(Spoiler alert: this story contains the identity of the participant eliminated on Wednesday night (February 19) The Masked Singer.)
The second group of celebrity singers wore their heavy outfits at The Masked Singer on Wednesday night, after group 1 started Lil Wayne, beloved comedian / game show host Drew Carey and Chaka Khan. This set the stage for literally anyone to be among the new characters revealed in the fourth episode of season three: Elephant, Frog, Kitty, Taco, Mouse and Banana.
The judges looked genuinely bewildered by the loud sip of water in futuristic pachyderm clothing, with hints all over the place after Elephant snored with a work-like version of gothic big names from The Cure "Friday I & # 39; m in Love" . The irony is that they were right in their first attempt to identify him after the clues found him sitting behind a battery, talking about leading a movement and a visit to the White House.
Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg noticed a large bicycle sign at the bottom of the video, linking him to the Tour De France and assuming that riding champion Lance Armstrong could be a disgrace. Nicole Scherzinger saw the drum kit and thought of Blink-182's Travis Barker or Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, with Ken Jeong throwing a huge airball with his twisted logic linking 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the ex-presidential candidate. and punk rocker Beto O & # 39; Rourke.
They should have followed their first guess: skate icon Tony Hawk. Although he is known for inventing some of the game's sickest moves and stirring crowds with his 900 signature, in a chat before Wednesday night's elimination, Hawk, 51, told Billboard that singing was one of the tricks scariest he has ever tried.
You did so many amazing things, but it's fair to say that singing isn't really one of them, right? What made you think you could do that?
The idea of being anonymous was the first thing that spoke to me because I didn't want to do something like this and be on full display. I have a history of musicians in my family and I hoped that would call me a little. My older sister (Pat) used to sing backup for Michael Bolton and John Denver and my dad played any instrument. I thought it would be a fun challenge.
Since you really have no singing experience, did you work with a vocal coach? What did they recommend?
I did. Tamar is the vocal coach of the program assigned to me and she was a great help. His best advice for me was how to use my breath and just to project. There is a part of you, if you are not a singer … you tend to retain your voice because you are not sure. It is better to be overconfident. I feel good about it, and knowing that Lil Wayne and Chaka Kahn were the first in their group … I don't feel so bad.
Did you mention in the package that you don't do choreography, but the mask and the costume made you more confident?
Yes he does. They definitely have people helping you create a little routine. But for sure, if I were on full display, I would freeze.
Do you already do karaoke in real life?
Not really. I think I was always in the back of my mind, wondering if I could sing because of my family's history and because of what I learned by playing in front of the skateboard crowd. But I have a much higher level of confidence skating in front of people. We had a 20-year fundraising event for the launch of the video game (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater) and the band played covers of game hits. That was the catalyst for that.
What song did you make?
"Amoeba" by teenagers.
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How was it?
It's a punk song, so there's no huge track, but I figured I could go up there and play and remember the words … that was my first idea.
Whose idea was it that you were on the show? Did you watch it first?
They just called me. They sent me an offer asking if I was willing to do it, I watched an episode and saw the caliber of the people there, and I said, "Why not?"
Who did you tell?
Only my immediate family, my wife and two of our children. We have three boys in college, so they weren't aware of that; they will be soon. And a close friend who sings in a band because I was looking for his guidance in all of this … Wesley Eisold, from Cold Cave.
The track video had you behind a kit. Do you really play the drums or was it a red herring?
I think they were just trying to throw it away. I don't play, but I played the violin and I was thinking about trying to play again. It's not like riding a bike, you can't go back after 20 years.
The hunches were hilarious – everyone from Lance Armstrong to Travis Barker and Beto O & # 39; Rourke. Were you surprised at how out they were?
A little. I think I was more praised by the idea that they thought I was a musician like Travis Barker. Beto O & # 39; Rourke I understood more because he used to sing in a band and there was a clue from the White House, so it made sense, but it was a little unexpected.
Did you try to throw them out the way you went on stage?
I was just trying to throw anything I had around. I wasn't trying to throw them away, but I just did the best I could with my limited skills.
Are you known for your smooth movements, but was it difficult to move in that outfit?
More or less, yes. There were some problems with that and I had some problems with the microphone, which got stuck in the chin strap of my helmet, which was a challenge for me. I kept trying to move it in place during my performance. This was more because I did not rehearse enough with the mask.
You mentioned in the package that you were at the White House. I spoke with several competitors about the intense security protocol in the program. How much harder was Masked Singer's security?
(Laughter) They are very coordinated, let me put it that way. I have no idea who else is there and I've never seen anyone else in the halls. Sometimes I heard a faint song, but I couldn't connect who it was and I never saw anyone else until the elimination. It's for real.
Why did you choose the elephant costume? What attracted you to that?
It wasn't the cue.
You got 900 and invented Kickflip McTwist, so how much more difficult was it to sing and dance in that outfit?
I think it was more challenging, because for the first time that I'm trying to sing in public, it's on one of the biggest stages in the world. This is very scary. I didn't make my way through school or clubs or a bankrupt band. I went straight to one of the best performances. It was pretty scary. But I have a level of confidence in a skateboard that I didn't have with my singing skills. The only thing I had for myself was that I wasn't afraid to get up in front of a crowd.
Did anyone understand what you were doing? Did you wonder where you were going?
In fact, not because I travel a lot for what I do and I live in San Diego and I go to LA a lot during the day, so it's not unusual.
Did you expect to go beyond the first episode? Are you disappointed leaving first?
At most, I thought it could be past two, but it sure would be the end. So it was a minor disappointment to be eliminated in the first round. Part of that was the choice of music. I didn't choose something that was in the top 40 and I had another song that fit me, which to do first, and I chose The Cure because it represented my culutre and my training.
What was the other song?
(Steppenwolf) "Born to Be Wild", which is more striking and had better theatrical production. But I had to stay true to my culture.