Fresh off his melodic win on Fox’s song-filled masquerade sensation, “The Masked Singer,” rapper T-Pain dropped by Ellen DeGeneres‘s talk show and came clean about the one wrong turn he made before the show even aired: His costume pick.
The singer and rapper had his choice of all the guises, which included a Bee, a Peacock, a Lion, a Rabbit and a Unicorn. But he was drawn to what he considered was the silliest one, the fuzzy and cuddly one-eyed Monster.
Saying that he thought he would not last long on the show “because I have a real distinct voice. So I feel like if I’m going to embarrass myself, I might take it to the highest level.” But when the judges Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Ken Jeong struggled to pinpoint his identity, he began to regret his choice.
“I didn’t think it through,” he said. “It was hot, Ellen. It was not a cool situation. They were like, ‘No, there’s going to be a fan in there.’ ” But that changed when T-Pain was told, “OK, we can hear the fan so we gotta take it.”
Helping disguise the fact that he was lurking inside that suit of fur was his choice of tunes, including Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” He managed to beat out fellow finalists Gladys Knight as the Bee and Donny Osmond as the Peacock.
Apparently, the one person who did guess who he was his buddy, Lil’ Wayne.
“Lil’ Wayne reached out to me,” T-Pain said. “He reached out first and was like, ‘How did they not know it was you in that mask, bro?’ “
Right after the finale aired, he announced the arrival of his new album, “1Up.” And starting on March 16, he will launch a concert tour in San Antonio before heading to a total 15 cities in the next two months.