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The biggest new entertainment show of 2020 is set to return in 2021.

Filming for the hit series commences this autumn with host Joel Dommett back to preside over the unique guessing game that gripped the nation at its first outing. Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross will all resume their celebrity sleuth roles, with Mo Gilligan joining as a brand-new panelist.

Due to current restrictions on international travel Ken Jeong will not be a regular panellist this season but hopes to make an appearance or two during the series. He remains a huge part of The Masked Singer family and will shortly complete filming on season 4 in the US.

Across eight shows a fresh cast of twelve celebrities, complete with new and ever flamboyantly elaborate character costumes, will be singing and concealing their identities as they attempt to stump viewers and the panel alike on who they could possibly be.

The new line-up will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the first series winner, Nicola Roberts, who performed as Queen Bee and triumphed over an eclectic and unexpected range of singers that numbered politician Alan Johnson, singers Kelis, Justin Hawkins, Skin, Jake Shears and Katherine Jenkins, footballer Teddy Sheringham, comedian Jason Manford and TV personality Denise Van Outen.

Jonathan Ross said: ‘I had a ball on The Masked Singer and am thrilled that we get to do the whole thing again and so excited that the brilliant Mo Gilligan is joining us this year. It’s great to have him on the panel and hopefully we’ll also get to see Ken back during the run. But most of all I’m excited to see who will be under the masks!’

Joel Dommett said: ‘I’m super excited to have Mo on The Masked Singer panel. He is one of the best comedians around right now and I’m proud to have him on the team! He will provide the good guesses and good looks that Jonathan and I struggle with.’

The Masked Singer UK is produced by Bandicoot TV (part of Argonon Group) and the executive producers are Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton and Claire Horton. This second series follows the success of the first series which premiered on ITV in January 2020. It fully consolidated with 6.6m viewers and a 32% share and was the biggest new format launch on any channel.