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FIRST LOOK: The Masked Dancer 2022

It's time for a first look at the characters taking part in this year's The Masked Dancer, including the show's first-ever duo!

Following a successful first series, The Masked Dancer is returning to ITV as a brand new cast of celebrities attempt to baffle, bewilder and bamboozle the panel and viewers with their fancy footwork and dazzling dance moves whilst covered from head to toe in extravagant and elaborate costumes.

Presiding over this unique and unusual dance party once again will be Joel Dommett as 12 brand new celebrities will be stepping onto the dancefloor to take on character alter egos as they trip the light fantastic in a bid to wow the panel and confuse with their moves.

Clue packages will accompany every Masked Dancer to help the panel and at-home detectives crack the case of who the famous faces behind the masks are. From ballet to ballroom, salsa to swing, and everything in between, the mystery lineup will be dancing onto screens this autumn.

Taking part this year and dancing to their own tune will be Onomatopoeia and hoping that they can paint the dancefloor red will be Tomato Sauce. You’ve heard of the worm but now it’s time for a new dance craze... introducing the Sea Slug!

Cutting their own shapes on stage will be Scissors, Cactus will perform with dance moves to prickle your fancy, and having invited the MoonWalk, Astronaut will be trying to baffle the panel.

Other characters include Candlestick, Pearly King, Pig, Prawn Cocktail, Odd Socks and the show's first-ever duo, Pillar and Post.

In this series, footballing legend Peter Crouch will be hoping he can hit the back of the net with his guesses. A celebration that could see his unique 'Robot dance' making an appearance! With success both on and off the pitch and a host of famous friends to boot, could this give him the edge over his fellow panelists?

Alongside Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Oti Mabuse, they will all be watching each performance closely as they try and work out which twinkle-toed celebrity is behind the mask.

The former England striker will be stepping in for comedian Mo Gilligan this season, who's unavailable owing to touring commitments, but he will be back to join Peter, Davina, Jonathan and Oti on the panel for a surprise appearance during the run.

Also, expect a number of very special guests throughout the series who'll be joining the panel.

Last series viewers saw Olympic gymnast Louis Smith storm to victory dressed as the wonderfully outlandish Carwash. The series also saw Radio DJ and presenter Zoe Ball unmasked as Llama, choreographer and TV judge Craig Revel Horwood as Knickerbocker Glory, Ice skating legend Christopher Dean as Beagle and presenter Kelly Brook as Frog.

The Masked Dancer returns this autumn on ITV

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