The Nov. 18 episode of ‘The Masked Singer’ featured a double unmasking. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the singer beneath the Serpent costume after he was revealed to the world. Spoilers!
The Masked Singer shocked us with a double reveal through the Group B finals on Nov. 18. The Whatchamacallit was revealed as NBA star Lonzo Ball, whereas “Singing Surgeon” Dr. Elvis Francois was revealed to be the Serpent. Dr. Elvis has turn into an web sensation due to his wonderful covers of songs which have uplifted us all throughout this pandemic. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Dr. Elvis about his Masked Singer journey.
Dr. Elvis, an orthopedic surgeon resident on the Mayo Clinic, informed HollywoodLife that he “felt like a fish out of water” on set as a result of he’d by no means carried out on a stage earlier than. He additionally revealed the significant cause why he selected the Serpent costume, and the way the present did by way of following well being and security protocols through the pandemic.
How did you find yourself on The Masked Singer of all locations?
Dr. Elvis Francois: I’ve been asking myself that day-after-day. So it’s been a loopy, loopy yr for all of us, myself included. Everybody on the present is a celeb. I’m not a celeb. I’m not an entertainer or an expert musician. I wouldn’t name myself a musician, however earlier this yr, me and a buddy of mine had been taking part in some music on the hospital and that video grew to become a viral factor on the web, I assume you’d say. I had the chance of performing some cowl songs after that, and the producers at Fox reached out and gave me the chance to do some cowl songs for the After the Masks present. After which they reached out and requested if I’d prefer to be a contestant on The Masked Singer, which was loopy as a result of I grew up at all times watching music competitions. I’m an enormous fan of the present and been watching all of the earlier seasons. Once they requested me I used to be like, this entire yr has been surreal for a lot of causes, however that was undoubtedly essentially the most surreal second of all. It’s one thing that was a as soon as in a lifetime alternative. And the remainder is what brings us right here right now.
There are a ton of costume concepts to select from, so how did you decide on the Serpent costume?
Dr. Elvis Francois: Once more, I feel this entire technique of even ending up on the present simply felt like a collection of unlikely occasions that saved occurring. It felt prefer it was meant to be. After I noticed that costume, I child you not, our very first thought was that is one hundred pc me. I don’t know should you’re acquainted with the medical image, the Caduceus with the workers and the serpents, they go round it. So the medical image itself has loads of historic mythological which means that’s derived from serpents. The costume was extremely cool. The animatronics within the snake appeared actually cool. The truth that it had this underlying which means for medication was nearly meant to be. It was as nearly should you needed to create the proper costume for my position in medication, this is able to be it.
After you had been unmasked, Ken Jeong teared up over how a lot of an influence your music has had over the previous few months. How did you are feeling whenever you noticed him tearing up?
Dr. Elvis Francois: I began getting emotional myself after I realized the gravity of what it meant to be on that stage. Listening to his phrases and realizing that so many people have members of the family who had been straight impacted or not directly impacted and the way somewhat little bit of music can go a great distance in placing a smile on an individual’s face or making somebody really feel somewhat bit higher about their day. It was unbelievable to listen to him specific these issues. I used to be completely satisfied to be representing the hundreds of thousands of different well being care suppliers on the frontlines who couldn’t be there that day. I used to be completely satisfied to listen to him say these issues as a result of there are lots of folks in medication and on the hospital that I work at and in hospitals throughout the nation who’re followers of the present. Having a chance to simply step out of the hospital, away from the craziness that we see in politics and the information with the demise counts of COVID, and simply type of loosen up, smile, and hang around, these had been all of the ideas that I used to be pondering as Ken was speaking. My final thought was, don’t cry. I needed to sing another tune, and I believed I’ll not even be capable to get by it. There have been loads of feelings.
The panelists had been guessing folks like Taye Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr. How did it really feel to be put in the identical league as them?
Dr. Elvis Francois: I can’t emphasize sufficient how a lot I felt like a fish out of water. I had by no means carried out on stage like that. I had by no means carried out for a big viewers. I’d by no means carried out dwell on tv. I’d by no means completed a choreographed efficiency whereas attempting to sing a tune. I’m not an entertainer in any method. I’m a coaching surgeon. After I was on stage after ending the primary tune, I nearly handed out as a result of it’s tremendous sizzling within the costume. We can also’t see, so I used to be standing there, and I didn’t understand how I did. The panelists threw out these names, and it was humbling. These are folks that I hearken to and have such an incredible quantity of respect for, so it was actually cool to listen to their guesses.
This season, there are such a lot of further precautions to guard the forged and crew because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a health care provider your self, how did you are feeling the present did with the well being and security protocols?
Dr. Elvis Francois: The very first thing I’ll say is the folks at FOX did an unbelievable job. Personally figuring out firsthand the rules that the CDC has put collectively, being at a hospital each single day, and figuring out what it takes to ensure that individuals are following applicable distancing tips, I had by no means been examined extra for something than my time on set of The Masked Singer. It was actually, actually unbelievable. It was unbelievable to see them take that as severely from the one who’s handing out water bottles to the lead producer. Everybody did their half, and it was profitable as a result of nobody ended up getting sick. There have been no reported circumstances. So I’d give him an A-plus for the job that they did. It was fairly wonderful.
You launched an EP to assist well being care staff on the frontlines. Sooner or later, are you seeking to possibly pursue music along with your medical profession?
Dr. Elvis Francois: That’s a fantastic query. A number of months in the past, I simply loved sharing music. That was one thing that I used to be personally enthusiastic about simply because I like music that has which means. Over the previous few months seeing how with surgical procedure you’ll be able to solely assist the one who’s on the desk, with music you’ll be able to cross oceans and assist a a lot wider group of individuals. It’s the following step for me to work on writing and creating some authentic music. I’m hoping to have the ability to discover a solution to share each music and medication for so long as I’m capable of.