Peter Crouch joins The Masked Dancer judging panel and says show is firm favourite

Peter Crouch joins The Masked Dancer judging panel and says show is firm favourite

Peter Crouch is joining the judging panel for the new series of ITV's The Masked Dancer.

The footballing legend, 41, is stepping in for Mo Gilligan, who has touring commitments, and will join Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Oti Mabuse on the panel.

However, Mo, 34, will be back to join Peter, Davina, Jonathan and Oti on the panel for a surprise appearance during the series and the judges will also be joined by some "very special guests" throughout the show.

Talking about joining the panel, Peter said: "The show is a firm favourite in our household and when asked I jumped at the chance to take part.

"I am competitive and I'm currently scrolling through friends' socials looking for those tell-tale dance moves. Another plus is by being on the panel my social media, family and friends won’t be constantly speculating that I’m hiding behind one of the masks!"

While Mo added: "I love being a part of the Masked Team so I’m gutted to be missing most of the series this year as I’ll be working in the US. BUT I’ve got the perfect sub to take my place.

"A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we’ve got this!"

Speaking about returning to the judging panel, Jonathan said: "As the current reigning champion amongst the panel I will be using my expert knowledge in all things dance to take the title again. Who knows, this year my dream might come true and Mary Berry might just be behind one of the masks!"

Davina said: "Love love love this show, it's bonkers but utterly brilliant. Night after night I’m always so shocked to see who's hiding behind the mask and I can’t wait to find out who this year’s celebrities will be."

While Oti added: "I love being a part of the show. It was such a highlight. I take my hat off to the celebrities, they make dancing in those huge but wonderful costumes look effortless. I’m so excited to see this year’s characters."

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The new series of The Masked Dancer will see 12 celebrities stepping onto the dancefloor to take on character alter egos in a bid to wow the audience and confuse the judges with their true identity.

It comes after OIympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned the winner of the 2021 series and was unveiled as Carwash.

The Masked Dancer returns to ITV soon.

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