The Masked Singer US unveils Serpent identity in emotional moment

Susannah Alexander
·4-min read
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The Masked Singer US spoilers follow.

The Masked Singer US has unmasked another contestant, and the unveiling of Serpent's identity was one of the most emotional reveals the show has ever seen.

After Serpent lost out to Crocodile in the Group B final on Wednesday (November 19), it was time for the snake's identity to be revealed.

Ken Jeong guessed that the Serpent was Daveed Diggs, Nicole Scherzinger guessed 'Singing Surgeon' Dr Elvis Francois, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg went for Taye Diggs, and Robin Thicke and Cheryl Hines both thought Serpent was Donald Faison.

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And once the Serpent's head had eventually been removed, Scherzinger was proved correct when Dr Elvis Francois was unmasked.

The surgeon rose to prominence after a video of him playing piano and singing in hospital circulated on social media, and he later went on to appear on The Masked Singer after show during season 3 of the reality show.

"This is unbelievable, it's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of situation," Dr Francois said after his identity had been revealed. "Very different from what I do on a day-to-day basis but something I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

The judges were delighted to see Dr Francois and Jeong in particular became very emotional, crying as he thanked the doctor for all of his hard work and saying that "there's truly no-one more talented than him".

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"You just got us through a very difficult time and we love you so much," Jeong told Dr Francois, to which Dr Francois replied, "That means a lot to me".

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly after his unmasking, Dr Francois said that he found Jeong's reaction to his unmasking "touching".

"It was hard for me to keep my composure, especially knowing that I had to do one more song after that," he said. "I know for me, what I really, really was proud of was having that space and having that moment be directed to the frontline workers in healthcare.

"And if anything, I would say thank you to Ken. I've never met him in person before, beyond being unmasked on the show, but knowing that his words that he said to me were really directed to all of our health care workers across the country was special, and I think that's where the true honor goes."

Confirming that he is "a huge fan of the show", Dr Francois also revealed that the Serpent costume was actually a late decision and that he originally "had another costume all lined up".

"They reached out literally just right before we actually started the competition, and they showed me the Serpent and it made perfect sense," he said. "The medical symbol, which is the caduceus, is the Hermes staff with two serpents wrapped around it.

"So as soon as I saw it, I knew it was completely meant to be just because of what it means in medicine, and me being able to have that as a potential clue.

"And the costume itself is just out of this world, like the tentacles are moving. It looks like something from an old Egyptian royal tomb or something like that. It was just really cool, and for all those reasons I fell in love with it."

Although Dr Francois has no intention of giving up his medical work and is hoping to secure a job as a spine surgeon, he did confirm that he is "writing some original music" too and is hoping to release it in the next few months.

"Hopefully I can find a way to share a bit of music and medicine with people for as long as people allow me to," he said.

The Masked Singer US continues next Wednesday (November 25) at 8pm on Fox. The show's UK equivalent airs on ITV.

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