During the most recent episode of The Masked Singer, the show introduced six new contestants in “Group B” after they managed to cut “Group A” down to three finalists for Season 3’s “Super 9.” So far, Kangaroo, Turtle, and White Tiger have survived the cut, and now the show has moved on to the next six contestants: Frog, Elephant, Mouse, Kitty, Banana, and Taco.
The new format this season features 18 contestants divided into three groups: A, B, and C. Each group of six competes against each other until the respective groups are dwindled down to three contestants each, which creates the “Final 9.”
Elephant’s clue package included drumming, a store called Jessica’s, a bicycle poster, and Elephant telling the audience “the story of how I became the biggest animal in my kingdom.” He explained that he went from canvassing park benches to “parading through white houses.”
After Elephant performed Friday I’m In Love by The Cure, panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, and Ken Jeong gave their guesses for who they thought could be under the mask. They brought up a variety of names, including Lance Armstrong, Tommy Lee, and Travis Barker. Jeong went way out on a limb – as he often does – and guessed former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
The audience vote left Elephant in last place, and when he took off his futuristic-looking mask, the Elephant was revealed to be skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.
“I appreciated your support,” the 51-year-old said after his elimination. “This was a totally new experience for me. I had one more song in me, but I didn’t want to go much further, so thank you for releasing me.”
Hawk also revealed that he chose The Cure’s classic tune because he and his wife Cathy’s wedding song was from the band.
Throughout the night, Frog performed Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer, Kitty absolutely crushed her version of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman, Taco sang Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon, Mouse sang Get Here by Oleta Adams, and Banana sang his version of A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley.
New episodes of The Masked Singer air Wednesday nights on Fox.