The Masked Singer UK season 2: Clues, judges and the unmasked contestants
The outrageous entertainment show is back! Find out which celebrities have already been revealed - and clues for the other contestants.
The Masked Singer was a surprise prime-time hit last year.
The concept – that celebrities would sing in bizarre costumes while viewers and judges alike tried to guess who they were – didn’t necessarily sound like a winning formula to begin with, but before long it was the family show everyone was talking about.
We all need some silliness after the year we’ve had, so buckle up for the brand new series, take a look at the 12 spectacular costumes and get ready to guess who could be hiding behind the masks.
Where can I watch The Masked Singer?
The second season of The Masked Singer UK airs on Saturdays on ITV. Catch up on the ITV Player.
But if you can’t wait that long, you can watch season 1 of the show on BritBox.
Who are the contestants?
There are 12 celebrities competing in the new series, each aiming to wow the judges while keeping their identity a secret. Here are this year’s contestants - behind their amazing costumes, of course:
Alien - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Alien was the first contestant to leave the show after landing in the bottom three alongside Badger and Swan - and it turned out she was none other than Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The Murder on the Dancefloor singer (we see what they did with the 'links to a crime scene' clue) attempted to disguise her accent when she performed Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa, but told press that she was rumbled - even by her son.
"I suppose it's a compliment, but the fact that as soon as I opened my mouth even as the Alien my one-year-old, and I don't even know how he did this, pointed at the TV and said 'mummy'."
Week 1 performance: Skin by Rag 'N' Bone Man
Week 2 performance: And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going from the Dreamgirls musical
Week 3 performance: All Around The World by Lisa Stansfield
Clues: Seen as a tomboy; possible links to the seaside; performances are a balancing act; the TV show Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps; worn disguises
Possible identity: Sheridan Smith, Stacey Solomon.
Week 1 performance: You've Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman.
Week 2 performance: Reach For The Stars by S Club 7.
Week 3 performance: All By Myself by Eric Carmen.
Clues: They have a firey temper; a house filled with money; possible links to LGBTQ+ communities and Destiny's Child; a dare got them started in their career; has a big belly; a globetrotter.
Possible idenity: Michelle Visage; Kelly Rowland.
Seahorse - Mel B
Mel B was the second celebrity to be revealed on the show when she was unmasked from her Seahorse costume. She was in the bottom three with Grandfather Clock and Harlequin, and panellist Mo Gilligan correctly identified her.
She performed the Kylie Minogue hit Can't Get You Out Of My Head.
The Spice Girl said it was "gutting, hilarious and shocking" to have left the show so early. "I'd only just started!"
Week 1 performance: Songbird by Fleetwood Mac.
Week 2 performance: Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles.
Week 3 performance: Take On Me by A-Ha.
Clues: Wears another kind of armour; possible link to The Voice and Spandau Ballet; has performed in front of billions.
Possible identity: Ricky Wilson, Morten Harket, Matt or Luke Goss.
Week 1 performance: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.
Week 2 performance: Word Up! by Cameo.
Week 3 performance: Hotel Room by Pitbull.
Clues: Recorded a demo for Simon Cowell; wears glasses; links to teaching; possible links to stand-up comedy, cooking and schools; the names Darren, Rosie and Casey; Britain's Got Talent
Possible identity: Lenny Henry, David Walliams.
Week 1 performance: Diamonds by Rihanna.
Week 2 performance: Smile by Nat King Cole
Week 3 performance: Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.
Clues: Played a male lead in a musical; connected to the news or a writer; festivals.
Possible identity: Gabrielle, Tracy Chapman, Emeli Sande.
Swan - Martine McCutcheon
Week 1 performance: That Don't Impress Me Much by Shania Twain.
Week 2 performance: I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folls
Clues: An honoured career; possible links to ballroom dancing, America and the prime minister.
Swan had many of us fooled with her fake American accent, though Jonathan Ross called it just before the big reveal, linking the prime minister clue to the movie Love Actually which Martine starred in.
Martine said on leaving the show: "I’d have loved to have shown off my voice more with different songs but I also felt really relieved as I was so hot and claustrophobic - it was nice to be able to see and breathe again!"
Bush Baby - John Thompson
Week 1 performance: Delilah by Tom Jones.
Week 2 performance: A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley vs JXL.
Week 3 performance: Please Release Me by Engerlbert Humperdinck.
Clues: Links to Australia, a zoo and acting; a lot of his wardrobe has been seen on screen; reference to a potato.
Possible identity: Jason Donovan, Matt Lucas, John Torode.
Actor John Thompson was a surprise to all of the judges until he revealed himself, when Jonathan Ross realised that Please Release Me was used in TV show The Fast Show. Hanging socks shown in a VT was a reference to Cold Feet.
Week 1 performance: Feeling Good by Nina Simone.
Week 2 performance: I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.
Week 3 performance: Because Of You by Kelly Clarkson.
Clues: Seen playing the guitar; links to motorbikes; used to be anonymous; shy when he was younger around girls; possible link to chemistry; has a big family.
Possible identity: Damon Albarn, Jamiroqui.
Week 1 performance: Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake.
Week 2 performance: Dance Monkey by Tones And I.
Week 3 performance: Rockin' Robin by Michael Jackson.
Clues so far: A footballer; has been known to fly without wings; perhaps not the most intelligent; has represented his country alongside sporting legends; possible links to Ireland and biscuits.
Possible identity: Aston Merrygold, Olly Murs.
Grandfather Clock - Glenn Hoddle
Week 1 performance: Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley.
Week 2 performance: You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra
Clues: Connected to football; has been called a genius; says he's seen "the Hand of God with my own eyes"
Possible identity: Peter Shilton, David Seaman.
Jonathan Ross came the closest to guessing Grandfather Clock's identity when he mentioned "Hoddle and Waddle" after his week 2 performance. The former England player and manager impressed viewers and judges alike with his voice.
Hoddle said he was disappointed to have left the show: "I was gutted. I had some great songs lined up if I was able to continue but overall I loved the experience and just happy to have taken part."
Who are the judges?
Bafta-winning comedian Mo Gilligan is a new addition to the judging panel, while Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross all return to their chairs.
Mo said he'd been made to feel very welcome on the show.
"Day one, everyone knocked on my door – Jonathan, Davina, Rita and Joel as well – and all said it’s good to have you on," he revealed.
"Straight away, everyone said 'it’s like you’ve been doing this for ages' so that really helped me settle in as well."
Comedian Joel Dommett again hosts the guessing game - and he reckons the talent is seriously impressive this time around.
"The level of singers is higher," he said.
"Last year Queen Bee blew us away and every song gave you goosebumps and tingles. This year there’s definitely at least four or five that had that effect on us and it made every show epic."
The second season of The Masked Singer airs on Saturdays at 7pm on ITV.