The Masked Dancer unveils first celebrity contestant in series premiere

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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The Masked Dancer spoilers follow.

The Masked Singer's brand new sister show The Masked Dancer has unveiled its first famous face.

Dressed up as the pink-suited character Disco Ball, actor and Grammy Award-winning musician Ice-T was the first celebrity to be unmasked during the FOX show's premiere on Sunday night (December 27).

Ice-T later told Entertainment Weekly that his decision to join the reality TV stage was based on his young daughter's interests.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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He recalled: "I was at Law & Order, and I was on the make-up chair and I get a call from my manager. He said they want me to do The Masked Dancer. I corrected him. I said, 'No, it's The Masked Singer.' He says, 'No, it's The Masked Dancer, they got a new one coming out'.

"I used to be in the breakdance movies [Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo] — I was a b-boy. I used to dance. Those are days long gone, you know, my body don't move like it used to.

"So I'm like, 'Well, I can't dance like that.' And he's like, 'Nah, you're gonna have a helmet on. And it's more of just a guessing game.'"

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Ice-T continued: "Now, my daughter watches The Masked Singer because she likes the costumes, but when the heads come off, she doesn't know any of the people. She's only five years old.

"So I said to myself, how about if I do this, and she watches The Masked Dancer, and when the head comes off it's me? That'll blow her mind. So I said, 'Yeah, let's go.'

"And at this point in my career, you got to have fun with it. So I went for it."

The Masked Dancer continues on Wednesday, January 6, airing on FOX in the US.

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