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Anteater Beloved His ‘Masked Singer’ Run, However Wasn’t ‘100% Disenchanted’ When He Received Booted

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SPOILER ALERT: This story incorporates the id of the contestant eradicated on Wednesday night time’s (Dec. 13) episode of The Masked Singer.

Anteater isn’t gonna lie: His super-awkward costume on The Masked Singer was cumbersome and, frankly, fairly ugly. However the dulcet-voiced veteran singer charmed the judges along with his Battle run by Justin Timberlake’s Trolls hit “Can’t Cease the Feeling!,” a Philly soul tackle the Backstreet Boys’ “I Need It That Manner,” and an brisk Smackdown cowl of Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” His gritty ramble by considered one of his favourite songs, Marc Cohn’s “Strolling in Memphis,” cemented early on that this was positively an A-lister, which could clarify the top-shelf guesses.

Robin Thicke was fairly positive it was Jackson Browne or Paul Simon, whereas Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg was considering it was both Bob Seger, E Avenue Band guitarist “Little” Steven Van Zandt or Willie Nelson, and Nicole Scherzinger guessed John Cougar Mellencamp or Bryan Adams. All the time-wrong Ken Jeong, as regular, was method off, guessing ’80s pop heartthrob Rick Springfield.

After self-described leftie “brief king” Anteater’s last high-energy rip by his childhood favourite, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” on Wednesday’s present, the cat, or ant, was out of the bag. The person behind the lengthy snout was none apart from mustachioed Corridor & Oates member John Oates; additionally eradicated on Wednesday night time’s season 10 Group C finals was Candelabra (Keyshia Cole), with Donut advancing to subsequent week’s last towards Cow, Gazelle and Sea Queen.


Billboard spoke with Oates, 75, earlier than his elimination to learn the way he selected the costume, why his intense cardio helped him survive the costume and whether or not the present has been a welcome distraction from the Corridor & Oates lawsuit headlines.

Who got here to you with the provide to be on the present? Have been you already watching it?

I came upon about it by my PR and social media group. Apparently sufficient, I wasn’t conscious of the present till I did a visitor spot on The Goldbergs and [star] Hayley [Orrantia] reached out to me to say I used to be going to be a clue on The Masked Singer [when she was the Ringmaster in season 7]. I had no thought what she was speaking about after which I began watching and stated, “Wow!” That was my introduction to the present. I form of adopted it after which when it was a great time for me in between excursions … I’m at all times up for one thing new and I spotted how huge the attain of the present is. Right here was an opportunity to speak to of us such as you about my new music popping out within the spring, my single out subsequent week and the charity work I’m doing with Feeding America and Movember. 

I’m not gonna lie, John, Anteater might be the ugliest costume up to now up to now. Why did you choose that one?

Thanks. That’s what we have been going for. I’ve to be sincere, I didn’t just like the costume once they confirmed me the rendering. “Why that?” Then I believed perhaps it was a refined connection between [Hall & Oates’ 1982 hit] “Man Eater” and Anteater, which I believed is likely to be a refined clue with out being a clue. At a sure level they satisfied me it’s cool, however I’m nonetheless undecided it’s true.

The arms have been so lengthy you couldn’t even maintain the mic!

I had what I name a “Madonna mic,” the Janet Jackson mic that goes round your ear. The bizarre factor is I might solely flap my arms up and down and it additionally had gigantic sneakers that had a pair of sneakers inside the large boots. I needed to put my foot into the large boot, so I might barely stroll and I couldn’t see. 

You’re 75 years outdated, however you had a lot of what the children calls “rizz” onstage. How did you retain your wind up in that cumbersome costume?

It received difficult close to the tip, particularly through the Smackdown efficiency, after which I needed to sing it once more. I experience my bicycle, cross-country ski and hike — so for my age, I’m in actually, actually fine condition. The toughest factor for me was I couldn’t see as a result of that they had choreography for me and I needed to rely out the steps and sing on the identical time. I ought to have gotten a freakin’ medal for that!

You appeared to essentially get out of your conventional lane with Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Cease the Feeling!” and the Smackdown with “Mickey.” Have been you excited to discover some totally different genres?

The “Mickey” one was too bizarre. But it surely’s enjoyable and it’s loopy. I don’t thoughts being thrown right into a state of affairs like that and being on a tightrope. I’ve been singing “Johnny” since I used to be 6-7 years outdated when it first got here out. It was one of many first songs I discovered.

Have been any of your pals or household hitting you up figuring out it was you?

My spouse and my group knew. Once I needed to go to L.A. to do the present each week for 3 weeks — I’ve a number of associates in L.A. — I might exit to dinner with them they usually’re like, “Why are you on the town?” I used to be like, “Oh, I’m doing a TV pilot.” I might do the present all day after which hold with associates and deceive them.

In a method you’re form of the very best singer for the present since individuals know your vocals from songs like “She’s Gone” and “Time Received’t Move Me By,” however you form of slip beneath the radar by with the ability to do totally different types.

That was one of many issues that intrigued me and made me need to do it — the response to me singing with out figuring out my previous. Daryl’s vocals are the signature of the massive Corridor & Oates hits, so I do fly beneath the radar. It was attention-grabbing to see what sort of artist they thought I is likely to be: Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Willie Nelson… that one threw me. It was attention-grabbing to see what the response could be once they heard somebody singing and join their voice with the picture and profession with out a preconceived notion of who it might be. 

The guesses have been positively in all places and, I assume, form of flattering? Bob Seger, Wilie Nelson, Paul Simon, John Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel and Rick Springfield?

All individuals who I actually respect and like.

Is that this the weirdest gig you’ve ever had?

It proper up there! [Laughs] Proper up there with after I was inducted into the Mustache Corridor of Fame and carried out a Halloween present for them the place everybody within the viewers, together with ladies, wore mustaches. That was bizarre.

You additionally stated it’s probably the most enjoyable you’ve ever had. What was so enjoyable about it?

It was simply so enjoyable to maintain this secret over a month. Over the past episode I used to be scheduled to play the Newport People Competition  — discuss a battle in types! — so on Sunday I performed a present within the afternoon, took the red-eye after which Monday I began rehearsing and doing choreography. I used to be wasted, actually drained, and it was the final episode. Once I received unmasked, I wasn’t 100% dissatisfied. 

Are you bummed you didn’t win? Who do you suppose has the within monitor to win?

It was OK. It was a terrific expertise and I some enjoyable doing it, however when it was achieved I used to be fairly completely satisfied about that.

Inform me about your “Get Your Smile On” single. It’s such a candy, old-school soul music, however with a little bit of a contemporary drum machine contact.

It’s a music I wrote throughout COVID — I needed to put in writing one thing actually optimistic — and this can be a nice time to place it out, with all proceeds from the obtain of the music going to Teen Most cancers America. It’s a good-feeling music and I recorded all of it at dwelling on Storage Band.

I do know you’ll be able to’t speak specifics, however has it been enjoyable selling this present as a distraction from the headlines you’ve been coping with currently in regards to the catalog dispute with Daryl [Hall]?

Any time I can discuss music and never the opposite stuff, that’s higher. 

Properly, I hope that each one will get resolved and we are able to see the 2 of you carry out once more collectively sometime quickly.

Yup, we’ll see.

The Masked Singer season 10 finale will air on Fox on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

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