“Man, almost being unmasked that last time was a really tough pill to swallow,” Monster confessed in the third episode of “The Masked Singer.” He later added, “When I was given a second chance, I realized I had to do a little reset and move forward.” For his encore performance, Monster took on Gavin DeGraw‘s “I Don’t Want To Be” in front of judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Watch the performance above.
In the “clues” portion of Fox’s reality TV show, Monster said, “I took a drive up from the south in my Caddy to clear my head. I thought about how much this opportunity means to me. I realized from behind this mask, I can finally show the world my true self. So now I’m back in the swing of things and celebrating getting my mind right. Tonight I’m gonna sing something completely unexpected to show them the whole package. It’s gonna be fire!”
After his performance, Monster teased, “I like to keep my head in the game.” Hearing that, Jenny wondered if a golfer was hiding behind the mask. Ken hypothesized, “Maybe it’s an athlete who can sing.” When Robin named recently retired Yankee Derek Jeter, the Monster started dancing around on the stage. But Nicole didn’t think it was an athlete at all, instead suggesting he could be a stand-up comedian.
One of the popular fan theories about the Monster’s true identity is rapper T-Pain. He fits all of the clues from the first episode, and the fact that he was born in Florida gives credence to the “south” comment from this week’s episode. However, T-Pain is a musician and not an athlete.
In his “The Masked Singer” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about Monster’s performance: “Singing ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ by Gavin DeGraw, the Monster can definitely sing! If he’s not a professional singer, he’s definitely the best singing athlete of the season, that’s for sure. The powerful falsetto note at the end basically proved he’s been a recording artist, but who knows? I’m confused about this one.”