The Masked Dancer returning for a second series after Masked Singer spin off's successful debut

THE Masked Dancer will be back for a second series next year.

Viewers loved its first outing, with Olympian Louis Smith crowned winner as Carwash, while Bonnie Langford impressed as Squirrel.

The sister show of The Masked Singer sees 12 celebrities dancing wearing wacky masks as judges Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan attempt to guess who’s behind the mask.

Joel Dommett will be back as host.

ITV’s Head of Entertainment Katie Rawcliffe confirmed the news.

She said during ITV's 2022 Entertainment Launch: “On Masked Dancer, which we obviously tried this year and it was great.

“And great casting, Craig Revel Horwood, Zoe Ball, Christopher Dean – you don’t get people like that to take part in shows very often.

“So to do that and have that as a great success was great, and to have Oti join the panel, another stellar detective.

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“And so it is also great to be saying we’re going to be doing that again later this year.”

Last year’s competition also featured Take That’s Howard Donald as Zip and Kelly Brook as Frog.

Viewers found it hilarious Diversity’s dance star Jordan Banjo was out first.

Meanwhile, the third series of The Masked Singer will premiere on New Year's Day on ITV.

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