Disco Ball Had 1 Purpose for ‘The Masked Dancer’: ‘Stay Upright, Motherf–er’

(Warning: This put up includes spoilers for the collection premiere of Fox’s “The Masked Dancer.”)

Grammy-winning rapper and “Law & Buy: Exclusive Victims Unit” star Ice-T was the first celeb contestant unmasked on Fox’s “Masked Singer” spinoff series, “The Masked Dancer.” And nevertheless the star has a breakdancing history and busted far more than just one transfer back in the working day, Ice-T tells TheWrap he was not geared up for how tough it would be to conduct as anthropomorphic disco ball.

“This is not ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ This is far more like, get up there and shift with skilled choreographers and just type of like test to keep in the zone,” the 62-12 months-old actor, who was discovered to be the Disco Ball contestant on tonight’s sequence premiere of “Masked Dancer” claimed. “And truthfully, as soon as they taught me the choreography, I was heading to attempt to hit all the methods until I understood that head weighed 20 lbs… Backstage, I knew that if I ended up to lift my feet, I’d bust my ass. You’re quite best weighty. So all my concepts of currently being a excellent dancer flew out the window. And it was far more like, just continue to be upright, motherf—er. Never slide on nationwide television and turn out to be a meme. You will be falling for the rest of your existence.”

He extra: “So I just tried out to keep continual with it and transfer with the girls. At the close, I did a tiny freestyle stuff from back again in the working day. But I was concerned with falling, truthfully. Due to the fact it’s not that quick with the costume on.”

Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow, took Fox up on their present of a slot on the inaugural period of “The Masked Dancer” because his daughter is a large fan of “The Masked Singer.”

“Well, I utilized to be a breakdancer and I was a b-boy and all that, but that was several years gone by. I’m not dancing like that no more. But [my manager] told me it’s a lot more about enjoyment and a ‘guess who’ show. And I understood Lil Wayne did [‘The Masked Singer’], I knew Busta Rhymes did it, so I didn’t have to stress about awesome factors, since some of my peers experienced previously carried out that present. To me, it could be type of corny, but my daughter loves ‘The Masked Singer.’ But when the heads occur off, she does not know who the men and women are. So she just enjoys it for the costumes and the singing. So I’m like — what about this, when the helmet arrives off, she’ll see me, she’ll shed her mind. So I said, yeah, let us see what it is.”

And it turned out to be a whirlwind weekend in Los Angeles for the New York-primarily based star, who suggests he was picked up from his resort in a blacked-out van by “The Masked Dancer” crew and two hrs later, he was executing in that huge disco ball head. And he was extra than Alright with being “one and done” for the enjoyable of it.

“I consider right now, celebrities or regarded men and women, it is time for individuals to see us obtaining enjoyable and snicker,” Ice-T claimed. “2020 has been a rough yr. And when you’re not in your own zone, all gurus really feel not comfortable, but it is enjoyable. And I would recommend anybody who gets the connect with to go for the experience. It was a terrific experience.”

Ice-T is a minor concerned that “Masked Dancer” judges Ken Jeong (who is also a panelist on “Singer”), Paula Abdul, Ashley Tisdale and Brian Austin Green, could possibly have a tougher time actively playing their guessing video game than the “Masked Singer” judges do.

“The clues they are supplying you, they’re not just direct clues,” Ice-T said. “They experienced clues about ‘Law & Get,’ they have clues about me currently being in the navy. You have to genuinely know who the particular person is for the clues to operate. You have to know my background. They test to retain individuals bewildered. I’m thinking if they choose anyone this period mainly because with dancing, you’re not finding a lot. And at minimum with ‘Singer,’ you are finding a functionality, you can observe how persons transfer and sing. With dancing, you are not having substantially.”

Amongst the judges’ incorrect guesses for Ice-T have been Lionel Richie, MC Hammer, LL Interesting J, Ving Rhames and Smokey Robinson.

“They understood I was Black. I guess the hips never lie. They realized I was Black, they didn’t guess one particular white individual. So I guess they felt the taste.”

“The Masked Dancer” moves to its typical night time and time Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 8/7c on Fox.