final UMK. Now it seems Erika Vikman may be creating a different sort of buzz. Fans reckon she is the singer inside The Wasp costume on Masked Singer Suomi.
The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing contest based on a popular South Korean show format. The acts range from established singers to amateurs from other fields, such as modelling, cooking and meteorology, who just fancy a singalong. But while the contestants are household names in Finland, they can’t rely on their fame.
The contestants all perform in disguise, wearing elaborate costumes that hide their true identity. The Finnish series features a Chicken, an Alien, a Wasp, a Rabbit and a Haystack. But regardless of the costume, it ends up being all about the voice.
It’s one of those creatures, Ampiainen — The Wasp — that has Erika Vikman fans paying close attention.
Ever since The Wasp made her debut earlier in the series, there’s been something rather familiar about her style. While the singer is wearing a wasp costume, within there is obviously someone with a lot of confidence and attitude.
It’s leading fans to speculate that the pop singer — who placed second at UMK 2020 with “Cicciolina” — may be the performer behind The Wasp.
The singer disguised as a yellow and black insect has performed Cher’s “Believe”; Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang”; and the Finnish rap song “Levikset repee” by Sini Sabotage. But it’s The Wasp’s most recent performance that is really getting attention.
This week The Wasp tackled Loreen’s “Euphoria”. It showed off The Wasp as an experienced pop vocalist and one of the strongest contestants in the show, but also made fans of Erika Vikman even surer that she was the one on stage.
The celebrity jury — which in previous weeks has featured Finnish Eurovision icon Krista Siegfrids — are yet to guess the identity of The Wasp. But with just three more episodes left in the series, it won’t be long before viewers will discover the identity of the singer who is creating so much buzz.
Former Eurovision stars have also had success on local editions of The Masked Singer in their own countries. In August 2019, Germany’s Eurovision 2004 singer Max Mutzke won the German edition of the show. In December, France’s Eurovision 2001 singer Natasha St-Pier finished fifth on the French edition, while Equinox singer Zhana Bergendorff was the runner-up on the Bulgarian edition. Earlier this year, Portugal’s Eurovision 2003 singer Rita Guerra won the Portuguese edition. Most recently, t.A.T.u.’s Lena Katina finished eighth in the Russian edition, while Sergey Lazarev made a guest appearance.
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