Davina McCall said two of the performers on The Masked Singer UK made her cry, as the competition returns next year.
The program sees 12 celebrity acts sing while disguised in extravagant and outrageous costumes, as a star panel tries to guess their identities.
In 2023, audiences will watch as Fawn, Jacket Potato, Piece Of Cake, Pigeon, Rhino, Rubbish, Ghost, Jellyfish, Knitting, Otter, Phoenix and a duo, for the first time, called Cat & Mouse are revealed as famous faces.
Emotional: Davina McCall, 55, (second left) said two of the performers on The Masked Singer UK made her cry, as the competition returns next year (Davina pictured with her fellow judges Mo Gilligan, left, Rita Ora, second right, and Jonathan Ross, right, as well as host Joel Dommett, centre)
The previous series saw pop star Natalie Imbruglia, as Panda, crown the winner, while former England footballer Michael Owen was found to be Donuts, and singer Charlotte Church was revealed as Mushroom.
Former Big Brother presenter McCall, 55, is joined by singer-songwriter Rita Ora, presenter Jonathan Ross and comedian Mo Gilligan again on the judging panel, as Joel Dommett returns to his hosting duties.
When asked if any of the performances have made her cry, Davina said: ‘Absolutely – Jellyfish is an extraordinary performer and has made us all feel pretty emotional.
Born to perform: The program sees 12 celebrity acts sing while disguised in extravagant and outrageous costumes, as a star panel tries to guess their identities (Jellyfish, left, and Ghost, right, picture)
Television magic: When asked if any of the performances have made her cry, Davina said: ‘Absolutely’
Rhino, as well, has been particularly emotional. There are people who completely draw you in.’
She added that the celebrity playing Rhino is ‘massive and quite humble’ and puts his ‘little hooves together’ in a sweet movement.
Davina also said, of her fellow judges, that Jonathan, 62, has been the ‘naughtiest’, Rita, 32, has been ‘the most hilarious’ and Mo, 34, has been ‘nice to see again’.
Set to take to the stage: The yet-to-be-unveiled celebrity contestants will wear costumes such as Pigeon (left) and Potato (right)
All wrapped up: Knitting is seen, with the pink and blue costume featuring white needles across the front
All stars: Host Joel Dommett looks stylish in a mint green suit as he poses with Cat & Mouse ahead of the 2023 series
Jonathan said: ‘I’ll tell you what I really like about it, and I know Davina feels the same way, is to be doing something when you look out at the audience and you see it’s mums, dads, grannies and grandpas with their kids.’
Rita was asked if she felt the celebrities had upped their game this time around, and said: ‘I think now they’ve seen the show they’re like, ‘What can I do that hasn’t been done before, and how far can I take it? They are going further than ever before.’
Mo said: ‘I feel people are really coming into their costumes more this series.
Competitors: Two celebrities will wear the costumes named Rubbish (left) and Rhino (right) when the new season starts next month.
Star quality: Panellist Rita Ora was in good spirits as she posed alongside Fawn ahead of the new series
‘So Phoenix always looks at us a bit weirdly for example. Then you’ve got some characters who are really funny, which is also hard because you think – is this a comedian that I know?’
It comes after Davina she was initially asked to appear as a contestant on The Masked Singer UK rather than on the judging panel.
During a recent appearance at Good Housekeeping Live, she said: ‘I’ve got a really good story to tell about The Masked Singer. I had lunch with the head of ITV and I was 52 or 53, I’ve known him forever, and he asked: ”Can you sing Davina?” and I said: ”Sort of.. in the shower Why?’ ‘
Playing dress up: Piece of Cake (left) and Phoenix (right) will be two of the costumes worn by celebrities during the competition.
Entertainer: Otter is seen wearing a pair of goggles and a snorkle ahead of the new run of the programme.
‘He brought up being a contestant on the show, and I said: ‘What are you talking about? I shouldn’t be on it, I should present it!” He told me they already had a presenter for the show – Joel Dommett – who is amazing, so I said: ”Can I be on the panel then?” A week later, I got a call to be on the panel.
‘For me, that was a second spring because I never thought I’d work in entertainment again, I never thought I’d get the chance to wear pretty dresses and outrageous shoes on telly again.
‘Every week, when I’m on The Masked Singer, you just know you’re looking at the most grateful person. Not because I’m on telly, but because I know it’s an opportunity to do a form of telly that I love so much. If you don’t try, you don’t get!
The Masked Singer starts on 1st January at 6.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
Comeback: The Masked Singer starts on 1st January at 6.30pm ITV1 and ITVX (Panellist Jonathan Ross seen with Knitting)