Louis Smith was crowned Masked Dancer winner (Picture: ITV)
Louis Smith was crowned winner of The Masked Dancer on Saturday night, and no-one was more surprised than his girlfriend after the Olympian lied about the result.
The gymnast, 32, won the competition after battling it out against Zip (Take That’s Howard Donald), Squirrel (Bonnie Langsford) and Scarecrow (Tamzin Outhwaite).
Louis revealed that the result came as a shock to his girlfriend Charlie Bruce after he lied and told her he had finished third, rather than winning the competition.
He told OK!: ‘When we filmed the final, I messaged her saying, ‘I only came third but I had a great time.
‘So up until this point she thought that I came third in the competition – up until she watched it.’
Louis was unmasked as Carwash on Saturday (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Speaking about Charlie’s reaction, Louis said: ‘Obviously Zip came third and she was expecting my name to be read out.’
‘She looked at me like, “what’s going on here?!” And she was like, “you’ve lied to me, haven’t you?” So it was a nice surprise for her as well.’
The final episode of the series came after a string of double eliminations, with Knickerbocker Glory being revealed as none other than Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, while Frog turned out to be Kelly Brook.
Louis, who welcomed baby daughter Marley with Charlie in February, explained what made him sign up for the competition, saying: ‘The Masked Singer looks fun but you’ve got to be able to sing, whereas this is right up my street.
The judges took place in the first series of The Masked Dancer this year (Picture: ITV)
‘Having not done anything in lockdown apart from play too much Playstation – and get moaned at for doing it – it was a great opportunity to take a step outside this seriousness that we’re all dealing with and be a bit silly for a change and have some fun.’
‘It definitely lived up to my expectations, and more I would say. It’s just a great, fun concept.’
Previously, Beagle was unmasked as ice skating legend Christopher Dean and Llama was revealed to be Zoe Ball.
Before then, pro dancer and Diversity star Jordan Banjo, singer and media personality Louise Redknapp, and Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were unmasked.
The Masked Dancer is available on catch-up on the ITV Hub.