The Masked Dancer UK: Zip revealed as Take That’s Howard Donald

Howard Donald stunned the judges (Picture: ITV & Rex)

The Masked Dancer UK has unmasked Zip as part of its tense final, with the character revealed to be Take That star Howard Donald.

The judges, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Oti Mabuse were stunned to see the musician unmasked, as Howard promised to keep the outfit.

Asked why he took on the show, the 53-year-old explained: ‘Just the challenge in itself! It felt like nothing I’ve done before.

‘I’m sure like everyone else as well it was good to get my fitness back and help with lockdown boredom.’

‘Dancing has always been my thing and singing comes second,’ he added.

Chatting about his Zip mask, Howard added: ‘I love the mask. It’s me in a nutshell. From the first time I saw a drawing of the outfit I was so excited to get to be that character, although the big mask was restrictive when it came to some of the dance moves.’

What were the clues?

  • Life and soul of party
  • Loves disco 
  • Possibly a DJ 
  • Red, yellow, green and blue 
  • Open and shut case 
  • Tea at the Savoy
  • Life has been far out but it started differently
  • Dropped from first job for being late
  • Worked with David Bowie
  • Asked to say a meaningful word to them in their own voice, Zip said: ‘Geraldine’
  • A sign referring to ‘jelly and whipped cream’

The final of the wildly popular show saw Zip, Carwash, Scarecrow and Squirrel battle it out.

Carwash was crowned the winner, being unmasked as gymnast Louis Smith, while Scarecrow was revealed to be Tamzin Outhwaite and Squirrel was Bonnie Langsford.

The tense final followed a string of double eliminations, with Knickerbocker Glory being revealed as none other than Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, while Frog turned out to be Kelly Brook.

Previously, Beagle was unmasked as ice skating legend Christopher Dean and Llama was revealed to be Zoe Ball.

Before then, pro dancer and Diversity star Jordan Banjo, singer and media personality Louise Redknapp, and Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were unmasked.

The Masked Dancer is based on the wildly popular format of The Masked Singer, which has seen stars including Sophie Ellis Bextor, Mel B, and Nicola Roberts compete.

The Masked Dancer is available to watch on catch-up on the ITV Hub.

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