The second season of the UK edition of The Masked Singer is in full swing. The reality series has become a massive hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States over the past couple of years, and its popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.
Nicola Roberts took the season one crown after her stellar string of performances as Queen Bee, ultimately beating out Jason Manford’s Hedgehog and Katherine Jenkins’ Octopus. The second season, which started back on Boxing Day, has already seen no shortage of twists and turns.
Here is a quick recap of the second season of the UK version of The Masked Singer, with a look at how things may play out in the season finale on February 13.
Alien (Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor was the first contestant to be eliminated from the second season back in the very first episode. The noted lead singer of Theaudience was ousted after her rendition of “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa failed to capture the imagination of the trio of panelists.
The Alien was eliminated after being outperformed by Robin. Of course, there’s no shame in that considering we still don’t know the identity of Robin. Oddsmakers believe Robin is actually Aston Merrygold, but time will tell.
Frankly, it’s probably for the best that the Alien was cut right away. That costume is rather terrifying.
Seahorse (Mel B)
The Seahorse didn’t make her debut until the second episode of the season. He was tasked with regaling the panelists with her version of “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by Kylie Minogue. It’s hard to imagine anyone performing the song better than Kylie herself, so the Seahorse was facing an uphill climb from the jump:
We later found out that Mel B, also known as Scary Spice. It’s a bit surprising that the 45-year-old didn’t make a deeper run into the season given the massive popularity of the Spice Girls in the UK, but she was ultimately unable to get past the Viking. The Viking prevailed in their duel after nailing Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.”
Swan (Martine McCutcheon)
The Swan was another debutante in the first episode. She put forth a fairly underwhelming version of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” She wasn’t bad enough to get ousted right away, but she did exit the first performance at risk.
The Swan costume was impressive, but her lack of any dance moves whatsoever may have ultimately cost her. The Swan was later revealed to be Martine McCutcheon. Despite her own history with a pair of chart-toppers in the UK, McCutcheon was eliminated in the third episode. Online betting sites had her pegged as the Swan from her first song.
Grandfather Clock (Glenn Hoddle)
We didn’t get a glimpse of the Grandfather Clock until the end of the second episode. It didn’t take them very long to run out of costume options, apparently. Grandfather Clock? Really?
As you may expect, the Grandfather Clock first sang a song about…clocks. The Clock offered up his rendition of Bill Haley and His Comets’ oldie hit “Rock Around the Clock.” Prepare to feast your eyes on a Pringles can disguised as a clock:
This is truly nightmare material. We found out following his elimination that he was actually former Spurs and Chelsea midfielder Glenn Hoddle. Hoddle admittedly has pretty good pipes for a former soccer player, but he came out of his first showdown with Bush Baby at risk. Grandfather Clock was eventually eliminated by the Viking in a sing-off in episode four.
Speaking of Bush Baby…
Bush Baby (John Thomson)
There are plenty of real animals out there from which to choose, but those behind The Masked Singer evidently decided to put a glorified Furby into the mix in the second season. Bush Baby, who was later revealed to be John Thomson, was the first contestant of the season to be eliminated despite having actually won a round earlier on.
Bush Baby’s performance of Tom Jones’ “Delilah” was good enough to get him past the Grandfather Clock, but his run came to an end in the fifth episode of the season. Thomson bellowed his way through “Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck:
Viking (Morten Harket)
Rather than give the Viking an intimidating presence, the costume designers instead decided to make him look like a Nordic version of Yosemite Sam. This costume certainly had plenty of potential, but look at this goofball:
Tiny arms, big head, huge beard, no body. Weird stuff, all around.
The Viking did beat Mel B’s Seahorse back in the second episode with his aforementioned version of “Songbird,” but his second song was enough to put him at risk. The Viking didn’t exactly nail Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar,” but he did ultimately get the better of the Clock in the ensuing sing-off.
His reign was short-lived, though, as he was one of two contestants to be cut in the sixth episode. Despite his best efforts on Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” we later found out that the Viking was portrayed by Norway native Morten Harket.
Blob (Lenny Henry)
The Blob was the second contestant to be shown the door in the sixth episode of the second season. The Blob, a rather terrifying mix of goo, eyes, and fur, did admittedly nail Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” in his first try of the season:
The Blob got the better of the Harlequin with that performance before advancing with Cameo’s “Word Up!” in the fourth episode of the campaign. Blob advanced once again after slaying Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” in the very next episode, but he was canned alongside the Viking after singing Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” in episode six.
We found out that night that the Blob was actually Sir Lenny Henry, a legendary stand-up comedian, actor, singer, and just about anything else under the sun. You had a good run, Sir Lenny.
The Harlequin was put on notice after faltering against the Blob in the first round, but she improved her performances quite a bit after that initial setback. The Harlequin advanced through episodes four, five, and six after a string of solid performances, including a stirring rendition of Harry Styles’ “Falling:”
We found out after that performance that Gabrielle was the one behind the Harlequin mask. Making it all the way to the seventh episode is no small feat, especially after coming close to elimination way back in the season premiere.
Dragon (Sue Perkins)
The Dragon got past the Swan back in episode one after a nice rendition of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me:”
This is a delightful costume. There was really no way they could vote her off, especially after singing that song. Imagine looking into those eyes and voting against the Dragon after that. Nobody could possibly be that heartless.
The Dragon skirted through a few more episodes before her run came crashing to an end in the seventh episode. We discovered following her performance of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” that comedian Sue Perkins was behind the Dragon mask all along.
Who Will Win Season 2 of The Masked Singer UK?
The upcoming finale of season two of the UK edition of The Masked Singer will pit the Robin, the Sausage, and the Badger against one another.
Below are the odds on who could be under the mask of one of the final three contestants courtesy of the best entertainment betting sites.
Who Is the Badger on The Masked Singer?
- Ne-Yo: +150
- Peter Andre: +200
- Kevin Clifton: +300
- Will Green: +400
- Jay Kay: +450
- Jahmene Douglas: +800
- Carl Fogarty: +1000
Who Is the Robin on The Masked Singer?
- Aston Merrygold: -500
- Olly Murs: +600
- Nicky Byrne: +800
- Jake Wood: +1000
Who Is the Sausage on The Masked Singer?
- Joss Stone: -120
- Sheridan Smith: +200
- Stacey Solomon: +400
- Rebecca Feguson: +500
- Anastacia: +800
- Billie Piper: +1000
Who Is the Favorite to Win The Masked Singer UK Season 2?
- Robin: +150
- Badger: +200
- Sausage: +400
Fans of the show have made their guesses as to the identities of each of the remaining contestants. Many believe Sheridan Smith is the face behind the Sausage. The guesses as to the face behind the Badger are wide-ranging.
Some believe it could be R&B singer Peter Andre, while some have surmised that it could actually be Ne-Yo. The Robin, meanwhile, is thought to be either Aston Merrygold, Olly Murs, or Nicky Byrne.
What happens in the season finale remains to be seen, but it’s sure to be a fascinating conclusion to what has been a fun and compelling season of The Masked Singer. Who do you think is left behind the remaining masks?
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu …