Masked Dancer’s Tomato Sauce star reveals clever trick she used to keep show appearance a secret

Masked Dancer Tomato Sauce revealed as Steph McGovern

THE Masked Dancer star Steph McGovern has revealed the clever trick she used to cover up her real identity on the show.

The TV presenter was unmasked over the weekend – as she told fans she “absolutely loved” being on the hit ITV show.

Steph was unmasked on the ITV show over the weekend
She revealed how she disguised her voice to hide her identity

On Saturday night, the judging panel chose to unmask Tomato Sauce, before it was revealed that Steph, 40, was under the mask.

Discussing her time on The Masked Dancer, Steph shared that it had been “incredibly hard” to keep her appearance on the show a secret.

However, as she spoke on her TV show Steph’s Packed Lunch yesterday, she revealed one handy trick that appeared to help.

Steph told fans that she spoke in a posh southern accent in order to “cover up” her tell-tale “northern vowels” during the VT appearances.

The star also apologised to everyone she had “lied to” after she was unmasked after she previously denied being on the programme during an episode of Steph’s Packed Lunch.

When quizzed on whether her “family knew” about her time in the competition, Steph hit back: “Just my partner.”

After being voted off the show, Steph shared: “I love the show and I love dancing. I’m rubbish at keeping secrets so I’m proud of myself.”

After her big reveal, fans of the hit show said they’d guessed it was Steph all along – thanks to a series of helpful clues.

The naughty tomato teased they put the “sauce into saucy” and were a “staple at meal times” – hinting at her weekday TV show.

Hinting at their ability to get on with anyone in interviews, she said “a good sauce can be paired with anything”.

They continued: “Have a squeeze, I won’t judge what you put it on.”

Describing themselves as the “heart of the table” they added “many an important conversation is had while breaking bread.”

Discussing her Tomato Sauce character, Steph said: “My character is literally my opposite – cute/sweet/affectionate.

“As soon as I am in costume I become my alter ego. I’m nothing like her. I’m a sarcastic, direct northern lass. She’s so sickly cute.”

She described the time on the show as “surreal” and “exhilarating” while saying she thought judge Oti Mabuse was going to “suss [her] straight away.”

Steph added: “We’re friends but she didn’t get it for a while. I was pleased about that. I was over the moon with the feedback. I’m not a dancer but they made me feel like one.”