mAt Eurovision 2015, she proved to have one of the most powerful voices of the competition. Now Latvian diva Aminata Savadogo has put her voice to work and finished as the runner-up on The Masked Singer Latvia. After nine weeks of impressive performances, the Doll made it to the grand final and was revealed to be Aminata.
The Latvian version of The Masked Singer — Balss Maskā — has been screening since mid-September. Over the weeks, Lelle — the Doll — has consistently delivered strong performances. Beneath the cheerful round yellow costume was a serious voice, making the Doll a strong contender for the win.
The Doll performed a variety of songs, both Latvian and English-language pop, including Billie Eilish’s edgy hit “Bad Guy”.
After Latvia’s Eurovision 2016 star Justs was finished third in the semi-final, just two contestants were heading to the grand final. The Doll and her diabolical nemesis the Demon (Nelabis) were in the running to be Latvia’s first Masked Singer champion.
In last night’s grand final, Aminata performed Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s hit “Symphony”. Again she showed off her impressive vocals and gave an appreciated performance.
The Masked Singer Latvia grand final
But when it came down to the vote, in the end it was the Demon who won. The Demon was revealed to be Kristaps Strūbergs from the Latvian band Singapūras Satīns. There was another member of Singapūras Satīns on the celebrity panel — Jānis Krīvēns. But curiously enough, he was unable to correctly guess who was behind the mask.
Aminata also had a connection on the celebrity panel. Samanta Tīna — Latvia’s act for Eurovision 2021 brought her glamorous presence to the panel. Aminata co-wrote Samanta’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Still Breathing” and has been involved with demos for her 2021 entry.
In the end, Aminata was crowned the series runner-up and revealed herself as the woman in the doll costume. Aminata also had a new look, with her hair styled in its natural Afro curls.
Aminata joins a growing list of Eurovision stars who have achieved grand final results this year in local versions of The Masked Singer.
Jan Dulles (Eurovision 2011) won The Masked Singer Netherlands, Sandra Kim (1986) won The Masked Singer Belgium, Nadine Beiler (2011) won The Masked Singer Austria, while Kate Miller-Heidke (2019) was the runner-up on The Masked Singer Australia,
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