Gabrielle has spoken about her experiences on The Masked Singer, saying that she would rather have gone through childbirth than appear on the show.
The singer was unmasked as Harlequin on Saturday night in a joint elimination with Sue Perkins, who was revealed as Dragon.
Speaking on Lorraine on Tuesday, Gabrielle said being on the show gave her ‘anxiety’, and said she’d rather have been back on the ‘labor ward’.
‘I would rather have gone through childbirth than the anxieties [of The Masked Singer],’ the 50-year-old told presenter Lorraine Kelly.
‘I’ve given birth. The prospect of going out on people’s TV screens… [knowing] millions would be watching you and the prospect of mucking up – put me in the labor ward.’
Gabrielle, though, did concede that it had been an enjoyable experience for her, despite threatening to quit on the first day.
‘It was a lot of fun. I think it took some time to relax into it. I told everybody the first day I nearly quit and I’m glad I didn’t because it’s a fantastic show.’
Speaking about why she nearly left, she said: ‘You have the costume and fabulous costume, then they give you the mask. And you’re like, “Why didn’t you tell me it was so heavy?” I wasn’t prepared for it.
‘I was like, “I can’t do this, call my lawyers are going home. It’s gonna be rubbish. I’m gonna sound awful, running out of breath, always hot.” But everybody in the show was amazing. They talked me down.’
She added: ‘Doing this show was an opportunity to perform again. Although it totally was totally out of my comfort zone, I’m glad I did it.’
Gabrielle and Sue Perkins are the most recent stars to leave The Masked Singer. It comes after the first double elimination the week before, as the Viking was revealed to be Morten Harket, the lead singer of A-Ha, while the Blob turned out to be Sir Lenny Henry.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV. The Masked Singer continues at 7pm on Saturday on ITV.
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:
- Who is Harlequin?
- Who is Sausage?
- Who is Badger?
- Who is Robin?
- 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