The Masked Singer clues 2023: All the best guesses so far

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The Masked Singer is back for 2023 - but who are the contestants? (Bandicoot TV)

The Masked Singer is back, with 12 new mystery celebrity singers keeping viewers guessing at who's behind the mask.

A fresh set of jaw-dropping costumes are disguising the famous cast, which this year included a duo for the first time.

Read more: Meet the Apprentice 2023 candidates

Check out the best clues and guesses so far.

The Masked Singer 2023 best guesses

Cat & Mouse - Unmasked as Martin and Shirlie Kemp

Cat and Mouse were Martin and Shirlie Kemp. (ITV)
Cat and Mouse were Martin and Shirlie Kemp. (ITV)

Asked if their son, Capital Breakfast DJ Roman Kemp knew that they had taken part, Shirlie said: "No, this is going to embarrass him. Most people say they are doing it for their kids."

Martin added: "We're doing it to embarrass them."

Roman was suitably embarrassed, tweeting his hilarious reaction to his parents' unmasking.

Guesses included:

  • Emma Bunton and Jade Jones

  • Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner

  • Chris and Rosie Ramsey

Ghost - Unmasked as Chris Kamara

Chris Kamara was Ghost. (Bandicoot TV)
Chris Kamara was Ghost. (Bandicoot TV)

Ghost was first out in episode one, with football pundit Chris Kamara lifting his ghostly sheet to reveal a second skeleton costume underneath, before he was unmasked.

Jellyfish

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Jellyfish (Bandicoot TV)

Clues: Talented singer Jellyfish teased that they may have a link to the name Michelle as they showed a number of shells with the word "Me" in them. Jellyfish talked about being "gooped" in an apparent reference to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Best guesses:

  • Amber Riley

  • Kym Marsh

  • Jodie Prenger

  • Sam Bailey

Knitting - Unmasked as Claire Richards

Claire Richards was Knitting. (ITV)
Claire Richards was Knitting. (ITV)

Many of the panel had already guessed that Knitting was Steps singer Claire Richards, and so had her bandmate H who had shared his theory on social media while watching the show.

Talking about why she wanted to do it, Richards explained: "I’m a huge fan of the show and the idea of being able to sing without anyone being able to see me is my dream come true.

"I thought I would be fine performing behind the mask but it turns out even when people can’t see my face I get SO nervous. I think I just always want to do a good job and being VERY hot inside my mask didn’t help at all!"

Otter - Unmasked as Daisy May Cooper

Daisy May Cooper was Otter. (ITV)
Daisy May Cooper was Otter. (ITV)

Viewers and the judges were surprised to see Otter unmasked as comedian and actor Daisy May Cooper, who said she wanted to do the show for her Masked Singer superfan young daughter Pip.

She added: "It's the best job I've ever done but near the end I was absolutely exhausted. I was gutted to leave because I really fancied the Phoenix…So fit."

Phoenix

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Phoenix (Bandicoot TV)

Clues: Phoenix made references to rising from the ashes and reinvention. They also claimed they were quiet as a child, and judges are convinced they are an actor. They have made references to reality shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing On Ice and The Apprentice, as well as a time travel clue that seemed to suggest Doctor Who.

Phoenix said they had been on the most watched TV show in 30 years.

Best guesses:

  • David Tennant

  • Sam Ryder

  • Ricky Wilson

Read more: All the celebrities confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2023

Fawn

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Fawn (Bandicoot TV)

Clues: Fawn says she used to be awkward as a child and loved maths. She suggested she wasn't the youngest contestant and asked for "no milk, five sugars" in her tea.

Fawn talked about winning lots of trophies and was shown with a trunk marked "precious cargo". The panel latched onto a clue about being from "topsy turvy land". She also showed clues of angel and devil pictures.

Best guesses:

  • Natalie Appleton

  • Hannah Waddingham

  • Danni Minogue

  • Jacqueline Jossa

Jacket Potato

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Jacket Potato (Bandicoot TV)

Clues: Jacket Potato showed off some cards including silly nicknames in their first video and made reference to having an impressive collection.

He said that some very famous people had turned to him to make them look good and showed off a stethoscope prop.

Best guesses:

  • Richie Sambora

  • Ray Winstone

  • Ken Jeong

  • Brian Cox

  • Alex James

Piece of Cake - Unmasked as Lulu

Piece of Cake was Lulu. (ITV)
Piece of Cake was Lulu. (ITV)

Week two saw many viewers proved right who had guessed from the clues that Lulu was behind the mask. She said: "My grandchildren love this show, they love it! I love it too and that’s why I’m here. Because it’s such a fun show."

Pigeon - Unmasked as Katherine Ryan

Pigeon was Katherine Ryan. (ITV)
Pigeon was Katherine Ryan. (ITV)

Pigeon's convincing Essex accent saw the panel and many viewers mistake her for Gemma Collins or Stacey Solomon.

When she was unmasked as Katherine Ryan, the comedian said: "I can only do a sort of Essex accent because I watch so much reality TV."

She added: "I was flattered that the panel thought I might actually be from Essex like Gemma Collins or Stacey Solomon."

Rhino

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Rhino (Bandicoot TV)

Clues: Rhino called himself "an authority in these parts" as he walked into a town called Cobalt, suggesting a link with the band Blue. Meanwhile, James Arthur has denied claims that he is Rhino and joked that Lewis Capaldi is probably behind the mask.

Rhino showed off props including the Statue of Liberty with an apple, and a pair of glasses

Best guesses:

  • Charlie Simpson

  • James Blunt

  • Rylan Clark

  • James Arthur

Rubbish - Unmasked as Stephen Hendry

Rubbish Bin was Stephen Hendry. (ITV)
Rubbish was Stephen Hendry. (ITV)

Rubbish was mistaken for everyone from Marvin Humes to Sir Chris Hoy.

Talking about the panel's guesses, snooker player Stephen Hendry said: "They were amazing, everything from Damon Albarn to Bradley Wiggins as they went down a cycling route. I also like the suggestion I might be from a Boy Band. Really funny and amusing to listen to from inside my costume."

The Masked Singer continues on Saturdays on ITV1.