"I actually did really enjoy the experience, even though there was a lot of fear and trepidation around it," he says.
Now that the rugby legend has been unmasked, he's excited to share the experience with his kids. Dad to Samson, Emosi and Max, Lote followed in the footsteps of other contestants and kept his role on the show a secret from his family.
"I didn’t tell them until yesterday because you know how kids talk - you just don’t know who they’re going to tell!" Lote says, revealing he'd simply told them he was going away for "work" during filming.
"I love my kids, but you just don’t know what they’re going to say, so I had to keep it under wraps from them until last night and they were surprised and hopefully proud, I think they are proud."
Lote admits his older kids, Samson and Emosi, weren't too fazed by the reveal, but his youngest was thrilled.
"Dad's still cool for a six-year-old, my youngest, he was pretty happy about the piñata," the star says. "I’ve got a couple teenagers now as well, they’re okay but I think they were more worried about impact on them - but I think I'm still in the good books."
Along with his family, Lote's friends and former teammates are also keen to finally be in the loop. Mat Rogers, Beau Ryan and Matt Giteau were among those to excitedly comment on the reveal last night - with Lote confirming he'd kept all his pals in the dark.
"I had a couple of messages [asking if I was the piñata] and I was like… nah mate, no chance! [laughs] But once the reveal had come last night, everyone was absolutely gobsmacked," he says.
"I had a few mates who were watching and said they nearly fell of their chairs. So, it's been pretty cool, with people being really positive about that experience for me."
Unable to talk to the other contestants during filming, Lote also admits he's excited to watch the rest of the show alongside other Masked Singer superfans.
"You try to picture and see who’s this, who’s that, but no one was allowed to talk," Lote reveals. "So you're trying to pick how people are walking, how tall they are, different costumes, but no luck. I’m tuning in over the next couple of weeks to see who everyone is and see what comes along with the unmasking."
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The Masked Singer Australia airs Sunday to Tuesday, 7:30pm on 10.