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Who is Grandfather Clock on The Masked Singer?

He could well be one to *watch*

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Published: Saturday, 16th January 2021 at 6:45 pm

Series two of ITV's The Masked Singer is now in full swing, with viewers still applying with amateur sleuth skills to work out which celebrities are behind the ridiculous outfits.


Three famous faces have now been unmasked, with Martine McCutcheon being revealed as Swan following the eliminations of Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Alien) and Mel B (Seahorse) in weeks one and two.

While Martine McCutcheon has given her predictions as to who Sausage is, fans are still puzzled as to who Grandfather Clock could be.

One of the remaining The Masked Singer contestants, Grandfather Clock has hinted at a previous sporting career which has viewers guessing the celebrity behind the timekeeper is in fact football pundit Chris Kamara – but who is behind the mask?

Here's everything you need to know about Grandfather Clock – from the clues and hints about his identity to the panellists' guesses.

Who is Grandfather Clock? Songs, clues, guesses

Meet Grandfather Clock who hopes to have the time of their life in series two.

Grandfather Clock is the original Tik Tok and will be making every second on stage count.

In Week Four, Grandfather Clock was revealed as Glenn Hoddle.


Week two – Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets

Week four – You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra, and Can't Smile without You by The Carpenters


  • Grandfather Clock said: "When you're chasing time you learn to make every singe minute count, who know when you might be in extra time" – a football reference?
  • He said that while he's a Grandfather Clock, he's "extremely young at heart"
  • Grandfather Clock has been "the keeper" of a loved institution
  • In his VT, we saw football boots, a tennis racket, cricket balls, boots with spurs on and three lions
  • "I've never been an academic, but I have been called a genius."
  • Grandfather Clock wants to "save my real identity for as long as possible”
  • “My skills are something that are often commentated on.”
  • “I have definitely seen the Hand of God with my own two eyes.” – a reference to Diego Maradona
  • Grandfather Clock said he was "somewhat of a believer" and was seen playing football in his second VT, as well as holding a postcard from Bulgaria

“Two lies and one truth” clues:

  • "I've never worked in a bank but I'm still great at saving."
  • "A Prime Minister once compared our jobs."
  • "People always give me stuff they don't like."


  • Lee Dixon
  • Gary Lineker
  • Ian Wright
  • Peter Shilton
  • David Seaman
  • Des Lynam
  • David James
  • Les Ferdinand
  • Bradley Walsh
  • Chris Kamara

The Masked Singer UK theories

Is Grandfather Clock Chris Kamara?

Chris Kamara The Masked Singer
Chris Kamara The Masked Singer Getty Images

Some fans believe former footballer Chris Kamara could be behind the costume of Grandfather Clock, and if his recent comments are anything to go by, we may just have beat the clock at his own game.

Kammy all but admitted to being the character, during an appearance on Steph's Packed Lunch.

After politician Jacqui Smith pointed out that the athlete was wearing the "same top" as Grandfather Clock's costume and presenter Russell Kane joked "they've not even changed the face" he simply said: "You've clocked it!"

Surely the real clock wouldn't give the game away that easily?

Is Grandfather Clock Bradley Walsh

Is The Masked Dancer's Rubber Chicken Bradley Walsh?
Bradley Walsh Getty Images

The Masked Singer viewers are convinced The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh is the culprit with many taking to Twitter to share their theories.

During the VT, Grandfather Clock gave away a lot of clues which could link to Mr Walsh.

He said: "When you're chasing time you learn to make every singe minute count, who know when you might be in extra time," which could be a nod to Bradley's role on the ITV quiz show.

This could also be pointing towards Bradley's professional football career and regular involvement in Soccer Aid.

Is Grandfather Clock David Seaman?

Jonathan Ross suggested Grandfather Clock could be former England goalkeeper David Seaman.

Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Seaman played for Arsenal and England before retiring from professional football 2004. He is now goalkeeping coach for Combined Counties League club Wembley.

Seaman responded to Jonathan Ross' prediction on Twitter by posting a picture of himself next to a Grandfather Clock.

Is Grandfather Clock Des Lynam?

Rita Ora said that Grandfather Clock reminded her of Countdown and said she thought former host Des Lynam could be behind the costume.

Broadcaster Lynam is best known for presenting Match of the Day and coverage of Wimbledon, the Grand National, the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Is Grandfather Clock David James?

After hearing Grandfather Clock's final clue, Mo Gilligan suggested the character could actually be former footballer David James.

The goalkeeper played for England and numerous Premier League teams from the 90's up until 2013. He has since become a TV pundit for BT Sport and competed in the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Is Grandfather Clock Les Ferdinand?

Davina McCall said she though Grandfather Clock could be Les Ferdinand.

The former professional footballer played for Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United among other teams before retiring in 2006. He is now director of football at Queens Park Rangers.


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