This week's episode of The Masked Dancer saw TWO famous faces exit the contest after their true identities were revealed.


We'd already said goodbye to Candlestick, Tomato Sauce, Cactus, Prawn Cocktail, Pig, Astronaut and Pillar & Post, who were forced to pull out with an injury. And tonight (Saturday 15th October) it was the turn of Odd Socks and Sea Slug.

But which celebs were behind the respective masks?

Read on to find out just who was unmasked this week, as well as every other celeb revealed so far.

Be aware - beyond this point expect full spoilers for The Masked Dancer season 2 so far.

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Who left The Masked Dancer 2022?

Kimberley Walsh - Odd Socks

Kimberley Walsh The Masked Dancer
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Former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh was the famous face behind Odd Socks.

"My kids and my nephews are obsessed with the show and do Masked Dancer competitions every weekend so I wanted to do it for them," she said.

But she found keeping schtum anything but easy: "It's the hardest thing ever! I'm so close to my family, I feel like I have been avoiding them for weeks."

Summing up her experience in three words, she said: "Madness, hilarious, random."

Denise Lewis - Sea Slug

Denise Lewis dressed as Sea Slug in The Masked Dancer
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Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis swapped her running shoes for the sequinned Sea Slug onepiece.

"It's been outstanding, seriously!" she said of the experience, adding: "The mask gives you wings!"

And it sounds like she'll miss her colourful alter ego: "I love everything about Sea Slug – she's got game."

Liam Charles - Candlestick

The episode of The Masked Dancer to air on 8th October 2022 saw Candlestick unmasked - it turned out that The Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles had been under there the whole time!

Charles was a contestant on the baking show's eighth season before going on to become a presenter on spin-off show Bake Off: The Professionals.

Charles said he had "zero dance experience" before entering the show, but decided to take part because "it was very different to what I do normally, so I thought why not".

Steph McGovern - Tomato Sauce

Steph McGovern The Masked Dancer
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Tomato Sauce left the competition on 1st October 2022, and was unmasked as popular daytime TV presenter Steph McGovern.

David Seaman and Frankie Poultney - Pillar & Post

The Masked Dancer's Pillar and Post
David Seaman and Frankie Poultney have been revealed as Pillar & Post ITV

Rumours have swirled over the identity of the celebrities forced to pull out of The Masked Dancer with an injury but Saturday's show revealed the identity of Pillar & Post.

Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife Frankie Poultney have withdrawn from the competition.

Frankie said: “We were gutted as we absolutely loved every minute. It was great fun but a tumble meant our Masked journey came to an end too soon, we had such a blast and we were sad that we had to hang up our masks without being able to share our final dance with you all.

"We have loved being part of this series and we wish the other competitors the best of luck as we continue to watch at home and try to guess who all the other celebrities are.”

Gareth Malone - Cactus

Gareth Malone on The Masked Dancer.
Gareth Malone on The Masked Dancer. Bandicoot TV/ITV

The fourth celebrity to be unmasked was choirmaster Gareth Malone, who had been in the cactus costume for this season of The Masked Dancer.

He said that his experience on the show had been "energetic, exhausting and joyous" and that he had no regrets about his performances this season.

Explaining why he had decided to take part in the series, Malone said: "I have never danced before other than around my kitchen or in night clubs in my youth and I’ve always really liked it and always felt like it was something I should do, should try and I thought this was a really fun way to do it.

"I really like the show and I thought it would be very unexpected for me to do this. Lots of people have actually tweeted before about whether or not it was me in one of the costumes or The Masked Singer but never on The Masked Dancer."

Stacey Dooley - Prawn Cocktail

Stacey Dooley unmasked as Prawn Cocktail in The Masked Dancer.
Stacey Dooley unmasked as Prawn Cocktail in The Masked Dancer. ITV

The third celebrity to be unmasked in the current season of The Masked Dancer was Stacey Dooley, who had been inside the Prawn Cocktail costume.

"I had the time of my life," Dooley cleared after dropping her food-based persona.

She added: "I loved it. I just wanted to pretend to be like a daft, drunk, annoying aunt. I think we nailed it."

Joanna Page – Pig

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The second famous face to be unmasked this season was Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page, who was revealed to be Pig.

The Welsh actress is also known for her appearance in Love Actually and for co-hosting the BBC One show Shop Well For Less.

"I had a fantastic time, it's been absolutely amazing," she said after her unmasking.

"The children don't know or anything so I am very excited because this is their favourite programme."

Clues included Pig's admission that she "once made a right pig's ear of meeting someone I really admired" – which she later revealed was a reference to meeting Dame Emma Thompson on the set of Love Actually.

Jesse Metcalfe – Astronaut

Jess Metcalfe on The Masked Dancer.

The ITV show took us all by surprise when Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe was revealed to be Astronaut.

The US actor is best known for playing John Rowland on the comedy drama before starring in John Tucker Must Die, Dallas, Smallville and Chesapeake Shores.

"I thought it would be fun because dance is something that really intimidates me so it's a fear that I wanted to face," he said on taking part.

"This has been unbelievable, it's one of the most zany things I've ever done in my career. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself."

As for the clues dropped during Astronaut's VT, the Solis on his monitor was a reference to Gabby Solis, his character's love interest on Desperate Housewives, played by Eva Longoria, while the "cow jumped over the moon" was a reference to the calf in Metcalfe.

Astronaut also said it wasn't the first time he's had a "mark" on his head, referring to his role in John Tucker Must Die.

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