According to Tori Spelling, competing on “The Masked Singer” was a more efficient self-esteem booster than therapy.

“I’ve gone to years of therapy and nothing could build my confidence like ‘The Masked Singer,” Spelling told deputy TV editor Michael Schneider in the Variety Streaming Room presented by FOX. “I walked away from that experience with my shoulders back, my confidence up, my head held high.”

Along with Spelling (the Season 1 Unicorn), former “The Masked Singer” competitors Wayne Brady (who won Season 2 as Fox), Adrienne Houghton (Season 2’s Flamingo), Bow Wow (Season 3’s Frog) and Mark McGrath (Season 5’s Orca) poured out their feelings of gratitude to executive producer Craig Plestis, costume designer Marina Toybina for the opportunity to compete on the show.

For five seasons, host Nick Cannon and panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke have helmed the competition in which celebrities face off in a singing competition, but are disguised by elaborate costumes.

“The goal is entertainment. The goal is to inspire, ignite,” Tobinya explained. “We got hit during COVID times and we were able to create something so beautiful on stage that took people out of our sadnesses or our struggles and bring this innocent, beautiful, just creative world that we can all live in.”

The show is premier escapist content, but for the contestants, it was an experience they’ll never forget.

“I remember thinking when I first tried it on that I wasn’t worthy of that,” Spelling said of her fitting with Tobinya. “I realized what you were doing is you were helping me step into my power by elevating the Unicorn to a Unicorn ice queen.”

“I was still so nervous and still super, super emotional after every single performance because, for me, it was like therapy. It was like, okay, I’m putting myself out there, and then I would hear the judges say amazing things” Houghton added. “I never knew I needed that until I did this show.”

Watch the full conversation above.