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 in the course of 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 grow to be an web sensation due to his superb 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, instructed 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 when it comes to following well being and security protocols in the course of the pandemic.
How did you find yourself on The Masked Singer of all locations?
Dr. Elvis Francois: I’ve been asking myself that on daily basis. So it’s been a loopy, loopy 12 months for all of us, myself included. Everybody on the present is a star. I’m not a star. I’m not an entertainer or an expert musician. I wouldn’t name myself a musician, however earlier this 12 months, me and a buddy of mine had been taking part in some music on the hospital and that video turned a viral factor on the web, I assume you’d say. I had the chance of doing a little 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 wish to be a contestant on The Masked Singer, which was loopy as a result of I grew up all the time 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 complete 12 months has been surreal for various causes, however that was positively probably the most surreal second of all. It’s one thing that was a as soon as in a lifetime alternative. And the remaining is what brings us right here at this time.
There are a ton of costume concepts to select from, so how did you choose the Serpent costume?
Dr. Elvis Francois: Once more, I believe this complete technique of even ending up on the present simply felt like a sequence of unlikely occasions that stored taking place. It felt prefer it was meant to be. Once 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 accustomed to the medical image, the Caduceus with the employees and the serpents, they go round it. So the medical image itself has lots of historic mythological that means that’s derived from serpents. The costume was extremely cool. The animatronics within the snake seemed actually cool. The truth that it had this underlying that means for drugs was virtually meant to be. It was as virtually should you needed to create the proper costume for my position in drugs, this may be it.
After you had been unmasked, Ken Jeong teared up over how a lot of an affect your music has had over the previous few months. How did you’re feeling if 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 relations who had been immediately impacted or not directly impacted and the way slightly little bit of music can go a great distance in placing a smile on an individual’s face or making somebody really feel slightly bit higher about their day. It was unimaginable to listen to him specific these issues. I used to be joyful 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 joyful to listen to him say these issues as a result of there are numerous folks in drugs 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 loss of life counts of COVID, and simply sort of calm down, 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 music, and I believed I could not even be capable to get by way of it. There have been lots 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 finished a choreographed efficiency whereas making an attempt to sing a music. I’m not an entertainer in any method. I’m a coaching surgeon. Once I was on stage after ending the primary music, I virtually handed out as a result of it’s tremendous scorching 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 those who 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 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. As a physician your self, how did you’re 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 unimaginable 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 be sure that individuals are following acceptable distancing pointers, I had by no means been examined extra for something than my time on set of The Masked Singer. It was actually, actually unimaginable. It was unimaginable to see them take that as critically 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 superb.
You launched an EP to assist well being care employees on the frontlines. Sooner or later, are you trying to perhaps pursue music along with your medical profession?
Dr. Elvis Francois: That’s an important 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 really like music that has that means. Over the previous few months seeing how with surgical procedure you possibly can solely assist the one who’s on the desk, with music you possibly can cross oceans and assist a a lot wider group of individuals. It’s the subsequent step for me to work on writing and creating some unique music. I’m hoping to have the ability to discover a technique to share each music and drugs for so long as I’m in a position to.