The Masked Singer: Jackie O's heartbreak over leaving Kitty

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·3-min read

The Masked Singer is set to hit screens tonight, with a bunch of celebrities taking to the stage in an array of costumes, which is sure to bring some much-needed entertainment into our living rooms.

However, while panelist Jackie O is delighted to be back in the guessing chair for the Channel Ten show, she has revealed the heartbreak coronavirus restrictions in Victoria have had on her family.

Jackie O Henderson crying
Jackie O has revealed her heartbreak over leaving her daughter during filming of The Masked Singer. Photo: 60 Minutes

The 45-year-old told TV Week that she’s had to leave her nine-year-old daughter, Kitty, in Sydney during filming, revealing it’s the “hardest part of doing the show”.

"I’d always planned on bringing Kitty with me, but it's not possible because they're really strict with permits and I wouldn't want her here anyway now,” Jackie O said.

"I have a lot of fun on set, but I've not been away from her for longer than five days. I'm only a few days in, so I'm OK now, but if you interview me in two weeks' time, I'll be crying.”

Jackie O and her daughter, Kitty
The radio host has left her nine-year-old daughter, Kitty, in Sydney. Photo: Instagram/Jackie O

Five million Melburnians are under strict Stage 4 coronavirus lockdown rules after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews imposed the city’s first ever nighttime curfew.

It comes after the KIIS FM host described her shock after arriving in Melbourne from Sydney to film the show.

“I felt like I’ve entered a city that has just had a zombie apocalypse happen. It’s very, very dire and grim and no one's around and if they are everyone’s wearing face masks ,” she said to Kyle Sandilands on their morning show.

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Last week, Jackie O opened up about some of the rules she and fellow judges David Hughes, Dannii Minogue and Urzila Carlson have to follow during filming.

Jackie O Henderson and her daughter Kitty with a dog
The pair are extremely close. Photo: Instagram/Jackie O

On The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday Jackie said the new COVID restrictions “so over the top” and there is “a lot of sanitising going on”.

“When I finished Masked Singer last year, we'd probably finished at around 10pm. [This year] we're going until two in the morning,” she told listeners.

“We have a Zoom audience at home of super-fans, so we have to wait for them to vote.”

She also revealed there are screens between judges.

“People can't be near each other, we've got partitions in between us. There's a lot of stuff going on. We can't even stand next to one another,” she said, adding you “just couldn't get any stricter”.

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