Identity parade — the latest theories about ‘The Masked Singer’ UK contestants

Bagpipes in Masked Singer 2022
Bagpipes in Masked Singer 2022 (Image credit: ITV/Bandicoot TV)

After episode two unmasked Gloria Hunniford as the Snow Leopard in The Masked Singer UK season 3, theories are abounding about who the other five celebrity contestants are in this division of the hit ITV series.

Gloria joined singer Heather Small AKA Chandelier as the early casualties of season 3, but let’s examine the theories for the remaining five masked singers in Gloria’s division:

  • Panda is former Mis-Teeq singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, according to many fans on social media.

 Some are, in fact, certain it’s her. “Alesha Dixon is 100% Panda…. You heard it here first”, tweeted one fan.

Mind you, many viewers were convinced that Alesha was Harlequin in the last series — that turned out to be singer Gabrielle.

Traffic Cone sang Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and many fans became convinced it is actually Rick himself beneath the orange cone. 

“I think we are being Rick Rolled by @MaskedSingerUK and traffic cone is actually Rick Astley”, wrote one viewer, who received a lot of support for her opinion. But why would producers make it so obvious? Wouldn’t they ask the 80s pop star to sing another person’s song?

Poodle had many convinced it was former X Factor finalist and TV presenter, Rylan Clark. The singer who belted out xoxo was clearly taller than host Joel Dommett and lean and as Rylan is 6ft 4in it seems like a great call. Some fans, though, felt that Poodle’s singing was better than Rylan’s ever was!

One tweeted: “Weirdly I did think Rylan but as much as he’s wonderful in every way I’m not sure his vocal was ever quite that smooth!”

Others were convinced it was Paul O’Grady. In fact, some thought it was ‘painfully obvious’.

Rockhopper is without a doubt one of the more confusing and contentious masked singers, with social media guesses ranging from Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts to Kimberley Wyatt and news presenter Jan Leeming (!), with few common choices.

Bagpipes came on strong with a thick Scottish accent and a gutsy, but limited, performance of Blur’s punky “Song 2”. The clues of a tennis racquet, a bagel and a possible Rolling Stone connection heavily intimated a tennis star, such as John McEnroe or Pat Cash.

Some thought the accent was a red herring: “Bagpipes is definitely not Scottish, terrible accent”.

Others were convinced it was Scottish comedian (and husband of Laura Whitmore) Love Island presenter, Iain Stirling. We will have to wait until Saturday, Jan 8 at 7.30 pm for the next episode to find out!

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.