The Masked Singer is back and picked up exactly where the first season left off – with the nation flooding social media with weird and wonderful guesses about who could be under the masks.
With plenty more stars waiting to be unmasked, Swan will be hoping this week isn’t their swan song and avoid being rumbled.
Who is Swan? Here’s what has been guessed so far…
What clues have been given about Swan?
Viewers met Swan in the first episode, where she performed a classic – Shania Twain’s That Don’t Impress Me Much.
But viewers, it turns out, were impressed.
Apart from stellar vocals, other clues given about Swan included:
- They are loyal, strong and independent.
- They have ‘the freedom to spread their wings.’
- They have two interesting connections, one that is to the ballroom and one that is royal.
- Swan said her ‘career has been very honoured.’
So, from these clues, what names have been thrown around?
The bookmaker Coral have the former Pussycat Dolls member as the favourite to be revealed as the Swan at 2/1.
The connection to the ballroom could be her taking part in 2018’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Roberts finished second to Stacey Dooley, but holds the record for the most perfect scores ever received by a contestant with five perfect scores.
Another clue that could confirm Roberts is Swan is the reference to spreading her wings to fly – Roberts’ debut album as a solo artist away from the Pussycat Dolls was called Butterfly Effect.
At 4/1, Darcey Bussell is the bookies’ second favourite to be the Swan.
Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell, DBE – to give her her full title – is a strong contender for Swan.
She obviously has connections to dance, being a professional ballerina and a former judge on Strictly Come Dancing, and she has been awarded a damehood from the Queen – ticking off the royal clue connection.
Swan would also be a clever choice of costume, as one of the most famous ballets is Swan Lake.
At 10/1, the RuPaul’s Drag Race judge is another strong contender.
Visage is a life-long Voguer, which could mean the clues about ballrooms and royalty are a smart play on words.
Voguing happened in ballrooms in the underground New York gay scene of the 80s, and often an affectionate term used to describe fellow gays was calling one another queens.
Visage also took part in 2019’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
As for her career being honoured? A judge is officially greeted as Your Honour. Visage is best known for judging Drag Race.
Visage has acknowledged the speculation, but didn’t give much more away.
Another one from the Pussycat Dolls litter – the odds of Nicole Scherzinger being Swan are currently at 5/1.
Like Ashley Roberts, Scherzinger obviously has a career in dance, being the lead dancer and vocalist of the supergroup.
She also took part – and won – the 10th series of Dancing With the Stars.
Scherzinger sits on the judging panel for The Masked Singer US, so could performing from the other side be a nod to her clue about being free to spread her wings?
Other guesses include Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle and Meghan Markle. Yes, really.
The Masked Singer continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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