Best Of 2022

Best Surprise by a Hometown Boy-Band Member

Cincinnati native, 98 Degrees member and former Kings Island performer Nick Lachey caused a stir when he joined season five of The Masked Singer in 2021. On Fox’s hit reality show, celebrities perform while concealed within elaborate costumes — something Lachey excelled at. His costume? “Piglet,” which naturally made Greater Cincinnati grunt with early speculation due to Porkopolis’ proclivity for pigs and Lachey’s company Flying Pig Productions. Throughout the season, Lachey made a believer out of millions of viewers, singing Foo Fighters, Phil Collins and even opera before winning the whole damn thing with his rendition of Journey’s power ballad “Faithfully.” Even more exciting than his appearance is the fact that Lachey won the entire season.