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Who is Sea Slug on The Masked Dancer 2022? Clues, theories and celeb guesses

Who could be hiding behind Sea Slug's colourful costume?

The Masked Dancer's Sea Slug
Published: Friday, 23rd September 2022 at 11:21 am
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Crazy disguises, bold dance routines and some outrageous guesses: the second season of The Masked Dancer is now in full swing.


Among the hopefuls trying to impress the judges this time around is Sea Slug, who made their dancing debut in the second episode performing to When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls.

The character seemed to leave the judges stumped, prompting a wild array of guesses ranging from former One Direction star Zayn Malik to X Factor star Fleur East.

Will Sea Slug’s next performance give us a clearer idea of their real identity? In the meantime, here’s what we know so far about the colourful contestant.

Who is The Masked Dancer’s Sea Slug?

Sea Slug performs on The Masked Dancer
Sea Slug performs on The Masked Dancer ITV

Dances, songs, clues and guesses


  • Episode 2 – When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls


  • She says not to get "on the wrong side of her" and sea slugs can be "spiky".
  • Glowing in the dark is "in this season".
  • She offers to throw viewers "a lifeline" if they need help guessing.
  • Showed a treasure chest with arrows pointing in 'one direction'.
  • "You've got to hand it to me, this Sea Slug knows how to scrub up well."


  • Gok Wan
  • Fleur East
  • Zayn Malik

The Masked Dancer theories

Is Sea Slug Gok Wan?

The sheer range of guesses from the judges perhaps proves that Sea Slug’s identity might be one of the most difficult puzzles of this season.

Peter Crouch suggested that TV presenter and stylist Gok Wan could be hiding underneath the purple costume. Perhaps the reference to “scrubbing up well” could be a nod towards Wan’s hit 2000s makeover show, How to Look Good Naked, while the phrase “in this season” could be linked to his fashion expertise?

Though the VT showed an arrow pointing in “one direction” (hence the somewhat unlikely Zayn Malik guess from Jonathan Ross), it’s worth noting that last year, Wan released a track called Right Direction. He also appeared on a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? which could explain the reference to a “lifeline”.

We’ll have to wait until the next episode, which will be broadcast on ITV at 6:30pm on Saturday 24th September, to learn more.

The Masked Dancer is airing on ITV on Saturdays. To find out what else is on, check out our TV Guide or visit our hub for more Entertainment news.


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