And now that his time on the hit show is over (*insert crying emoji*), Hayes is wasting no time in opening up about his experience, specifically, why he opted for the Astronaut costume.
“In my music, I talk a lot about flying and I think music is flying, so I went with the astronaut,” the 28-year-old revealed in an Us Weekly exclusive. “I’m working on a three-part album trilogy and the second one is the unknown, so into the unknown and flying—it was a beautiful, poetic way of speaking to that.” Ah, makes sense.
The hardest part about being on the show? Making connections with the other contestants. “It’s all weird! Every step of it is bizarre, even if you want to make friends with other cast members, you can’t until you leave the show,” Hayes continued. “I never saw the stage or any of the spaces I worked in, until the last day. It was so strange.”
But perhaps the most revealing and interesting part of the “Wanted” singer’s interview, was what went down behind the scenes that the audience couldn’t see. “I’m standing backstage with the super nine—this 9-foot tall tiger and all these other characters. I wanted to talk to them, but couldn’t,” Hayes said. “There’s a lot of cryptic code sign language and fist bumps. Those were our interactions!”
We honestly couldn’t imagine being on a show where you couldn’t talk or interact with the rest of the cast for five months, but congrats on making it this far, Hunter.
The Masked Singer returns on Wednesday, May 6, at 8 p.m. PT/ET on Fox.