Bush Baby has become the fifth contestant to be eliminated from The Masked Singer UK, leaving the panel and viewers absolutely gobsmacked.
During the latest episode of the competition, all eight of the remaining singers took to the stage.
Last week’s show saw Grandfather Clock’s identity revealed, with former professional footballer and England manager Glenn Hoddle unveiled behind the mask.
Tonight, after Bush Baby was chosen by judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross to exit the series, they removed the top part of their costume to reveal comedian and actor John Thomson underneath.
The panel were astounded by the singer’s true identity, with Davina exclaiming ‘I can’t believe that!’ over the big surprise.
Fans watching at home were similarly in a state of shock.
Blue singer Antony Costa admitted that he’d been stumped by Bush Baby’s identity, tweeting: ‘Wow John Thomson great shout people who got that #MaskedSingerUK this one threw me big time.’
‘Bush Baby was John Thomson wow that was a difficult one,’ another viewer commented.
‘I love John Thomson!! How did I not guess,’ someone else remarked.
When asked why he decided to do The Masked Singer, the Coronation Street star replied: ‘Why not?’
After his appearance on the programme, John revealed that he was originally asked to take part in The Masked Singer UK last year, but couldn’t as he was in the middle of filming Cold Feet.
He revealed that he was actually given three costumes to choose from and decided to go with Bush Baby, having loved the outfit’s ‘cutesy factor’.
John also admitted that he didn’t mind leaving the competition halfway through, as he ‘wasn’t in it to win it’.
Before Bush Baby’s reveal, some of the names put forward for the character included Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding and Peter Andre.
The latest elimination on The Masked Singer UK came after Blob, Harlequin, Dragon, Sausage, Robin, Viking and Badger all delivered entertaining performances.
While Dragon also ended up in the bottom two, they were saved by the judges to sing another day.
There are now only seven contestants left in the running for the win.
Next week, we’re going to see two contestants sent home at the same time.
Plus, comedian and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Alan Carr will be making a special guest appearance on the panel.
The Masked Singer UK returns next Saturday at 7pm 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 Dragon
- Who is Sausage
- Who is Badger
- Who is Blob?
- Who is Viking?
- 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