“Mainly because of my brother, you know?” he told the presenter. “That’s my world, I put family first.
“He loves Sesame Street more than most things, so we had to make it tonight.”
Before the judges made their guesses for Squirrel, Cannon gave Hamlin one last “thank you” before he gave high fives to people in the crowd and departed with Damir.
American actress Malin Akerman was eventually revealed as the singing rodent, whilst YouTuber Lele Pons was unmasked as the Jackalope after facing Fairy in the Battle Royale.
The Masked Singer US season 9 continues Wednesdays on Fox in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.