Did This Oscar Nominee Just QUIT ‘The Masked Singer?!’
Season 4 has definitely been a big season of firsts for “The Masked Singer.”
Pandemic accommodations aside, this is the first year that a costumed duo is competing on the show, the first time someone is competing through a puppet (looking at you, Baby Alien!), and the first time someone decided to take off their mask and reveal themselves…before the audience even voted who was going home!
After last week’s unmasking of hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes, the second episode of the season kicked off by introducing Group B and its new round of performers, including Crocodile, Seahorse, Baby Alien, Whatchamacallit, Serpent, and Gremlin.
After a round of vocal knockouts and stellar performances, the Gremlin was the last one on the stage. Although his vocals were weaker than the rest during his gravelly rendition of Ben E. King’s iconic hit, “Stand By Me,” the judging panel still applauded his performance.
The clue package revealed the Gremlin as a “combative” personality, and combined with the clues regarding his “checkered history,” the judges guessed WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Jerry Lee Lewis, and, as judge Jenny McCarthy suggested, Mickey Rourke.
Before all the judges could finish locking in their guesses, the Gremlin told host Nick Cannon that his furry costume made him “too damn hot” and he wanted to “take this off right now.”
“It’s not that part of the show yet!” Cannon teased before he realized that the Gremlin was already struggling to unmask himself. As he called for back-up, the judging panel were all on their feet.
“What is happening?” judge Nicole Scherzinger exclaimed as the judges all shouted at him to stop.
Finally, after a dramatic struggle, Mickey Rourke managed to free himself of his Gremlin persona, proving Jenny’s guess was correct.
After The Show
Although he didn’t even wait for the audience to potentially vote him off the show, it doesn’t appear that Rourke was as motivated to win as some of his competitors.
“Man, you’re such a legend,” host Cannon enthused after his unmasking. “What would make you do The Masked Singer?”
“I was in the neighborhood,” Rourke replied simply, admitting, “I do like that show. I watched like four episodes when they asked me, ‘Would you be interested?’ So I watched, like, from the very beginning and all that s—t.”
Checkered past aside, the veteran actor and former boxer has had a long history of film roles spanning from the 1980s. After winning several distinctions for his role in 2005’s “Sin City,” Rourke managed to score an Oscar nomination, as well as a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his role as Randy “The Ram” Robinson in the 2008 sports drama “The Wrestler.”
Although he might not have had the vocal chops to win the coveted Masked Singer Golden Trophy, Rourke definitely gave fans a shocking reveal that is sure to go down in Masked Singer history.