The Monster was one of the five mystery celebrity contestants who performed “The Masked Singer” Season 1 episode 3 titled “Five Masks No More,” which aired on Fox on January 16, 2019. Joining Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jenny McCarthy in the panel was Joel McHale as a guest panelist.
As the last performer, The Monster sang “I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw. Released in Australia in 2003 and in the United Kingdom in 2004, the song is the opening theme of “One Tree Hill.”
For The Monster, almost being unmasked in the previous episode was a “really hard pill to swallow.” When he said he took a drive up “from the south,” New York can be seen in the background.
Now, The Monster is back in the “swing of things” and looks to be a bit of a party monster. His performance of “I Don’t Want To Be” was Thicke’s favorite of the night.
Thicke praised how The Monster hit the big notes and guesses he could be Nelly or Derek Jeter while Cannon jokingly said he could be Kevin Hart. Scherzinger described the mystery singer as adorable and speculated that he could be a comedian who is also a singer.
“I like to keep my head in the game,” The Monster said. This made McCarthy think he could be a golfer.
Like Scherzinger, Jeong thought The Monster may be an athlete who can sing. Thicke agreed and said, “Well, I noticed something new about New York City and New York City, obviously the Yankees, the most popular team in the world.”
“I would say maybe a recently retired New York Yankee,” Thicke said. “Maybe Derek Jeter.”
Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States on June 26, 1974. He made his debut in the Major League Baseball in 1995 playing for the New York Yankees.
Jeter was the team captain of the Yankees from 2003 until his he retired in 2014. Since September 2017, he has been the CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins.
Watch The Monster singing “I Don’t Want To Be” here: