Elizabeth Smart wasn’t at first in showing on Fox’s “The Masked Dancer.” But after her grandmother handed away, Smart mentioned she had an epiphany.
“She actually lived life to the fullest,” Smart mentioned. “As I used to be sitting at her funeral, fascinated by life and loss of life, I simply thought, it is okay to have enjoyable. It’s okay to do one thing completely satisfied. Not all the things I do must be 100% severe all the time. I’m greater than only a one-sided individual, so why not.”
Smart was revealed to be the individual beneath the Moth costume on Wednesday’s version of “The Masked Dancer.” Smart mentioned she additionally felt that after the darkish occasions of 2020, she wished to do one thing mild hearted and enjoyable.
“It was most likely the most terrifying factor that I’ve ever voluntarily carried out,” Smart mentioned. “But it was so much of enjoyable. I imply, how typically does an individual get to say that they’ve an entire group of individuals figuring out with them each single day, like 5 individuals working there to assist make you be the finest you will be.”
Smart was unmasked after dancing to Michael Bublé’s model of “Sway.” She mentioned she had saved her participation in “The Masked Dancer” a secret to everybody besides her husband and her supervisor.
“Not that I dismissed these varieties of exhibits earlier than, however I believe it gave me a brand new and larger appreciation for them,” she mentioned. “There are so many truly gifted, sort, good individuals engaged on these exhibits that I believe genuinely just do wish to make individuals smile. That was a very nice expertise for me, that actually helped me have a larger appreciation for everybody concerned in the entire course of.”
Smart, who as a teen was the sufferer of a kidnapping and sexual assault, has change into an advocate for lacking individuals and victims of assault.
Smart instructed Variety she anticipated some viewers to be stunned by her participation in the show. ” I do not assume most individuals, even that know me nicely. would ever guess that I might do one thing like this,” she mentioned. “Life needs to be completely satisfied as nicely, not simply severe all the time. I wish to have a contented life too, as a lot as I wish to have a significant life related to constructive change and training and prevention. I additionally personally wish to have a contented life and I’m OK if different individuals see that aspect of me.”
Among the panelists, Brian Austin Green obtained it proper with Smart, Ken Jeong named Karlie Kloss, Paula Abdul guessed Kathy Griffin, and Ashley Tisdale thought it was Jewel. Guest panelist Cheryl Hines picked Megyn Kelly.
Smart had beforehand danced to “Boot Scootin Boogie,” by Brooks & Dunn, and in her first episode, the panelists guessed Kelly, Monica Lewinsky and Marla Maples.
“The Masked Dancer” consists of the characteristic “Word Up,” wherein every contestant says a one-word clue to their identification. Smart’s first “Word Up” was “Inspired” and second “Word Up” was “Bestseller.”
This season’s costumes embrace Zebra, Tulip, Sloth, Exotic Bird, Cotton Candy, Cricket, Disco Ball, Moth, Ice Cube and Hammerhead. Previously unmasked was Bill Nye the Science Guy as the Ice Cube, and Ice-T as the Disco Ball.
The show touts a cast of 10 celebrities which have “amassed greater than 38 million albums offered worldwide, 20 Emmy Award wins, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, 5 New York Times Best-Selling Author titles, 4 Olympic gold medals and three Broadway show appearances.”
Here had been the different contestants and their performances on episode three, “Group B Playoffs — These Masks Don’t Lie!”:
Dance: “All My Life,” by Ok-Ci and Jojo
Word Up: “Champion”
Panel guesses: Floyd Mayweather, Mario Lopez, Tito Ortiz, Tony Robbins
Voice-over: “It was wonderful to be up on that large stage once more. It actually gave me that little style of adrenaline I’ve been lacking, ever since my golden promotion to Z.E.O. Our mission at Zebra Inc. is to assist others, particularly those that might not have the ability to assist themselves. Childhood was onerous, surrounded by poverty and crime. But additionally, I all the time had love, and I by no means would have made it to the place I’m right now with out the assist of some nice mentors and buddies. That’s why I’ve to present again and be a hero to all the little zebras on the market who want somebody to consider in them. Sometimes life is loopy however love will all the time allow you to battle by means of. My first dance was a enjoyable salsa however tonight, I’m slowing it down with a horny duet. You would not understand how onerous it’s to carry the horny as a zebra, however similar to life, if I can channel the love, I’ll come out on prime.”
Previous dance: “Magalehna,” by Sergio Mendes
Previous Word Up: “Comeback”
Previous panel guesses: Ricky Martin, Kevin Richardson, Pitbull
Dance: “Sour Candy,” by Lady Gaga feat. Blackpink
Word Up: “Team Player”
Panel guesses: Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenna Dewan
Voice-over: “It was a scary fall. But do you assume I’m going to let one fall cease me? No method. I’m used to setbacks. I grew up in a spot the place life was carefree and easy. For everybody however me. It was so onerous to stability apply with all the things else in my life. I missed out on so many milestones and I began to really feel iced out by youngsters my age. I even missed my highschool promenade. It made me wish to scream generally. But all these years later, I’m really grateful for these sacrifices. Because I made it right here and I’m as soon as once more taking a giant danger. Last time it was simply me and my accomplice. But tonight I’m with a bunch of the most gifted dancers. So I’ve to face out and show the panel why I deserve a spot in the Super Six.”
Previous dance: “Glitter in the Air,” by Pink
Previous Word Up: “Primetime”
Previous panel guesses: Jenna Dewan, Pink, Julianne Hough
Dance: “Up Where We Belong,” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Word Up: “Leading man”
Panel guesses: Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, Will Ferrell
Voice-over: “Last week was one of the scariest issues I’ve ever carried out in my life. Just kidding. That’s not onerous for stars like me! But I did not all the time really feel that method. When I used to be younger, we moved to a brand new place with a brand new language. I did not slot in. Eventually, I obtained a fame as a foul boy. The fact is, I used to be afraid to show individuals the actual me. But I took an opportunity and jumped. And it labored. I discovered a lot about myself. So tonight, I’m taking one other likelihood and baring my soul on stage. It’s not simple for me to be weak. But if I could make you giggle in the course of, then it should all be value it.”
Previous dance: “What I Like About You,” by the Romantics
Previous Word Up: “Broadway”
Previous panel guesses: Matthew Morrison, Kevin Federline, Jason Derulo