“I’m not a dancer,” the singer of “Back at One”, who was subsequently exposed as cricket on Wednesday, told PEOPLE

“I had to stand in the public eye again on this scale that I hadn’t seen in a while, so I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” said the Grammy-nominated singer, who was debunked as cricket in the episode from Wednesday, tells PEOPLE

McKnight, 51, didn’t mind Judge Paula Abdul’s suspicion after the father of four Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” last performed “

“I wasn’t that surprised,” he says. “When I saw my clues during rehearsal, I said if someone is relatively smart about what it is, they’ll probably guess me. They were pretty obvious [clues] it is nice to know that she is a fan and to see that she knew these things “

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The “Back at One” crowner explains why he ended up doing The Masked Dancer rather than The Masked Singer, what it felt like to be guessed as an Olympic swimmer, and whether the fans would break him cricket moves at his next concert will see

Why did you choose the cricket costume? When the producers and I sat down and thought about the character, they showed me what they were working with and it just seemed like that, for my body type and the kind of person I am, that seemed to be the one that made me stand out most appealing

Paula didn’t expect you to do The Masked Dancer, but is there a side of you that people don’t know? Not necessarily. I think when I was asked, it spoke to me – because I’m not a dancer – that no one would know that it was me. It’s really cool Without a mask it would definitely not have been possible

How did your experience as a mask dancer differ from your normal performances? Standing on stage and singing my songs is second nature to know steps and have to do these dance moves so that the whole world questions them, but at the same time they don’t know that it is me, it’s a strange game with your emotions and Feelings You want to do well, you want to do it right, but if you don’t, they don’t know who you are until they know; and will they remember you screwed up? I just wanted to be as good as I could be under the circumstances. You go out there and do your best

Can fans expect to see some cricket dance moves when you can get back on the road? We always dance, definitely move, and get energized, but nothing is as elaborate as I am on this show.I won’t necessarily do any of the cricket moves, but I appreciate people who dance professionally a lot more, especially the people who do ours Backup dancers were on that show You were amazing You danced with everyone on the show and I can’t imagine how much dedication and energy they need My hat sure goes off on them

Panelist Ken Jeong said he expected to see you at Masked Singer How did you get into Dancer instead? This is just the show that called me even when I got the call for who I was, I can imagine there are a lot of celebrities like me sitting at home and walking Well, why wasn’t I called or why wasn’t I called to do this show? You’re finally getting a reputation for being on one of the biggest shows on TV On one hand you are happy, but you also take the ones they will give you. It was an honor to be there

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Did you see a lot of people thinking you were Serpent on The Masked Singer? In the end, it was the singing surgeon, Dr Elvis I’ve seen people saying on Twitter that this is me, wanted to have the chance to listen to see if that person actually sounds like me because that would be interesting, but I didn’t, so I probably should go back and see this

What did you think of the judges who guessed Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps for you? That really flattered me. At 51, my wife who takes care of me has to do a fantastic job when someone thinks I look like an Olympic swimmer

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Did you do anything to physically prepare for the show? Not necessarily I think it’s a good idea to stay in relatively good shape all the time, but I didn’t do anything specific for this show.But believe me, the rehearsals we did for the show were like six hours going to the gym during the day

Still, it must have been a nice break from home, it was fun to do that was fun to see how these shows are done especially during a pandemic with all the security protocols, it was like being in a military barracks with no details spared when it came to testing and making sure everyone was socially distant It went really well

On the show, you called your three year old wife Leilani, your source of trust. How does she inspire you? I really don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for my wife Leilani.It used to be about my career, about advancing her and Brian McKnight, but since I got married it’s just been about living with and for her, she is real all for me

Where can people catch you after the mask dancer? There’s a Valentine’s Day virtual show I’m doing with my friend Dave Koz on February 13, but other than that, we’re just hoping the vaccine will be relatively normal again sometime this year with the advances we’re hopefully making. p>

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World News – CA – Brian McKnight of Masked Dancer says “There’s no way” that he danced “without a mask” on TV

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