Each week, The Masked Singer fans are left guessing and debating as to which possible famous face could be behind each mask. While some of the contestants on the Fox series have been harder to guess than others, there’s one who stood out like a sore thumb when it came to viewers: Astronaut.
Astronaut quickly became a fan-favourite on The Masked Singer thanks to his vocal range and ability to deliver on some rather tricky numbers.
However, it wasn’t enough to land him a place in the Fox series finale as it’s down to just Frog, Rhino, Night Angel and Turtle to battle it out for the crown.
Instead, Nick Cannon whipped off Astronaut’s mask in episode 14 to reveal award-winning singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes was the performer under the spacesuit disguise.
Many viewers saw Hunter’s reveal coming a mile off thanks to the performer’s clues packages along the way, particularly one hint at him being a world record holder.
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Nevertheless, Astronaut was still a surprising elimination as several fans had tipped Hunter to go all the way.
Now able to discuss his time on the show, Hunter has been full of praise for the series and his experience.
However, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he also revealed how he employed the art of deception to ensure he landed a spot on the stage.
He told the publication: “In one of the questionnaires when you sign up, they ask you if you’re claustrophobic.
“I’ve had both experiences. I’ve had experiences where I have zero problems being in a confined space but I’ve also had, like, mild panic attacks being in confined spaces.
“But I didn’t want them to know that. I won’t say I lied, but I didn’t really tell them about the potential for claustrophobia.
“Thank God it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had an advantage with my mask. I could see almost everything. My view was great.
“It wasn’t as hard to breathe in my mask as I knew it was for others in their costumes.”
While he’s adamant he didn’t “lie” to secure his spot, Hunter admitted to bending the truth a little in order to make sure he could perform.
The eliminated performer also has had time to reflect on his time on The Masked Singer and opened up on how much the show has changed him as a person.
He said: “If I learned anything about myself, there were a couple things.
“In the first episode, I realised how powerful emotions can be behind a vocal.”
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The singer continued: “I didn’t really have much movement with the first song and I knew that if I was going to make it to round two, I had to just express everything.
“All the reasons that I wanted to do the song had to come through every line that I sang. It wasn’t about perfection, it was about emotion.
“After getting the response that I got from that, I realized how important that is in general.”
Fans will have to tune into the series finale next week to find out which masked celebrity pipped Hunter to the top spot out of Night Angel, Turtle, Frog and Rhino.
The Masked Singer USA continues every Wednesday on Fox.
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