Oti Mabuse is heading up the judging panel of The Masked Dancer, which is landing on ITV in late spring.
Following the insane success of The Masked Singer, a new series will see 12 celebrities don elaborate costumes as they show off their best moves on stage – with the panel attempting to guess their identities.
Rita Ora, a staple on the sister series, will not be joining her fellow judges on the series – with the Strictly Come Dancing champion taking her place.
Joel Dommett will be hosting the competition.
Speaking about her new role, professional dancer Oti enthused: ‘I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the panel on The Masked Dancer.
‘I’m a huge fan of The Masked Singer and I loved the US Masked Dancer so I just can’t wait to start on this show. As a dancer I will be watching the dancers intently looking for clues – it’s going to be so much fun!’
Jonathan is planning to give Oti a run for her money in the dance stakes, stating: ‘What people don’t know is that secretly I am an expert in dance and can spot a ball change from a box step no problem.
‘The title of best detective on the panel is most certainly coming my way!’
Mo Gilligan, who took Ken Jeong’s seat on the latest series, continued: ‘I love The Masked Singer. It’s a crazy bit of joy, which we all need right now – so when ITV asked if I wanted to join The Masked Dancer I, of course, said a huge yes!
‘I’m really looking forward to getting back with the team for another brilliant series.’
As Davina McCall added: ‘I love playing detective and I love dancing so what could be better?! I’m currently swotting up on all things dance in preparation and I will be watching those celebrity feet like a hawk.
‘They always have such an amazing cast on The Masked Singer so it could literally be anyone hiding and dancing behind those masks and that’s what makes it so exciting.’
The Masked Singer series 2: Who is behind each mask?
With the nation more or less confined to their living rooms every Saturday night, The Masked Singer has proven to be something of a lockdown 3.0 saviour. While the performances are of course a draw, most of the fun lies in guessing just who is behind each mask. Here are the clues and theories so far:
- UNMASKED: Alien was Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- UNMASKED: Seahorse was Mel B
- UNMASKED: Swan was Martine McCutcheon
- UNMASKED: Grandfather Clock was Glenn Hoddle
- UNMASKED: Bush baby was John Thomson
- UNMASKED: The Viking was Morten Harket
- UNMASKED: The Blob is Lenny Henry
- UNMASKED: The Dragon is Sue Perkins
- UNMASKED: Harlequin is Gabrielle
- UNMASKED: Robin is Aston Merrygold
- UNMASKED: Badger is Ne-Yo
- UNMASKED: Sausage is Joss Stone