First clues uncovered ahead of The Masked Singer 2023 as stars get into costume

It’s that time of year again where musical detectives are tasked to unmask the latest line-up of mystery celebrities taking to the stage to sing their hearts out all while dressed in elaborate disguises.

The Masked Singer is returning for 2023 with 13 stars and it’s fair to say no expense has been spared as the celebs steps into 13 brand-new costumes ahead of the first show which is set to air on New Year’s Day.

Also returning to the ITV show is the star-studded detective panel Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall hosted by none other than comedian Joel Dommett.

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Ready to battle it out for the coveted Masked Singer Crown for the fourth series will be Fawn, Jacket Potato, Piece of Cake, Pigeon, Rhino, Rubbish, Jellyfish, Knitting, Otter, Phoenix and for the first time a celebrity duo under the guise of Cat and Mouse.

The new arrivals hope to steal the crown from beloved singer Natalie Imbruglia who was masquerading as Panda during the third series.

Also making it to the final alongside Natalie was footballer Michael Owen who hid behind Doughnuts mask, and Charlotte Church who was disguised as Mushroom.

Now Daily Star has taken a deep dive inside some of the early clues from the panellists ahead of the show starting on January 1, 2023.

It’s fair to say Cat and Mouse are the talk of the town as the first ever duo on The Masked Singer dressed in a detective and a robber ensemble.

Despite the fact that there is two celebrities working together on the show, Davina noted that working out their identity was even harder to crack.

She said: “It’s funny because you’d think, ‘Oh. Well, there’s two of them. If they’re a duo, then it’s easier to guess’.

“But I've been looking at them thinking, ‘You’re not a couple’. But then they might be acting like they are a couple.”

Jonathan admitted: “So it makes it a bit harder to guess because the clues could be about one of them or both of them, you know what I mean?

“So, it’s harder in many ways but it’s a lot more fun to watch because you try and pick up from them what is their relationship?

“Are they people who are together off screen? Are they people who work together? So, it feels like a different element and it means that they can do different things on stage together as well. So, you have a different kind of comic dynamic going on there”.

After taking a brief break during last year’s Maked Dancer, Mo Gilligan has returned to the show eager to unmask the new line-up of celebs as he teased some great costumes ahead.

He said: “Probably this series, my favourite costume is Jacket Potato, it’s so weird! You’ve even got styrofoam feet that you get for jacket potatoes.

“And you just look at it and the attention to detail is insane, he’s got a shirt of beans and there is butter on his head.

“And then there’s Otter, I love otters, one of my favourite animals. Otters have a stone that they have to smash clams so ours has little pockets for the stones on the costume. The attention to detail and the costumes are so cool.”

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But Davina has warned that fans may need to have their tissues at the ready as she warned there would be some emotional performances ahead.

She revealed: “Absolutely!! Jellyfish is an extraordinary performer and has made us all feel pretty emotional. Rhino, as well, has been particularly emotive. There are people who completely draw you in.

“It’s lucky for Rhino, actually, that they can pull some emotion out of the bag because it’s very, very hard in that costume to give us anything at all. They are massive, and they are quite humble.

“They keep putting their little hooves together, it looks so sweet. If it’s possible to have a sweet rhino, this is it.”

The Masked Singer starts on January 1 at 6.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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