The Masked Singer‘s first season may have come to an end last month, but T-Pain is still enjoying his big victory. However, he recently revealed he was initially skeptical about signing on to participate in the series.
While discussing the experience on The TODAY Show, T-Pain shared his rocky first impressions about the show’s concept.
“At first, when I heard it, I was like ‘Man, this is probably the stupidest thing I ever heard in my life,’ but then it worked out.’
So, what got him to warm up to the idea? The awesome Monster costume, of course!
“I didn’t really get into it until I saw the choice for the costume. Once I saw the Monster, I was like, I just want to wear that thing.'”
T-Pain’s decision to sign on to the show paid off. Of course, we all know he went on to win, but more importantly, the exposure he got from it has given him a decent career boost. He recently released a new album called 1-UP and will be going on tour soon, and the post-Masked Singer press coverage has given him a great outlet to promote these new projects.
T-Pain’s Masked Singer experience is a great example of reality TV helping a celebrity breathe some life into their staggering career. There are countless examples of this; the most notorious ones would probably be Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With the Stars, in addition to the hit UK show I’m A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here!.
The Masked Singer is already proving to be one of the most notable of this sub-genre of television, and after this season I’m sure tons of celebrities will be eager to sign on. Unlike the other aforementioned shows which have cameras on the participants for hours on end (and in some cases, 24/7) The Masked Singer doesn’t film any “behind the scenes” footage and only records introduction packages (with the identity of the contestant in question under wraps) and whatever happens onstage. Rather than focusing on drama and exploitation, the show is about fun and positivity; even the lesser singers are cheered on by the audience and shown support by the judges.
And it’s because of this that The Masked Singer seems poised to become the new go-to place on television for stars to make a comeback. While every reality show is produced to one extent or another, so far this one seems to be putting each contestant’s narrative into their own hands for the most part, allowing each one to share what they want to with the audience instead of being coerced into a situation for shock value or drama. It’s just plain FUN all around, and that makes it positive experience for both the contestants and viewers – everybody wins!
Which celebrities would you like to see launch a career comeback on The Masked Singer? Let us know in the comments below!