Savannah Chrisley Unveiled As Afghan Hound On ‘The Masked Singer’

“I was definitely nervous ‘cause I cannot sing,” Chrisley admits to us.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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March 14, 2024

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Savannah Chrisley, Afghan Hound; Photo by Michael Becker / FOX

On week two of the hit Fox series The Masked Singer, a new set of characters were welcomed into the Season 11 competition, including the glamorous Afghan Hound. The person hidden behind the luscious golden locks and shiny blue ensemble was unmasked on Wednesday night’s show, revealing reality star and actress, Savannah Chrisley. 

To kick off the “Wizard of Oz” themed episode, Season 4 “Masked Singer” winner LeAnn Rimes performed her stunning rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Then, it was time for the contestants, Afghan Hound, Gumball, Miss Cleocatra and Beets to each take the stage to deliver their best performances in an attempt to win over enough votes from both the panelists and audience members to keep them in the competition. 

Afghan Hound on THE MASKED SINGER; Michael Becker / FOX
Afghan Hound on THE MASKED SINGER; Michael Becker / FOX

Chrisley Owns The Stage With Her Bubbly Personality

Despite not having any musical background, the Afghan Hound gave it her all when tasked with singing “In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle” from Disney’s “The Lion King.” Chrisley told Country Now she “took on the identity, and I ran with,” thus bringing joy to her audience and achieving her main goal, which was to simply have fun. 

“I was definitely nervous ‘cause I cannot sing. I also suck at memorizing lyrics. So it was definitely a journey, but I was like, you know what, it’s fine. We’re just going to go with it. We’re going to have fun. This isn’t serious. There was a lot of nerves, but also having the mask on, it helped to alleviate some of the nerves because I had something to hide behind.”

She went on to say that when it came to getting ready for her “Masked Singer” debut, she did “no preparation whatsoever.” Instead of attempting to better her voice with the help of a vocal coach that was offered to her, her strategy was to just go out and make the audience laugh rather than try to impress them with her musical talent. 

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“I was like, there’s no helping this. It’s not like I’m giving you a seed to work with, I’m giving you nothing to work with…I knew that the more I focused on trying to be a good singer, the more down in the dumps I would get, or I just wouldn’t have fun with it. So I wanted to have as much fun as possible and I figured if I can’t be the best singer, then at least make them laugh.”

Afghan Hound Is Eliminated

Chrisley and her fellow contestant Gumball ended up receiving the lowest set of votes, meaning they had to go head-to-head in the smackdown. Both masked singers performed the well-known song “Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz” film. 

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Afghan Hound was ultimately voted out, meaning it was time for her to be unmasked and finally reveal her true identity. 

“He was so good. So I was like, I’m gonna lose this, clearly,” Chrisley said, reflecting on the performance. “But it was just so much fun. It took me outside of my comfort zone and I was really proud of myself at the end. I showed up, I was the joke, I laughed at the joke, and it was amazing.”

Did Any Of The Judges Guess Correctly?

Along with her vocals, the panelists were given a set of clues that would hopefully lead them to figure out who Afghan Hound was before her mask came off. Most of the hints referenced her family’s reality TV show, “Chrisley Knows Best” and the moment things “came crashing down” when her parents’ Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced to prison for fraud charges. 

Nick Cannon and Savannah Chrisley; Photo by Michael Becker / FOX
Nick Cannon and Savannah Chrisley; Photo by Michael Becker / FOX

Knowing that the person behind Afghan Hound has faced some recent and very public family trouble, Robin Thicke guessed that the person behind the mask was Bethenny Frankel, while Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg picked Brooke Hogan, Ken Jeong said Olivia Jade and Rita Ora guessed Sistine Stallone.

Even though none of the judges were correct, Chrisley admitted she “wasn’t really surprised” at their guesses and that they were actually pretty “spot on.”

“The clues made sense as to why they guessed the way that they guessed, and I thought they would have guessed me, but they got close.”

The Afghan Hound; Photo by Michael Becker / FOX
The Afghan Hound; Photo by Michael Becker / FOX

Choosing To Step Out Of Her Comfort Zone

Savannah Chrisley will not be advancing in the competition, but she will be leaving with a sense of pride for having the courage to push herself to try something outside of her wheelhouse. 

“When the opportunity came to my publicist, I told her, ‘accept it so I don’t have time to back out’ and so they could hold me accountable. I just wanted to do a show that was so not me. I believe you have the most growth and the most uncomfortable of situations. So, I wanted to prove to myself, like, ‘hey, you can go out, you can have fun, you don’t have to be great at every single thing that you do.’”

The day of filming acted as a good “reprieve” from Chrisley’s “crazy chaotic life” as she got to visit Los Angeles, CA, spend time with friends and make a set of new memories on the show. 

Lastly, she offered some wisdom and advice for any public figures who are presented with the opportunity to be on “Masked Singer” in the future and might feel hesitant to say yes. 

“You don’t have to be a singer to be on the show,” she said. “Go out, have fun, laugh at yourself, be willing to be the joke. I feel like we take life so serious sometimes, and I’m guilty of that, of just being uptight, and there’s something to be said for being able to laugh at yourself and just enjoy the moment.”

Savannah Chrisley as Afghan Hound joins Kevin Hart, who took on the character Book, as first two celebrities to be unmasked this season so far.

“The Masked Singer” Season 11 will continue with even more themed episodes including “Transformers,” in honor of the brand’s 40th anniversary, and plenty of musical tributes such as “Billy Joel Night” and “Queen Night.” Additional themes will include “Girl Groups,” “Soundtrack of My Life,” “TV Theme Night” and “Shower Anthems.”

Tune into Fox next Wednesday (Mar. 20) at 8/7 CT to see which “Masked Singer” will be unveiled next. The episodes will also be available to stream the following day on Hulu. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.