The Masked Dancer UK confirms Holly Willoughby’s appearance on show as guest judge

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Holly Willoughby has been confirmed as one of the star guest judges joining new series, The Masked Dancer UK.

After a hit second series for The Masked Singer earlier this year, ITV is now set to launch spin-off series The Masked Dancer which will see mystery celebrities perform their routines in stunning costumes.

Masked Singer judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross are back for the sister show and will be joined by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse in place of Rita Ora – but as with the singing version of the show, they'll also be welcoming a raft of guest judges.

Featuring in the guest line-up is This Morning host Holly, who said she had been amazed by the skills of the contestants.

She said: "How the Masked Dancers are able to pull off the moves they're doing in these costumes is mind-blowing.

"I absolutely loved joining the panel as a special guest and getting to play detective. You're all in for a real treat."

Dancing On Ice presenter Holly isn't the only famous face who will be pulling up a judging seat for a one-off appearance, as comedians David Walliams and John Bishop have also been announced.

David is experienced as a TV judge thanks to his role on Britain's Got Talent, but the ITV variety show which would usually be airing during The Masked Dancer's time slot is taking a year off for 2021.

He said: "I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun that you can't help but have the best time. Joel (Dommett, host) and the other judges made me feel so welcome.

"It is much harder than judging BGT though. This is more like having to be a detective!"

John, who has recently been named as a Doctor Who companion, said: "I went to The Masked Dancer recording not sure what it would be like, but it was the most fun I've had for a long time.

"The show is crazy – but in a good way – and seeing the video wall with all the viewers and families at home watching gives it an extra spice. It was a really fun evening and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Costumed dancers taking their place on the stage include Zip, Carwash, Knickerbocker Glory and Rubber Chicken.

Unlike The Masked Singer which airs weekly, The Masked Dancer will begin on Saturday, May 29 and run every night over the week until the winner is unmasked.

Earlier this year, Joss Stone surprised viewers as being winning Masked Singer Sausage while pregnant, following Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts' series one win as Queen Bee.

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