THE MASKED SINGER: Armadillo Unmasked After Faith-Filled ‘Amazing Grace’ Performance
By Movieguide® Staff
On April 13, judges of THE MASKED SINGER revealed the face behind the Armadillo costume as Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter.
On a double-elimination night, both Chapman and actress Jennifer Holiday, who wore the Miss Teddy costume, exited THE MASKED SINGER.
While Dog the Bounty Hunter may not have had a background in singing, he said that his blackbelt helped with his performances over the season.
“I have a black belt in martial arts. I’ve arrested over 8,000 fugitives, so I’ve kicked a lot of okole [Hawaiian for butt],” Dog told HollywoodLife in an interview. “We, the team and FOX, tried to throw in the songs, in the interview, I presented the shaka — it’s called ‘throw a shaka’ — four or five times. We tried to really load up the detectives and the judges with more info than they’ve ever received. It’s one of the first times where I got to lay down the clues instead of finding them because that’s what I do, right? And I was like, ‘Oh, I could get away from anybody. This is so much fun.’ I was amazed that I went as long as I did without getting number one, booted, and number two, guessed.”
Dog, who is open about his Christian faith, chose to sing “Amazing Grace.”
“I am trying to be a Christian, so we negotiated a Christian song and that song happened to be my mother’s most favorite. It really was very emotional for me to show my faith, that Fox is cool enough to do that to anybody,” Dog said.
Even when his performances didn’t go as planned, Dog said he relied on the Lord. In an earlier performance, Dog fell on stage.
“I don’t know why I fell. I think evil pushed me down because they didn’t want me to sing that song, and they even had to help me out in the chair. That thing was over 200 pounds,” Dog explained. “I couldn’t stand up by myself. So how I ever stood up like that, I know that in my world, the angels grabbed me and said, ‘Get out there.’ So I was petrified. Francie [Frane] and I had just watched the Olympic skier who jumped that big jump but right at the end she fell, and that went right through my mind. I thought you better get up. You’ve been pushed out of life before and you have always stood up. I don’t know what happened. Adrenaline and the Lord took over.”
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