Fox’s new instant reality hit The Masked Singer promised 12 major celebrities competing in elaborate disguises, and on Wednesday night, its second star was unmasked: Tommy Chong.
The stoner comedian and musician was disguised as a Hawaiian shirt-clad Pineapple, and sang a rendition of “I Will Survive” (watch, below) as judges Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger tried to guess his identity. Chong followed Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who performed “My Prerogative” while disguised as a Hippo, in his exit from the series. (Brown had scheduling issues and could not accommodate The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for an interview.)
Around 9.4 million viewers tuned in for the Jan. 2 debut of the show, which recorded the biggest Nielsen live-plus-three bump for an unscripted series ever (its overnight rating of 3.0 in adults 18-49 grew nearly a full point, to 3.9, in delayed viewing).
Chong, who competed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in 2014, told The Hollywood Reporter in his exclusive first interview about his time on The Masked Singer that he didn’t hesitate to say yes when he was asked to participate in the show — even before he actually knew what it would entail.