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The Masked Dancer: Louise Redknapp is unveiled as Flamingo

Louise Redknapp was unmasked as Flamingo on Sunday night’s edition of The Masked Dancer.

The singer, 46, became the second celebrity to be revealed onto the show after the judges decided to save Squirrel and Frog, but she said being in the show helped ‘get her out the house’.

Jonathan Ross was the only judge to correctly guess her identity, as fellow judges Oti Mabuse picked Lisa Snowdon, Mo Gilligan guessed Maya Jama, and Davina McCall picked Dani Dyer.

The Masked Dancer: Louise Redknapp was unveiled as Flamingo on Sunday night’s show as she admitted being on it helped ‘get her out of the house’

Oti was particularly surprised to see Louise on the show after they danced together during the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

She said: ‘We’ve done dance classes together, we were on tour together, Strictly final together, there was one move where I thought it could be you but then I thought your costume is very pink and Louise would never wear pink!’

Of why she wanted to be on the show, Louise gushed: ‘I love dancing and I think after such a tough year in lockdown I thought I really need to get out of the house, and it’s brought a massive smile to my face.’

Flamingo: The singer, 46, became the second celebrity to be revealed onto the show after the judges decided to save Squirrel and Frog

Grateful: Of why she wanted to be on the show, Louise gushed: 'I love dancing and I think after such a tough year in lockdown I thought I really need to get out of the house'

Grateful: Of why she wanted to be on the show, Louise gushed: ‘I love dancing and I think after such a tough year in lockdown I thought I really need to get out of the house’

Louise admitted her sons Charles, 16, and Beau, 12, were not aware she was making an appearance on the show. 

Louise’s clues referenced her as a showbiz reporter, harking back to her days working for Icon Magazine.

A wedding invitation appeared in her VT which was for the wedding between a farmer and their fiancée, which Jonathan correctly guessed referred to the show Farmer Wants A Wife which she hosted.

Success: Jonathan Ross was the only judge to correctly guess her identity, as Oti Mabuse picked Lisa Snowdon, Mo Gilligan guessed Maya Jama, and Davina McCall picked Dani Dyer

Success: Jonathan Ross was the only judge to correctly guess her identity, as Oti Mabuse picked Lisa Snowdon, Mo Gilligan guessed Maya Jama, and Davina McCall picked Dani Dyer

Colleagues: Oti was particularly surprised to see Louise on the show after they danced together during the Strictly Come Dancing tour

Colleagues: Oti was particularly surprised to see Louise on the show after they danced together during the Strictly Come Dancing tour

Jordan Banjo was the first celebrity to be unmasked as Viper during Saturday night’s show, after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead.

Jordan, while sad to be eliminated from the show first, said it was ‘all worth it’ because he was compared to Anthony Joshua on TV. 

His clues included having a boxer in the family, referring to his father Funso who was a professional boxer, and his son Cassius, who is named after Mohammed Ali, formerly knows as Cassius Clay.  

He said of doing the show: ‘The past 12 months everyone has been in the place where it hasn’t been fun and something like The Masked Dancer, dressing stupid was just fun.’

First out the gate: Jordan Banjo was the first celebrity to be unmasked as Viper on Saturday's show, after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot

First out the gate: Jordan Banjo was the first celebrity to be unmasked as Viper on Saturday’s show, after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot 

Following their dance, each performer also gave a special clue known as Mind The Gaps, where they shared a sentence with two key words missing to hint at their identity. 

During the show, the virtual audience decided which dancer from each face-off would go through automatically into the next round.   

The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform unique dances, whilst covered from head to toe in extravagant, colourful costumes and masks, leaving the viewers and star panel to guess their identities.  

Each fantastical costume is constructed with choreography in mind, and provides each dancer with plenty of limb freedom. 

Lost out: The Diversity star, 28, was unmasked after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead

Oti joined the show in March after it was confirmed that Rita Ora would not appear on the show, despite being a judge on The Masked Singer – on which the show is based. 

Oti – who is the reigning pro on Strictly Come Dancing – brings with her her experience as a judge on seasons one and two of BBC show The Greatest Dancer. 

ITV revealed earlier this week that John Bishop, David Walliams and Holly Willoughby will appear as guest judges, alongside the regular panel. 

Concept: The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform in extravagent costumes, carwash, beagle, squirrel, rubber chicken, flamingo, and frog will dance on Sunday night

Concept: The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform in extravagent costumes, carwash, beagle, squirrel, rubber chicken, flamingo, and frog will dance on Sunday night

Holly said of joining as a guest panelist: ‘How the Masked Dancers are able to pull off the moves they’re doing in these costumes is mind blowing!

‘I absolutely loved joining the panel as a special guest and getting to play detective. You’re all in for a real treat.’ 

John added: ‘I went to The Masked Dancer recording not sure what it would be like, but it was the most fun I’ve had for a long time.

Special appearance: Holly Willoughby will appear as a guest judge, alongside the regular panel

Special appearance: Holly Willoughby will appear as a guest judge, alongside the regular panel

‘The show is crazy – but in a good way – and seeing the video wall with all the viewers and families at home watching gives it an extra spice. It was a really fun evening and I thoroughly enjoyed it.’

And David, usually seen behind the Britain’s Got Talent judging desk, said: ‘I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun that you can’t help but have the best time.

‘Joel and the other judges made me feel so welcome. It is much harder than judging BGT though. This is more like having to be a detective!’

The Masked Dancer continues on Monday 31st May at 7.30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

Also appearing: David Walliams, usually seen behind the Britain's Got Talent judging desk, said of the show: 'I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun'

Also appearing: David Walliams, usually seen behind the Britain’s Got Talent judging desk, said of the show: ‘I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun’ 


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