‘The Masked Dancer’ Reveals Identity of the Moth: Here’s the Notable Figure Under the Mask
Elizabeth Smart was initially not interested in appearing in Fox's "The Masked Dancer". But after her grandmother died, Smart said she had a revelation.
"She was enjoying life to the full," said Smart. “As I sat at her funeral and thought about life and death, I just thought, it's okay to have fun. It's okay to do something happy. Not everything I do has to be 100% serious. I'm more than just a one-sided person. So why not? "
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Smart was exposed in Wednesday's edition of The Masked Dancer as the person under the moth costume. Smart said she also felt like she wanted to do something light-hearted and fun after the dark events of 2020.
"It was probably the most terrible thing I've ever done willingly," said Smart. “But it was a lot of fun. I mean how many times can a person say that every day they have a whole team of people working with them like five people working there to make you the best they can. "
Smart was exposed after dancing to Michael Bublé's version of "Sway". She said she kept her participation in "The Masked Dancer" a secret from everyone but her husband and manager.
"Not that I turned down these types of shows before, but I think it gave me a new and greater appreciation for them," she said. “There are so many really talented, kind and good people working on these shows that I think they really just want to make people smile. That was a really nice experience for me that really helped me better appreciate everyone involved in the whole process. "
A victim of kidnapping and sexual assault as a teenager, Smart has become a missing person and assault lawyer.
Smart told Variety that she expected some viewers to be surprised by her participation in the show. "I don't think most people know me well. I would ever suspect that I would do something like this," she said. "Life should be happy too, not always serious. I want to have a happy life too, as well how I want to have a meaningful life that involves positive change, education and prevention. Personally, I also want to live a happy life and I'm fine when other people see that side of me. "
Among the panelists, Brian Austin Green got it right with Smart, Ken Jeong named Karlie Kloss, Paula Abdul suspected Kathy Griffin, and Ashley Tisdale thought it was a jewel. Guest discussant Cheryl Hines selected Megyn Kelly.
Smart had previously danced to Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin Boogie," and panelists suspected Kelly, Monica Lewinsky and Marla Maples in its first episode.
"The Masked Dancer" includes the "Word Up" function, in which each participant gives a one-word hint about their identity. Smart's first "Word Up" was "Inspired" and his second "Word Up" was "Best Seller".
This season's costumes include zebra, tulip, sloth, exotic bird, cotton candy, cricket, disco ball, moth, ice cubes and hammerhead shark. Previously exposed Bill Nye the Science Guy as Ice Cube and Ice-T as Disco Ball.
The show touts a cast of 10 celebrities who have "38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy Award wins, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times best-selling author titles, four Olympic gold medals and have collected three Broadway appearances. "
Here were the other contestants and their appearances in episode three, "Group B Playoffs - These Masks Don't Lie!":
Dance: "All My Life" by K-Ci and Jojo
Word Up: "Champion"
Panel guesses: Floyd Mayweather, Mario Lopez, Tito Ortiz, Tony Robbins
Voice-over: “It was amazing to be on this big stage again. It really gave me that little taste of adrenaline I've had since my gold promotion to Z.E.O. missed. At Zebra Inc., our mission is to help others, especially those who may not be able to help themselves. Childhood was tough, surrounded by poverty and crime. But I also always had love and I would never have gotten to where I am today without the support of some great mentors and friends. That's why I have to give back to all of the little zebras out there who need someone to believe in them and be a hero. Sometimes life is crazy, but love always helps you fight your way through. My first dance was a fun salsa, but tonight I'm slowing it down with a sexy duet. You wouldn't know how hard it is to bring the sexy as a zebra, but just like in life, if I can channel love, I'll prevail. "
Previous dance: “Magalehna” by Sergio Mendes
Previous word: "Comeback"
Earlier panel guesses: Ricky Martin, Kevin Richardson, Pitbull
Dance: "Sour Candy" by Lady Gaga feat. Blackpink
Word Up: "Team Player"
Panel conjectures: Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenna Dewan
Voice over: “It was a scary fall. But do you think I'll let a fall stop me? Under no circumstance. I'm used to setbacks. I grew up in a place where life was carefree and easy. For everyone but me. It was so difficult to balance the practice with everything else in my life. I've missed so many milestones and felt iced over by kids my age. I even missed my prom. I wanted to scream sometimes. But all these years later, I am really grateful for these sacrifices. Because I made it here and am taking another big risk. Last time it was just me and my partner. But tonight I'm with a group of the most talented dancers. So I have to stand out and show the panel why I deserve a place in the Super Six. "
Previous dance: "Glitter in the Air" by Pink
Previous word: "Primetime"
Previous panel guesswork: Jenna Dewan, Pink, Julianne Hough
Dance: "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Word Up: "Leading Man"
Panel guesses: Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, Will Ferrell
Voice over: "Last week was one of the scariest things I've ever done in my life. I'm just kidding. It's not difficult for stars like me! But I didn't always feel that way. When I was young, we moved to a new place with a new language. I didn't fit in. At one point I got the bad boy reputation. The truth is, I was scared to show people the real me. But I took a chance and jumped . And it worked. I've learned so much about myself. So I'm going to take another chance tonight and bare my soul on stage. It's not easy for me to be vulnerable. But if I can make you laugh while doing it , then everything will be worth it. "
Previous dance: "What I Like About You" from the Romantics
Previous word: "Broadway"
Earlier panel guesses: Matthew Morrison, Kevin Federline, Jason Derulo
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