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The Masked Dancer: Shake-up confirmed as Peter Crouch fills in for Mo Gilligan: ‘We’ve got this!’

The Masked Dancer 2022 will have little shake-up on the judging panel (Picture: ITV/BT Sport)

Football hero Peter Crouch will be replacing Mo Gilligan on The Masked Dancer, it’s been confirmed.

The sporting legend, famed for his signature take on ‘The Robot’ dance move, will join The Masked Dancer panel alongside Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, and former Strictly pro Oti Mabuse with Joel Dommett returning as host.

‘The show is a firm favourite in our household and when asked I jumped at the chance to take part,’ enthused Peter.

‘I am competitive and I’m currently scrolling through friends’ socials looking for those tell-tale dance moves.

‘Another plus is by being on the panel my social media, family and friends won’t be constantly speculating that I’m hiding behind one of the masks!’

Confirming his break from The Masked Dancer, Mo added: ‘I love being a part of the Masked Team so I’m gutted to be missing most of the series this year as I’ll be working in the US.

The Masked Dancer judging panel boasted some special celebrity guest judges too (Picture: ITV)

‘BUT I’ve got the perfect sub to take my place.

‘A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we’ve got this!’

Presenter Joel said he was ‘very excited’ by the addition of Peter to the panel.

’It’s so great to be back for some dancing and guessing! I’m super excited to find out who is dancing behind the masks,’ he said.

Louis Smith was crowned the first ever The Masked Dancer winner (Picture: ITV)

‘We’re losing Mo for some episodes – but we have Peter “the Robot” Crouch to fill his much smaller shoes. I’m very excited as I’ve always looked up to him in his career and because he is massive.’

The first series of The Masked Dancer saw the likes to Zoe Ball, Craig Revel Horwood and Kelly Brook all unmasked before Olympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned champion, correctly fussed by Jonathan.

‘As the current reigning champion amongst the panel I will be using my expert knowledge in all things dance to take the title again,’ teased Wossy.

‘Who knows, this year my dream might come true and Mary Berry might just be behind one of the masks!’

The Masked Dancer returns to ITV later this year. 

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