The Masked Singer UK season 4 has been brightening up our Saturday nights as the nation once again tried to work out which famous faces are hiding under the bonkers costumes.
If you are new to The Masked Singer then you're in for a treat, because the show sees twelve mystery celebrities, each playing a character in the show and hiding their identity while wearing an extraordinary costume. Each hidden celebrity then takes to the stage to sing in disguise and stump the panel and viewers alike.
Joel Dommett and his handy team of super sleuths, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross were back for another packed season of the nation's favorite guessing game. The season has now come to an end... but here is who has been added to our list of Masked Singer UK winners...
The Masked Singer UK season 4 air date
The Masked Singer UK season 4 started on New Year's Day on ITV1 and the final episode, aired on Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm.
The whole season is now available to stream on ITVX.
What are the costumes for The Masked Singer UK Season 4?
It feels like the outfits for The Masked Singer just get bigger and better every year, so let's see what whacky costumes we hadnthis year!
In a new exciting twist, there was a celebrity duo for the first time ever, dressed as 'Cat and Mouse'. Speaking of having a pair of singers for the first time, Davina said: "It's funny because you'd think, 'Oh. Well, there are two of them. If they're a duo, then it's easier to guess'. But I've been looking at them thinking, 'You're not a couple,' but then they might be acting like they are a couple."
Jonathan added: "So it makes it a bit harder to guess because the clues could be about one of them or both of them. So it's harder in many ways but it's a lot more fun to watch because you try and pick up from them what is their relationship. Are they people who are together off-screen? Are they people who work together? So it feels like a different element and it means that they can do different things on stage together as well. So you have a different kind of comic dynamic going on there."
Here are the costumes we saw for 2023...
They were Fawn to be wild - it's Fawn!
To find out more about Fawn, read our handy guide — Who is Fawn on The Masked Singer UK?
Their singing is sure to butter you up - it's Jacket Potato!
To find out more about Jacket Potato, read our handy guide — Who is Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK?
Could this be history in the baking - it's Piece of Cake!
To find out more about Piece of Cake, read our handy guide — Who is Piece of Cake on The Masked Singer UK?
It must be dove - it's Pigeon!
To find out more about Pigeon, read our handy guide — Who is Pigeon on The Masked Singer UK?
They were horn this way - it's Rhino!
To find out more about Rhino, read our handy guide — Who is Rhino on The Masked Singer UK?
There's no time to waste - it's Rubbish!
To find out more about Rubbish, read our handy guide — Who is Rubbish on The Masked Singer UK?
They’re feline good - it's Cat and Mouse
To find out more about Cat and Mouse, read our handy guide — Who is Cat and Mouse on The Masked Singer UK?
Ghouls just want to have fun - it's Ghost!
To find out more about Ghost, read our handy guide — Who is Ghost on The Masked Singer UK?
They only sing when they're stinging - it's Jellyfish!
To find out more about Jellyfish, read our handy guide — Who is Jellyfish on The Masked Singer UK?
Leaving the competition in knots - it's Knitting!
To find out more about Knitting, read our handy guide — Who is Knitting on The Masked Singer UK?
Ready to blow us all out the water - it's Otter!
To find out more about Otter, read our handy guide — Who is Otter on The Masked Singer UK?
This bird's on fire! - it's Phoenix!
To find out more about Phoenix, read our handy guide — Who is Phoenix on The Masked Singer UK?
The Masked Singer UK 2023 — who has been unmasked so far?
Week one — Ghost
Ghost was the first celebrity to be unmasked, and when his costume was removed, he amused fans by revealing he had another costume beneath — a skeleton! Eventually, his mask was taken off to reveal his identity as football commentator and Cash in the Attic presenter Chris Kamara.
Week two — Piece of Cake
The second celebrity to be unmasked was singing legend Lulu, who was dressed as 'Piece of Cake'. Lulu found herself in the bottom three against Jacket Potato and Rubbish but was chosen by the panel as the next celebrity to be unmasked. Speaking of why she wanted to be on the show, Lulu admitted that she was doing it for her grandchildren, who love the program.
Cat and Mouse were the third celebrities to be unmasked after going head to head in a sing off against Knitting. The show's first ever duo were revealed to be music legends Martin Kemp and his wife Shirlie Kemp. Their son, radio host Roman Kemp shared his stunned reaction to his parents being unveiled on the show with numerous tweets and a video of him shouting "I knew it!". Speaking about why they decided to do the show, the husband and wife duo joked that they wanted to embarrass Roman, who believed that they were on a romantic getaway at the time and didn't know they had taken part.
Week four — Rubbish
Snooker legend Stephen Hendry was the fourth celebrity to be unmasked - and no one on the panel guessed it was him dressed up as Rubbish. The Scottish seven-time snooker champion said of taking part in the show: "I thought it was so obvious because it was me. I love the show and it’s way out of my comfort zone so I thought why not let’s give it a go. I have had the opportunity to do other shows that would have put me in that same uncomfortable position, but being completely hidden made it so much easier for me to let loose and get my head around the challenge."
Week five — Pigeon
Pigeon was unmasked as comedian Katherine Ryan and she had us all fooled with her fake Essex accent! After her reveal, Katherine revealed that she had to keep it all a secret from her daughter, Violet as she said: “You can’t tell my daughter anything because she’d spill it to her whole school so she’ll be finding out with everyone else. We watch the show together.”
Week six — Knitting
Knitting was the first celebrity to be unmasked in episode 6, and it was Steps singer Claire Richards who was revealed to be behind the mask, a name fans had been guessing since the start of the series.
Despite her singing background, Claire confessed that she was nervous to take part in the show. She said: "I thought I would be fine performing behind the mask but it turns out even when people can’t see my face I get so nervous. I think I just always want to do a good job and being very hot inside my mask didn’t help at all!"
Week six — Otter
Daisy May Cooper was the second celebrity to be unmasked in week 6 and she had become a firm favorite with fans after making such a character out of her costume, Otter. Fans also managed to work out Daisy was behind the Otter mask earlier in the series thanks to a clue they thought related to Doc Martin.
Talking about why she signed up for the show, she said: "To surprise my daughter Pip, but when she found out I was going to be the Otter she cried and said that it was embarrassing."
Week seven — Fawn, Phoenix and Rhino
The season 4 grand final saw Fawn come third in the competition, with Phoenix coming in second and Rhino taking first place and being crowned winner for 2023.
Despite Mo Gilligan thinking that she was Country singing sensation Shania Twain for the entire season, it was actually revealed that All Saints singer Natalie Appleton was hiding in the Fawn costume. After coming third in the competition, Natalie said: “I loved fooling you guys, it was such a buzz. I had the best time, it’s been amazing. I do recommend.”
Phoenix came in second place and he was revealed to be Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson. Judge Rita Ora was especially stunned by the reveal since she failed to rumble the identity of her The Voice UK co-star.
He said in an interview: "The nerves were some of the most intense I’ve had in years. I just really didn’t want to let Phoenix down."
And The Masked Singer UK season 4 winner is...
The 2023 winner is Rhino! Busted singer Charlie Simpson was revealed to be hiding in the costume, with some of the panel guessing his identity correctly. Even host Joel said he had been convinced it was Charlie under the Rhino mask since the first week.
After his unmasking, Charlie said: "I was terrified the entire time. The thing I was scared most of was remembering lyrics. I often forget lyrics to my own songs on stage, so the last version of 'Try' I did, was the only time I didn't really think about it and I tried to enjoy it."
Who presented The Masked Singer UK season 4?
Joel Dommett was back with yet more jazzy suits and hilarious one-liners — hurrah! He was known to bust a few moves on The Masked Dancer UK 2022 stage... and he didn't disappoint with his antics in this latest season.
There were also some new theme weeks, which Joel revealed were his favorite episodes from this season: "We've got some theme weeks, which makes it easier to write funny links because you've got a theme. It's a good place to start, makes it more ridiculous! But yeah, it's just the same as usual, but a step further. I think that's what we seem to be doing each time; we're making it more ridiculous, more fun. And, of course, you've got different reveals, so every season is going to feel different."
Who is on the panel for The Masked Singer UK season 4?
Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, and Mo Gilligan were back in their detective chairs as the guessing game continued for a fourth season. The panel were also joined by some famous faces towards the end of the series such as Peter Crouch, and Lee Mack.
Who won The Masked Singer UK 2022?
The Masked Singer UK season 3 saw former Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia crowned the winner after being unmasked as Panda. Natalie beat Westlife star Mark Feehily, who came in third as Robobunny while singing sensation Charlotte Church came second as Mushroom.
The Masked Singer UK season 2 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 Masked Singer UK season 1 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.
Get the What to Watch Newsletter
The latest updates, reviews and unmissable series to watch and more!
Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia.
After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off.
She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz!
As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.