Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson put on a quacky costume and joined the contestants of the Masked Singer this season on FOX. Wednesday’s episode revealed that Robertson was the talented voice behind the Mallard costume, complete with a feathery tux and black top hat. Despite the fact that the getup was a bit on-the-nose (or should we say, on-the-bill), none of the judges guessed that it was the reality TV star hiding underneath all those feathers.
For his final performance, the Duck Dynasty star sang “Fly” by Sugar Ray. In past episodes, he sang “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big & Rich, “My House” by Flo Rida and “Play Something Country” by Brooks & Dunn. While the country songs were an obvious hint towards his southern roots, his other choices through judges off. He showed off the versatility of his voice as well as his impressive gritty tone.
According to the Duck Dynasty star, his mother-in-law, Chrys Howard, convinced him to be on the show. Previously, the Robertson family released a Christmas album that went platinum. But in preparation for the show, Willie decided to pick up a few extra voice lessons.
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Though the Duck Dynasty star didn’t make it to the end of the competition, he did get some sparkling compliments from the guesses the judges made. Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg thought that Jason Aldean was hiding underneath the mask, and Dr. Ken Jeong swore up and down that it was Billy Ray Cyrus.
Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger believed the voice behind the Mallard was Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and Robin Thicke thought it was Alan Jackson. Past guesses also included names like Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and John Rich. Besides the bounty hunter, those are some serious country star soundalikes. And the Duck Dynasty star couldn’t be happier with those guesses.
“I got really tickled when they said Luke Bryan, because I’ve known Luke and I can just imagine watching his face,” Robertson said. “I was honored to be even some of the names mentioned.”
Thanks to his Mallard mask, the Duck Dynasty star didn’t feel too much pressure while performing on stage. In fact, despite the sheer weight of the costume, he felt pretty comfortable.
“This is different because they don’t know who you are,” Robertson shared. “And so in one way I kind of thought, I’m not really nervous because if you’re terrible, you’ll have to wear it for like five minutes once you take the mask off. But lo and behold, it was fine. We had a blast.”