THE Masked Singer winner Joss Stone has admitted she had to google who Stacey Solomon and Sheridan Smith were after she was mistaken for them by the show’s panel.
Brit and Grammy-winner Joss, whose victory as Sausage was watched by 10.6 million viewers last month, claimed not to have heard of the pair and was terrified they were bad singers.
The star, 33, who grew up in Devon but has relocated to American with singer boyfriend Cody DaLuz, said: “Most of the people I didn’t know so I had to google them.
“I was a little bit nervous when I was typing it into Google, like, ‘Please let this person be a good singer’. Luckily they were.”
She added to Alan Carr, 44, on his Life’s A Beach podcast: “It was that Solomon… Stacey Solomon and Sheridan Smith. That came up a lot.
“I thought, ‘Ok, these girls, please God let them be good,’ and they’re great, so thank goodness for that.”
Masked Singer judges Rita Ora, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross were convinced Sausage was either West End favourite Sheridan, 39, or X Factor star Stacey, 31.
Sheridan was also the bookies’ favourite going into the final, which saw Joss as Sausage triumph over Badger and Robin, who were revealed as R&B singer Ne-Yo, 41, and JLS member Aston Merrygold, 33, respectively.
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Joss previously revealed that hunky Cody, the father of her eight-week-old daughter Violet, found her Sausage outfit a turn-on.
She said: “I thought he was going to go off me, but luckily he didn’t – he seemed to be quite into it, which is great.”
She also admitted she nearly blew her identity after bumping into an old friend she had no idea was working backstage on The Masked Singer.