The Masked Singer UK has made a triumphant return on ITV, bringing with it captivating musical performances by celebrities dressed as utterly nonsensical characters, from a Sausage to a Badger.
The launch for season two of the hit talent show aired on Boxing Day, with comedian Mo Gilligan joining Rita Ora, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross on the panel as Joel Dommett resumed presenting duties.
In the fifth week of the competition, Dragon and Bush Baby landed in the bottom two, with the judges deciding to save Dragon.
So who has been revealed on The Masked Singer UK season two so far?
Who was revealed in week one of The Masked Singer?
In the very first week of the competition, Alien was eliminated from the competition after delivering a funky rendition of Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa.
As the singer removed the head of their costume, musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor was unveiled underneath.
Recalling her time on the show, Sophie said that as she was the first star to leave, she ‘felt like a gymnast who had a cool routine with jumps and twists, who then left after their first comedy somersault’.
‘But it’s cool – I do my flips and jumps better with my own head on,’ she added.
The Murder On The Dancefloor singer shared a post on social media after her elimination, revealing that her one-year-old son guessed her identity while watching the show on Boxing Day.
Who was umasked in week two?
For the second week in a row, a professional singer was sent home on the new series of The Masked Singer UK, with Seahorse revealed to be Spice Girls band member Mel B.
Although Mel B tried to disguise her voice while singing Kylie Minogue’s hit track Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, several viewers guessed that it was her behind the mask.
Looking back on her time in the competition, the musician said that it was ‘gutting, hilarious and shocking’ to be eliminated.
Mel B said she felt ‘so nervous’ because she had to sing her song ‘in a way I still hadn’t really got used to and I was really out of my comfort zone’.
‘I also couldn’t fully see because of my mask and I couldn’t breathe normally so I knew singing would be even harder. It was a proper challenge,’ she added.
Who was revealed in week three?
The singer unmasked in week three of the competition ended up being Swan who competed against Badger, Dragon, Robin and Sausage in the final face-off.
With guesses ranging from Pussycat Dolls stars Kimberley Wyatt and Ashley Roberts to Idina Menzel, the person under the mask was revealed to be Martine McCutcheon.
Jonathan Ross had managed to get the answer right after remembering that Martine had been in a girl band called Milan when she was a teenager and she had also dropped clues about having connections to two Prime Ministers – including Hugh Grant’s character in Love Actually.
Who became the fourth contestant to be revealed?
After landing in the bottom two with Viking, Grandfather Clock became the fourth contestant to be eliminated from the competition.
In the end, the judges decided to save Viking, with Grandfather Clock unmasked as football manager and former professional footballer Glenn Hoddle.
Glenn described the secrecy involved with filming the programme as ‘very surreal’.
‘Walking around and not being able to say thank you to someone if they held a door open or hi as you walk past someone in the corridor. I’ve never experienced anything like this before and not sure I will again,’ he stated.
Glenn added that he’s ‘had to bite my tongue on a few occasions’ to keep his involvement in The Masked Singer UK under wraps.
‘I wanted to share the news with my children and grandchildren as I knew they’d love it,’ he said.
Who was revealed in week five?
After the judges decided to save Dragon, Bush Baby became the fifth singer to be eliminated from the competition.
As they took off their furry head, actor and comedian John Thomson was revealed inside the adorable costume.
‘I can’t believe that!’ Davina exclaimed in shock.
When asked why he decided to take part in The Masked Singer UK, John 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 added that he loved the ‘cutesy factor’ of his costume, having been a choice of three costumes to wear.
John also admitted that he didn’t mind leaving the competition halfway through, as he ‘wasn’t in it to win it’.
We’ll just have to wait and see which other celebrities are revealed as the competition progresses!
The Masked Singer returns on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
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