The Masked Singer UK Season 3 has once again got the nation playing the biggest guessing game on TV as we try to work out which celebrities are hiding behind bonkers costumes - and now the final is here!
After a hugely successful second series, which finished in February 2021 and saw Joss Stone, who was disguised as Sausage, crowned the winner, the show is now back with a new batch of celebrities, all desperate to keep their identities hidden behind incredible costumes.
This weekend will see the remaining three celebrities unmasked in the final... but will it be Robobunny, Mushroom, or Panda that will we be adding to the Masked Singer winners list for 2022?
Here is everything we know about 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3...
'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3 air date
The new series of The Masked Singer returned to ITV on Saturday, Jan. 1 at 7.30pm with the second episode airing the following evening on Sunday, Jan. 2 also at 7.30pm on ITV.
The show now airs every Saturday night at 7pm on ITV, right before Ant and Dec's Limitless Win.
The final will air this weekend - Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7pm on ITV.
Episodes are also available on ITV Hub after they have aired.
Who is on the panel for 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3?
Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, and Mo Gilligan are back in their detective chairs as the guessing game continues.
Panelist Jonathan Ross previously confirmed during an interview with The Mirror that there would be a third series of the show and that he is returning to the judging lineup.
Jonathan said: "Okay, well we're doing a third series, and I'm doing the third series. And I shouldn't speak about who the other judges are but you're not going to be surprised.
"I'm looking forward to doing it because it's a fun way to spend the evening. On The Masked Singer, I'm as much a viewer as a participant, for part of the evening. There's real, genuine chemistry on the panel and we really have a great time. I think hopefully that comes across at home."
Who will be presenting 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3?
Joel Dommett has cemented his place in the hearts of the nation as The Masked Singer presenter, delivering his cheesy-but-hilarious jokes every weekend.
What are the costumes for 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3?
As always, the costume team behind The Masked Singer has come up trumps, creating some of the most amazing characters for the latest series. 2022 has seen 12 celebrities taking to the stage in disguise and in this series we have had everything from a traffic cone to a rockhopper penguin!
Here are the costumes for 2022...
Bagpipes - the pride of Scotland will be hoping to hit the high notes
Bagpipes won the hearts of the nation with his endearing persona and cryptic clues including Edinburgh Castle, tennis rackets, a toy dog with the name Annette, and bagels.
It was revealed in week three that Bagpipes was actually tennis legend Pat Cash, which Davina correctly guessed, leaving the rest of the panel shocked!
Hoping they can light up the room with their performance, meet Chandelier
Chandelier was the first celebrity to be unmasked as none other than Heather Small, lead singer of the 1990s band M People. Heather said she decided to take part in the show after seeing fellow singer Gabrielle and last year's winner Joss Stone (aka Sausage) saying how much fun it was.
Hear them roar, it's Lionfish
Lionfish performed for the first time on New Year's Day, with their clues including the celebrity behind the mask starting their career late.
Guesses from the panel included include Jack Dee, Ellen DeGeneres, and Craig Revel Horwood, however, it turned out that Lionfish was in fact singing sensation Will Young, who said he spent most of his time on the show trying to disguise his voice!
Doughnuts looks like a sweet treat but will they run rings around everyone who tries to figure out who they are
Fans are convinced that Doughnuts has a sporty connection after clues included that they were ‘extra speedy’, have ‘never been the lazy sort’ and they ‘run ice rings around the competition.
Michael Owen and Gary Lineker were favorites to be behind the costume, and in the end, it was football legend Michael Owen who was unmasked. He apologized to fans for the fact he wasn't a professional singer but says he loved every moment of dressing up as a giant stack of doughnuts!
Traffic Cone - they may be able to stop traffic in this high-vis high fashion costume
Traffic Cone fans are convinced there could have been a double bluff in the first episode when the character sang Rick Astley's hit Never Gonna Give You Up, leaving viewers claiming that Rick was the one behind the mask, pretending to not be himself. Could fans be on to something? Or are they way off the mark? Most recently comedian Rob Beckett sent a tweet suggesting that it was him hidden behind the costume. It read: "‘Just send this out once I’ve been unmasked’ Thanks for all the support being the Traffic Cone I absolutely loved it. Great show. The kids couldn’t believe it was me." But it turns out it was all a big bluff because it was actually singer Aled Jones who was revealed to be hiding behind the bright orange costume.
Bamboo-zling those who try to guess who’s behind the mask, meet Panda
After appearing to be the shy and retiring type, Panda shocked everyone after appearing on stage and showcasing an amazing voice. Clues for the character also included being solo while also possibly being part of a group, and a nod to pandas.
Fans were quick to point out Alesha Dixon is a judge on a talent show, has voiced characters in digital animations and she also has a panda print clothing range with Asda. Others think Panda could be former Neighbours star turned singer, Natalie Imbruglia.
Rockhopper will be making tweet music in a bid to peng-win
Rockhopper has proved to be a real character already, lighting up the stage with their energy and enthusiasm. Rita was convinced Rockhopper was none other than The Greatest Showman star Zendaya, while the likes of Alesha Dixon, Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Ennis-Hill were also mentioned, but fans are convinced that Girl's Aloud star Nadine Coyle is the one behind the mask. Rockhopper was eventually unmasked in the semi-final of the series, and it turns out it was Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams who was belting out those amazing songs - and none of the panel guessed!
Hoping to go all the way and be crowned champignon, it’s Mushroom
Mushroom was the first to sing in the new series, belting out a rendition of Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet. The panel were left confused when the VT revealed a Lancashire accent, before the character then sang in an Irish accent. Names from Aisling Bea to Catherine Tate have been linked to the character, but who is behind the mask remains to be seen.
Bang! Here comes Firework
Firework's clues left the panel baffled with hints like 'I light up the street with a different kind of flash' and that they have always been a ‘pocket rocket’ and a ‘bundle of energy’. So far guesses include Sporty Spice Mel C, model Jodie Kidd, Melanie Sykes, Molly-Mae Hague, and Michelle Keegan.
Episode five saw fans guessing Firework could be an EastEnders star after we saw a black box with the letters ALB and TRE in it, leading viewers to assume that the letters are spelling out the word Albert, while the frame represents the word Square. Names mentioned included Maisie Smith who played Tiffany Butcher until recently and Zaraah Abrahams, who plays Walford's Chelsea Fox.
Poodle promises to deliver paw-some performances
Poodle's clues included references to dogs, queens, performing and flamboyance and the Royal Variety Performance. It was also revealed that Poodle 'loved a bit of glamour'. Names that have been mentioned include John Barrowman and even For the Love of Dogs star Paul O'Grady. Fans are also convinced that Poodle could be Take That star Gary Barlow.
In week 5 Poodle was revealed to be Tom Chaplin the lead singer of the band Keane who had massive hits with his band including the songs Somewhere Only We Know and Everybody's Changing.
This singer is snow joke, it’s Snow Leopard
The mysterious Snow Leopard was revealed to be none other than TV legend Gloria Hunniford in the second episode of the series. Gloria wowed with her rendition of Peggy Lee's Big Spender and Jonathan Ross correctly guessed that she was the celebrity behind the mask after working out her identity from the clues linking to the star's radio career.
Is it a robot? Is it a bunny? No! It’s Robobunny
Robobunny wowed on stage as he sang Whitney Houston's Saving All My Love For You, and with his impressive vocals, some fans were even convinced there might be two celebrities in the costume. Names such as Ant and Dec, Ryan Reynolds and even Tom Daley were mentioned. Others were convinced the secret celebrity is from Top Gear - with Paddy McGuinness, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson also being named.
Which celebrities will be taking part in 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3?
While we obviously won't know which celebrities are hiding behind the next lot of masks until they are unveiled on stage, if the last two series are anything to go by, we can expect some big names.
Over the last two series we have seen Spice Girl Mel B, Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Kelis, CeeLo Green, Justin Hawkins, Aston Merrygold, Lenny Henry, Morten Harket, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and American singer Ne-Yo to name but a few.
So far Heather Small, Gloria Hunniford, Will Young, Pat Cash, Tom Chaplin, Jaime Winstone, Michael Owen, Aled Jones, and Michelle Williams have already been unmasked in season 3.
Who won the last series of 'The Masked Singer' UK?
Series 2 of The Masked Singer saw Aston Merrygold as Robin, Ne-Yo as Badger, and Joss Stone as Sausage all battle it out in the final. In the end, it was Joss Stone who took home the series 2 winners crown after doing a brilliant job of keeping the panel and viewers at home guessing until the very end.
The first series of The Masked Singer UK saw Nicola Roberts as Queen Bee, Jason Manford as Hedgehog and Katherine Jenkins as Octopus all make it to the final three. It was Nicola Roberts who won the series as Queen Bee, and she then later returned to the show to appear on the panel in the series 2 final.
Is there a trailer for 'The Masked Singer' UK Season 3?
Yes! ITV has released a trailer showing viewers the costumes for the new series in all their glory. The characters for 2022 are seen strutting their stuff on a catwalk, with show presenter Joel Dommett also joining the likes of Traffic Cone and Panda on the stage...
Before releasing the above trailer, ITV also shared two VERY brief trailers that gave fans a sneak peek of the costumes for the new series. Once again the show has come up with some amazing masterpieces and this year we will see everything from a singing traffic cone to a man made out of donuts!
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