Start date, host, costumes, clues, judges, and everything we know about The Masked Dancer UK 2022

Start date, host, costumes, clues, judges, and everything we know about The Masked Dancer UK 2022

This masked extravaganza, which promises to be the''most bonkers'' yet, is back for UK2022.

12 celebrities will instead of singing to keep their identities secret as they perform dance routines in outrageous costumes.

Last year, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned the winner of the competition as he was unveiled as Carwash. He fought against a variety of strange outfits in the first series, including Knickerbocker Glory, Rubber Chicken, Scarecrow, Beetroot, Flamingo, and many more!

Guests swooped last year for a series of crazy costumes, mind-blowing moves, and erroneous clues, according to Bandicoot managing director Derek McLean and creative director Daniel Nettleton.

We are planning for the most bonkers series now, as a result of the mayhem.

Here''s what we know of the UK 2022 scenario.

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 release date

The first episode of the series of ITV and ITV Hub was premiered on Saturday, September 3, at 6.30 pm. The next episode will air on Saturday, September 10.

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 costumes and clues

As twelve new masked celebrities prepare their best dance moves to winUK 2022, let''s take a look at the outrageous costumes they''ll be wearing.

This year, from Odd Socks to Sea Slug, and the show''s first-ever double act with Pillar and Post, there''s a slew of kooky ensembles... but who will triumph in this shambles?

Some of our outfits have already had their first clues! Can you explain who they are so far with the clues?

Dancing to their own tune... its Onomatopoeia

Who is behind the Onomatopoeia mask?

Ed Sheeran gave Onomatopoeia the Argentine Tango, but who might they be? Let''s look at their clue package...

  • Bring the noise could be a musician
  • Hugh Grant dance routine from shown in library
  • "I am one thing made up of many parts. A team of words, if you will" writer?
  • Pile of books on a table
  • "I do take stamina, but I''''m here for the long game"
  • Arsenal badge
  • "And if there''''s one thing that''''ll fire me up, it''''s the sound of the crowd at the stadium cheering to get me on my feet"
  • Boxing moves
  • "My body has been considered an anatomically perfect specimen"

Fourth episode clues

Onomatopoeia performs a street dance performed by Black Eyed Peas. Here are all of their clues from episode four...

  • "Is there a science to success? Is success the goal? That''''s the big question"
  • They do have their science kit
  • American ties
  • Two glass flasks of liquid "put them together and you can''''t go wrong"
  • Mathematical equation E=MC
  • In their field of work they''''re often kept on their toes
  • Horror book section
  • "I''''m no scientist, but I have been known to take a punt"
  • Science Fiction book section
  • Golden ear statue
  • "Warning: threat times three" sign
  • They like to "exorcise" both brain and body

Two false statements and a conviction

  • "I put the ''''ooh'''' into ''''ooh-la-la''''"
  • "Ka-pow! I have trained alongside superheroes"
  • "A pitter patter left me seeing double"

Hoping that they can paint the dancefloor with its Tomato Sauce the dancer red.

Who is behind the Tomato Sauce mask?

Tomato Sauce performed an Irish Dancing routine to B*Witched. Let''s take a look at their clue package so far...

  • "I''''m here to put the sauce into saucy, quite literally"
  • Farm shop
  • On air sign TV or radio star?
  • "Always at the heart of the table, where people ketchup with one another"
  • Pop quiz sign with percentages
  • "Many important conversations can be had while breaking bread"
  • They just want to make the world a more tasteful place
  • Good at Irish Dancing
  • "I had a stomach churning moment in a famous house" house?

Fourth episode clues

Olivia Rodrigo performed a character rock dance routine. Here are a few more clues to add to the clue package...

  • Has made a splash in chillier conditions
  • Donald Trump tomato
  • Sauce bottle blueprints
  • Spanner could they work on a DIY show?
  • "Not your usual ''''sauce-spect''''"
  • "I like to bring a certain rich, full versatility of flavour"
  • Live, Laugh, Legislate signs politician?
  • "I guarantee it''''s all about confidence. Blag it, till you bag it, that''''s what I say"
  • Scoop of the day sign during performance

Two false statements and a false story

  • "Tomato sauce is easy to make. It takes just three minutes to whip me up"
  • "This tomato sauce is manufactured on home turf"
  • "Fun fact: the majority of felines love a splash of tomato sauce"

The Sea Slug is a new dance duo that has shocked you, but it''s time for a new dance craze.

Who is behind the Sea Slug mask?

The Pussycat Dolls created a sassy commercial dance style. Who do you think it might be from their clues below?

  • "It''''s very bubbly down here, which is a lot like me"
  • A red hat with the words: "Make Anemone Great Again" on the front
  • Friendly and a "big squishy softy"
  • Don''''t get on the wrong side of them because sea slugs can be a little bit spikey, but only if they have to be
  • Arrows going in one direction in a treasure chest
  • Glow in the dark is definitely in season fashion designer?
  • "If you need help, I might throw you a lifeline or two"
  • Going to make a splash on the dance floor could be referencing the show
  • "You''''ve got to hand it to me, this Sea Slug sure knows how to scrub up well"

Fourth episode clues

Clean Bandit and Sea Slug performed a dance hall routine. Let''s look at more of their clues from the fourth episode...

  • Started dancing from a very young age
  • Basketball
  • Performing has always been one of their greatest joys
  • Always been attracted to the creative arts
  • List of names from
  • Runner written on life ring
  • A little bit of natural rhythm will do you wonders
  • Two M''''s on the fish during their performance

Two false statements and a truth

  • "My mouth might be moving, but you won''''t hear a sound"
  • "Tom Jones likes to ask me stuff, lyrically speaking"
  • Can I get a shout out to all my bom baes?"

On stage their Scissors, they will make their own shapes.

Who is behind the Scissors mask?

Justin Bieber brought the Scissors a samba to him, but here''s how they got it...

  • Something of a funny girl
  • The word "Scissors" written in lipstick on the mirror RuPaul''''s Drag Race clue?
  • Considered to be sharp
  • Not always been described as the sharpest tool in the shed
  • Cactus pots
  • Like to take us with them wherever they go
  • Spotty cereal bowl could be Dalmatian link
  • Done her fair share of touring
  • Can handle a talent show
  • Possible that the oversized wigs during her performance are a clue
  • "These peepers are ''''feline'''' like they could use 40 winks" could be a possible Pussycat Dolls link

Third episode clues

In the third episode, Scissors sang a character rock dance with P!nk. Here are some clues to add to their clue list...

  • "There''''s an elephant in the room and her name is Scissors" wildlife programme?
  • Not always been front and centre but likes the limelight
  • 50,000 seats posters with ''''Sold Out'''' across them maybe sold-out gigs?
  • Red Vespa bike
  • "Sometimes, not getting something is the way to get something, do you know what I mean? Like, life can imitate art, as they say"
  • Striking a pose in a salon chair
  • Frankfurter hot dogs with German flags
  • "What I''''m trying to say is that sometimes it helps to have a little bit of the X Factor in your life. It''''s certainly been mine" contestant? Or reality TV judge.

Two false statements and one common truth

  • "I tried to find love before finding fame"
  • "Burlesque took an unexpected turn"
  • "A dumb decision led to a very fizzy mouth"

The Cactus are a classic dance technique that will pique your fancy.

Who is behind the Cactus mask?

Cactus was unveiled as choirmaster Gareth Malone.

"I have never danced before except around my kitchen or in night clubs in my youth," he said, adding that it was something I should do and should try, and I thought this was a really fun way to do it.

"I really like the show, and I thought it would be very unfavorable for me to do this," he adds. Many people have already mentioned before whether or not it was me in one of the costumes or otherwise."

They invented the MoonWalk its Astronaut

Who is behind the Astronaut mask?

Jesse Metcalfe, a US actor, was not honored for his role in Astronaut.

Jesse asked why he decided to take part in the contest: "I thought it would be fun because dance is something that really intimidates me," so I''ve felt myself afraid. This has been unbelievable, it''s one of the most zany things I''ve ever done in my career, but I''ve so much enjoyed myself.

Will they provide a first-class performance?Pillar and Post

Who is behind the Pillar and Post mask?

Pillar and Post, the first-ever double act on The Marvelettes, performed a jazz routine, but who do you think they might be with their first clues below?

  • Post made a career out of following instructions and doing what he''''s told
  • Like to hit the cobbles early and get all of their deliveries done
  • "And, being posties, well. That''''s keeping it in the family"
  • It was separate trips around the world that delivered them into the same vicinity
  • Model cruise ship sitting on a fence
  • Large bank cheque at a doorstep
  • Hearts on trees
  • JL5 address on a letter, which could be referencing a JLS star
  • "We''''ve toe-tally seen stars together"

Third episode clues

Pillar and Post wore a partner/lyrical dance outfit to Rag''n''Bone Man. Let''s look at the rest of their clue package...

  • Post said: "Anyone who knows me will tell you I''''m funny. Although I don''''t think I''''d have made it as a comedian because my delivery is awful"
  • Teabags and a megaphone
  • Opposites attract but they''''re quite similar, even though they''''re from different elements
  • Postcard reads: "Nice to see you this summer! From Des"
  • Post revealed: "And speaking of elements, it''''s fair to say you [Pillar] had a second wind" sporting term
  • Pillar found more than just her feet again
  • "Bob''''s your uncle"
  • Bottlecaps on a bench
  • SR on Pillar''''s costume

Two lies and a truth

  • "We started out on different arms"
  • "Our name''''s can be found on an assassin''''s notepad"
  • "Between us we''''ve got a large gob and a sting in our tail"

Burn baby burn, its disco inferno its Candlestick

Who is behind the Candlestick mask?

Candlestick was the first character to begin the series with their dance moves, and they performed a commercial dance to by Take That.

So far, here are their names...

  • Welcomed us to a huge mansion where they said this is where they like to "hold court" possibly a clue about being a judge
  • 3 vases with flowers
  • Might be an authority but isn''''t fussy
  • Balloons tied to a chair
  • They''''re here to light up the party
  • 3 candlesticks with the words "Brass," "Platinum" and "Pewter" labelled on each
  • Can wax lyrical
  • "Do you take lemon in you water or just ice?"
  • Doesn''''t have any dance experience
  • Knows what it is to lose but win
  • "I need to let you know I went via Tinseltown on the way to success"

Third episode clues

Candlestick performed a more traditional dance to Fuse ODG in the third episode. Here are some of the episodes'' main points...

  • Being on stage is nothing new to them
  • Coconut shy posts
  • "Must pop this down on paper before I forget" possibly a writer?
  • Must learn to cherish the good moments
  • Dundee written on sugar cubes could mean Scottish city Dundee or Australia
  • Accomplished many things in quick succession
  • Author of your own fate
  • Their first gig was unexpected

Two false statements and a false truth

  • "Hanging with my chums is hashtag goals"
  • "When you''''re around me, time is of the essence"
  • "I keep circular shapes in one of my chambers"

Kick your knees up and you''ll be ready to take on the Pearly King.

Who is behind the Pearly King mask?

In the second episode, Pearly King was the first person to impress on the dance floor as they adapted a contemporary Fusion dance style to The Jam.

Can you guess who they were so far from their clue package?

  • "Welcome to the streets of London" specifically the East End
  • Part of a long tradition
  • Theatre binoculars in a guitar case
  • Isn''''t afraid of hard work to get to where they are
  • An apple and pear on the stairs
  • "Let me tell you, becoming Pearly King, it''''s been nice to try on another character for size. Sometimes, people can confuse you with the person they see on-screen. They forget you might be playing a role" an actor
  • Playing cards
  • CD''''s covered in sand and shells
  • The initial''''s DD on the stage
  • ''''King of the Hill'''' on the back of their jacket
  • King Street signs during their performance
  • "My mane is sometimes all I need to feel confident"

Fourth episode clues

According to Bodyrockers, Pearly King performed a jazz dance. Here are a few more clues to add to his clue list...

  • "As a Pearly King, I might rule the East End of London, but I''''ve also ruled another land before this one"
  • Learner plates
  • Greek statue
  • "Haven''''t I seen you before on the old custard and jelly? That might be true but you''''ve also seen me on this TV night"
  • Pub interior Queen Vic pub?
  • His golden mane reminds him of a famous face he once worked with

Two lies and a false claim

  • "I never get tired of adventure"
  • "Some people have called me a ''''luna-tic''''"
  • "The title of Pearly King is not my only royal connection"

Theyll be hogging the dance floor its Pig

Who is behind the Pig mask?

Pig was the second unmasking of the competition, and it turned out to be star Joanna Page!

After being unmasked, she told host Joel Dommett: "I had a fantastic time. The children don''t know or anything. I''m very pleased with this program."

Hoping not to bring a Mussel its Prawn Cocktail

Who is behind the Prawn Cocktail mask?

Stacey Dooley, a TV presenter, was revealed as Prawn Cocktail!

After being discovered, the former winner told host Joel that: "You know, I had the time of my life. I loved it, I loved it! I just wanted to pretend to be a daft, drunk, and an upset aunt.

"It''s been a scream, it''s been a total, total scream. "Thank you so much for being so kind."

She announced recently that she was expecting her first child with Kevin Clifton.

These happy feet will not be uncoordinated with their Odd Socks.

Who is behind the Odd Socks mask?

Odd Socks performed a country hoedown to the Jonas Brothers, but let''s take a look at the clues we have so far...

  • Alarm clock that reads half past seven
  • Ergo soap powder Jonathan Ross pointed out that Ergo is Latin for ''''therefore''''
  • Turns up in a lot of surprising places
  • They''''re just like a sock warm, cosy and likes to dip their toe in lots of different adventures
  • Their feet have carried them in one big circle
  • "I know how to sniff out talent like a pair of stinky socks"

Third episode clues

Odd Socks performed a hip hop/mashup dance to Montell Jordan. Below are a few more clues to help you guess their identity...

  • Odd Socks interview with clapperboard someone in film or TV?
  • "Mark it"
  • Costumes hanging on a washing line
  • Likes to mix things up and can still mix and match and still be presentable
  • Not really a set uniform in their line of work
  • Q&A page in a magazine
  • Didn''''t have proper training until later in life but isn''''t the new kid on the ''''sock''''
  • Their abilities have always been part of their family genes
  • Washing line
  • Soap box could they have been in a soap opera?

Two bleaks and a bleak tale

  • "Just call me information o''''clock"
  • "Being a fan girl created my career"
  • "I was extremely lucky to land a meaty role"

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 host

After presenting the last three series of and last years, comedian Joel Dommett will reprise his hosting duties for this series.

The Masked Dancer UK 2022 judges

The judging panel has been confirmed, with judges Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, and former pro Oti Mabuse all taking their seats once more in the upcoming season.

While Mo Gilligan will be replaced by football legend Peter Crouch on the judging panel, Mo is unavailable to appear on this year''s show due to tour commitments.

Peter said: The show is a popular activity in our household and when asked I jumped at the chance to take part. I am competitive and I''m currently on the verge of continuing to investigate friends'' socials while looking for such clever dance moves.

My social media, family, and friends will not be constantly speculating that Im hiding behind one of the masks by being on the panel!

Don''t worry, Mo will not be able to make a surprise appearance during the show, along with some other very special guests.

Mo revealed: I love being a part of the Masked Team so im ok to miss most of the series this year as I will be working in the United States. BUT Ive got the perfect sub to take my place. A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the business, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, weve got this!

Oti was confirmed to be returning as a judge back in February, with Derek McLean reporting: Yes, she will be reinstated. She has the same level of dance ability, and her critical eye is so good for dancing. It''s a no-brainer that she will be returning.

In the semi-final, Oti managed to successfully guess professional dancer Craig Revel Horwood and model Kelly Brook, with the other judges guessing completely wrong.

The first season saw guest judges such as John Bishop, David Walliams, and Holly Willoughby.

Is there a trailer?

This year''s ITV competition has launched a first-look campaign, where we''re introduced to the wacky characters coming to the screen!

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