Elizabeth Smart was initially not interested in appearing on Fox’s “The Masked Dancer.” But after her grandmother died, Smart said she had a revelation.
“She definitely lived life to the fullest,” Smart said. “When I sat at her funeral and thought about life and death, I just thought, ‘It’s okay to have fun. It’s okay to do something happy. Not everything I do has to be 100% serious all the time. I’m more than just a one-sided person, so why not. ”
Smart was revealed to be the person under the Moth costume Wednesday’s edition of “The Masked Dancer.” Smart said she also felt that after the dark events of 2020, she wanted to do something bright and fun.
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Smart was revealed after dancing to Michael Bublé’s version of “Sway.” She said she had kept her participation in “The Masked Dancer” secret from everyone except her husband and her manager.
“Not that I rejected these types of performances before, but I think it gave me a new and greater understanding of them,” she said. “There are so many really talented, friendly, good people working on these shows that I really think will just make people smile. It was a really good experience for me that really helped me gain a greater understanding of everyone involved in the whole process. ”
Smart, who as a teenager was a victim of a kidnapping and sexual assault, has become an advocate for missing persons and victims of assault.
Smart told Variety that she expected some viewers to be surprised by her participation in the show. “I do not think most people, not even they, know me well. would ever guess that I would do something like this, ”she said. “Life must also be happy, not just serious all the time. I also want a happy life as much as I want a meaningful life associated with positive change and education and prevention. I also personally want a good life and it’s okay if others see that side of me. ”
Among the panelists, Brian Austin Green got it right with Smart, Ken Jeong named Karlie Kloss, Paula Abdul guessed Kathy Griffin, and Ashley Tisdale thought it was Jewel. Guest panelist Cheryl Hines chose Megyn Kelly.
Smart had previously danced to “Boot Scootin Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn, and in her first episode, panelists guessed Kelly, Monica Lewinsky and Marla Maples.
“The Masked Dancer” includes the “Word Up” feature, where each participant says a clue with a word to their identity. Smart’s first “Word Up” was “Inspired” and the second “Word Up” was “Bestseller.”
This season’s costumes include zebra, tulip, sloth, exotic bird, cotton candy, cricket, disco ball, moth, ice cube and hammerhead. Previously unveiled were Bill New Science Guy as Ice Cube and Ice-T as Disco Ball.
The show features a cast of 10 celebrities who have “collected more than 38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy Award winners, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times best-selling author titles, four Olympic gold medals and three Broadway appearances. ”
Here were the other contestants and their appearances in episode three, “Group B Playoffs – These Masks Don’t Lie!”:
Dance: “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo
Word on: “Champion”
Guess in the panel: Floyd Mayweather, Mario Lopez, Tito Ortiz, Tony Robbins
Voice over: “It was great to be on the big stage again. It really gave me the little taste of adrenaline I’ve missed since my golden promotion to ZEO Our Mission at Zebra Inc. is to help others, especially those who may not be able to help themselves. Childhood was harsh, surrounded by poverty and crime. But also, I always had love and I would never have reached the place I am today without the support of some great mentors and friends. That’s why I have to give back and be a hero to all the little zebras out there who need someone to believe in them. Sometimes life is crazy, but love always helps you fight through. My first dance was a fun salsa, but tonight I slow it down with a sexy duet. You would not know how hard it is to bring the sexy one like a zebra, but like life, if I can channel the love, I will come out on top. ”
Previous dance: “Magalehna,” by Sergio Mendes
Previous word up: “Come back”
Previous guesses on the panel: Ricky Martin, Kevin Richardson, Pitbull
Dance: “Sour Candy” by Lady Gaga featuring Blackpink
Word on: “Team player”
Guess in the panel: Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenna Council
Voice over: “It was a scary fall. But do you think I will let a fall stop me? No way. I’m used to setbacks. I grew up in a place where life was carefree and simple. For everyone except me. It was so hard to balance practice with everything else in my life. I missed so many milestones and I started to feel iced by kids my age. I even missed my high school. It made me shine a scream sometimes. But all these years later, I am really grateful for these victims. Because I did this and I’m taking a big risk once again. Last time it was just me and my partner. But tonight I am with a group of the most talented dancers. So I have to stand out and show the panel why I deserve a place in the Super Six. ”
Previous dance: “Glitter in the Air,” by Pink
Previous word up: “Best airtime”
Previous guesses on the panel: Jenna Board, Pink, Julianne Hough
Dance: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Word on: “Leading man”
Guess in the panel: Jonathan Groff, Keegan-Michael Key, Will Ferrell
Voice over: “Last week was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life. Just for fun. It’s not hard for stars like me! But I did not always feel that way. When I was young, we moved to a new place with a new language. I did not fit. Eventually I gained a reputation as a bad boy. The truth is, I was afraid to show people the right me. But I took a chance and jumped. And it worked. I learned so much about myself. So tonight I take another chance and lock my soul on stage. It’s not easy for me to be vulnerable. But if I can make you laugh in the process, it’ll all be worth it. ”
Previous dance: “What I like about you,” by the romantics
Previous word up: Broadway
Previous guesses on the panel: Matthew Morrison, Kevin Federline, Jason Derulo