The Masked Dancer unmasks Cricket as a Grammy-nominated superstar

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Fox

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The Masked Dancer spoilers follow.

The Masked Dancer, the equally weird and wonderful spin-off of The Masked Singer US, has revealed the celebrity identity behind another one of its contestants.

Following the unmasking of Bill Nye and Elizabeth Smart, yesterday's (January 20) episode of The Masked Dancer finally answered the question of who's behind the Cricket mask – and, yet again, one of the judges got it right.

After performing to Montell Jordan's This Is How We Do It, Cricket's time on the competition came to an end, confirming judge Paula Abdul's suspicion that Cricket was none other than singer-songwriter Brian McKnight.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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Speaking to Variety about his time on the show, the 16-time Grammy-nominated artist admitted that he was initially holding out for a call to take part on The Masked Singer.

"I'm sure I'm not the only quote-unquote 'celebrity' sitting at home watching these shows unfold, saying, 'How come I haven't gotten the call for this? Have people forgotten about me?'

"So when you get the call, you're like, ‘Yeah I'm gonna do The Masked Dancer!'"

As for his dancing experience, McKnight revealed that his speciality has always been musical instruments. "I never thought that dancing would be a part of what I was doing, so I never focused on it", he said.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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"I kind of move around on stage, I am very self-deprecating on stage. I kind of dance, but not really."

Reflecting on the challenges of performing in a giant Cricket outfit, he added: "To do full on dance moves with choreography was kind of a daunting task for me." We're not surprised.

The Masked Dancer continues Wednesday, January 27 on FOX in the US.

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