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The Masked Dancer UK 2022: host, latest judge news and everything we know

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The Masked Dancer UK 2022 is a must-see for The Masked Singer fans. (Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 has been confirmed to return for its second series, and if you loved The Masked Singer UK season 3 then you’ll enjoy this masked extravaganza, which promises to be the 'most bonkers' yet.

Instead of singing, 12 celebrities will try to keep their identities secret as they perform dance routines in outrageous costumes.

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, Beetroot, Flamingo, and many more!

Bandicoot managing director Derek McLean and creative director Daniel Nettleton said: “The Masked Dancer wowed audiences last year and we’re thrilled to bring back the show for another series of crazy costumes, mind-blowing moves and maddeningly compelling clues. 

“With the mayhem we’re lining up for 2022, we are already planning for the most bonkers series yet.”

Here’s everything we know about The Masked Dancer UK 2022…

The Masked Dancer characters

The Masked Dancer 2021 had some wacky costumes. (Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 release date

ITV have said that The Masked Dancer UK 2022 will air later this year, but with the last series being broadcast on May 29, we're hoping we may not have long to go!

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 host

Comedian Joel Dommett will be resuming his hosting duties for this series after presenting the last 3 series of The Masked Singer and last year’s The Masked Dancer.

Joel Dommett hosting the Masked Dancer.

Joel Dommett will return to host The Masked Dancer 2022. (Image credit: ITV)

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 judges

The judging panel has been confirmed, with 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, it has been announced that 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.

Peter said: “The show is a firm favorite in our household and when asked I jumped at the chance to take part. I am competitive and I'm currently scrolling through friends' socials looking for those tell-tale dance moves.  

“Another plus is by being on the panel my social media, family and friends won’t be constantly speculating that I’m hiding behind one of the masks!”

But don't worry, Mo will be making a surprise appearance during the show, along with some other very special guests.

Mo revealed: “I love being a part of the Masked Team so I’m gutted to be missing most of the series this year as I’ll be working in the US. BUT I’ve got the perfect sub to take my place. A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we’ve got this!” 

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch will be replacing Mo Gilligan on the judging panel. (Image credit: Getty)

Oti was confirmed to be returning as judge back in February, with Bandicoot TV chief Derek McLean saying: “Yes, Oti will be back. She is great. She has that level of dance skill and her critical eye is so good for dance. It is a no-brainer that she is coming back.”

Oti managed to successfully guess professional dancer Craig Revel Horwood and model Kelly Brook in the semi-final, with the other judges guessing completely wrong.

The first season also welcomed guest judges such as John Bishop, David Walliams and Holly Willoughby.

A composite shot of all four Masked Dancer panellists and host Joel Dommett, standing on a stage with spotlights shining behind them

The Masked Dancer judges and host. (Image credit: ITV / Bandicoot TV)

Is there a trailer?

There’s no trailer out yet, but we’ll update this guide as soon as one has been announced.

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. 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.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!