The Masked Dancer US unveils Bill Nye as Ice Cube

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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The Masked Dancer US spoilers follow.

The Masked Dancer US has revealed the identity of its second eliminated dancer, as Ice Cube was unmasked as a true '90s icon.

Following the unmasking of Disco Ball as actor and musician Ice-T in the Fox reality show's premiere episode just after Christmas, we were given our first glimpse of Group B's five disguised dancers last night (January 6).

After a fierce dance battle between Ice Cube, Cotton Candy, Sloth, Zebra and Moth, it was Ice Cube who was chosen as the performer to be unmasked – and we discovered that the mystery dancer was none other than science communicator, TV presenter and engineer Bill Nye, known to millions as Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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Ice Cube's dance to Postmodern Jukebox's cover of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' led to him being eliminated from the show and so it was time for judges Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, Ken Jeong and Ashley Tisdale to make their final guesses about Ice Cube's identity.

His clues package had made a number of references to climate change and also featured a bag of dollar bills, the phrase '90s icon' and Cornell University, which Nye attended.

He was also shown with a periodic table, joking: "My dreams came true and I finally feel in my element."

Jeong picked up on the university clue and also suggested that the dollar bills could be a hint that the dancer's name was Bill, leading him to choose Bill Nye as his final guess.

Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images

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Tisdale suspected that Ice Cube was former US vice president and climate change activist Al Gore due to the multiple climate change clues, while Abdul guessed that he was fashion consultant Tim Gunn. Green, meanwhile, opted for comedian and TV host Bill Maher as his guess, agreeing with Jeong that the dancer's name was Bill.

After Nye was unmasked, Jeong was elated, shouting: "This is the happiest time of my life! I never get anything right on that other show!" referring to The Masked Singer, which he also judges.

Speaking about his time on the series, Nye – who presented educational science show Bill Nye the Science Guy between 1993 and 1998 – joked that the experience had been "cool".

"I love to dance!" he told host Craig Robinson. "It may not have been obvious but I do love to dance."

Jeong praised Nye for his work in encouraging children to develop an interest in science, saying: "What you have done to educate and entertain over the years is something that I aspire to do in my own career so thank you, honestly, for being a role model and a hero, for real."

"Thanks, you guys!" Nye replied. "Get out there and change the world, people!"

The Masked Dancer continues on Wednesday, January 13, on FOX in the US.

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