Omarion, born Omari Ishmael Grandberry, is a 36-year-old actor, singer, rapper, and dancer with 3.9 million followers on Instagram.
He’s probably best known as the lead singer of the American R&B boy band B2K, although he also appeared on “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
In a new post-unmasking interview, he revealed what life was like underneath the massive Yeti costume!
Gone Too Soon?
Although fans felt that Yeti should have gone all the way to the finale, Omarion has no qualms about leaving the show one week early.
“I really am happy that I was open enough to experience what it means to be felt, rather than seen,” he shared. “And for a very long time as an entertainer, I completely forgot what that was like. So to be able to develop a character like the Yeti, and do my research — I may have felt like a Yeti a time or two in my career. I felt like that was what I needed to get [from this experience]. It’s better to be felt.”
“When you do a great performance and people feel it, they may forget what they see, but they will never forget how they felt. So I’m so happy that I was able to even come in hot as the wildcard. It was a great experience. I’m happy that I enjoyed myself.”
The Yeti made “The Masked Singer” history by performing Justin Bieber‘s “Lonely” while on rollerskates. In his latest interview, he revealed how that all came about.
“Well, they always ask you on the show, what are some of your hidden talents?” Omarion explained. “Immediately I was thinking to myself, what could I do, a hidden talent that I could display that would be cool? And when I was younger, before I became a musician, I used to go up to Santa Rosa [Calif.] every year with my uncles and I used to go to this camp called Camp Snoopy. We would basically teach the kids there how to rollerblade. So I was like a professional rollerblader early on in my traveling career.”
“So when they asked me what was a hidden talent, I said rollerblading, and then it was, ‘Wait a minute, oh, this is gonna be dope. A Yeti has never rollerbladed before.’ I’m so happy that I was able to bring out that hidden talent because I couldn’t think of anything else. All the other things I thought of I wouldn’t be able to do in this 60-pound outfit. So, the skating was pretty cool. I’m happy that I was able to do that.”
History With Bow Wow
One of the clues hinting at Omarion’s identity was his close relationship with Bow Wow, who had previously competed on season 3 of the show as the Frog.
“He didn’t reach out and ask me if I was the Yeti, but we did have a conversation. And he was like, ‘I know this is you, O. I know this is you,'” he shared. “Just like I knew it was him when I saw the Frog.”
“We’ve shared the stage, we’ve done albums together. So he definitely knows my energy signature. And I thought it was cool, too. I felt like it was orchestrated by the universe, because we were on tour before the pandemic, we were on the Millennium Tour. And we only got to do five shows before COVID hit, and now we’re preparing for October to go back on tour. So really now the public has the opportunity to come see us, two Masked Singers on one tour, and I didn’t think about that.”
Many contestants have admitted to difficulties performing under their larger-than-life costumes, but Omarion revealed that the costume added a whopping 60 extra pounds to his 5’6″ frame.
“It was intense,” he revealed. “A lot of people from the outside looking in don’t know how strenuous performing with a 60-pound costume. I automatically started thinking about all of the characters at Disneyland and how they have to put these outfits on and take these little breaks and stuff. I was immediately thinking like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m wearing a helmet, an extra pair of arms and legs.’ It was very interesting. But nonetheless, I really had a good time transforming into the Yeti.”
Keep scrolling to see how the fans were able to put the clues together weeks before last night’s elimination!