William Shatner Couldn’t Hear In Knight Costume

William Shatner was revealed as Knight on The Masked Singer and admits that while performing, he couldn’t hear anything that anyone said.


William Shatner was one of two celebrities revealed during The Masked Singer season 8 premiere, and the actor admits he couldn’t hear anything in his Knight costume. The Star Trek actor was eliminated along with Hedgehog, revealed as Eric Idle, and Hummingbird, who’s yet to be revealed. Harp was crowned the winner of round one and will perform in the next round with a new set of contestants. Her identity is still a secret, but fans are positive Glee actress Amber Riley is behind the golden costume. William performed a cover of Fred Astaire’s “Puttin ‘On The Ritz.” Panelists were sure The Masked Singer contestant’s voice sounded familiar.

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Panelist Jenny McCarthy correctly guessed Knight’s identity. Other guesses included David Hasselhoff from Ken Jeong and John Lithgow as Nicole Scherzinger’s guess. In his clue package, William included images of outer space as a hint toward his role in Star Trek and a statue of William Shakespeare which gave away his first name. William was the first contestant to sit in the new VIP section, which was introduced for the new season. Since the show will have two eliminations per episode, the first contestant to be revealed will sit in the VIP section to watch the second contestant’s reveal.

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While William had a lot of fun during his The Masked Singer performance, he unfortunately couldn’t hear a thing. The actor told People about the technical difficulty that occurred while in the Knight costume. Some of the guesses for Knight throughout the premiere included Weird Al Yankovic and Jerry Springer. When asked if he thought these guesses were insulting, William admitted he didn’t hear the panelists make those guesses. “I couldn’t hear them. I have no idea. I think I heard my name or something. I wasn’t sureThe Masked Singer contestant said.

The actor added, “I know they called my name. I took the headdress off, and I don’t know anything else that transpired.“He also had a tough time hearing throughout his The Masked Singer performance, which made it difficult to sing along to the song. “I couldn’t hear the orchestra. I couldn’t see anybody – the people, dancers. It was bizarre,“the actor said. Luckily the star was still able to finish his performance, and the live studio audience was really enjoying it. However, he also admits he doesn’t want to go back and watch how he did since he dislikes watching his own work.

While he may not have won the round, William still gave an entertaining performance for The Masked Singer fans and panelists. It’s unfortunate about the hearing situation, but no one in the audience or at home could tell based on how much fun he looked like he was having. The show still has an exciting season ahead of it with many more contestants and exciting theme nights. The Masked Singer fans can’t wait to tune in every week to see which other celebrities will be unmasked on the stage this season.

The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on Fox.

Source: People

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