John Oates Was The Anteater In Masked Singer
via Daryl Hall & John Oates/YouTube
In the latest episode of the popular show The Masked Singer on Fox, John Oates, the renowned rocker, was revealed as the masked celebrity eliminated on December 13. Interestingly, none of the panelists correctly guessed the musician’s identity, despite a subtle clue in Oates’ costume – he was dressed as an anteater, a nod to Hall & Oates’ famous 1982 hit “Maneater.”
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly (EW), Oates shared why participating in The Masked Singer appealed to him. He expressed that, at this stage in his career, he enjoys exploring different opportunities. The singer noted that the show coincided with a break in his touring schedule, making it a perfect fit for him. Oates saw it as a unique chance to sing without having his voice and personality connected to his past, a conscious effort as he strives to move forward in his life.
Reflecting on the experience, Oates admitted that the show presented more challenges than he had anticipated. He said:
“I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to wear that costume, do choreography and sing at the same time. Put a blindfold on sing and count your steps while you’re doing it, while people are screaming and there’s confetti falling out of the sky and flashing lights, and it’s about 110 degrees inside your suit.”
Hall & Oates’ Ongoing Legal Dispute
Oates is currently entangled in a legal battle with his bandmate, Daryl Hall. The dispute revolves around Oates’ attempt to sell his share of the duo’s catalog, a move that Hall claimed to be caught off guard by.
After his appearance on The Masked Singer, Oates was questioned about the possibility of sharing the stage with Hall again. The singer remained open-minded, stating that he never rules anything out. He emphasized his current focus on leading the best life he can and moving forward, acknowledging the uncertainties but expressing a willingness to embrace whatever comes his way.