The Masked Singer is back on our screens, turning the nation into at-home detectives as they try to figure out who this year’s celebrity contestants are.
The singing competition series, in which celebrities compete anonymously behind giant anthropomorphic costumes, returned on New Year’s Day, with the first group of contestants all performing.
Among the group was Phoenix, who was shown in their VT standing within a grand castle and explaining in a posh accent that “I am rather hot, aren’t I?”
“Fire” by Kasabian then played as Phoenix said that they had risen from the ashes and been “born anew” and “reincarnated”.
They also said that they were good with “mysteries” and “following a trail”, while Phoenix was shown inspecting foot prints with a magnifying glass.
Phoenix’s first performance was a jazz version of “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. While performing, they sang with an American accent.
The judges loved Phoenix’s performance, with Jonathan Ross guessing that David Tennant – who is known to be a fan of the show – was behind the mask.
Rita Ora said that she was “confused” as to Phoenix’s identity and guessed Take That star Jason Orange.
Davina McCall, meanwhile, said that the reincarnation themes made her think of a former child star and took a punt at Nicholas Hoult.
Calling back to an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Mo Gilligan went for Joe Sugg, as he knew that the YouTuber’s family had survived the Great Fire of London. He also suggested Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall based on his hair colour.
Phoenix then dropped one final clue, telling the judges that they have “been a catchphrase”.
On social media, Twitter users echoed Ross’s thought that Tennant was behind Phoenix’s feathers, with one commenter writing: “Phoenix is definitely David Tennant!”
Others suggested it could be his Doctor Who co-star John Simm.
During the episode on 14 January, Phoenix performed “Loco in Acapulco” by The Four Tops.
“For my first performance, I set the stage on fire,” they said. “But the panel weren’t so lucky with my name. OK I’m ready for my close-up... shall we begin?”
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This last clue prompted the panel to guess that Phoenix has a link to movies. He then made reference to being “independent”... could it be an independent film star?
“I’m magical If you keep your eyes open, then you’ll see it,” he said.
The character also made reference to “treading the boards”. “How would I describe that feeling? Out of this world. Some say life immitates art, but I say vice versa,” they said.
Davina McCall suggested it was Jason Statham, an ex-diver who became a movie star. Jonathan Ross, meanwhile, guessed that it was Robbie Williams.
The two Clue or False prompts, read thusly: “It would have been sweet to converse with a person passed,” and “Time travel? I’ve completed it, my good man.”
The Masked Singer airs Saturdays at 7pm on ITV.