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Wondering who left The Masked Dancer last night? Then look no further as we reveal the latest Masked Dancer to be eliminated.
The Masked Dancer is proving to be a bit hit with fans of The Masked Singer as the spin-off show launched on screens with new celebrities behind the masks all hoping to impress the judges with their moves.
ITV has filled a gap in its schedule after Britain's Got Talent 2021 was cancelled (opens in new tab) and replaced NTA 2021 (opens in new tab) nominated The Masked Singer with a dancing version of the show following a successful two series of the singing version.
And with a whole host of undercover celebrities to guess from, using just the clues and their signature moves, shouting at the telly has never been as popular until now! But who left The Masked Dancer last night?
Who left The Masked Dancer last night?
The Llama and the Beagle left The Masked Dancer last night in a double elimination twist. Llama was revealed to be TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball, while the Beagle was none other than Dancing On Ice judge Christopher Dean.
They both failed to impress judges with their moves and were voted off the contest last night, narrowly missing out on the semi-final.
Speaking about her time on the show, Zoe tweeted, 'BEST TIME EVER on #MaskedDancerUk in stitches in britches. Will miss my furry hoofed friend LLAMA'.
On leaving the contest, as part of her exit interview, she described her experience as, "Bonkers, brilliant, aah and unforgettable... a wonky llama explosion!"
And if you had been trying to guess along at home, here are the clues that should have given it away…
The Clues debunked:
- "This Llama achieved a couple of firsts," Zoe was the first female solo host on Radio one and two breakfast.
- "One had a reputation, one swears," was a clue to Zoe being warned twice about swearing on live radio.
- The word up clue "regular" nodded towards Zoe presenting the breakfast show every morning.
- "Getting close to musical legends" pointed towards Zoe hosting Top of the Pops.
Meanwhile, Olympic ice skating champion Christopher Dean managed to keep his identity completely revealed until the unmasking stage, with judges not even coming close to guessing he was inside the costume.
Speaking about it, Christopher, 62, said, "I did like the bit about Davina saying it looked like a 30-year-old." To which Davina said, "Yes because you are fit, have you enjoyed it?"
Chris replied, "It's been great fun, yeah, it's nice to finally be able to breathe again. I'm getting a bit older now and new challenges are always nice to take on. I'm 63 this year so, to be honest, thank you for tonight as my knees are starting to give up."
The judges were stunned at his revelation.
Christopher danced to Fly Me To the Moon as his final performance. And if you had been trying to guess along at home, here are the clues that should have given it away…
The Clues debunked:
- The word up clue "nippy" alluded to Christopher competing in the icy cold Winter Olympics.
- Copenhagen flight '1982' on the departure board pointed to one of his many gold medal wins.
- The Y-fronts badge on his costume was a clue to him wearing lucky pants when competing.
- "We knew the nation was watching" was a clue to his 24 million Brits watching his Olympic win.
- "I've been upstaged by a comedy legend" nods to Mr Bean playing him in the comedy sketch Torvill and Bean.
When is The Masked Dancer on?
Fans of the show can watch The Masked Dancer on ITV, each night from 7.30pm, and those who miss the show can either watch all episodes so far on the ITV hub and watch the show on catch up or tune in to ITV+1 to watch the show an hour later than the scheduled time. But be sure to steer clear of any social media channels to avoid show spoilers.
The contest started on 29th May and an episode will air every night until the final on Saturday, 5th June in which the judges will decide who to crown the winner of The Masked Dancer 2021.
Who are the Masked Dancers?
Like The Masked Singer, The Masked Dancers are all hidden away behind a giant costume in the form of an animal or an everyday object. For this debut series, there are 12 individual characters; a zip, car wash, beagle, squirrel, scarecrow, frog, beetroot, viper, rubber chicken, flamingo, knickerbocker glory, and llama.
Jordan Banjo became the first celebrity to be eliminated from the dance contest as the viper.
Louise Redknapp became the second celebrity to leave the show as she was uncovered from the flamingo costume.
Dita Von Tesse is the third star to leave the show, as she pulled off the head of her beetroot outfit.
Eddie the Eagle is the fourth star to leave the show, as he revealed himself from under the rubber chicken costume.
Christopher Dean is the fifth star to exit the contest as The Beagle and Zoe Ball was the sixth star to leave after being unmasked as the Llama in a double elimination twist.
Who are The Masked Dancer judges?
Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan, and Jonathan Ross all retaining their seats as judges and Rita Ora has been replaced by ballroom pro and double-Strictly winner Oti Mabuse.
Three of the four Masked Singer judges from series two, which saw Denise Van Outen unmasked (opens in new tab) as the Fox, have returned to sit on the Masked Dancer judging panel. Meanwhile, Mo joined The Masked Singer for series two, replacing Ken Jeong, and is sticking around for this spin-off show alongside long-standing judges Davina and Jonathan.
There are also a couple of celebrity guest judges planned for the series, including Holly Willoughby, after it was announced she had landed an exciting new job (opens in new tab) away from This Morning. She will join alongside John Bishop and David Walliams.
Tune in to The Masked Dancer, every night this week at 7.30pm on ITV.