'I Had A Whole Plan': How Paulini Fooled The Judges On 'The Masked Singer'
Disguised as the mysterious Spider, Paulini Curuenavuli had us all thrown from day one when she dished out a sensual rendition of Britney Spears' "Toxic".
But according to the 'Australian Idol' alum, she was intentionally trying to throw off the judging panel -- despite Jacki O and Lindsay Lohan correctly picking her identity in the final performance.
"I had a whole kind of plan," Paulini told 10 daily. "The first thing was to my pick songs from genres that I wouldn't normally choose -- So all those songs I did are ones that I would never, ever think of performing."
She continued, "The second was to change my tone. I usually sing from my chest, but for my 'Masked Singer' performances, I tried to sing them all in falsetto -- a higher register."
"I tried to get rid of the vibrato in my voice, which was really hard!" she added.
And while it's not the first time Paulini has belted out on stage for a singing competition, the 37-year-old revealed that it was an entirely different experience to 'Australian Idol', which she competed in back in 2003.
"It was exciting to be back on a reality competition, and it was absolutely different from 'Idol'," she explained.
"This time around, I knew I was going to be in a mask and a costume so I could act like anyone and people aren't judging me for the way I look. The whole point is to disguise yourself as much as possible and it's all about the costume," she continued.
"I was free to do any genre I wanted, which was great."
While Paulini may have revelled in performing incognito, she admitted that the elaborate nature of the Spider costume did make things more challenging from a performance perspective.
"I had web over my tights and boots that I had on which limited my movement and stuff like that," she explained. "And the headpiece was quite heavy. At times, I was just like, 'Oh my god, I feel like my head's gonna fall off!' -- there just isn't a lot of space, plus I couldn't see where I was going half of the time."
"But it was worth it, as I said before, it was so great to know that you're not being judged on how you look. I think that was the biggest thing," she added.
Take note, Dicko circa 2003.
Since filming the reality show, Paulini has once again been hitting the stage -- this time, on tour for the musical 'HAIR' as Dionne, with the show wrapping up after several performances across Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
"I actually missed the cast so much! It was amazing," she said.
She added, "It's funny because on the 'Masked Singer' my whole body was covered, and in 'HAIR', we had a nude scene at the end of the first act, so it was just the weirdest thing!"
Don't miss 'The Masked Singer Australia' grand finale on Monday, October 21 at 7.30 on 10 and WIN Networks.
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