Bush Baby is out of the competition (Picture: Vincent Dolman/Bandicoot TV/ITV)
Bush Baby has become the fifth contestant to be eliminated from The Masked Singer UK, leaving the panel and viewers absolutely gobsmacked.
During the latest episode of the competition, all eight of the remaining singers took to the stage.
Tonight, after Bush Baby was chosen by judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross to exit the series, they removed the top part of their costume to reveal comedian and actor John Thomson underneath.
The panel were astounded by the singer’s true identity, with Davina exclaiming in utter shock over the big surprise.
Fans watching at home were similarly in a state of shock.
John Thomson is unmasked as Bush Baby! (Picture: ITV)
Blue singer Antony Costa admitted that he’d been stumped by Bush Baby’s identity, tweeting: ‘Wow John Thomson great shout people who got that #MaskedSingerUK this one threw me big time.’
‘Bush Baby was John Thomson wow that was a difficult one,’ another viewer commented.
‘I love John Thomson!! How did I not guess,’ someone else remarked.
When asked why he decided to do The Masked Singer, the Coronation Street star replied: ‘Why not?’
Before Bush Baby’s reveal, some of the names put forward for the character included Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding and Peter Andre.
But alas, it was John under the costume after all!
In addition to Corrie, John is best-known for starring in The Fast Show, Men Behaving Badly and Cold Feet.
Bush Baby’s elimination came after Blob, Harlequin, Dragon, Sausage, Robin, Viking and Badger all delivered entertaining performances.
While Dragon also ended up in the bottom two, they were saved by the judges to sing another day.
There are now only seven contestants left in the running for the win.
Next week, we’re going to see two contestants sent home at the same time.
Plus, comedian and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Alan Carr will be making a special guest appearance on the panel.
The Masked Singer UK returns next Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
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While the performances are of course a draw, most of the fun lies in guessing just who is behind each mask.
Here are the clues and theories so far: