Ready to keep your eyes peeled for clues and start constructing some outlandish theories? Good, because The Masked Singer is back on our screens, meaning it’s time to work out which celebrities are hiding behind the crazy costumes.


Joel Dommett is back as the show’s host, while judging panel Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross are tasked with attempting to uncover each character’s true identity, with the help of some puzzling clues.

This weekend, Otter will return to our screens, after making a major splash in the opening episode earlier this month.

They’ll be performing alongside Jellyfish, Knitting, Phoenix and Cat & Mouse, but could they really be an '80s pop icon? Here’s everything we know so far about Otter as they take their place among The Masked Singer season 4 contestants.

Who is Otter? Clues, guesses, and songs

Otter on The Masked Singer
Otter on The Masked Singer. ITV / Bandicoot TV


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  • They're known for their resilience and they survive in "places a lot couldn't".
  • They might have been seen before in a more "serious" context.
  • They're "naturally curious" and "a little bit naughty".
  • Seen with a vicar.
  • Clues around water and making a splash.
  • A four-leaf clover.
  • Sign saying "Rules And Diving Advice", which could be an acronym.
  • Their riddle was: "Children, some say, should be seen and not heard, but of this otter, I'd say, opposite is the word."


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The Masked Singer season 4 theories

Kate Bush
Musician Kate Bush performing live, circa 1978. Getty

Is Otter Kate Bush?

We know what you're thinking. Would one of the most publicity-shy and reclusive of singers, who rarely does interviews, let alone take part in reality series, really dress up as an otter to prance around on primetime television?

It's certainly debatable, but the theory that Otter is in fact Kate Bush has gained far more traction on social media than any of the panel's suggestions.

Viewers noted a similarity between Otter's singing style and Bush's recognisable vocals, and also suggested that the reference to "resilience" could be a nod to the title of her legendary track Running Up That Hill, which recently enjoyed fresh chart success when it was featured in the soundtrack for Stranger Things season 4.

The alternative title for the song is A Deal with God, which could perhaps explain the vicar cropping up in Otter's VT.

We'll have to wait until Saturday to pick up more hints about Otter's true identity.

What time is The Masked Singer on?

The Masked Singer airs weekly on ITV1 and can also be streamed on ITVX.

The next episode of season 4 will land on our screens on Saturday 14th January at 7pm, when we'll get to see a second performance from Otter and their fellow competitors, before one of them is unmasked and sent home.

So far, the celebrities who have left the show include Chris Kamara (who performed in episode 1 as Ghost) and Lulu (who appeared in the second episode as Piece of Cake).

The Masked Singer airs on Saturday 14th January at 7pm on ITV1 and ITVX. Check out more of our Entertainment coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide for more to watch.


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