The Masked Singer: Will Young is the third celebrity to be eliminated and is revealed as Lionfish


The Masked Singer 2022: Will Young is the third celebrity to be eliminated from the nation’s favourite guessing game after being revealed as Lionfish

  • The singer, 42, is out of the nation’s favourite guessing game, following Heather Small and Gloria Hunniford’s eliminations last weekend 
  • He battled it out against Fireworks in the sing-off on Saturday, his rendition of Stop This Flame not enough to send him through to the next instalment
  • Traffic Cone, Panda, Rockhopper, Poodle and Bagpipes will take to the stage during next Saturday’s Love Special episode


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Will Young was revealed as Lionfish during the latest instalment of The Masked Singer on Saturday.

The singer, 42, was the third contestant to be eliminated after Heather Small was unveiled as Chandelier and Snow Leopard was unmasked as the show’s oldest ever contestant, Gloria Hunniford, during last weekend’s proceedings. 

When it came to the sing-off against Fireworks, Will’s performance of Celeste’s Stop This Flame was not enough to keep him in the nation’s favourite guessing game, the former character outperforming with rock hit Sex On Fire. 

The Masked Singer 2022: Will Young was the third celebrity to be eliminated from the nation’s favourite guessing game on Saturday after being revealed as Lionfish

The Pop Idol icon said after his unveiling: ‘It was such a brilliant challenge to take on,’ adding that he was most concerned about judge Jonathan Ross recognising his vocals, which the veteran broadcaster and fellow judge Rita Ora did. 

Prior to the sing-off, Fireworks put on a sparkling display when they belted out 80s classic Fame, while Mushroom transformed into Grease’s Rizzo for ballad There Are Worse Things I Could Do. 

Next up was Lionfish, who left the judges mesmerised by their performance of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. 

Doughnuts turned up the energy with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Spice Up Your Life. 

Unveiled: When it came to the sing-off against Fireworks, Will's performance of Celeste's Stop This Flame was not enough to keep him in the nation's favourite guessing game

Unveiled: When it came to the sing-off against Fireworks, Will's performance of Celeste's Stop This Flame was not enough to keep him in the nation's favourite guessing game

Unveiled: When it came to the sing-off against Fireworks, Will’s performance of Celeste’s Stop This Flame was not enough to keep him in the nation’s favourite guessing game

End of the journey: The Pop Idol icon said after his unveiling: 'It was such a brilliant challenge to take on,' adding that he was most concerned about judge Jonathan Ross recognising his vocals

End of the journey: The Pop Idol icon said after his unveiling: 'It was such a brilliant challenge to take on,' adding that he was most concerned about judge Jonathan Ross recognising his vocals

End of the journey: The Pop Idol icon said after his unveiling: ‘It was such a brilliant challenge to take on,’ adding that he was most concerned about judge Jonathan Ross recognising his vocals

End of the road: The singer, 42, was the third contestant to be eliminated after Heather Small was unveiled as Chandelier and Snow Leopard was unmasked as the show's oldest ever contestant, Gloria Hunniford, during last weekend's proceedings

End of the road: The singer, 42, was the third contestant to be eliminated after Heather Small was unveiled as Chandelier and Snow Leopard was unmasked as the show's oldest ever contestant, Gloria Hunniford, during last weekend's proceedings

End of the road: The singer, 42, was the third contestant to be eliminated after Heather Small was unveiled as Chandelier and Snow Leopard was unmasked as the show’s oldest ever contestant, Gloria Hunniford, during last weekend’s proceedings

A Star Is Born’s power tune Shallow was taken on by Robobunny, which was a tale of two halves when they switched up the vocals for the chorus. 

Traffic Cone, Panda, Rockhopper, Poodle and Bagpipes will battle it out during next Saturday’s Love Special episode. 

The ITV singing competition is back for a third series with Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross returning to the judging chairs while Joel Dommett is back as host.  

Dazzling: Fireworks turned up the sparkle as they belted out 80s classic Fame, before performing Sex On Fire in the sing-off

Dazzling: Fireworks turned up the sparkle as they belted out 80s classic Fame, before performing Sex On Fire in the sing-off

Dazzling: Fireworks turned up the sparkle as they belted out 80s classic Fame, before performing Sex On Fire in the sing-off

Guess who: Mushroom transformed into Grease's Rizzo for a performance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do

Guess who: Mushroom transformed into Grease's Rizzo for a performance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do

Guess who: Mushroom transformed into Grease’s Rizzo for a performance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do

Last month it was revealed that both Davina and Rita had people they know take part in the show.

Speaking to MailOnline, Davina and Joel revealed someone Rita knows ‘quite personally’ was among the contestants while Davina found it ‘weird’ to see someone she knew, but neither of them correctly guessed their friends identities.

Davina said: ‘What might be a massive name for Mo might not be a massive name for me and vice versa.

Who is behind the mask? Lionfish - later revealed as Will Young - left the judges mesmerised by their performance of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You

Who is behind the mask? Lionfish - later revealed as Will Young - left the judges mesmerised by their performance of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You

Who is behind the mask? Lionfish – later revealed as Will Young – left the judges mesmerised by their performance of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You

‘There’s a big name for me, there’s a big name for Mo. He couldn’t believe it. There was someone I know, that was quite weird.’ 

Ahead of the show launch, Joel, 36, gushed this is the ‘best series yet.’

‘Having an audience has really changed everything. The energy in the studio has stepped up a notch and having full families in front of you enjoying it in the same way they enjoy it in their lounge is super important. It’s made it the best series yet,’ he said.

Treat: Doughnuts turned up the energy with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Spice Up Your Life

Treat: Doughnuts turned up the energy with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Spice Up Your Life

Treat: Doughnuts turned up the energy with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Spice Up Your Life

Of getting quizzed on who’s who, Joel quipped: ‘I get asked all the time, “who’s sausage then?” I just have to run away. Basically, when the show is on television I just hide in my house. It’s not worth going out.’

Stand-up comedian Mo, 33, explained how the celebrities are upping their game.

‘I think what it is now is that people have seen the show so they’re trying to change the way they speak, they might put an accent on to throw us off. They’re even changing the way they sing now.

‘People are really upping their game to not be sussed out so soon.’

Impressive: A Star Is Born's power tune Shallow was taken on by Robobunny, which was a tale of two halves when they switched up the vocals for the chorus

Impressive: A Star Is Born's power tune Shallow was taken on by Robobunny, which was a tale of two halves when they switched up the vocals for the chorus

Impressive: A Star Is Born’s power tune Shallow was taken on by Robobunny, which was a tale of two halves when they switched up the vocals for the chorus

The show’s inclusivity is what makes it so widely watched, presenter Davina, 54, believes.

‘I don’t know any other show that’s as inclusive as this show and I don’t think any of us expected it to be like that when it started but that’s just how it turned out. I mean there’s something in it for everyone, it’s just really one great big game of guess who. It’s just so fun.’

Pop star Rita, 31, enjoys the element of ‘going in blind.’

‘I tend to try and remind myself of names and things, just to refresh my brain but there is no real way of setting yourself up because it could be anybody. It’s fun going in blind actually,’ she said.

Guessing game: The judges' guesses after Lionfish's performance did not include Will Young

Guessing game: The judges' guesses after Lionfish's performance did not include Will Young

Guessing game: The judges’ guesses after Lionfish’s performance did not include Will Young 

Veteran broadcaster and presenter Jonathan, 61, gave the low-down on the competition between the panel.

‘It’s quite hot in some ways. We all pretend it doesn’t matter. Rita’s the one who wants to really win this series, she won the last two, I think she feels going for the hat trick is a prize worth getting. So far, I think she’s doing the worst out of all of us and that’s quite delightful.

‘I think I’m doing the best at the moment against all odds, but that won’t last.’

The Masked Singer premiered on ITV on January 1.

Third series: The ITV singing competition is back for a third series with Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross returning to the judging chairs while Joel Dommett is back as host

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