Warning! The following contains spoilers for the first elimination of Group B in Season 3 of The Masked Singer. Read at your own risk!
The Masked Singer Season 3 began its Group B round, and after a fierce night of competition, a contestant who almost certainly could've beat the White Tiger (though you never know) was sent home. The Elephant's rendition of a classic from The Cure wasn't enough to make it to the next round, and the pachyderm was unmasked and revealed to be legendary pro skater Tony Hawk. It was a somewhat rare television appearance for the athlete, and apparently something he won't be doing again anytime soon.
Tony Hawk spoke to the press about his stint on the singing competition, and explained that fans shouldn't expect to see him doing Survivor or anything like that anytime soon. It turns out The Masked Singer was the "perfect fit" for him, and gave him a chance to try something new while staying in his comfort zone.
No. This was a perfect fit because it was anonymous. It was something I’ve always wanted to try. I have no interest in dancing. I have no interest in being put in the jungle. I have no interest in trying to get a job as a chef. This was the right option.
Most people wouldn't think singing on stage while dressed as an elephant would be an optimal experience, but Tony Hawk is not like most people. Being able to perform without people knowing who he was let Hawk have fun with the process in a way he wouldn't have been able to on other reality television shows.
Unfortunately, Tony Hawk didn't get to live his dream on The Masked Singer for long, though his talk with EW hints he's still thankful for the experience. Hawk expected to be taken out of the competition fairly early, but was surprised to see the people who were eliminated from Group A before him.
It gave me a little boost of confidence because, you know, Lil Wayne is a legitimate singer, and then Chaka Khan! I was like, I’m in good company! I feel okay about it now. I was more worried that they were going to be non-singers like me. That would’ve been more of a statement like, 'Well, you guys aren’t cut out for this.'
If after three seasons the biggest thing The Masked Singer has accomplished is that it boosted Tony Hawk's ego, it's all worth it. Hopefully, his experience on the show will encourage other shy celebrities to give the series a shot, if only so the producers will quit inviting on legendary singers whom everyone knows as soon as they sing a note.
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