Paul Shaffer Reveals How David Letterman Knew He Was the Skeleton on Masked Singer

The Skeleton shook his bones throughout one other efficiency on Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer, however his rendition of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” landed him in the graveyard of eradicated contestants.

After the studio viewers voted the Skeleton as their least favourite of the six performers, he was unmasked and revealed to be David Letterman’s former bandleader and Blues Brothers co-creator Paul Shaffer.

“I’m a whole lot lighter,” Shaffer, 69, jokes to PEOPLE of being out of his costume. “The skeleton head is heavy. It had its own agenda sometimes. I would want to go one way, it would go the other.”

While choose Jenny McCarthy appropriately guessed Shaffer’s id, her fellow choose Ken Jeong insisted Shaffer’s shut good friend, comic Martin Short, was beneath the Skeleton disguise. “I was surprised that she got it and she was so sure of it,” Shaffer says of McCarthy’s correct prediction.

Speaking with PEOPLE after his elimination, Shaffer shares the costume he nearly wore as an alternative of the Skeleton, the way it felt being in the highlight, and what Letterman considered his look on the singing competitors.

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You talked in your clue packages on the present about feeling such as you have been taking part in second fiddle all through your profession. Is that why you needed to do The Masked Singer?I noticed the present in the first season and it simply blew me away as a result of it’s simply so loopy and the costumes are outlandish. When I acquired the name — “do you want to do it?” — I didn’t need to suppose twice. What an awesome alternative to be part of this factor that was completely mystifying and blowing me away the first season.

You have a musical background, so did it’s a must to do a lot prep for the present?I would by no means consider warming up usually like an actual vocalist does, however on this present they’ve vocal coaches, so I would completely reap the benefits of that and work with the vocal coach and attempt to open up, heat up my throat in the classical manner. Otherwise, I simply had to consider songs that I knew the lyrics to. I discovered later there was a teleprompter someplace with the lyrics on it, however I couldn’t even see two ft in entrance of me. Who may see a prompter? So I was simply attempting to verify I knew the lyrics.

Was it exhausting to maneuver in the costume?Just a bit bit. It wasn’t too unwieldy in comparison with a few of the different ones I noticed. It’s exhausting sufficient to sing anytime however they make it even tougher and so they make it exhausting for everyone. That’s a part of the enjoyable. For the precise singing, the mic that you just’re utilizing, that’s an actual microphone. That’s unusual since you’re placing it up to not your lips however to the lips of a giant plastic head. You don’t know if it’s near your mouth or not. That’s one other fascinating a part of it.

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What made you decide the Skeleton costume?They confirmed me various choices. One of them was the Ice Cream Cone. Somebody else turned that. But when I noticed the Skeleton, to me he jogged my memory of Fred Astaire, so suave and debonair a skeleton was he. From an previous ’40s film. I thought, let me attempt to be as cool as Fred Astaire as the Skeleton. So that’s why I picked it.

Was it disappointing to be unmasked earlier than Halloween?The merchandising, I may’ve put out these fits! Paul Shaffer Skeleton Halloween fits, I was all able to go.

Did Letterman know you have been doing the present?Letterman didn’t know however referred to as me. He does learn about issues like nondisclosure agreements. He referred to as me up and , “Paul, you don’t have to say anything, but I know it’s you. I can tell by your walk. I recognized it right away.” I couldn’t verify or deny, I simply needed to be cagey about it. But this man noticed me every single day for 33 years. He wasn’t going to overlook me. The different humorous one was my good friend Martin Short, he’s one in every of my greatest pals coincidentally from Canada and right here’s Ken Jeong. He went, “I have studied Martin Short. I know that’s him. I’m positive!” Marty did name me and he stated, “Aren’t you the Skeleton? I think you’re the Skeleton!” And I stated, “I think you’re the Skeleton!” That was all I may say.

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How did it really feel to be the one in the highlight in spite of everything these years?The reality is I get to do all of it the time. I’m all the time showing in a membership, doing a symphony present, I’ve acquired a present on AXS TV, Paul Shaffer Plus One, the place I play and sing with visitors. This although, I was in a singing competitors. I positive by no means thought I can be there. And you actually need to believe. It positive is true whenever you’re second banana, there’s lots of distinction. I bear in mind when I acquired to host the present for Dave a pair instances — I thought my job was exhausting till I did his. When your face is on a digital camera in a closeup, that trumps all the pieces else. That’s some strain for positive, however very gratifying and lots of enjoyable.

The Masked Singer airs Tuesdays (eight p.m. ET) on Fox.

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