The Masked Dancer fans in shock as Strictly legend Bruno Tonioli is unmasked as Pearly King


THE MASKED Dancer fans were in shock as Bruno Tonioli was unmasked as Pearly King

The spin-off to The Masked Singer has kept everyone guessing for weeks, and tonight the answers were finally revealed. 

Pearly King was unmasked as Strictly star Bruno Tonioli
The character missed out on a place in the final two

The final saw the three masked celebrities remaining, Scissors, Onomatopoeia and Pearly King, dance to be crowned the winner.

But unfortunately, Pearly King was pipped at the final and was given the boot by the judges.

Despite two impressive performances, the audience gave them the boot, leaving panellist Davina McCall, Peter Crouch, Oti Mabuse, French Dawn and John Bishop stunned.

Host Joel Dommett revealed the celebrity in third place, as Bruno removed their mask, leaving fans in shock.

One wrote: “I knew it was Bruno from Strictly. Love him! #MaskedDancer”

Another posted: “Bruno Tonioli was my first guess. #MaskedDancer”

A third said: “Of course it was Bruno! His dancing was incredible. #MaskedDancer”

Onomatopoeia and Scissors will go head-to-head to battle it out for the winning spot.

Tonight, Scissors kicked things off with lots of references to cheerleaders as they performed an upbeat routine to Aretha Franklin’s Respect.

There was another musical clue after Coronation Street stars Daniel Brocklebank and Harriet Bibby filmed a short segment, hinting that the famous person has appeared in musicals.

This was followed up by Onomatopoeia, who revealed they were previously in the charts.

They pulled out all the stops with a fast-paced number to Came Here For Love by Ella Eyre.

The judges were quick to guess Coyote Ugly star Adam Garcia, while Dawn guessed Jason Donovan.

But a clear reference to LeAnne Rimes hit track Can’t Fight the Moonlight cemented their original guess that it was Hollywood star Adam hiding behind the mask.

Third up was Pearly King, who dropped hints about paso doble dancing and Italian olives.

They blew the audience away with their powerful performance to ABC by Gayle.

The judging panel immediately guessed Strictly star Bruno Tonioli, with more references to ballroom and dancing.

The characters then performed for a second time, with Scissors with an energetic routine to Spice Girls, Onomatopoeia returned with a smooth performance to BTS track Butter and Pearly King pushed the boat out with their moves to Hard to Handle by The Black Crowes.

Last weekend saw Girls Aloud star Kimberely Walsh unmasked as Odd Socks and Olympic star Denise Lewis unveiled as Sea Slug.

The other celebrities to reveal their identities leading up to tonight were Hollywood actor Jesse Metcalfe, GBBO star Liam Charles, Channel 4 host Steph McGovern, David and Frankie Seaman, singer Gareth Malone, presenter Stacey Dooley and actress Joanna Page.

The judging panel this series has consisted of Jonathan Ross, Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall and Peter Crouch filing in for Mo Gilligan.