Gloria Gaynor and Mario Cantone were both cast out of “The Masked Singer” on Wednesday night’s episode, but both come away with nothing but positive memories and a sense of gratitude for being on the show.
Wednesday night was Andrew Lloyd Weber night, with the famous Broadway producer joining the judging panel and all the contestants singing songs from his many hit musicals like “Any Dream Will Do” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat “, “Bad Cinderella” from “Bad Cinderella” and “Heaven on Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
At the end of the show, Gaynor was revealed to be the Mermaid and Cantone was revealed to be Corn. Gaynor and Cantone both said they had a great experience on the show.
“It was a lot of fun,” Gaynor said, adding that she enjoyed “the plot of running around with the hoodie and the mask and the gloves on.”
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“It was a really fantastic experience,” added Cantone. “I love to sing, which is why I wanted to do it. I had the help of my husband, who is very musical, and chose my song because he knew it was an Andrew Lloyd Webber night. All the The help you got from the producers and from Miguel, the musical director, was amazing….I had an amazing time, really.
It seemed like it was hard for Cantone and Gaynor to keep their involvement with the show a secret, as they both lived outside of Los Angeles and had to explain to their friends why they were in town.
“I just said it was a private show, I have a private show, which made them realize why they couldn’t go, and they didn’t go any further,” Gaynor said. “I didn’t have to make up any stories, but it was really hard not to say I was going, especially in the weeks after when the show started.
“People think I’m a loudmouth, and I talk a lot, and I do, but I can keep it a secret, so it wasn’t that hard,” Cantone added. “People (were) like, ‘Why are you in LA?’ Nothing. I’m just visiting friends, or just doing this little thing, it’s nothing major. That’s how we do it. My husband was the only one who knew.
Cantone and Gaynor had differing opinions on whether performing on “The Masked Singer” stage was more or less difficult than performing as themselves in their day-to-day careers. Gaynor felt it was more difficult on the show, while Cantone felt that “theatre is more difficult”, later explaining that the show “is a form of theatre” because the contestants “perform from important way vocally in front of an audience”.
“It was a lot of fun, but it was definitely harder,” Gaynor explained. “Hard to put on and take off the costume, hard to get dragged on stage, hard to sing with the mask on. Yeah, it was definitely harder, but still a lot of fun.”
As a singer by trade, Gaynor’s preparation for the show centered more on preparing “to keep (her) voice healthy and in condition” and making sure she was “in a physical condition to do the best he can do.”
Cantone, on the other hand, focused more on making sure he was calm when he took the stage.
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“The preparation was to make sure you knew the song and practice it in your hotel room or at home before going out to LA to New York with my husband. … You don’t want to be fooled by Andrew Lloyd Webber “, said Cantone. “I always feel horrified before you have to do something live. … You put yourself down, then you get on stage and you go. And once you go, that anxiety is usually released.”
Both Gaynor and Cantone were pleased with what the judges had to say after their performances. Cantone was particularly pleased with Lloyd Weber’s comments.
“I thought they were pretty complimentary,” Gaynor said. “I just loved it. Nobody said anything negative, which is great. The fact that they figured out my voice so quickly was a little disappointing because I wanted to come back.”
Both are working on other projects. Gaynor is preparing to release a documentary about her life and Cantone is working on Season 2 of HBO Max’s “And Just Like That…”, the sequel to “Sex and the City”.
“The first season was a big hit, and it was exciting to do, and we’re back to film that. … It’s awesome. He’s coming home, and you’re with your friends again, and you you’re just doing your thing, and that’s exciting,” he said.
“I have a few shows I’m doing for the rest of the year,” Gaynor said, “but what’s really exciting for me is that the documentary about my life is coming out early next year. I want them to take away strength, courage and hope and admire my deepest desire, if they go away either confirmed in their faith in Christ or seeking to know more about him.
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Gaynor and Cantone both spoke about important moments in their careers. For Cantone, the moment was when he sang for Angela Lansbury, someone he had looked up to since he started watching her movies with his mother as a boy.
“I saw her in Sweeney Todd on Broadway,” Cantone said. “I’ll never forget it. It was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen it in ‘Blithe Spirit’ and in many Broadway shows. We had to sing ‘Bosom Buddies’ for me, for her. It was definitely a thrill. She was beautiful. I think we messed up the lyrics that night, but it was still great.”
Ganyor said his career defining moment was when “I Will Survive” became a hit.
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“It is very encouraging for me to have been able [recorded] a song that would last so long and mean so much to people, not just a song that they love, but a song that helps them through the tough times, in their lives. It’s amazing,” Gaynor said.
“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesday nights on FOX.