The revelation ends weeks of speculation about the identity of the singing fruit.
It took about 30 seconds for tonight’s guest judge Sharon Osbourne to understand that the Poison singer was hiding under the banana costume. “It’s Bret Michaels! “She told her fellow panelists halfway through her performance in Bob Dylan’s” Knockin ‘on Heaven’s Door”.
Much like her performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” earlier this season, the song selection offered another clue to Michaels’ identity. As you can see in the video below, he has already played “Knockin‘ on Heaven’s Door “during his solo concerts.
Watch Bret Michaels play “Knockin‘ on Heaven’s Door “in 2010
Osbourne did not need to do such research. “He has those little legs that Bret has and that little cute little body, I think it’s just Bret,” she said after her first performance. Unfortunately, Bret the banana’s performance was judged to be lower than that of the anonymous singing rhino, forcing Michaels to risk elimination in the smackdown round against a giant cat. Despite an energetic reading of the Commodores’ “brick house”, he lost again and was unmasked.
The wide-eyed character made his first appearance on February 19, offering a cover of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation”. Other performances will include “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus and “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.
As part of the format of the hit TV show, costumed participants also give clues about who they really are. The banana clues included a mullet hairstyle, a father of two and a traumatic injury on stage, all lined up with Michaels.
Jenny McCarthy was the first celebrity judge to suggest that the singer of Poison could be the man behind the skin, offering the name Michaels in the episode aired on April 1. Thornton.
The Poison singer now adds his name to an eclectic list of musicians who have appeared in the series. Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond, Kelly Osbourne and rapper T-Pain are among the other artists to wear oversized costumes on The masked singer.