Celebrity Juice returns with Masked Singer-inspired round during "absolutely brilliant" lockdown special

Megan Davies

From Digital Spy

Celebrity Juice returned to our screens tonight with a new Lockdown Special episode – and a nod to the huge success of The Masked Singer.

With host Keith Lemon, team captains Holly Willoughby and Mel B, and guests Chris Kamara, Mark Wright, Roman Kemp and Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford all dialling in from home, tonight's (April 30) edition of Celebrity Juice was a little different to normal.

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But despite Holly getting caught eating an ice cream at the beginning of the episode and Keith's best attempts to introduce some familiar games in lockdown form, the highlight of the night was almost definitely a game of The Concealed Vocalist with 'Gary Barlow'.

And in case you were wondering, Keith stressed that the game was absolutely not inspired by ITV's The Masked Singer at all.

"It's a totally original format, this, not like any other show," Keith explained. "But we're going to show you Gary Barlow singing with a celebrity but they'll have their face covered with some sort of mask as such.

"It's a totally original idea, all you have to do is give me the ID of the celebrity that Gary is singing with."

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In fact, Celebrity Juice even acknowledged the similarities between the two games on its Twitter account too.

"So we've been getting a lot of messages regarding how we managed to come up with a game like The Concealed Vocalist and the truth is... we don't know? It must have come in a dream because one day we woke up and BOOM, we had it," the tweet read.

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And, in case you were wondering, the concealed vocalists tonight were none other than Louise Redknapp and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

Celebrity Juice isn't the only series trying its hand at recreating The Masked Singer either, as earlier in April the singing show's host Joel Dommett also reunited judges Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall to play their own lockdown version of the game for his show Home Alone with Joel Dommett.

Even so, viewers were full of praise for the "absolutely brilliant" episode of Celebrity Juice, declaring it the best lockdown version of a show that we've seen since the UK lockdown began:

Celebrity Juice continues next Thursday (May 7) at 10pm on ITV2.

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