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What clues has Badger given so far? (Picture: ITV/Vincent Dolman/REX)
The Masked Singer returned for its second series in the UK on January 4, and it’s already got the nation talking.
Three celebrities unmasked so far include a queen of the dancefloor, a Spice Girl and a former EastEnders- with Sophie Ellis Bextor and Mel B the first two stars unmasked, and Martine McCutcheon revealed as the third.
We’ve still got plenty of characters to unmask, including Badger, who is the current bookies favourite to win the show.
Who could Badger be?
What clues have been given about Badger?
Viewers met Badger in the first episode, where he performed a version of Nina Simone’s classic Feeling Good.
Viewers were also given some clues about who the man underneath the mask is. These included:
- He is used to being anonymous
- He is not easily recognised on the street
- Could be into motorbikes
- ‘I see things like a virtual world!’
- He’s a shy creature – definitely around girls, when he was younger
- He’s ‘good at dodging furniture’ (said as a truth or lie)
- When working, he’s ‘often found in green (said as a truth or lie)
- ‘Strictly speaking, [he’s] well known for dancing (said as a truth or lie)
So, from these clues, what names have been thrown around?
Simon King (L) and David Myers (R), are collectively known as The Hairy Bikers – without one, could the other be more anonymous? (Picture: Getty)
One half of the Hairy Bikers, Myers is currently Coral’s favourite to be unmasked as the Badger.
One of the clues inferred a love of motorbikes, which is one of the biggest clues here.
At 3/1, Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead told Metro.co.uk: ‘We think that David Myers is the favourite to be unveiled as the man behind the Badger, with Carl Fogarty close behind him in the betting.’
Haven’t the Foggy-est if he is the Badger?. (Picture: Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Coral’s second favourite to be the man behind the mask is Carl Fogarty.
Sometimes known as Foggy, he is an English former motorcycle racer and one of the most successful World Superbike racers of all time, holding the second highest number of race wins at 59.
Coral have him at 4/1 to be unmasked.
You’ll know his characters, but do you recognise the face? (Picture: Getty)
One name tossed into the mix by the judges and social media is prominent voice actor Andy Serkis, one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, with his film work in motion capture critically acclaimed.
The star, who is perhaps best known for voicing Gollum, might have a degree of anonymity as he quite obviously does not look like Gollum every day.
However, Serkis has starred in films showing his actual face before, including 2018’s Black Panther so this might be a stretch.
He’s already a proven fan of masks and headwear. (Picture: Getty)
Another name thrown into the mix is Jay Kay, lead vocalist of the jazz-funk band Jamiroquai.
Known for wearing wacky ensembles, he would, in theory, have some anonymity when he wasn’t dressed in the typical Jamiroquai fare – which unfortunately resembled that of one of the US Capitol rioters this week, forcing him to deny his involvement.
Another potential clue? One of Jamiroquai’s biggest hits was called Virtual Reality – a nod to the Badger’s clue about a virtual world?
Another suspect mentioned by many viewers is Blur’s Damon Albarn.
Despite fronting one of the most popular Britpop bands of the 90s, Albarn swapped being the frontman for having a virtual alter ego through his work with Gorillaz.
Albarn let a virtual frontman get the attention throughout his run with Gorillaz (Picture: Getty)
Coral have odds of him being Badger at 6/1, making him the third favourite.
Could Courtney’s drag on-drag off persona be one of the big clues? (Picture: Getty)
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Courtney Act is known to many, but would they be as recognisable out of drag?
Courtney Act, when not performing, goes by Shane.
Though maybe less recognisable to some, Courtney did win Celebrity Big Brother three years ago, where viewers got to see Shane quite regularly.
You never know! (Picture: Getty Images)
Panellist Rita Ora got a little confused when she tried to suggest Alan Titchmarsh, but ended up suggesting Alan Patridge, Steve Coogan’s comedy character.
You never know, Rita, you never know!
The Masked Singer continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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