SPOILER ALERT! This post contains details from Wednesday's episode of The masked singerincluding the identities of the eliminated contestants.

It was another double elimination at Fox's The masked singerand two contestants were eliminated on the night of “Soundtrack of My Life.”

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Only Donut survived to compete in the final. Saying goodbye to the show are Candelabro (Keyshia Cole) and Anteater (John Oates). Here, Oates talks about his decision to do the show and what he thought when Jenny McCarthy thought he was Willie Nelson. (Questions about his legal troubles with ex-partner Daryl Hall were off limits).

DEADLINE: I haven't seen photos of anteaters lately. Do they really have long arms?

TANDURO They may be stretched. I have no idea how long an anteater's arms are. I know they have long noses, which is pretty obvious if you see the costume. I don't know. The arm thing was crazy. It was the only thing I could actually move. It was a little challenging, I must say.

DEADLINE Robin Thicke made a comment earlier about hearing the vulnerability in your voice. What did you think of this feedback?

TANDURO Well, he's a singer and he noticed something about my voice, and that was one of the things that intrigued me about doing the show, that I wanted to see what people would think of me singing or what they would think of my voice. without any preconceived notions about who I was or my career or Daryl Hall or the 80s. By wearing that costume and singing, they have to deal with you in a completely direct way. They can't have any preconceived notions, and I was very curious to know how this would work.

DEADLINE Did it take a while to convince you to do the show?

TANDURO It was a very quick yes. The recording schedule fell into a gap in my tour schedule, so that was good. And I always liked going to Los Angeles because I have a lot of friends there. I didn't know what it would actually be like until I walked in and realized it was very intense. But it was definitely a unique experience and I'm interested in trying something new.

DEADLINE Some of the clues from the beginning! You really put yourself out there when you talked about how you hit a high point and then hit a low where you lost your sense of self. Did you feel like you were revealing a little too much?

TANDURO That depended on the show on the tracks. I wrote a book called Change of Seasons: A Memoir, and they took a lot of concept cues from that. So if you read my book you would probably know, but obviously the panel didn't read the book, which is good. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I feel like I'm an honest person. I like to tell it like it is, and that's okay. I thought people would understand the idea of Maneater and Anteater. This may have been a more obvious clue that no one seemed to notice

DEADLINE When Jenny McCarthy guessed Willie Nelson, did it make you feel, um, mature?

TANDURO Of all the people they compared me to, this really confused me. I love Willie Nelson, but I don't think I look anything like him. I mean, maybe John Mellencamp, maybe Bryan Adams, maybe Bob Seger. I thought they were at the stadium. The problem with Jenny is that I had done her show on SiriusXM, so I thought maybe she noticed certain things, but she didn't.

DEADLINE Which of your songs did you personally choose?

TANDURO The first song, Walking in Memphis, was my choice. I chose this one because I really liked that song and thought I could really do a good job with it. The rest were dictated by the theme of the show, like the boy band theme, whatever the themes were. I had never sung a boy band song in my life, but it was cool. They're good songs.

DEADLINE Have any of your friends or family guessed your identity?

TANDURO No. No. They really didn't do that. And we really kept it a secret. I was able to do this. My wife was dying to tell our family, but she didn't. It was interesting that no one noticed this.

DEADLINE Hiring someone of his fame and stature is a big deal for this show. Do you think more professionals like yourself might be better able to do this because of the social experiment aspect?

TANDURO Well, I guess if people are open-minded and want to try something different… that was my mindset and that's why I did it. It depends on the type of artist. Some artists are very rigid about who they are and how they want to be seen. At this point in my life, I've had such a long and varied career that I just want to try things. Any opportunity to step outside the box is fun for me.