When does The Masked Singer 2022 start on ITV?

WACKY costumes, mystery singers and star judges – The Masked Singer has it all.

ITV's hit show is coming back to the UK for a third season, introducing a brand new line-up of celebrity contestants hiding under crazy costumes.

When does The Masked Singer 2022 start?

The third season of The Masked Singer premieres on New Year's Day (Saturday, 1 January) at 7pm on ITV.

Viewers won't have to wait long for the second episode, which airs the following day (Sunday, 2 January) at a slightly later time, 7:30pm.

2022 brings even more surprises to fans of the show.

The Masked Singer 2022 UK Live Tour kicks off on April 2 in Liverpool and finishes in Wembley on April 18, giving a chance to everyone to see the bonkers costumes and star judges live.

Who's in the Masked Singer line-up?

The identity of the contestants will remain a secret until they are unmasked one by one in each episode.

In the previous two series, celebrity line-up included a mix of singers, actors, athletes and even politicians.

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From Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, Spice Girls star Mel B, Katherine Jenkins, former Secretary of State Alan Johnson and comic Jason Manford, to Love Actually’s Martine McCutcheon, comedian Lenny Henry and presenter Sue Perkins, all star contestants have to try to hide their identity.

In the next season, 12 new singers will hide beneath another collection of crazy, over-the-top costumes:

  • Chandelier
  • Bagpipes
  • Lionfish
  • Doughnuts
  • Traffic Cone
  • Panda
  • Rockhopper
  • Mushroom
  • Firework
  • Poodle
  • Snow Leopard
  • Robobunny

While usually some of the costumes contain a clue to the singer's identity – for example, ex-Nottingham Forest footballer Teddy Sheringham was a tree – that is not always the case.

Who hosts The Masked Singer?

Presenter Joel Dommett is back to host the show once again, after winning the hearts of the public in the first two seasons.

Because the masked singers' identities are kept hidden even from the host, Joel told the Mirror he had no idea who a few of the celebrities were, resulting in some funny and awkward revelations.

He admitted he didn't recognise A-ha singer Morten Harket when he came out from under his Viking costume, which lead to "the most awkward interview" he had ever done.

Joel said: “The problem is that I don’t know everyone in the world when they are revealed.

“You can guarantee the less I know them, the more energy I put into the reveal."

Who are The Masked Singer judges?

Everyone from the celebrity panel in the previous seasons has confirmed they are returning in January.

Television presenter Davina McCall, singer-songwriter Rita Ora, broadcaster Jonathan Ross and British comedian Mo Gilligan are all joining the celebrity panel to try to guess who is hiding behind the costumes.

In the previous seasons, guest panellists such as series one winner Nicola Roberts, also made an appearance.

Who won The Masked Singer in 2021?

In February 2021, singer Joss Stone, dressed as Sausage, was crowned winner of season 2.

In the final, she beat Aston Merrygold as Robin, Ne-Yo as Badger, keeping the panel and the public guessing until the very end.

The singer, who was heavily pregnant beneath her costume, shocked the judges as she revealed her identity.

Speculations about who the Sausage was, included Stacey Solomon and Sheridan Smith as the two most-likely to be under the mask, but eagle-eyed fans of the show followed the clues to guess that it was actually Joss.

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