The Masked Singer is back this weekend with the eight remaining Masked Singer 2023 contestants taking to the stage for another performance. One of those characters is Phoenix.


So far, Phoenix has managed to keep their identity hidden from the judges, but fans think they might have sussed out who's behind the mask.

In an exclusive poll, The Masked Singer viewers predicted that Phoenix is a Doctor Who star – but it seems they've missed a huge clue.

While most think David Tennant could be behind the bird costume, there are other clues which appear to show the character is actually Ricky Wilson.

Our Associate Editor Helen Daly highlighted a 'Doctor Who audition tape' posted by the Kaiser Chiefs, where the frontman is seen hilariously pretending to be the Doctor.

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Ricky Wilson, is that you behind the mask?

We won't know for sure until The Masked Singer's Phoenix takes off their mask. In the meantime, read on for all the latest clues around their identity.

Who is Phoenix? Clues, guesses, and songs

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


  • Week One - Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
  • Week Three - Loco in Acapulco by Four Tops


  • They are good at reinventing themselves, as they have been "born anew" and "reincarnated".
  • They were quiet as a child.
  • Their riddle was: "I'm all flame and fire, my feathers ablaze, it may intrigue you to learn, I've been a catchphrase."
  • They sang with an American accent.
  • They are good at "following a trail" and have been shown inspecting some footprints with a magnifying glass.


  • David Tennant
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Joe Sugg
  • Jason Orange
  • Ricky Wilson

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David Tennant attends the "Inside Man" Screening at BFI Southbank
David Tennant. Shane Anthony Sinclair/Getty Images

Is Phoenix David Tennant?

Jonathan Ross noted that Phoenix walks in a similar manner to David Tennant, and Masked Singer fans seem to have got on board with his suggestion.

After all, the references to reincarnation in Phoenix's VT could be a nod to his role in Doctor Who, which Tennant is set to reprise later this year, while the nod to investigation could be a link to his character in Broadchurch, DI Alec Hardy.

However, it's been a busy few months for Tennant recently, with the star working on new episodes of Doctor Who as well as starring in a play in the West End - could he really have squeezed in a stint moonlighting as a singing Phoenix?

We'll have to wait for more clues to be revealed later in the season in order to make a more educated guess at just who is hiding in this feathery outfit.

Is Phoenix Ricky Wilson?

Ricky Wilson
Ricky Wilson. Getty Images

While many believe David Tennant could be behind the mask of Phoenix, it looks like they have missed a big clue which actually suggests musician Ricky Wilson is the celeb.

Our Associate Editor Helen Daly pointed out this clip which shows the Kaiser Chiefs star pretending to be the Doctor, and fans are in agreement.

"Phoenix is Ricky Wilson. One of their albums had a stick of rock on the cover, they're named after a football team, and I'm fairly sure he was in War of the Worlds at one point," one viewer wrote.

What time is The Masked Singer on?

The Masked Singer will continue on ITV1 and ITVX on Saturday 14th January at 7pm, when Phoenix and their fellow crazy characters will be back on stage

Season 4 sees Joel Dommett returning to host the wild singing competition, while Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora, and Mo Gilligan back on the panel, trying their best to guess which celebrities are hiding behind the masks.

The Masked Singer airs on Saturdays 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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