The Masked Singer series 2 on ITV - start date, panellists, costumes and everything you need to know

The Masked Singer Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Joel Dommett, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross in their finery
(Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Singer is back to brighten up our Saturday evenings...

The Masked Singer is back with season two, and fans couldn't be happier to have TV's craziest guessing game back on their screens once again.

But as the weeks go by, will we be able to guess which singers are hiding inside those elaborate costumes?

Here's everything you need to know about The Masked Singer season 2

When is The Masked Singer on TV?

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

The Masked Singer series 2 panellists: who's guessing?

Series one panellists Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross are all back for series two, as is host Joel Dommett. Ken Jeong was unable to travel to the UK for filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so his seat goes to BAFTA-winning comedian Mo Gilligan.

Mo Gilligan poses alongside Masked Singers Blob and Grandfather Clock

Just a Mo: the award-winning comic Mo Gilligan joins the panel (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

"It's a good vibes show, that's why I wanted to be on it," says Mo.

"There are a lot of shows where you're judging people's talent and looks, where this is like, you don't do none of that!

"You literally just guess who it can be, and the guesses can be as ludicrous as you want. That's the cool thing about being on a show like this - your guess is not silly, it could be anyone!"

"I think the clues are much harder than last year," adds Davina.

"I think that's how we've upped the stakes - the clues don't give away as much as they did last year, so it's actually much harder to guess!"

More: How to watch the Masked Singer season 2 online anywhere in the world 

The Masked Singer series 2 costumes: what are they?

Series one gave us iconic outfits like Queen Bee, Octopus and Duck, and the costume designers have gone all out this year to create some more eye-catching ensembles.

Masked Singer costumes Alien, Robin, Badger, Swan, Dragon and Sausage

Alien, Robin, Badger, Swan, Dragon and Sausage are ready to take the stage (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

There are 12 celebrities taking part once again and the costumes are Alien, Robin, Badger, Swan, Dragon and Sausage, Viking, Blob, Harlequin, Bushbaby, Grandfather Clock and Seahorse.

"For me, the biggest surprise of last year was just how good someone like our winner, Nicola [Roberts] was," says Jonathan.

"She could still sing, and sell a song, in the heat under a huge costume and a mask, without really being able to see the audience, so I think it's a real test of the performer's talents in a way that they don't have anywhere else.

Masked Singer costumes Viking, Blob, Harlequin, Bushbaby, Grandfather Clock and Seahorse

Meet Viking, Blob, Harlequin, Bushbaby, Grandfather Clock and Seahorse (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

"And all the celebrities have come along armed with a bit of knowledge from having seen the first series, so it's even harder for us!"

"The level of who was on the show really got me," agrees Rita.

"I was thinking, 'wow, they really went all over the spectrum and all over the world!' And just knowing that they can go up a notch this season, I'm genuinely looking forward to the public's reaction to who's on the show."

Is there a trailer for The Masked Singer series 2?

Yes! And as well as showing off all the costumes for this series in all their colourful glory, the trailer confirms that Joel Dommett's extremely snazzy suits are also back with a vengeance for series 2!

Which celebrities have been revealed on The Masked Singer so far?

The Masked Singer Swan Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon has been revealed as Sawn (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

The first celebrity to be unmasked was Sophie Ellis Bextor as Alien, while the second week saw Spice Girls legend Mel B revealed as Seahorse.

Former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon was then unveiled as Swan in week three.

What are the fan theories for The Masked Singer? 

The Masked Singer Blob

Is Sir Lenny Henry inside the Blob costume? (Picture: ITV)

Fans are convinced that Robin is JLS star Aston Merrygold, while other theories for our feathered friend include Westlife star Nicky Byrne and former X Factor singer Olly Murs.

Many fans are convinced Sausage could either be hiding X Factor's Stacey Solomon, Billie Piper or Sheridan Smith, while guesses for Blob include Sir Lenny Henry.

Former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has also been forced to deny she is hiding in the Harlequin costume, while Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard refused to confirm or deny that he is Badger.

Who won the first series of The Masked Singer?

The Masked Singer Queen Bee

Queen Bee was crowned queen of The Masked Singer series one (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Last year we saw the likes of Fox, Octopus, Hedgehog and Monster battle it out to be crowned the winner of the first series, but in the end it was Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts dressed as Queen Bee, who won the show.

The Masked Singer airs on Saturday nights at 7pm on ITV.

Steven Perkins
Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and

Steven Perkins is a Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and, who has been writing about TV professionally since 2008. He was previously the TV Editor for Inside Soap before taking up his current role in 2020. He loves everything from gritty dramas to docusoaps about airports and thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest all year round.