SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 3, episode 4 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired Feb. 19 on Fox.
That’s a wipe out for Tony Hawk. The skateboarding legend became the first celebrity in “Group B” to be unmasked on Season 3 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired on Wednesday night.
Hawk, who was disguised as the Elephant, performed The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love,” and the judges said he shredded. (“It’s a deep connection between my wife and I,” he said of the song pick.) But it wasn’t enough to survive elimination.
“Coming from a non-singing background, I’ll give myself a ‘B,’” Hawk told Variety. “I think that I felt like I was in tune for the most part, and I remembered the lyrics, which is a frightening prospect. It’s very easy to mix up verses. I went with it the way I sing it in the car.”
None of the “Masked Singer” panel guessed Hawk, although a few came close: Robin Thicke thought it was another extreme sports star, motorsports champ Travis Pastrana, while Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg picked cycling veteran Lance Armstrong. But Hawk was pleased that several of the panelists thought it was an actual musician.
“That gave me a boost of confidence,” he said. “I was a little disappointed because I had one other song I was rehearsing (‘Born to be Wild’) that I thought I would do OK. But I honestly didn’t want to go past that because then it would be far too much pressure.”
Hawk said he also didn’t feel as bad about his elimination after seeing huge music stars like Lil Wayne and Chaka Khan eliminated. As host Nick Cannon noted, those two have 46 Grammy nominations and 25 wins between them — and they were still quickly voted off the show.
“I have a history of musicians in my family so that gave me maybe a false sense of confidence that I could actually do it myself,” he said.
Hawk chose the elephant costume over the taco and said it wasn’t much of a challenge to sing in disguise — except, “what I didn’t anticipate was I was going to struggle with the microphone when I moved around. I didn’t rehearse enough times with the mask on and my movements, and that was my mistake. During the performance the mic got stuck between the mask and my helmet.”
Among the other guesses, Ken Jeong thought it was former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, while Nicole Scherzinger thought it might be Steve Aoki.
“Here’s the story about how I became the biggest animal in the kingdom,” Hawk said, voice disguised, in the show’s pre-taped package introducing Robot. “I was a calf when I found my calling. And with hard work turned my passion into a one-man show. I went from canvasing park benches to leading the charge of a massive movement, even parading through white houses. And now I’m ramping up to a new calling. To sum it up, go risk it all for what you love and what everyone else says is ear-relevant.”
The “Masked Singer” competition moved to Group B this week with Banana, Frog, Taco, Elephant, Mouse and Kitty. Here’s a recap of the other contestants and their performances: