Hydra Reveals “They Must Have Destroyed the Suit” During Unmasking


[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for The Masked Singer Season 7, Episode 5 “Masking for a Duel — Round 2.”]

How many people wore the Hydra costume on The Masked Singer? It was in question, with the three heads fooling the panelists.

But in the last episode, this was answered, as Hydra was eliminated, following a duel with Armadillo (which continued with Ringmaster and Miss Teddy). This led to the unmasking of Hydra, and in the costume was none other than the magicians Penn and Teller. And yes, Teller, who usually does not speak on stage, sang!

Penn Jillette talks about being Hydra on Fox’s hit.

You misled the panelists. They didn’t know how many people were there.

Penn Jillette: It was something we really wanted to do. We are somewhat known as a duo. If you search for duo on the internet, we appear first, and we knew that if we were two people, we wouldn’t be fooling anyone for very long. And we also knew that we couldn’t fit into a one-person suit. So three seemed like a really good idea and the costume designers were brilliant and did a really nice job. And we thought being Hydra, the three-headed dog that guards the gates of hell, fit our personality really well.

Speaking of that costume, removing the head at the end, it felt like a whole unmasking process.

You didn’t see the stuff that was cut out. It wasn’t a difficult one-minute unmasking. It was about 20 minutes of unmasking. They had to destroy the costume to get us out, so it was a lot trickier than that and very uncomfortable to get out of, but remember Teller and I did magic together to come on a combined century, and so we been in many, many, many tiny, uncomfortable, miserable little compartments, hiding [for] Magic trick. So if you had to put someone in that situation, it was up to us.

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But you weren’t singing in this situation before.

[Laughs] No, we weren’t.

Talk about the call to make The Masked Singer. What made you say yes?

We’re the longest-running headliners in Las Vegas history and we put a quarter of a million people on our show at the Penn & Teller Theater every year, which means we say yes to everything. But that being said, we don’t say yes to everything happily. We say yes to most things reluctantly, and The Masked Singer was so happy. It’s one of the few shows on TV that doesn’t have anything negative about it. It’s just sweet and sweet, and like so many other shows that have judges, there aren’t a bunch of fucking assholes saying bullshit they’re not allowed to say. They are people who celebrate with sweetness and kindness. And so for me, that’s it. I simply loved it.

Hydra on The Masked Singer

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And you both sang. Was there ever a question of whether Teller would?

No, there were no questions because my voice is more recognizable. I’ve done years of carnival work, I’m a carny trash. So my voice sounds like that no matter what. I never sound better than that. And Teller, who was not heard, was able to do the other two voices. So Teller was the real star of this. Teller was truly fabulous. No one is more impressed with Teller than me, and he was even more impressive than usual.

What happened to your song choices?

I made the song choices, and I didn’t want to – a lot of contestants choose songs from their youth or they choose contemporary songs and I wanted to try and choose from a pocket that would put it in a really hard place to guess our ages and I have chosen wonderful songs. “Soul Sister” is a great pop song and “Sharp Dressed Man”, written by my buddy Billy Gibbons, is just a great blues song. And I’m just sad that we couldn’t do our third song, which was by our friend, Boy [George]. We were going to do “Karma Chameleon”.

Did you have any other songs in mind if you continued?

I think “Karma Chameleon” was pretty much all we prepared. I think we could have had a Blondie song, but I’m not sure.

Usually people try to trick you, but this time you were trying to trick everyone and you almost succeeded. You made it with the regular panelists, but then Nicole Byer caught on.

Yeah, I don’t know where she got that. It was pretty good. We thought we would be stopped right away, so we did better than expected. We were very happy with this one.

Did you go into this thought thinking that someone in particular on the panel would guess correctly?

I knew Ken a little [Jeong]. I knew Ken liked us and Ken was the one I was worried about.

You mentioned it, and then it got into Martin Short’s train of thought.

Yeah. it’s good. If you’re going to be mistaken for anyone, Martin Short and Steve Martin, two of the most talented people in our lives and our friends. I was very flattered to be taken for them.

What will you take away from the whole experience?

There is hope for our culture. He has a lot of kindness left.

The Masked SingerWednesdays, 8/7c, Fox

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