Instead of taking off to the semi-finals, one contestant traveled home on this week’s episode of The Masked Singer. At the end of Wednesday, April 29, night’s episode, the masked celebrity behind Astronaut was none other than country superstar Hunter Hayes!
After his elimination, the singer sat down with Us Weekly to reveal some very “cryptic” behind-the-scenes secrets!
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“In my music, I talk a lot about flying and I think music is flying, so I went with the astronaut,” Hayes told Us Weekly about his Masked Singer costume choice. “I’m working on a three-part album trilogy and the second one is the unknown, so into the unknown and flying — it was a beautiful, poetic way of speaking to that.”
During Hayes’ time competing on The Masked Singer, he said he couldn’t have had more fun and that he made a lot of friends along the way.
“I was so inspired by JoJo Siwa’s energy and she’s had such a wild career and such a great spirit and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her,” the country star said, before adding that he’s rooting for the Turtle to win it all. “We just got to be friends even in the masks. I think our connection was that it didn’t feel like a competition. It was about being there in the performance and Turtle and I were put in these competitive situations, but we weren’t out to get each other. We really both just love what we do and we got along so great!”
He also shared with the outlet that it wasn’t easy to form friendships with other singers, despite filming together a lot.
“Everything was so wild and strange. It’s all weird! Every step of it is bizarre, even if you want to make friends with other cast members, you can’t until you leave the show,” Hayes said. “I never saw the stage or any of the spaces I worked in, until the last day. It was so strange.”
Hayes admitted that the “weirdest thing” about filming the show was the behind the scenes environment.
“I’m standing backstage with the super nine — this 9-foot tall tiger and all these other characters. I wanted to talk to them, but couldn’t,” he said. “There’s a lot of cryptic code sign language and fist bumps. Those were our interactions!”
Hayes will join other eliminated Masked Singer contestants so far: Robot, Llama, Miss Monster, Elephant, Mouse, Taco, Bear, Swan, T-Rex, White Tiger, Kangaroo, and Banana.
The Masked Singer airs on Fox on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.