The Masked Singer: Kevin Clifton now favourite to be unmasked as character on ITV show
The Masked Singer: Badger receives a note from ‘Barbra’
With just five costumes remaining in The Masked Singer, guesses are still coming in thick and fast as to which famous face is hidden beneath the zany characters. And one performer who has continued to bamboozle ITV viewers throughout is none other than Badger. However, in a rather surprising turn of events, bookmakers have slashed the odds on Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton being the man behind the mask.
While the likes of Robin and Harlequin’s identity seem to be unanimous amongst the Masked Singer fandom as Aston Merrygold and Gabrielle respectively, Badger continues to be somewhat of a head-scratcher.
Badger has wowed the judges and ITV viewers alike week in, week out, ever since they made their debut with a rendition of Feeling Good.
And guesses have ranged from US chart-topper Ne-Yo to Alan Titchmarsh with the panel.
But now, ahead of the semi-final, bookmakers have slashed odds on Badger actually being Kevin Clifton.
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Ladbrokes now make Kevin just 6/4 to be unveiled as the man hiding underneath the mask.
This makes him joint-favourite to be unmasked as the character alongside Ne-Yo who is priced at the same odds.
And the clues certainly seem to suggest Kevin may well be the mystery performer, especially after he dropped a Strictly Come Dancing clue back in episode three.
When asked to give the judges two truths and a lie, Badger announced: “Strictly speaking, I’m known for dancing.”
If this were to be one of the true statements from Badger, surely the latest odds are justified.
The latest revelation that Kevin has emerged as the frontrunner for Badger may not come as a surprise to several viewers.
Throughout the series so far, several have been taking to social media to express their certainty that he is indeed the mystery performer.
“Harlequin sounds exactly like Gabrielle,” began one fan on Twitter. “I’m fairly sure Badger is Kevin Clifton.”
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A second agreed: “I think the badger is Kevin Clifton. Dancing clues have been prominent and he would love to expand his career I imagine!”
“Eurgh Badger, was thinking Kevin Clifton? #MaskedSingerUK #TheMaskedSingerUK,” pondered another fan.
While a fourth added to the conversation on Twitter: “Knew dragon form week 1! Badger is Kevin Clifton from Strictly.”
Away from Kevin, the bookmakers make Aston a lowly price of 1/5 to be under the Robin mask.
Dragon is currently 2/1 to be former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins, with Courtney Act close behind at 3/1.
Singer Gabrielle is 4/7 to be under the Harlequin disguise, while Sausage is currently tipped to be Sheridan Smith at 5/4.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “We’re getting to the business end of the competition now and it looks like Robin and Harlequin will easily make the final.”
The Masked Singer airs tonight on ITV at 7pm.
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