Who was Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK?

The Masked Singer UK Poodle costume
Who was barking a few tunes as Poodle in 'The Masked Singer' UK? (Image credit: ITV)

After many wild guesses and fans believing that they had rumbled the identity of Poodle in The Masked Singer UK season 3, it turned out to be Tom Chaplin, the lead singer of the band Keane, and not Gary Barlow as everyone thought!

Did you guess the colorful canine right? Whether you did or didn't, let's take a look at what the other guesses were for Poodle...

Who is Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK? Songs...

Poodle performed Rocket Man by Elton John for the first week, and he then sang What's New Pussycat? by Tom Jones.

Who is Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK? Verbal clues…

The clue for Poodle was: “Poodle promises to deliver paw-some performances.”

Comedian and entertainer Paul O’Grady is known for his strong passion for dogs and animals, especially since he has presented Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs: What Happened Next, and Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs - India. He also owns three rescue dogs of his own, and as well as being a TV presenter and comedian, he’s an avid performer. He shot to fame after performing as his comedic drag queen character Lily Savage, so he’s no stranger to the stage — and we wouldn’t be surprised if he was eager to show off his talent in the form of a poodle!

TV tonight Paul with bichon frise Lolly

Paul O'Grady is known for his love of dogs! (Image credit: ITV)

Who is Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK? Costume clues… 

We’re sure the person inside the costume is as bright as the outfit itself! Of course, the costume doesn’t give much away but we’ve made a few guesses as to who could be this pooch.

Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page, who played Stacey in the show, could also be up for disguising herself as this playful canine. She has dived into many dog and pet-related projects recently, including voicing a puppy in an animation for the charity Guide Dogs and hosting The Pet Show alongside Dermot O’Leary. 

Who is Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK? Show clues…

Poodle kicked off their clue package with: “Woof-woof. Or should I say…hello! I’ve always loved a bit of glamour.” 

“And I don’t mind telling you that flamboyant really is a little bit fabulous!” they said. Next, we were shown a row of dog collars with the name tags Anne, Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary. Davina McCall was quick to point out that they were the names of queens and Rita Ora thought it could be something to do with The Royal Variety Performance.

Poodle continued, “It’s something I’ve always admired. I can’t wait to be let off the leash in this competition,” as he danced around an animal obstacle course. This made Mo Gilligan think of Crufts or a celebrity who is good with dogs or works with a dog. 

“I’m very eager to start. Are you ready for me? Ruff!” Poodle said, before taking to the stage. It was clear that Poodle was a good singer— and to top it all off Poodle’s final clue was: “I once went on a very long walkies.”

Week 2 show clues...

Poodle was first up to howl a tune once again, opening his second clue package with: "In my last outing, I rocketed into the limelight and I enjoyed every second of it. When it comes to who I am, the panel are certainly barking up the wrong tree." 

"I'm sure I don't need to tell you the Poodle is no ordinary mutt. We're full pedigrees, and I have been trained very well," he continued while solving maths problems on a board and wearing a mortarboard cap. Davina McCall suggested that he could be a scientist and Rita Ora pointed out that he clearly must be very smart.

Poodle went on to say, "In fact, I have been doing what I do for...annums and annums." Jonathan Ross was quick to mention that the word "annums" is Latin, which Davina knew translated as "years and years."

Accompanied by some science equipment and a red cricket ball, Poodle revealed, "Although I try to be the goodest boy there is when and if I've ever put a paw out of line, is nothing like a light bashing by a newspaper to curb your behaviour. And let me let you in on a little secret. I'm no strange to a dog collar." Davina was puzzled by this, questioning if he meant a vicar.

Poodle's two lies and a truth came soon after the judges had a go at guessing. The first clue was: "I might be fancy but I'm not afraid to busk it," and the second one was: "I've been known for being hazel, cerulean and ultra lilac." The third and final clue was revealed as: "I have to admit, I do love being idolised." Which one do you think is the real deal?

Who is Poodle in ‘The Masked Singer’ UK? Theories… 

Jonathan Ross was the first to guess and he went for Michael Ball, followed by Rita who suspected it could be Adam Lambert. Davina speculated that it may be Fleabag star Andrew Scott or even Rylan Clark-Neal and Mo guessed Paul O’Grady (like us!). 

However, watchers at home had a different opinion and were saying that Gary Barlow is Poodle!

Week 2 theories...

Davina guessed Rylan Clark-Neal once again, Mo Gilligan jokingly suggested Snoop Dogg, Jonathan said Peter Crouch and Rita went for Mika. However, after hearing the second clue in the two lies and a truth section about the colours, Jonathan was sure that it was Mika and the clue was referencing the lyrics in one of Mika's songs.

Fans at home really did have a mixture of guesses, with some sure that it was singer Tom Chaplin. But viewers also stuck to their guns from last week, going with Gary Barlow and others agreeing that it could be Mika.

The new series of The Masked Singer continues on ITV — see our TV Guide for full listings.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace was a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.