Who are The Masked Singer celebrities? The best guesses and theories
The Masked Singer is just two episodes into its UK debut and already viewers are gripped by the offbeat entertainment show.
The identities of the 12 performing celebrities involved are a complete mystery until they are voted off from the programme by judges Ken Jeong, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross. To cheers of "take it off!" from the audience, they remove their disguise, revealing who they are.
The secret of who's taking part is kept tightly under wraps and even host Joel Dommett doesn't know who they are.
The first episode saw EastEnders icon Patsy Palmer unveiled as the Butterfly after clues were given about her relocation to Malibu, her DJ career and her character Bianca Butcher's big wedding day.
Sunday night's instalment saw another famous face unmasked as former Home Secretary Alan Johnson was voted out. He'd been masquerading as Pharaoh with clues given about his musical past and time spent working for the Post Office.
However, there are still ten celebrities remaining in the competition and there have been some tricky clues to wade through. While some hints seem more obvious than others, they certainly aren't easy as it has been proven the clues can be rather abstract.
But with what viewers have been presented with so far there's certainly some convincing names in the mix. So who could be behind the masks?
The somewhat frightening Queen Bee was the first contestant to perform, giving clues that they started their career when they were young, and that they were "a bit of a wildcard".
At first glance these clues appeared to suggest it could be a child star who lost their way.
However, when they began to sing, some viewers thought the voice was unmistakably that of Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame.
The guess would also lend itself to the "wild card" clue as Roberts was a wild card choice during Popstars: The Rivals.
I'm saying Queen Bee is Nicola Roberts. The chorus sounds REALLY like her - and she was a wildcard in Girls Aloud. Plus the clue about growing up and wanting to be herself now - because she used to be in a group?! #MaskedSinger— sᴜᴘᴇʀ ᴛᴠ (@superTV247) January 4, 2020
Btu one of the more abstract riddles saw the Queen Bee describe themselves as the "joker in the pack", and as Roberts isn't renowned for her comedy chops, could it be someone else, or is it another complicated clue?
Best guess: Nicola Roberts
Notable mentions: Charlotte Church, Sheridan Smith
Duck is definitely a sporty individual as they shared they were once a long-distance runner and that they enjoy surfing.
Their vocals weren't the strongest on the night but they put in a good performance in spite of the cumbersome costume.
All signs are pointing to a famous female British runner, unless viewers have been thrown some really obscure clues, it's just of question of who it could be.
Dame Kelly Holmes was a suggestion among the judges and they could be proved right.
Best guess: Dame Kelly Holmes
Notable mentions: Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe
Unicorn galloped around the stage on Saturday night's episode like a real show pony with a performance of Kate Bush's Babushka which sounded like it came from the mouth of a real professional.
Clues given by the contestant hinted at them standing out from the crowd, and that they were a confident individual.
The exuberant John Barrowman seems like a good fit for Unicorn, as many fans pointed out.
Barrowman was even asked if he was behind the mask as he appeared on Dancing On Ice the following night by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. However, he remained tight-lipped.
But it isn't conclusive as Unicorn also gave a clue stating they travelled on a private plane with their family as a child, which doesn't obviously hint to the Torchwood star, so it's still open-wide.
Best guess: John Barrowman
Notable mentions: Adam Lambert, Louie Spence
Rita Ora was bowled over by the physique of the Chameleon, confessing to having somewhat of a crush, but his identity is still a mystery.
The hidden famous face described themselves as a "dazzling urban act" but said they preferred the technology of the 70s, perhaps indicating they were of an older generation.
One seemingly big clue is that the star has voiced a cartoon character, opening up all kind of possibilities.
Viewers pointed to Reggie Yates and Alexander Armstrong but one of the better guesses appears to be Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.
The lead singer has previously lent his voice to a cartoon character in CBBC series Freefonix is of course notable for his glam rock inspired looks and music.
As well as that, some eagle-eyed viewers noticed that in the room of neon signs the VT was shot in, one reading "The Darkness" could be seen.
100% convinced the Chameleon on #maskedsinger is Justin Hawkins!— Cat (@CatStrangeway) January 4, 2020
-this town ain't big enough for the both of us
-you can hear "the singer" repress his voice from going high
-"The Darkness" neon light in the back ground of the video!
The other clues you can match too! pic.twitter.com/QmBLzXIdkv
Viewers will have to wait and see when the mask comes off.
Best guess: Justin Hawkins
Notable mentions: Alexander Armstrong, Chris Eubank, Reggie Yates
The judges were convinced the prickly customer could be a comedian due to being "active at night" and feeling at home on stage and viewers were in sync as they threw up many funny men as suggestions.
A past in the theatre was also alluded to as they revealed they'd once had a job that meant they died "at 8.30 every night".
One of the names repeatedly brought up by fans was Jason Manford, who has enjoyed stints in theatre and has displayed his impressive vocal talent before.
My mind has been changed, Hedgehog is Jason Manford not Rob Brydon, search 'Jason Manford signing' on YouTube, it's the exact same voice #MaskedSinger— Vic (@Victoria_Belk98) January 5, 2020
However, the judges did think it was someone with a posh accent due to the pronounced diction of the character.
Best guess: Jason Manford
Notable mentions: Jack Whitehall, Michael McIntyre, Ian McKellan
Wearing one of the show's more mysterious outfits as it covered their entire body, the American-accented Monster teased they were a "big" personality.
There were also allusions to gold trumpets (Grammy Awards?) and perhaps one the evening's more bizarre clues as Monster teased his hero is Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame.
Cee Lo Green was put forward by the judges as a possible option and it seems as though viewers were in agreement. Some even went so far as to track down an interview where the singer had professed his love for Hadley - and it looks like it's almost certainly him.
i take the masked singer VERY seriously... the monster is 100% ceelo green and to prove it - here's a interview from 2010 where he expresses his love for tony hadley #maskedsingerpic.twitter.com/cHr40mtqaN— ruby (@rubynaldrett) January 5, 2020
Best guess: Cee Lo Green
Notable mentions: Fatman Scoop
Fox was one of the more energetic stars to appear on the programme with hints suggesting links to the East End.
While immediately it seemed as though it was another EastEnders star - on second thoughts it seems too obvious a clue, plus an Albert Square alumni had already been unmasked.
One major clue came after the performance as Fox told judges they collected teapots. Subsequently, Twitter got to work to get to the bottom of the unusual hobby and found van Outen had previously professed her love of the ceramics.
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Although, she might not be the only famous teapot aficionado out there so it isn't exactly a closed case.
Best guess: Denise Van Outen
Notable mentions: Sam Fox, Anita Dobson, Bonnie Langford
The title of the most spellbinding performance of the weekend could be attributed to Octopus who sung their heart out with a rendition of 'Part of Your World' from Little Mermaid.
The act alluded to be "leggy", perhaps suggesting they are a model or a dancer.
The cephalopod also admitted a love of weight training, which puts a lot of celebs in the frame when it comes down to it.
One of the more credible guesses is Ashley Roberts who made a name for herself in the Pussycat Dolls and has also done a stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
This is definitely one of the trickier conundrums, and only time will tell.
Best guess: Ashley Roberts
Notable mentions: Courtney Act, Nicole Scherzinger
Based off the first performance, Tree feels like one of the hardest contestants to pin down due to the very broad clues.
A footballer appears to be behind the leafy visage, with the star saying they were doing the show for their kids too but that didn't narrow it down too much.
It didn't leave people feeling stumped though, as many were guessing it could be Peter Crouch in the costume, however, the towering football talent took to Twitter to confirm he was not a "singing tree".
I can confirm I am not a singing tree— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 5, 2020
One of the most credible mentions is Teddy Sheringham, as fans pointed out the costume could be a hint in itself as the sportsman formerly played for Nottingham Forest.
Best guess: Teddy Sheringham
Notable mentions: Peter Crouch, Harry Redknapp, David Beckham, Jamie Redknapp
Daisy presented herself as her export to the UK having come from the US, it seemed, and gave a performance that hinted she was a professional.
However, there is one clear front runner in who could be behind the mask in this case: singer Kelis.
While many took the clue that Daisy's name is based "upon the seeds she grew from" to mean she herself has a plant-based name, it could be more complex than that.
Kelis' name is a portmanteau of those of her parents, her father Kenneth and mother Eveliss.
The VT saw the character lounging round a diner with close-ups on the food in front of her. This could be two hints to Kelis' identity as the singer is also a chef and one her most famous hits, Milkshake, was filmed in a diner.
All signs appear to be pointing to Kelis, but only time will tell.
Best guess: Kelis
Notable mentions: None, almost certainly Kelis
- This article first appeared on Yahoo