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The Masked Singer UK: John Thomson is REVEALED as Bush Baby


Actor John Thomson was revealed to be Bush Baby after becoming the latest character to be eliminated from The Masked Singer UK on Saturday.

The Cold Feet star, 51, was one of the first celebrities who the panel failed to guess ahead of his unmasking, after completely throwing viewers with a fake Australian accent.

After his unmasking John admitted he was ‘relieved’ to be revealed as he’d struggled to keep cool in the stifling hot animal suit, joking he hoped to land a job at Disney in the future. 

Look who it is! Actor John Thomson was revealed to be Bush Baby after becoming the latest character to be eliminated from The Masked Singer UK on Saturday

Look who it is! Actor John Thomson was revealed to be Bush Baby after becoming the latest character to be eliminated from The Masked Singer UK on Saturday

Davina McCall said she was thrilled that nobody on the panel guessed Bush Baby’s identity, despite theories including Jamie Oliver and Gino D’Campo.

Jonathan Ross was adamant Bush Baby’s Australian accent was a red herring, and was quickly proven right once Worsley-born John was unmasked.   

Speaking after the vote-off John said: ‘I have to say as a Northerner who doesn’t feel the cold it’s not been the greatest. I will admit there is a sense of relief here.’ 

A huge surprise! The Coronation Street star was one of the first celebrities who the panel failed to guess ahead of his unmasking

A huge surprise! The Coronation Street star was one of the first celebrities who the panel failed to guess ahead of his unmasking

Elated: Davina McCall said she was thrilled that nobody on the panel guessed Bush Baby's identity, despite guesses including Jamie Oliver and Gino D'Campo

Elated: Davina McCall said she was thrilled that nobody on the panel guessed Bush Baby’s identity, despite guesses including Jamie Oliver and Gino D’Campo

As well as playing Pete Gilford on Cold Feet throughout its nine series run, John has  starred in Coronation Street, The Fast Show and Men Behaving Badly.

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Speaking following his unmasking, he said: ‘I got halfway which was perfect for me as I wasn’t in it to win it. 

‘I did it for fun and I was very grateful to be able to work during the pandemic. I was also very relieved as the costume was very, very hot and uncomfortable.’

At last! After his unmasking John admitted he was 'relieved' to be revealed as he'd struggled to keep cool in the stifling hot animal suit

At last! After his unmasking John admitted he was ‘relieved’ to be revealed as he’d struggled to keep cool in the stifling hot animal suit

Not enough: Ahead of his elimination John belted out a rendition of Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck in the adorable Bush Baby costume

Not enough: Ahead of his elimination John belted out a rendition of Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck in the adorable Bush Baby costume

‘I was nervous when I first performed in the costume. It’s a very strange experience, basically total sensory deprivation. 

‘I found the whole experience very odd and unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The heat inside the costume was unbearable.’ 

John revealed he jumped at the chance to take part after being approached for the first series in 2019, as he had to turn the offer down due to filming commitments with Cold Feet.  

Who is it? Blob kicked off the show with a telling rendition of Hotel Room Service by Pitbull

Who is it? Blob kicked off the show with a telling rendition of Hotel Room Service by Pitbull

What a singer! Sausage opted for a stunning performance of Lisa Stansfield's All Around The World

What a singer! Sausage opted for a stunning performance of Lisa Stansfield’s All Around The World

Sensational: Viking delivered a pared-back version of A-Ha's Take On Me

Wow! Badger opted to sing Kelly Clarkson's Because Of You

Sensational: Viking delivered a pared-back version of A-Ha’s Take On Me, and Badger opted to sing Kelly Clarkson’s Because Of You

Ahead of the elimination, host Joel Dommett revealed that Dragon and Bush Baby had received the least number of votes, and the judges opted to save the fire-breathing reptile. 

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This week’s show saw the remaining eight contestants take to the stage together for the first time to win the votes of the live audience. 

Blob kicked off the show with a telling rendition of Hotel Room Service by Pitbull, while Sausage opted for a stunning performance of Lisa Stansfield’s All Around The World.

Viking delivered a pared-back version of A-Ha’s Take On Me, and Badger opted to sing Kelly Clarkson’s Because Of You.

What a voice! Dragon broke into a performance of Celine Dion's All By Myself, but still ended up in the bottom two following the audience vote

What a voice! Dragon broke into a performance of Celine Dion’s All By Myself, but still ended up in the bottom two following the audience vote

Final songs: Closing out the performances were Harlequin with Tracy Chapman's Fast Car

Energetic: Robin sang The Jackson Five's hit Rockin Robin

Final songs: Closing out the performances were Harlequin with Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car and Robin with The Jackson Five’s hit Rockin Robin

Bush Baby belted out Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck, while Dragon broke into a performance of Celine Dion’s All By Myself.

Closing out the performances were Harlequin with Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car and Robin with The Jackson Five’s hit Rockin Robin.

Next week will see the remaining seven acts take to the stage once again to win the audience’s votes, as they battle to avoid being unmasked in a double elimination.

Comedian Alan Carr will also make a one-off appearance on the judging panel alongside Davina, Rita and Jonathan.

The Masked Singer continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.

Back soon: The Masked Singer continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV

Back soon: The Masked Singer continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV



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