With a robot bunny, a stack of donuts and a traffic cone leading the way, this year’s The Masked Singer’s outfits are crazier than ever.
But star judge Jonathan Ross thinks all eyes may really be on him – thanks to a refurbished wardrobe filled with eye-catching leather shirts and pants.
And he joked fellow panelists Rita Ora and Davina McCall are now his biggest fans.
In an exclusive chat, he said: “Davina and Rita are both appreciated, but they struggle every week when I’m wearing leather trousers, maybe a shirt that exposes my chest more than I should. .
“I hope they look forward to seeing what I’m going to wear, because I actually choose the outfits to make them laugh a lot.”
The talk show host has become the unlikely style icon of the ITV cult hit after swapping out plain jackets and slits for more on-trend pieces.
But unlike the handmade suits of host Joel Dommett and fellow judges Mo GilliganJonathan said his fashionable looks were exhausted.
He continued: “I always love to see what Davina and Rita will wear on the show.
“Mo looks amazing all the time and I emerge with a bag of things I’ve found in my closet!
“I mean, literally, the previous series I found some stuff that I kept in storage in the 80s.”
At 61, Jonathan is the oldest on the panel and the most experienced in the industry, but he’s not a calm authority behind the scenes.
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Instead, he says he is a naughty producer who has turned his dressing room into a makeshift music venue.
And he was even criticized for playing the music too loud.
The entertainer said, “Oh, I’m the shortest on the show.
“I’m giving an example, I mean, this show is all about fun, it can’t be boring so I said, ‘Don’t take it seriously because this is the problem, you don’t know how long you are. . had. Capture the day! ‘
“Our dressing rooms are actually cabins, they are fine but really dull. So I’m going to use a tape recorder, posters, books, even some lights to make it like my little house in it.
“I purposely put the music up loud enough to disturb Mo, who lives next door, because he is a very well behaved young man who quite discreetly listens to some sort of UK dirt that I don’t know. I’m going to release an album by Charles Aznavour to the fullest extent just to get his attention. “
Series two winner Joss Stone, who won as Sausage, had to tell Jonathan to be able to interfere with the noise when she returned to film the series finale earlier this year.
Jonathan said: “Joss knocked on the door and said, ‘Jonathan, I’m sorry. Do you mind keeping the noise down, my baby is sleeping! ‘
“You have to have fun, though, right?”
‘I turned on the music loud enough to disturb Mo’
Besides fun, the celebrity rankings have a job to do.
They were tasked with leading the country in an ITV star guessing game, trying to gauge who was behind each mask.
And Jonathan says that Davina set up a cop-style room backstage because she takes her duties very seriously.
“Davina prides itself on being a methodical, quasi-clinical detective,” he said.
“She really makes a bunch of notes, and then goes back to the references.
“You go into her dressing room, it’s like one of those rooms where someone is trying to catch a serial killer.
“She has pictures with the red rope going from one thing to another, but she still doesn’t break the case on a regular basis.”
Pop star Rita is the best performer to date – but Jonathan thinks it’s just her stealing other people’s predictions to win.
He added: “Rita made some guesses early on but she saw the mistake in her way. Let’s just say that there are some good-natured poaching that still happen from time to time.
“But the funny thing is that I would cringe watching it again, because Rita would say, ‘They’re not professional singers’. Later on, it was one of the best singers in the world but they faked their voices.”
What about the comic Mo, who completes the lineup?
“Mo is really there for the good vibes and just for the laughs,” added Jonathan, who has been on the show since it launched in 2020. I think he’s pretty laid back about it all. “
Although there was no prize for anyone who successfully guessed the most masked singers, just three weeks into the competition, Jonathan was indeed in the lead.
Jonathan laughed: “Let’s just say I paid a little more attention this time. I stopped caring about Mary Berry, who I always hoped to see was out there.
“She didn’t text me. She didn’t WhatsApp me, so maybe she’s wearing one of the suits.
“I don’t want to give it away, but you never know, she could be in Robobunny. I mean, I just put it out there. Not inside the whole outfit, just inside the bunny suit, she’s a lady! ”
The Masked Singer, created in South Korea, became a global craze with versions around the world including the US and Australia.
Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts won the UK series first as Queen Bee with comedian Jason Manford coming in second as Hedgehog.
Last year, nearly ten million spectators watched when soul singer Joss Stone appeared in a Sausage costume to claim the title.
Now, all eyes are on the latest series of pampered characters who have donned quirky camouflage suits to rock hit tunes like Lady Gaga’s Shallow and the Kings Of Leon track, Sex On Fire .
Jonathan said it’s not just families around the country looking to turn to detectives, his showbiz friends have been texting him for clues. And even the A-list guests who appeared on his talk show harassed him to reveal his top secret identity.
He said: “David Walliams would text me and say, ‘I think so and so.
‘I questioned if Kylie could be behind the mask’
“I’ll go, ‘No. You are wrong for miles. This is why you will not be good in this program. Go and write another children’s book.
“I’m sure I didn’t tell anyone anything. I mean, my answer is always, whether someone is right or wrong, I’ll just write back, ‘Oh, that’s interesting’. That’s a good phrase to use, because you’re not lying! ”
He added, “We were recording The Masked Singer at the same time as I had just started recording the last sequence of the talk show.
“And I go in and the guests will ask, ‘So who’s up there?’ And I would say, ‘Well, I can’t tell you!’
“When Kylie made a recent guest appearance, I questioned if she could really be one of the Masked Singers.
“She was looking at me. I thought, ‘Are you trying to send me a signal?’ But I think she’s just flirting!
“That’s the beauty of the show, it could be anyone under the mask.”
Since the show started, fans have seen Bake Off stars such as Sue Perkins, England coach Glenn Hoddle, Sir Lenny Henry and Spice Girl Mel B take to the stage.
Jonathan added: “The great thing about this show is that there are people there that you wouldn’t think would be doing this show. I mean, I didn’t expect Gloria Hunniford to be on this year’s show.
“Without any form of age, she is an older person and it is quite physically demanding. I don’t think I’ll have the energy to do that.
“But she is out there. She came out in a heavy outfit and sang beautifully. So the surprises are always there.
Fans around the country are glued to their TV screens every Saturday night trying to figure out which celebrity is behind the outlandish outfits.
“Actually, about five or six people, in their chosen field, couldn’t have become a bigger star,” he said. I mean, there are people out there who can fill stadiums.
“I’m not going to give anything away but there are some people who are really shocking.”
Jonathan credits talent on stage as more than just the factor behind the show’s success.
In an age where viewers have unlimited options to choose from, he believes they’ll pop because The Masked Singer delivers real home entertainment.
He said: “Other shows, when there is a lot of money, although I like those shows, sometimes they are quite stressful. And if it’s been a career-defining or career-changing experience for someone, it’s often bittersweet because you could be following someone’s journey and really want them to get through. not.
“While here, nothing is threatened that way.
“Here people come in because they just want to have fun and they want to give everyone a good time.
“I think it’s a really welcoming environment to step out of what’s going on in the world and into a place where you know there’s nothing negative about it.
“There’s enough intensity in the world right now, we just need a laugh and that’s what this show does.”
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