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The Masked Singer

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JosiahStuart London World News
And then Jake Shears, also a massive signing! Though I don’t know what the Glee reference was about- even my sister didn’t know and she’s a huge Glee fan (even though she’s 66; I just find that hilarious for some reason). Did any of his writing works appear in Glee?


The Scissor Sisters song "Let's Have a Kiki" was covered in one of the episodes of Glee.
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Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
I suspect Comedy Dave might be writing some of these clues. Very Happy
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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Capybara Granada North West Today
Michael Ball gave us a laugh this morning in the car on his Radio 2 show:

"Ah, the Masked Singer.

Is Monster Ceelo Green?

Am I Hedgehog?

Does anyone really care?"
Aspiring continuity announcer.
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Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
I do wonder if Joel has known who everyone is when the mask has come off. Presumably either he's prompted in his ear at the appropriate moment and/or they dub on his announcement of the name afterwards


Glad i'm the only one wondering about the finer points of the production!
It's either a voice down the earpiece job, or on comes a runner with the name in the envelope in the recording break and camera reset between the reveal of the looser, and the slightly longer than ideal 'take it off' reveal of the singer.

Like Channel 5's The Mole, in which the final episode showed all the clues to the 'planted contestant' in there to stop the other contestants winning the challenges, whilst trying to not be too obvious, and how much on the fly production peddling actually went on to keep the mole hidden in plain sight - this show really needs a 'B-roll' programme as well, showing the inner workings after the full series has ended.

For us production geeks it would make facinating viewers - but a rather dull and inward looking one, for your average ITV punter.

Whilst I'm here. I'll unload a gripe I currently have with the programme.
Don't get me wrong, despite way off target audience demographic, I think this show is great - offbeam, surreal and good fun, but..

The bearpit I hoped it would navigate around, it's now fallen in to.

Even right up to the final, the audience at home who've been with it from the first show, should still have a shortlist of 3 or 4 possible names for at least half the acts.
Right now, two weeks out from the final - I'm quite sure I can name with 100% confidence 3 of the 5, and 75% the other two. That is way too high. The clues are plentyful and obvious.

Also, giving Unicorn's identity with a clue that only the Osbournes would know, seems to smack of Jake Shears being booking on a flight back to the states the day after recording last year, so he has to go on the 6th recording, and this 'anvil clue drop from a great height' was the only way to do it.
Yes, he could have survived the public vote, but, neither do I see a credit for the voting system independent adjudicator in the credits either.

I fear for series two, in typical ITV fashion, they'll end up ramping up the number of contestants, and shows, and with extra clues, stretch the guessing nature to wafer thin limits by the final show next time around.

Ideally, make the run 9 episodes have two groups of 4 shows, each with 7 contestants in each group- run consecutive weeks, and episode 9 is the final with the 3 remaining singers from each group (so 6 in all), and in theory, with only 4 shows per group, with less clues, the audience is still guessing at the identities for the final show of the series.
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Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
I think with it keeping the January slot the fact Saturday Night Takeaway has to follow mid to late Feb will restrict any attempts to milk it.

We have got to the point now where it feels like the panel are just throwing extra names out there for the sake of it. Having guest judges has helped the last couple of weeks keep some fresh guesses in the mix, but I think 8 episodes is just about right.
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Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'm wondering, do the other contestants know who's been unmasked, or is it kept secret from them as well?
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I'm wondering, do the other contestants know who's been unmasked, or is it kept secret from them as well?


Their identities are kept from each other but I think it was Teddy Sheringham that said he bumped into one of the others in the studio car park.
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Inspector Sands
I'm wondering, do the other contestants know who's been unmasked, or is it kept secret from them as well?

They don't, at least not when there is only one reveal, they don't know the others until its shown on TV. I assume on these episodes where there's two reveals they know who the other one is
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Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
My predictions for tonight:

Fox, Queen Bee and Octopus to go through to the final. (C'mon Fox)

Monster and Hedgehog to be unmasked.

We might see some shocks though as we've seen in previous weeks and especially last week.
We're in this together. Stay alert.
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bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
My predictions for tonight:

Fox, Queen Bee and Octopus to go through to the final. (C'mon Fox)

Monster and Hedgehog to be unmasked.

We might see some shocks though as we've seen in previous weeks and especially last week.


Guessing (I repeat, guessing) from Joel Dommett's commments on Radio 2 on Friday, I think Fox will go tonight.

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Jon Recently warned Central (West) Midlands Today
Octopus must be Sheree Murphy. ‘My voice has been known to bring the house down’ has given the game away.

If you remember how she died in Emmerdale.
Lewismpsmith and Cando gave kudos
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Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
Almost certain it's Katherine Jenkins - she once broke a chandelier with her voice.

Fair play to them for basically having two shows in one tonight - I was only expecting 5 performances across the whole show.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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