The Masked Dancer

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Korea’s technicolour dream shows

Crazy and cool with a K” is a good moniker for the jaw-dropping South Korean entertainment formats delivering jaw-dropping audience figures around the world. In the UK, The Masked Singer, I Can See Your Voice and, most recently, The Masked Dancer have featured celebrities disguised as everything from a bee and an octopus to a sausage, good and bad singers from the great British public hiding in plain sight and dance routines from a llama, chicken and knickerbocker glory.

The Masked Dancer heads to ITV this May

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A spin-off from the RTS-Award winning series The Masked Singer, the new series will see celebrities perform unique dances while dressed in extravagant costumes with gigantic, colourful face masks.

The show’s celebrity panel will then need to work out who is behind the mask, helped along by some cryptic clues.

Strictly star Oti Mabuse will be bringing her dance expertise to the panel, joining Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall as they guess who is busting the moves beneath the giant suits.

ITV announces The Masked Dancer

Joel Dommett will present the seven part series, with dancer Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall sitting on the judging panel.

Ross said: “What people don’t know is that secretly I am an expert in dance and can spot a ball change from a box step no problem.

“The title of best detective on the panel is most certainly coming my way!”

Celebrity contestants will have to perform unique dance routines while covered head to toe in extravagant costumes and masks, leaving it up to the panel and viewers to guess their identities.