Singing surgeon from Mayo Clinic revealed on 'The Masked Singer'

He was also named to PEOPLE magazine's Sexiest Man Alive list.
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A spine surgeon who became famous for his songs during his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was unmasked Wednesday night on FOX's show "The Masked Singer."

Dr. Elvis Francois became a viral sensation in 2018 for his musical performances with his colleague William Robinson on the piano, including their version of Mike Yung's "Alright" and his cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," which was filmed early in the pandemic.

The singing surgeon's rise to national prominence has been stratospheric to the point that he and Robinson were invited to perform at the Indy 500 – before an empty stadium due to COVID-19 – in May and he performed the National Anthem on Monday Night Football in September

His fame also earned him a spot on "The Masked Singer," a singing competition that features celebrities dressed head-to-toe in elaborate costumes competing against one another. Each week, a singer is eliminated at which point their identity is revealed. 

On Wednesday's episode, which featured the Group B finals, Francois was unmasked as the singer in the serpent costume, akin to the caduceus (a medical emblem featuring two snakes).  

"Other than training to be a spine surgeon this was hands down one of the most amazing opportunities I’ve ever had!" Francois wrote in a post on Instagram

In the episode, judge Nicole Scherzinger guessed Francois' identity before his mask was pulled off, saying "I hope it's the singing surgeon."

Once Dr. Elvis was revealed, Scherzinger said it's the perfect time for Francois to be on the show. 

Judge Ken Jeong (comedian, actor and doctor), while getting emotional, praised Francois, saying: "Your version of 'Imagine' got us through the pandemic, man." (Note: the pandemic isn't over).

Jeong said the "best moment" in Living Room Concert for America hosted by Elton John, which aired on FOX in late March, "was you," adding that "You got us through a very difficult time and we love you so much."

His unmasking came the same day he was named to PEOPLE magazine's annual Sexiest Man Alive list. 

"If I told myself when I started medical school like, 'Hey, there's going to be this crazy pandemic, you're going to sing a couple songs and then you're going to be on PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive list,' I'd probably be like, 'You're crazy,'" Francois told PEOPLE

Francois finished his five-year residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester back in June. This week, he finished a three-month spine surgery fellowship with Harvard University, a post on Instagram says

He told PEOPLE that he's been interviewing for a spine surgery staff position at a few universities and is working on original music he hopes to share in the next few weeks and months. 

"The goal has always been to help people with surgery and I'm hopeful that I could do that. If I can share a little bit of music along the way, that'll be the icing on top," he told PEOPLE. "I'm just looking forward to be able to find my way to do both."

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