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The Masked Singer British Series 1

The Masked Singer
Series 1
The Masked Singer UK 1 poster.jpeg
Promotional poster for series one featuring "Pharaoh", "Tree", "Monster", "Octopus", "Daisy", and "Fox"
Hosted byJoel Dommett
WinnerNicola Roberts as "Queen Bee"
Runner-upJason Manford as "Hedgehog"
No. of episodes8
Original networkITV
Original release4 January (2020-01-04) -
15 February 2020 (2020-02-15)
Series chronology
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Series 2

The first series of the British version of The Masked Singer premiered on ITV on 4 January 2020,[1][2][3] and concluded on 15 February 2020. The season was won by singer Nicola Roberts as "Queen Bee", with comedian Jason Manford finishing second as "Hedgehog", and singer Katherine Jenkins placing third as "Octopus".


On 31 May 2019, it was announced that ITV was producing a local version of the South Korean television singing competition King of Mask Singer, originally broadcast by the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, for the British television market.[1] The production is made by British television production company Bandicoot, part of the Argonon Group.[4][5]

Panellists and host

Following the announcement of the series, it was confirmed by ITV that the panel would consist of presenter and comedian Jonathan Ross, television presenter Davina McCall, US actor and comedian Ken Jeong (who is also a panellist on the American version of the programme), and singer-songwriter and actress Rita Ora. It was also confirmed that Joel Dommett would host the show.[6][2]

In episode five, Donny Osmond, who appeared as Peacock in the first American series, took Jeong's place on the panel. In episode six, Sharon Osbourne and daughter Kelly Osbourne, the latter of whom appeared as Ladybug in the second American series, filled in.


Stage name Celebrity Occupation(s) Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Queen Bee Nicola Roberts Singer WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Hedgehog Jason Manford Comedian/actor WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUNNER-UP
Octopus Katherine Jenkins Singer WIN RISK SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Monster CeeLo Green Singer RISK SAFE RISK SAFE OUT
Fox Denise van Outen Actress WIN SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
Unicorn Jake Shears Singer WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Daisy Kelis Singer RISK SAFE OUT
Tree Teddy Sheringham Footballer WIN OUT
Chameleon Justin Hawkins Singer RISK OUT
Pharaoh Alan Johnson Politician OUT
Butterfly Patsy Palmer Actress OUT
  The masked singer won their face-off and remained in the competition.
  The masked singer was safe from elimination.
  The masked singer lost their face-off and was in the bottom three/two, but was not eliminated.
  The masked singer was eliminated from the competition and unmasked upon their elimination.
  The masked singer did not perform.
The celebrities who competed in the first series of The Masked Singer, pictured in order of elimination (l-r):
and .


Episode 1 (4 January)

Performances on the first episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Queen Bee "Alive" by Sia undisclosed WIN
2 Duck "Like a Virgin" by Madonna undisclosed RISK
3 Unicorn "Babooshka" by Kate Bush undisclosed WIN
4 Butterfly "You've Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine Patsy Palmer OUT
5 Chameleon "Creep" by Radiohead undisclosed RISK
6 Hedgehog "Black Magic" by Little Mix undisclosed WIN

Episode 2 (5 January)

Performances on the second episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Monster "Happy" by Pharrell Williams undisclosed RISK
2 Fox "Call Me" by Blondie undisclosed WIN
3 Tree "It Must Be Love" by Madness undisclosed WIN
4 Pharaoh "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles Alan Johnson OUT
5 Octopus "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid undisclosed WIN
6 Daisy "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd undisclosed RISK

Episode 3 (11 January)

Performances on the third episode
# Stage name Song Result
1 Unicorn "Juice" by Lizzo SAFE
2 Queen Bee "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi SAFE
3 Duck "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi RISK
4 Hedgehog "Shine" by Take That SAFE
5 Chameleon "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man RISK
Sing-Off Identity Result
1 Duck "Ave Maria" by Schubert undisclosed SAFE
2 Chameleon "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper Justin Hawkins OUT

Episode 4 (18 January)

Performances on the fourth episode
# Stage name Song Result
1 Octopus "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin RISK
2 Tree "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers RISK
3 Daisy "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt SAFE
4 Monster "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley SAFE
5 Fox "On the Radio" by Donna Summer SAFE
Sing-Off Identity Result
1 Octopus "One Last Time" by Ariana Grande undisclosed SAFE
2 Tree "Evergreen" by Westlife Teddy Sheringham OUT

Episode 5 (25 January)

Performances on the fifth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Monster "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls undisclosed RISK
2 Fox "On My Own" from Les Misérables undisclosed SAFE
3 Daisy "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole Kelis OUT
4 Queen Bee "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys undisclosed SAFE
5 Octopus "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey undisclosed SAFE
6 Unicorn "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top undisclosed SAFE
7 Hedgehog "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis undisclosed SAFE
8 Duck "Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2" by Stormzy undisclosed SAFE

Episode 6 (1 February)

Group number: "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco

Performances on the sixth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Fox "Firework" by Katy Perry undisclosed RISK
2 Duck "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion Skin OUT
3 Unicorn "Girls & Boys" by Blur Jake Shears OUT
4 Queen Bee "Heaven" by DJ Sammy undisclosed SAFE
5 Monster "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man undisclosed SAFE
6 Hedgehog "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf undisclosed SAFE
7 Octopus "I'll Never Love Again" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper undisclosed SAFE

Episode 7: Semi-final (8 February)

Group number: "Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders

First performances on the seventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Hedgehog "Chandelier" by Sia undisclosed SAFE
2 Octopus "Somewhere" by Barbra Streisand undisclosed SAFE
3 Fox "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler Denise van Outen OUT
4 Queen Bee "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston undisclosed SAFE
5 Monster "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club undisclosed SAFE
Second performances on the seventh episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Hedgehog "My Way" by Frank Sinatra undisclosed SAFE
2 Octopus "Vogue" by Madonna undisclosed SAFE
3 Queen Bee "Work It Out" by Beyoncé undisclosed SAFE
4 Monster "Careless Whisper" by George Michael CeeLo Green OUT

Episode 8: Final (15 February)

Group number: "The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman

First performances on the eighth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Queen Bee "Somebody Else's Guy" by Jocelyn Brown undisclosed SAFE
2 Hedgehog "Cry Me a River" by Ella Fitzgerald undisclosed SAFE
3 Octopus "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins Katherine Jenkins THIRD PLACE
Second performances on the eighth episode
# Stage name Song Identity Result
1 Queen Bee "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi Nicola Roberts WINNER
2 Hedgehog "Black Magic" by Little Mix Jason Manford RUNNER-UP


Official ratings are taken from BARB, utilising the four-screen dashboard which includes viewers who watched the programme on laptops, smartphones, and tablets within 28 days of the original broadcast.[7]

Episode Date Official rating
ITV weekly
1 4 January 7.10 4
2 5 January 5.50 15
3 11 January 6.52 11
4 18 January 6.26 14
5 25 January 6.35 14
6 1 February 5.83 15
7 8 February 6.51 8
8 15 February 7.69 2
Series average 2020 6.47 N/A


  1. ^ a b White, Peter (31 May 2019). "ITV Orders UK Version Of Hit Reality Series 'The Masked Singer' From Argonon's Bandicoot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Alex, Susannah (8 September 2019). "ITV's The Masked Singer confirms complete all-star panel and host". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Law, Angela (11 October 2019). "Rita Ora and Ken Jeong Are Joining the Judging Panel on The Masked Singer UK". PopSugar. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "ITV commissions The Masked Singer - Bandicoot". Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "ITV commissions The Masked Singer". Press Centre. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "ITV announces host and panel for new ITV show The Masked Singer". ITV Press Centre. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Four-screen dashboard | BARB". Retrieved 2020.

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