Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been “unmasked” as Jacket Potato on TV present The Masked Singer UK.
For the uninitiated, The Masked Singer is a actuality TV franchise that originated in South Korea in 2015, by which celebrities sing standard songs while wearing outlandish, typically preposterous disguises. A panel of fellow celebrities try and determine the singers, the general public votes for the very best performances, and on the finish of each present the performer with the fewest votes is eradicated, and “unmasked”.
This week it was Sambora’s flip. For weeks he is stored the nation entertained as “Jacket Potato”, taking to the mic to battle in opposition to a discipline of stellar contenders together with 60s pop icon Lulu (performing as “Piece of Cake”) and former World snooker champion Stephen Hendry (“Garbage”).
In Episode 2 Potato Sambora sang Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, whereas Episode 4 noticed the proficient tuber tangle with Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah earlier than defeating Garbage in a sing-off, the place he delivering a rousing model of Pretenders’ Brass In Pocket.
Episode 5 noticed Carlos Santana’s Easy obtain the Jacket Potato therapy, adopted by Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Personal Means in Episode 6. However it all got here crashing down within the semi-finals, with Sambora eradicated after a model of John Newman’s number one smash Love Me Once more did not impress the watching tens of millions.
The second of unmasking will be witnessed under, adopted by plenty of spotlight’s from Sambora’s profitable run as Jacket Potato.
“I really like being a guitar participant and a songwriter, exclaimed Sambora, within the wake of his exit. “And naturally I’m very privileged and honoured to have had a lot success and the accolades of being a Grammy winner, an Ivor Novello Award winner and a Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame and Songwriters Corridor Of Fame inductee, however what I actually like to do is sing!”
“My hiatus from Bon Jovi and the Covid influence on my solo touring meant I may solely do one factor which is make a brand new report till I noticed The Masked Singer! I cherished it and it was lots of enjoyable to look at it at a time the place as a result of lockdowns and being pressured to be at dwelling the world was slightly quieter than it had been since Bon Jovi kicked off 37 years in the past.”
Wait a minute. Did he simply say “hiatus”?