'The Masked Dancer': Oscar De La Hoya aka 'golden boy of boxing' is Zebra, here are the hints you may have missed
The ever-moving and ever-shaking Zebra mask was eliminated from 'The Masked Dancer' on Wednesday night's (February 10) episode. He was quite the entertainer, if not a great dancer, and wowed audiences with all the moves he pulled during his numerous performances on the show. Oscar De La Hoya, who is nicknamed the 'golden boy of boxing' might have exited the show but in a chat with Variety, he revealed that he's been in the gym for the past five months, so fans who've lost heart that their favorite was exited from the show in the semifinals, it's time to rejoice!
After being eliminated and then unmasked on Season 1 of 'The Masked Dancer', he told show's host Craig Robinson that this was one of the best experiences he's ever had in his life. "I think being the Zebra is a lot tougher," he added. From the judges' panel, only Brian Austin Green and guest judge 'Lego Masters' host Will Arnett got it in the bag with them guessing it's De La Hoya while the others were far from correct when they threw around names like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
All hints and clues about the Zebra that you might have missed
In the first clue package, Zebra had said he had fallen out of the limelight and that people haven't seen him in a while. This was a nod to his retirement in 2008 after he lost to next-generation fighter Manny Pacquiao. After sharing that he grew up in a rough neighborhood where street fights were common, Zebra had also revealed that the President knew his name. This is because De La Hoya had spoken about intending to compete against Donald Trump in the 2020 elections!
In his first clue package, he also said that 'The Masked Dancer' was very important to him and that it was a part of his "second act" and shifting back into a higher gear. In an interaction with Variety, he revealed that "Let’s just say that Mike Tyson inspired me to train, to start training in the gym. I’ve actually been in the gym for the last about five months. And, you know, who knows, maybe the Zebra is making a comeback!”
De La Hoya has been hinting at his comeback through the 'Word Up' segment on the show as well where the masked celebrities can utter one word in their original voices from which the judges' have to guess their identity. De la Hoya’s first 'Word Up' was “Comeback,” second was “Champion” and third was “Author" and his last on the semi-final episode was "Box Office" and everything pointed towards his boxing career and his impending second innings. To read full clues about the Zebra, you can check out this article.
Catch new episodes of 'The Masked Dancer' every Wednesday night at 8 pm ET on FOX.