Joel Dommett tells Chris Evans about The Masked Singer 'show secrets'

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27 Jan 2023, 11:38

Chris Evans and Joel Dommett

Joel Dommett has told Chris all about The Masked Singer and revealed some “show secrets” viewers might not know about.

The comedian, who joined The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch this morning, has been hosting the hit ITV show since it started in 2020. For those of you who don't know, The Masked Singer sees a line-up of secret celebrities perform to a live audience and panel of judges while dressed up in elaborate costumes.

Joel is currently fronting the fourth season of the show and so far, the likes of Chris Kamara, Marin and Shirlie Kemp and Snooker’s Stephen Hendry have been de-masked after being voted out of the competition.

What makes the show so unique is, of course, the crazy costumes celebrities have to wear to disguise themselves onstage and Joel has revealed just how much work goes into wearing them.

He explained: “There are certain ones [costumes] that have a full network of fans inside because they are so hot and they are really, really heavy.”

After parading around onstage and singing their hearts out, it’s no wonder the celebs break a sweat and Joel says they often after to pause after the unveiling at the end of the show because of how much they are sweating.

He added: “I’ll be honest, show secret, what happens is we go ‘take it off, take it off, take it off’ and they take it [the costume] off and then almost always we go ‘Okay can we have a pause because they are sweating an unbelievable amount’ and make up comes in, dabs them a little bit and then we take it off again.”

When asked what happens to the costumes after the show finishes, Joel joked: “I think they’re in some sort of ghoulish warehouse somewhere. They should be a museum piece.”

The whole point of The Masked Singer is about guessing who is behind the mask, so naturally, the identities of celebs taking part are kept top secret, even from Joel.

He explained: “The producers love it because they’ve got a secret they hold on to. There’s only about six or seven people on the entire team that know who is behind the mask.”

That means Joel gets to play along with viewers and is just as surprised when the mask is taken off. However, he thinks it’s much easier to guess their identities when watching from home.

The comedian added: “In the studio, it is harder. I would say it's harder because [their voice] is a bit more muffled in the studio and then when you watch it on television, you go ‘Oh, I see it now.’”

The Masked Singer continues Saturday at 7pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

For more great interviews listen to  The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or  catch up on-demand here.