The Masked Singer US spoilers follow.
The Masked Singer US has finally returned to screens, unmasking not one but two huge names in just its first episode.
As the new batch of mysterious contestants got to introduce themselves last night (September 21), it was ultimately Knight who was sent home packing after their rendition of ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ failed to impress the audience.
They were eventually unmasked as Star Trek legend William Shatner (yep, really), while Hedgehog was also sent home, unveiled as Monty Python’s Eric Idle.
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Speaking about his reasons for doing the show, Shatner very honestly admitted to it Entertainment Weekly that he has a variety of things to plug at the moment.
He went on to describe doing the show as “the most extraordinary experience I’ve ever had”, adding: “Well, I mean, the wardrobe was impossible. You can’t see, you can’t breathe, you can’t hear, you can’t think. There was no oxygen in there.
“I had a panic thinking, ‘Wait a minute, I can’t breathe. And I’m supposed to sing’. You know how you sing? You take a breath and air comes out. That’s how you sing, and I couldn’t ‘t get a breath. It was incredible.”
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Shatner said he had been approached to the show over the years, further admitting it was an “unusual” experience now that he’d done it.
“I had talked to a friend of mine that had been on the show before,” he recalled. “And he said it was the worst experience of his life. I said, ‘Oh, come on. You never had a baby’. And now I realized he’s right. [Laughs] It was tough. That wardrobe was tough.
“And I think that’s part of the show. Part of the fun of The Masked Singer how awkward everybody feels. I heard somebody say they had a panic attack. And I was close to that myself, not being able to breathe.”
The Masked Singer US airs on Fox.