*On Thursday, Dec. 19, the ladies of “The Real” get all the details from co-host Adrienne Houghton about being a finalist on The Masked Singer and having to hide that she was “The Flamingo” from just about everyone she knows for the past few months! Also, has this competition awakened Adrienne’s desire to perform again? She talks about what the future may hold for her.
And, is it ever okay to not go home for the holidays? The ladies discuss what they feel are acceptable reasons to take a pass on celebrating with the family. And, did you know that Loni Love has wigs named after her co-hosts? She describes each one and how they got their names.
Later, politician, lawyer, and author Stacey Abrams visits and reveals why she has decided not to run for political office in 2020, her Fair Fight organization, and what everyday people can do to get their voices heard for the next election.
Adrienne On Being A Finalist As “The Flamingo” On The Masked Singer
Adrienne Houghton: I am… The Flamingo!
(Tamera Mowry-Housley screams)
Jeannie: I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!
Loni Love: First of all, we want to say congratulations, okay?
Adrienne: Thank you! Yo, I made it to the finals.
Tamera: That’s insane!
Jeannie: Of course you are. Adrienne, you’re such a good singer. Why wouldn’t you be?
Adrienne: Uh, because it’s not just about singing. You wear a freakin’ full-on costume, you can’t breathe, the oxygen is lacking!
Adrienne: ‘Cause, okay, I was super excited about it. Not gonna lie, one of the most incredible experiences of my whole life.
Adrienne: Because I got to do what I love to do without people knowing that it was me.
Adrienne: I think a lot of the part of our insecurities is… people will judge you for who you are, but if you get to disguise and be someone else… then, and the other things was… the whole idea, the whole premise of the show is for them not to guess that it’s you. So, if they don’t like the way I sing, I’m singing like the flamingo. It’s not Adrienne, The Flamingo was whack that day.
Loni: Well, speaking of The Flamingo, how did you pick- did you pick it or what is…
Adrienne: Yes! So, you work with the costume designer. Shout out to Marina, who’s absolutely amazing. Yo…
Tamera: So, why the pink flamingo?
Adrienne: Okay, it felt very cha cha cha. It felt very like girly… it even felt very latina to me. Like, it was giving me, like, Miami vibes.
Adrienne: When I tell you guys that I was standing on top of those steps, and when we would begin, I would be so nervous. And you guys know that I also suffer from, like, anxiety and panic attacks. And I literally would tell myself, “I’m gonna faint. I’m gonna faint.” Like, my legs felt like Jello at the top of the stairs and I’m like, “Oh, I’m gonna die. This is it.”
Tamera: Oh. That pink flamingo sang that song.
Adrienne: Yes. I was crying- I would cry- literally it would be done and I would feel this overwhelming like (makes an emotional gasping noise)…
Adrienne: … and I just would be sobbing in the mask.
Adrienne: Sob- I mean bad. It was very weird. Like I- it was an emotional experience for me.
About The Real
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy-nominated talk show now in its sixth season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken Emmy Award-winning hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and shot in Los Angeles, California.