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The Masked Singer judges and fans alike were shocked on Tuesday night when controversial celebrity chef George Calombaris was unmasked as The Duster.
The former MasterChef judge performed Ray Charles’ hit Shake A Tail Feather against Baby with Bad To The Bone.
George’s career as a renowned chef was hinted at in his clue package with “visuals are very important in my game” and “at 17 my future was set and fame came with it”.
Another clue, “my face is known to one-fifth of the entire world”, was a hint to MasterChef’s massive success in India.
Before he was revealed, judges Dannii Minogue, Dave Hughes, Jackie O and Urzila Carlson each guessed Tim Cahill, Michael Clarke, Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar. However, Jackie later changed her mind and was very close with her guess of Gordon Ramsay.
“Shut up!” she yelled when George was unmasked, while Dave exclaimed, “This is huge! This is massive!”.
“I can’t believe I have just done this,” George said.
“This is so insane. 11 years of Masterchef, that’s pretty easy compared to this. I am sure James and Michaela, my kids at home right now, are going absolutely ballistic. And that was probably the main reason why I have done this.”
Fans online were less than impressed with the casting of George after his 2019 scandal where his hospitality empire was found to have underpaid restaurant workers.
“Channel 10 what are you doing putting him in another one of your shows,” one person asked.
“Sorry George Calombaris, too soon. We have NOT forgotten or forgiven, maybe try Reputation Rehab on the ABC,” another tweeted.
“George doesn’t deserve to be back on our TVs,” someone else wrote, while another shared, “Well that was awkward”.
“Wonder if he picked Duster because of how much money he swept under the rug instead of paying it to his employees,” a fifth commented.
The first celebrity reveal of the season shocked everyone when English-Welsh actor and former professional football player Vinnie Jones was unmasked as The Volcano.
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