Hunter Hayes is no longer “Wanted” on “The Masked Singer”. The country singer was the last star to be exposed in the Fox reality competition series, after being disguised as an astronaut.
For his latest performance, Hayes played One Direction’s “Story of My Life” in the Wednesday night episode.
Hayes told Variety that he took the “Masked Singer” concert because, coincidentally, his next album – the second in his “Wild Blue” trilogy – will focus on the themes of “the unknown and embracing the unknown”.
“It was a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things in a safe place – even if it is broadcast on national television,” said Hayes. “I think being behind a mask gave me confidence and the chance to really push myself. “
Hayes said he was offered the robot and astronaut costumes, but chose the astronaut because flight is a frequent reference in his music.
“When we saw the astronaut, it was as if they had adapted this mask, based on my current history,” he said. “Especially when I saw it in person and started working in the costume, I really felt like an extension of myself, more than a costume. Aside from the fact that it was very difficult to move and breathe. “
Indeed, Hayes said the suit was probably easier to maneuver than some of the outfits of his famous competitors, but nevertheless the reflection of Astronaut’s metallic suit and its rigidity sometimes made it difficult.
“The only real challenge was to learn to cross that threshold and keep pushing what I thought the costume could do or that I could do in a costume,” he said. “It was very hot, it was a giant radiator. The lady who helped me in and out of my costume every day told me that every time she took off the backpack, there was steam coming from the costume. “
Hayes also said the secrecy of the show was also a challenge.
“I got it easy, because I was supposed to be in Los Angeles, and all my friends, family, and colleagues knew I was in Los Angeles to work on an album,” he said. declared. “I sort of lived this kind of double life, I woke up super early in the morning, we were going to rehearse and then I came home when I woke up normally.”
As for the panel’s assumptions, Nicole Scherzinger got on with Hayes, in part because she remembered playing with him at a July 4 event in Washington, DC. Guest panelist Gordon Ramsay and Robin Thicke thought it was Jonathan Taylor Thomas, while Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg Ben Platt. Ken Jeong chose Skylar Astin, which was Scherzinger’s original guess.
“It was all on the map,” said Hayes of the jury’s assumptions throughout the season. “I was flattered by many of them because it is these triple threat people who can dance, sing and play. But with each episode, there was something just outrageous. Eddie Vedder is the one who stands out the most. That it was the most entertaining part. “
Besides Hayes, so far this season, Lil Wayne, Drew Carey, Chaka Khan, Tony Hawk, Dionne Warwick, Tom Bergeron, Sarah Palin, Bella Thorne, JoJo Siwa, Rob Gronkowski, Jordyn Woods and Bret Michaels have all been revealed.
As the competition continues, five celebrities remain this season: Turtle, Frog, Kitty, Rhino and Night Angel. The quarter-finals will be broadcast next week.
Here is a summary of this week’s competitors and their performances on Wednesday:
Kitty’s song: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, by Marilyn Monroe
Kitty’s clues: “I have been on many stages and I have played many roles in my nine lives. I learned the hard way, it is not enough to just have a good voice. If I want to stay in this fairy land, I have to reinvent myself every time I go out on this stage. I’m inspired by some of the soloists I’ve played with before. “
Kitty’s masked munchies: Opera cake (Multilayer chocolate cake)
Guess the panel: Charlotte Church, Lea Michele, Eva Longoria
Rhino song: “Die A Happy Man”, by Thomas Rhett
Rhino clues: “Rhinos are lonely creatures, so I have to take my time with nature before I go any further. I have to think about the main source of energy: my love for my wife and my rhino babies. Tonight, I hope to be able to achieve nirvana and namaste in this competition. “
Masked Rhino Munchies: Spaghetti, meatballs and cheese
Guess the panel: Jeff Bridges, Charles Kelley, Barry Zito
Frog song: “Anyway”, by Imagine Dragons
Frog clues: “Joining a show with” singer “in the title was a difficult case to resolve. But all this experience has shown me that I can do anything if I take the leap. So tonight, I’m going even further and I’m taking a risk with a genre I’ve never tried before. ”
Masked frog munchies: Catfish
Guess the panel: Lil Jon, Bow Wow, Omarion
Angel of the Night
Night Angel’s song: “Black Velvet”, by Alannah Myles
Clues from Night Angel: “I have received many calls in my life. Some good, some bad, some that even changed my life. But the key to my success is that I respond to everyone. Being here has awakened parts of me that I keep going down, reminding me that I don’t have to chase someone else. I can manage on my own. “
Masked Night Angel Munchies: Crickets on a stick
Guess the panel: Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Kandi Burruss, Dawn Robinson
Turtle’s song: “Stay”, by Alessia Cara
Turtle clues: “Throughout my career, I have been riddled with insecurities about not being good enough. Despite my strategy, I always seem to be in the last place. This step in this mask, I can feel my confidence growing in the right direction. Tonight is not just about singing, I’m showing that I can be a complete artist, dance moves and everything. Check mate. ”
Masked Turtle Munchies: Apple Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Guess the panel: Gavin DeGraw, Adam Lambert, Zayn Malik
Below, watch Hayes’ unmasking: