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Viewers left puzzled by new ITV show The Masked Dancer

"Not even AC-12 could unmask these contestants."

the masked dancer host joel dommett on stage, holding a gold theatre style face mask on a stick in his right hand and his microphone in his left hand
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The Masked Dancer UK made its dazzling debut on Saturday night (May 29) on ITV.

A spin-off of the equally bonkers The Masked Singer, this new entertainment show withholds the identity of its cast, with each contestant only being identified by their costume and moves until they get booted out of the competition and take their mask off.

While the judges' role is to guess who is hiding behind the mask, very little information is shared and the clues are subtle and written as riddles, making things extremely difficult to figure out (although that's basically the point of the show).

Viewers have been reacting to The Masked Dancer on social media and there seem to be mixed opinions: some were frustrated, others were pleased and nearly everyone was confused.

viper performing on the masked dancer
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Related: The Masked Dancer UK unmasks professional dancer as Viper

While some seemed already heavily invested in the investigations, others couldn't help but compare the show to The Masked Singer and complained that without hearing the contestant sing, it's harder to figure out who they are.

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Related: The Masked Dancer UK confirms Holly Willoughby and more as guest judges

The Masked Dancer is being judged by Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan - they are joined by new judge and Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse.

The characters on the show this year are truly unique - there are 12 weird and wonderful costumes competing and they include Beetroot, Carwash, Rubber Chicken, Beagle, Flamingo, Frog, Knickerbocker Glory, Llama, Scarecrow, Squirrel, Viper and Zip.

The dancing show has one major difference from The Masked Singer: the contestants can speak to the audience, however, their voices are distorted.

The Masked Dancer airs on ITV.


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