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The Masked Singer returned for the sixth week of Season 5 on Wednesday, and after some hilarious performances from the remaining contestants in Group A, fans got to know the final wild card of the season, who ended up really shaking up the game!
After The Russian Dolls, The Seashell, Robopine, and The Orca took the stage with impressive performances, the wild card character, The Yeti, raised the bar to a whole new level and put everyone else in the group in jeopardy.
Only four contestants were able to move on, and after all the votes were cast and counted, it was La Orca who ended up getting eliminated.
After the show’s panel of famous “detectives” (Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy) made their final guesses (all very wrong), The Orca unmasked himself and revealed that he was none other than the rocker and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath!
ET spoke with McGrath on Wednesday and the musician spoke about his experience on the show and how he wasn’t surprised by the result.
“I did The Masked Singer because it scared the hell out of me, “McGrath explained.” Now the irony is that I make a living as a singer, but no one has ever called me a ‘singer’, I’m actually an entertainer … No one is going to mistake my voice for Chris Cornell or Chris Martin or Chris Robinson. Or whatever Chris you want to throw in there. I’ve always managed with the tone. “
“At this level in The Masked SingerYou really have to be a technically good singer, “he added.” You’re dealing with some world-class singers on this show, so I was surprised to even get that far. “
The elimination of the Orca was a huge surprise, considering that his rendition of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was one of the most emotional moments of the night.
The performance came after a particularly emotional track pack in which McGrath, still in hiding in the Orca costume, spoke candidly about how his father died shortly after the birth of his twins.
“I always looked up to my dad, and when I told him I was going to be a dad, it brought him a lot of joy!” The Orca revealed in his clue pack. “Even though his health was deteriorating, he focused like a laser on the baby’s baptism … He held out long enough to watch the ceremony. Days later, he passed away and I felt rudderless in an ocean of tears.”
“I will never forget his last words. He said he was proud of me for being a dad, above all. And it gives me so much joy to know that his spirit will live on for generations,” added the Orca.
McGrath also opened up to ET about his late father, sharing: “I was so glad that my father saw me become a father, because I don’t think he thought I ever would be. I waited until I was 42.” being a father … and watching him hold the twins in his hands, I mean, I had done a few things in my life, but he says, ‘I’m so proud of you for being an amazing dad.’ And that’s the takeaway I’ll always have. “
McGrath and his wife, Carin Kingsland, share 10-year-old twins, son Lydon and daughter Hartley, and the rocker said he was grateful to the show for creating something he could share with his children that honored his grandfather.
“What’s so amazing about The Masked Singer is that they research your life a lot to create these wonderful packages, “he shared.” It is a true testament to how great the program is, in all departments … and I am so grateful to have this documentation, for my twins, for the rest of their lives.
“They were just babies, they don’t remember my dad, but you will know how much they meant to my dad thanks to this pack created by The masked singer“he added.” You win just competing on this show, because they have a wonderful way of making everyone look great. “
McGrath also admitted that he didn’t even know that the track pack dealt so substantially with the loss of his father when he came out singing.
“I didn’t see the package before I acted, and I don’t know if I could have,” admitted McGrath. “When I saw it later, I was like, ‘Oh my God, wow.’
Thicke was particularly moved by the performance and the singer’s touching story, considering that the singer lost his own father, Alan Thicke, unexpectedly in December 2016.
“I lost my father a few years ago,” Thicke shared, after the performance. “He was my hero, my idol, so I totally connect with your story and listen to what you are trying to say with that song … [it was a] really sincere and beautiful acting. “
For McGrath, a surprising result is how connected he became to his character after such a short time.
“I actually felt bad for La Orca!” said of its removal. “You get so attached to these masks and these costumes, and I felt like I disappointed La Orca. And I was almost thrilled to take off the mask. [during the reveal] because I knew it was the last time there was going to be a heartbeat there. “
While fans had to say goodbye to McGrath’s Orca, The Seashell, Robopine, The Russian Dolls, and newcomer The Yeti, they are moving to the Super 8, along with The Black Swan, The Crab, The Chameleon, and The Piglet.
If you’re trying to crack the mystery of contestants in disguise like the rest of America, check out our updated list of spoilers, tips, and best guesses, where we break down all the clue packs and make wild (surprisingly accurate) predictions about the secret identities of the singers.
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