THE Masked Singer is coming back for a third series, it has been reported.
This year’s series has been a lockdown hit, keeping viewers guessing about who is behind the characters such as Sausage, Badger and Robin.
The Masked Singer is reportedly returning to ITV for a third seriesCredit: ITV
And now it has been reported that ITV executives have “struck a big-money” deal with the show’s production company Bandicoot.
An insider told the Daily Star: “After some discussions, ITV agreed to splash the cash for another series. The format is such a hit with viewers, so they know it’ll be worth it.
“They are already making plans for when to film it and which celebs they’d love to sign up. They want the third series to be the best yet.”
They also reported that Joel Dommett will return as host for the third run – and will received a generous pay packet for the role.
According to reports, Joel Dommett is set to host the third installmentCredit: ITV
“Joel’s popular with viewers so bosses are keen for him to stay on as host,” the source added. “And they’re prepared to bump up his fee to keep him.”
The news comes as fans gear up to unmasked the three finalists this weekend.
And after last week’s instalment, viewers have claimed The Masked Singer’s Robin’s identity has been ‘confirmed’ by an obvious colour clue that the judges missed.
The identity of the feathered singer has caused a stir on Twitter about who is under the bright and wacky costume – with some believing it could be Peter Andre or Bruno Mars.
Viewers have claimed they know who the Robin is after a colour clueCredit: ITV
But after the semi-final, fans are “100%” convinced that the person behind the mask is JLS’ Aston Merrygold due to a telling clue during his latest VT.
Robin mentioned being “usually blue”, which caused Davina McCall to speculate if it could be Lee Ryan from Blue.
Yet, JLS fans came out in force on social media as they revealed that blue was Aston’s colour in the band.
Viewers are ‘100%’ convinced that the person behind the mask is JLS’ Aston Merrygold
In last night’s VT, Robin mentioned being ‘usually blue’. Aston pictured in blue, his colour in JLS
The colour blue was a staple throughout his JLS career and influenced his red carpet outfits, and was used on merchandise, including their JLS branded condoms.
The judging panel of Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall have offered a wide range of guesses about Robin from boxer Amir Khan, fitness instructor Joe Wicks and even EastEnders star Dean Gaffney.
Yet, many fans have suspected Aston could be behind Robin’s mask thanks to several specific clues.
Some have pointed out that his performance of Rockin Robin on the show was a hint at Aston’s performance of the same song on Stars in Their Eyes as a child.
A reference to flipping pancakes could be hinting at Aston previously being a chef on children’s TV.
And one eagle-eyed viewer even noticed what could be a tattoo on Robin’s arm, very similar to Aston’s.