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February 11, 2021

'The Masked Dancer' Reveals This World Famous Boxer as the Identity behind the Zebra

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"The Masked Dancer" completed its semi-final stage, and the zebra was unveiled as the world-famous boxer, Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya said he was initially hesitant to do the show, but ending up enjoying the entire experience.

Conor McGregor, Michael “The Miz” Mizanin, and Floyd Mayweather were some of the names judges guessed as the dancer behind the zebra costume, but in the end, it was Brian Austin Green who guessed Oscar De La Hoya correctly. 

De La Hoya was the next celebrity unmasked in Wednesday's semi-final of "The Masked Dancer" after dancing to Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife." The performance was dedicated to a loved one that De La Hoya lost to cancer. 

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De La Hoya revealed that he was initially in two minds about doing the show, saying that even though he moves brilliantly in the boxing ring, outside of it he has two left feet. After a bit of self-encouragement, he committed, saying: 

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“OK I’m gonna be dancing behind the mask. Nobody’s gonna know who I am. I can be silly, I could just make it fun.”

Fun as it turned out to be, there were some drawbacks for the boxer. He said the zebra costume was heavy which made it difficult for him to move. The costume also impaired one’s visibility and made him sweat a lot. 

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The series premiered on December 27 as the spin-off of "The Masked Singer." The show saw 10 celebrities battle it out on the dance floor as they got sent off one by one. Clues were provided along the way as to who’s behind the mask.  

De La Hoya put on his boxing gloves at the age of 6. 

The judging panel included comedian and actor Ken Jeong, Beverly Hills 90210 alum Brian Austin Green, Ashley Tisdale of "High School Musical" fame, and former ‘"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul. 

 

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De La Hoya mentioned he was initially worried that Abdul would guess it was him under the mask, based on their friendship over time. He thought it was funny that Green had him figured out early, saying: 

“Every time I would come out on stage, I would try to throw him off.”

De La Hoya said he loved the competitive element of the show. He also spoke well of the dancers he was paired up with during practice sessions, saying they made the process truly enjoyable. 

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De La Hoya put on his boxing gloves at the age of 6, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Vicente, who was an amateur boxer. He became an Olympic Gold Medalist in 1992. 

His talents extended into music with the release of a self-titled Latina pop album in 2000. He was also the co-creator of a children’s book published in Spanish and English in 2006. He acquired 6 boxing world championships in total.  

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De La Hoya’s exit leaves 3 contenders gunning for the title, including "Sloth," "Cotton Candy," and "Tulip." Cotton Candy got down to 2 Unlimited’s "Get Ready," and "Hey Mickey" by Mickey Mix DH. 

One of the clues revealed by "Sloth" was that they had shared a co-star with Brian Austin Green. So far the panel guesses for Sloth include Patrick Dempsey. Meanwhile, Tulip’s guesses include Kristen Bell.  

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