The Masked Singer: Who is Chameleon? The famous singer is unmasked

9 January 2020, 16:28 | Updated: 11 January 2020, 20:37

The Masked Singer Chameleon
Picture: ITV

By Tom Eames

The Masked Singer has taken America by storm, and it's now entertaining UK fans with its amazing twist on the TV talent show format.

Originally a South Korean show, The Masked Singer features celebrities singing in head-to-toe costumes and face masks, which hide their true identities from other contestants, the panelists, and even the audience.

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Essentially, they all look like football mascots singing, but we have no idea who they are until they're eliminated.

As each episode passes, we'll look at the theories and clues behind each mask, including:

  1. Who is the Chameleon?

    In episode 1, Chameleon teased that they are:

    - A fan of 'tech of the 1970s'

    - Some kind of actor or performer on Broadway

    - Voiced a children's cartoon character

    Viewers are pretty stumped on this one so far, but guesses have included Alexander Armstrong, Noel Fielding, Justin Hawkins and Neil Morrissey.

    In episode three, it was revealed, that Chameleon is in fact...

    The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins!

    Justin Hawkins
    Justin Hawkins. Picture: ITV
    The Darkness
    The Darkness. Picture: Getty

    Justin was one of the biggest artists of the early 2000s, when his band The Darkness scored several big hits such as 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' and 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)'.

  2. Who are the other contestants?

    The full list of Masked Singers are:

    - Butterfly (revealed as Patsy Palmer in episode 1)

    - Pharaoh (revealed as Alan Johnson in episode 2)

    - Tree

    - Octopus

    - Fox

    - Duck

    - Chameleon

    - Queen Bee

    - Hedgehog

    - Unicorn

    - Monster

    - Daisy

  3. What is The Masked Singer?

    12 celebrities compete on the show anonymously, all wearing costumes, over 10 episodes.

    Each episode, some of the competitors are paired off into face-off competitions, where each will perform a song of their choice.

    From each face-off, the panelists and live audience vote. The winner is safe for the week, while the loser is put up for elimination.

    At the end of the episode, the losers of the face-offs are then put to the earlier votes of the panelists, to discover who will head home. The eliminated singer then takes off their mask to reveal their real identity.

    Hints are also given to each masked singer's identity during the show. The panelists are given time to guess the identity of the singer after the performance, and ask them a single question.

    In the US, the likes of Donny Osmond, Seal, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and LaToya Jackson have taken part.

  4. Who will appear in the UK version and when does it start?

    Former I'm a Celebrity star Joel Dommett will host the UK version, which launches on ITV on Saturday, January 4 at 7pm. The second episode airs on Sunday, January 5 at 8pm.

    The four judges will be: Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora, Davina McCall, and Ken Jeong from the US version.