The Masked Dancer revealed: Every unmasked celebrity on season 1
Dancing with the masked stars
The Masked Dancer is here and has already proven to be just as wild as sister series The Masked Singer. In the show's premiere, we met Group A dancers Hammerhead, Tulip, Cricket, Disco Ball, and Exotic Bird. The next episode introduced Group B contestants Sloth, Ice Cube, Zebra, Cotton Candy, and Moth. Click through to see who has been sent home and which celebrities were under the masks.
Disco Ball was the first to hang up his boogie shoes. To everyone's surprise, the mirrored mask came off to reveal Grammy-winning rapper and actor Ice-T. The Law & Order: SVU star told EW he had only two hours to learn his dance and was focused more on not toppling over in the heavy head once it was showtime. "I threw all the choreography out the window," he said. "I just don't want to bust my ass on national television like that. That would be the nightmare."
In a strange coincidence, Ice Cube was eliminated after Ice-T. But the rapper/actor of the same name wasn't under this icy mask. Instead, the cool contestant revealed himself to be another guy, Emmy-winning TV presenter and science enthusiast Bill Nye. Nye told EW the costume made perfect sense for him. "The melting ice head had a climate change vibe. The coat or whatever you'd call it, the jacket, was reminiscent of a lab coat. Then they blinged it up the way I do with all my clothes. [Laughs]"
Ms. Moth has flown into the flame. The winged dancer was eliminated in episode 3 and revealed to be Elizabeth Smart, the bestselling author and child safety activist who gained national attention in 2002 after being abducted at age 14. Smart told EW she was inspired to do the show after the loss of her grandmother. "I was sitting there thinking about it at my grandma's funeral, I just thought, you know what, why not? Life is already hard enough. ... And I just thought, this has already been a hard year, so why not do something that's fun?"
The Masked Dancer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. Check back here each week to see the latest unmasked celebrity.