CONTESTANTS have been battling it out on the new series of The Masked Singer.
One of those contestants is Poodle, whose identity has finally been revealed.
Who is Poodle on The Masked Singer 2022?
On January 22, it was revealed Poodle is singer Tom Chaplin, the frontman of the band Keane.
Poodle dropped a host of hints about his identity before his first performance on The Masked Singer.
Dog tags were hanging in the Angel Star Nails salon, featuring the names Anne, Elizabeth, Victoria and Anne, giving a clue to queens.
Poodle’s first VT referenced dog agility, the Royal Variety Performance, glamour and flamboyance.
Originally many thought it was John Barrowman under the mask until they performed, causing another to be thrown into the mix – with many people sure that Poodle is Paul O’Grady.
After that, clues included mentioned of Tom’s History of Art studies at the University of Edinburgh, and his song with Keane, Somewhere Only We Know, becoming the sound of Christmas when it featured in the John Lewis advert.
None of the panel managed to guess the correct name, with Jonathan Ross particularly annoyed to have missed it.
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When is Masked Singer 2022 on TV and how can I watch it?
The Masked Singer returned to ITV on January 1, 2022, at 7pm.
All episodes are available to watch online via the ITV Hub and BritBox.
Davina, Mo and Rita and Jonathan have returned as judges with Joel Dommett hosting.
Who are the other Masked Singer characters?
The other masked singers include:
How does The Masked Singer work?
The show sees famous faces go head to head to put on a standout music performance while their identities are kept a secret under some outrageous costumes.
Video recordings hint at their identity with visual and verbal clues.
Each week one person is unmasked after the judges make their final guesses.
The new characters will be hoping to join the list of The Masked Singer winners, which includes Nicola Roberts’ Queen Bee and Joss Stone’s Sausage.