Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK?

Jacket Potato in The Masked Singer UK
Jacket Potato was the starch of the show! (Image credit: ITV Plc/Bandicoot TV)

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK? He was unmasked during  The Masked Singer UK season 4 semi final — but did you guess who was under the s-mashing costume?

Once again The Masked Singer is back on our screens, meaning there are a whole host of crazy characters entertaining us each Saturday night.

Here's what we know about Jacket Potato including which celebrity was hiding under the costume...

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK?

Jacket Potato was revealed to be music sensation Richie Sambora, the guitarist from legendary band Bon Jovi.

Fans were in disbelief when Jacket Potato was unmasked as they thought he was EastEnders star Shane Richie.

He said after his unmasking: "After having seen so many great singers that I loved being on the show I decided I wanted to do it myself. Many of the biggest songs I’ve been a part of from Livin’ On A Prayer to It’s My Life, I sang on, alongside Jon, and I just wanted to be able to have fun singing again and show my fans in the UK some love."

Joel Dommett and Richie Sambora as Jacket Potato

Music legend Richie Sambora was Jacket Potato. (Image credit: Bandicoot TV)

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK? Songs

Jacket Potato sang 'Viva Las Vegas' by Elvis Presley in week two.

In the fourth week, Jacket Potato performed 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen.

Jacket Potato performed his own rendition of 'Smooth' by Carlos Santana ft. Rob Thomas as his clue song for week five.

In week six, he performed a version of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way', including a pretty impressive guitar solo!

Jacket Potato sang 'Love Me Again' by John Newman in the semi final.

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK? Show clues

Jacket Potato's first riddle was: "Hey it's me Jack, Jacket Potato. I've got quite the collection, so big you'll say 'Woah'". There's already been some speculation around what that collection could be, and some fans think it's referring to guitars.

So is it a rock legend hiding under there? Potentially, and it's looking like signs are pointing to Bon Jovi so far after the character performed a rendition of Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.

In his VT, the character had a Romeo and Juliet book, and there is a line in the Bon Jovi song 'Always' that says: "This Romeo is bleeding", so is that a nod to the spud's real identity? Signs could point to former Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora.

In week four, Jacket Potato's clue package opened with a woman kissing his cheek. Could Jacket Potato be part of the band Kiss

"You might think jacket potatoes are tough-skinned, but me, I've always prided myself on being able to express a whole host of emotions. That could be the secret to my success," Jacket Potato said.

He also revealed that he had auditions that could have seen him take very different roles. We then saw Jacket Potato playing the piano and a stethoscope sitting on top — could he have been a doctor?

Jacket Potato also said that some "mega-famous" people have looked to him to make them look good.

To top off his performance, Jacket Potato's Clue or False clues were: "Yeah I'm Jack, Jack Potato. Rumor is, I'm a real pussycat" and "It's me Jack, Jacket Potato. Rumor is, I'm a real sell out in England." The audience thought that clue two was true, meanwhile Jonathan Ross believed that it was actually clue one that was real.

Jacket Potato performing on stage

Jacket Potato has had everyone foiled! (Image credit: Bandicoot TV)

So far, fans are convinced that Jacket Potato is EastEnders star Shane Richie or Brian Conley and in week five he was back to put on another show-stopping performance.

At the start of his clue package, Mo Gilligan thought that Jacket Potato's name could be Jack due to Jacket Potato constantly mentioning the name.

We then saw a 'Fundraiser' sign with an arrow pointing at the number 50 potato, while Potato added that: "Now, we might not speak the same language, but being a potato means you can still communicate."

An 'Out of Order' sign on a hose pipe was another clue and that he knows what it's like to be the "foil."

Jacket Potato's clue song was 'Smooth' by Carlos Santana ft. Rob Thomas and his performance included sticks of 'Grade AA' salted butter in the background, while a burger and hotdog danced next to him.

There was a wider variety of guesses from the panel — from Jack Black to Matt Lucas! 

In Week six, Jacket Potato dropped some hints that he could definitely be a performer. He was talking about always "telling tales" and that his stories have a way of becoming other peoples' tales, suggesting that he's an artist or from a band whose songs have been covered by lots of people. He also talked about there being nothing better than seeing 80,000 people in one place enjoying your words, so whoever's behind the mask has clearly been to some big-ticket events. 

Also, the Reverse Clue that he offered up at the end was in reverse. Fans had recorded it and played it forward, and it was revealed that Jacket Potato had said: "Find me in the Hall of Fame". Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is sounding more and more like a good guess to us...

Thanks to that guitar solo in his clue song, there was a decent range of guesses from the panel, including Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Vic Reeces (who can also play the guitar, as Jonathan Ross pointed out).

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK? Verbal clues

We had one verbal clue so far which is: "Their singing is sure to butter you up — it's Jacket Potato!" which certainly suggested they had a captivating voice. But is it a professional singer, or a surprise entry? It turned out to be the first one!

Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK? Costume clues

Jacket Potato's costume consisted of a baked bean shirt with a tinfoil jacket and melting butter dripping down his potato head. Styrofoam containers also completed the outfit as shoes as well as sunglasses perched on his nose.

Since Jacket Potato's costume was a bit more elaborate, there was a few things we can pick up on already before they've already performed. They had a sticker on which read "Wild Hog Dairy" so we thought it could have been a farmer, such as Our Farm in the Dales' Matt Baker.

We originally speculated that Jacket Potato could be a female presenter but following their performance and eventual unmasking we were very wrong!

The Masked Singer UK 2023 airs on ITV on Saturday evenings at 7 pm. 

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

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