First Look: The Masked Dancer UK 2022 reveals bonkers characters with first-ever duo

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The Masked Dancer UK 2022 has released the twelve new costumes. (Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 is set to return with its masked extravaganza, which promises to be the 'most bonkers' yet and, as you can see from these first look pictures, this year's characters certainly live up to the claim!

The judging panel will see last year's judges Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and former Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse all taking their seats once again for the upcoming season.

However, comedian Mo Gilligan will be replaced by football legend Peter Crouch on the judging panel as Mo is unavailable to appear on this year's show due to touring commitments.

Last year, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned the winner of the show as he was unmasked as Carwash. He competed against an array of crazy costumes in the first series, including Knickerbocker Glory, Rubber Chicken, Scarecrow and many more.

As twelve new masked celebrities prepare their best dance moves to win The Masked Dancer UK 2022, let's take a look at the outrageous costumes they'll be wearing.

From Odd Socks to Sea Slug and the show's first-ever double act with Pillar and Post, there's an array of kooky ensembles this year... but who will win this masked madness?

Dancing to their own tune... it’s Onomatopoeia


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Hoping that they can paint the dancefloor red… it’s Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

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You’ve heard of the worm but now it’s time for a new dance craze… it’s Sea Slug

Sea Slug

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They will be cutting their own shapes on stage… it’s Scissors


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With dance moves to prickle your fancy… it’s Cactus


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They invented the MoonWalk… it’s Astronaut


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Will they deliver a first-class performance?… it’s Pillar and Post

Pillar and Post

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Burn baby burn, its disco inferno… it’s Candlestick


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Kick your knees up, step in time… it’s Pearly King

Pearly King

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They’ll be hogging the dance floor… it’s Pig


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Hoping not to pull a Mussel… it’s Prawn Cocktail

Prawn Cocktail

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These happy feet won’t be uncoordinated… it’s Odd Socks

Odd Socks

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The Masked Dancer UK 2022 will air later this year. You can catch up on previous episode of The Masked Dancer UK season one on ITV Hub.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. 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.

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