As we reported earlier today here on eWn, Chris Jericho was unmasked on last night’s episode of The Masked Singer on FOX.
The Ocho sat down with Entertainment Weekly following his elimination and commented on his time on the show, why he decided to take part, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On why he appeared on the show: “Well, I mean, it’s pretty much on the checklist of everybody’s goals and thoughts, right? You know, small town boy goes on to become giant pink dinosaur in wedding dress on singing show, the story as old as time itself. It’s funny, because I’ve been kind of part of the show’s universe, because there’s been a couple times when people have guessed me over the years, like I know Jenny [McCarthy-Wahlberg] guessed me maybe last season or two seasons ago. And I think one of the producers asked me to kind of roll with it a bit. So I would send out a few tweets. It was a show that was always on my radar. And at first, I thought the show was so stupid, like, why would anybody even want to be on this? And then you realize that it’s actually a lot of fun. So I was kind of just waiting for my invitation. I figured if people are guessing that it’s me, and because they’re asking me to tweet about it, sooner or later they’ll actually call me to get involved. And when they did, it just kind of worked out.”
On none of the panelists not guessing it was him, but everyone on social media realizing it: “Not really, because being with Fozzy and having so many records out and people knowing what my voice sounds like on record, it was pretty easy, I think, for them to figure it out quite quickly. And plus the fact that, like I said, I was already kind of involved in the show’s past, that once people heard the vocals on it, it wasn’t really too hard to figure it out. Which is also reason why I incorporated the British accent to kind of throw an extra twist in there. But it’s not a good British accent — it’s sort of Spinal Tap, right? Very Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean, Keith Richards knock off. But it’s one of those things that yeah, like you said, the people watching the show, the Chris Jericho fans, kind of knew it right away. I was actually over in England last week, on tour with Fozzy, and the Twitter blows up, and the Instagram blows up, and everybody’s guessing and people want to know, and are asking me, “Hey, are you on The Masked Singer?” and fans are asking me about it, and all that sort of thing. It was kind of the worst kept secret in the show, but it’s still fun that no one really knows for sure. And of course, I didn’t really say anything either way. So that kind of frustrates people even more.”
On his elimination: “Honestly, I was pissed. I was not happy. And it was the studio audience votes that got it. And I was like, ‘This is why you never let the fans be in charge.’ Because I thought my performance was killer. And it was one of those things where there were other songs that had been rehearsed, and all that sort of thing. So it was something that I was kind of angry about, but that’s just because I’m a professional and I don’t like to lose. It was a lot of fun, to be honest with you. I thought we had a lot that we could do with the Bride costume and character. Because it’s so hard to maneuver, and I was just really figuring it out, because it really is a full-on bodysuit, and it’s very heavy. It’s very hot inside, too. So we kind of had to figure out how to make that work. And then once I was able to make that work, I was like, ‘Wow, I could really do some more with this, maybe some choreography,’ and that sort of thing. You would have to be a bigger guy to be able to maneuver this because it was very, very restrictive, if you didn’t have a lot of strength in your legs and in your upper body to be able to move it. So yeah, it was disappointing, but like I said, I really enjoyed being in that costume, which I didn’t at first because it was so hot, it was almost like, I’m gonna pass out in this thing. I’m gonna be stuck in this costume. How are you gonna get me out? But you figure it out. It was a work in progress because the costumes are so well-made and sculpted and designed. But once a human being is inside of it, sometimes you have to make some different adjustments to that.”
— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) November 17, 2022