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The Masked Singer series finale sees drop in viewing figures

The third series of the surreal ITV show came to a conclusion on Saturday night.


Panda on The Masked Singer (Vincent Dolman/Bandicoot TV/ITV/PA)

Panda on The Masked Singer (Vincent Dolman/Bandicoot TV/ITV/PA)

Panda on The Masked Singer (Vincent Dolman/Bandicoot TV/ITV/PA)

The series final of The Masked Singer secured an average of 6.3 million viewers, marking a drop on last year, according to ITV.

Saturday night’s episode saw pop star Natalie Imbruglia revealed as Panda and crowned winner of the third series of the surreal guessing game.

Welsh classical singer Charlotte Church as Mushroom was runner-up and Westlife star Markus Feehily claimed third after performing as Robobunny.

The episode marked a drop in viewing figures compared with the 2021 finale, which saw an average of 8.6 million viewers tune in – although viewing figures were generally higher during the first two national lockdowns.

The series two finale had itself been up by 2.2 million viewers on the final of the first series.

Saturday’s finale also secured a 38% audience share, making it the highest rating show of the night, according to ITV.

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The episode had a peak of 7.8 million viewers.

The Masked Singer, which is presented by comedian Joel Dommett, sees famous contestants disguised in elaborate costumes sing in front of a celebrity panel who have to guess their true identity.

Regular panellists Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan were joined by special guest singer Joss Stone, who won the second series performing as Sausage.

Following the reveal, Imbruglia shared a video on Instagram of her watching the pre-recorded finale with friends and laughing with delight at the panel’s reaction to her being unmasked.

She captioned the post: “So there you have it… I am Panda! Such fun… what a great experience and thank you to everyone on the show and to all who helped me keep the secret!!!”

The panel had failed to guess her identity, with their incorrect guesses including Jennifer Hudson, High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, Lea Michele from Glee, and even adventurer Bear Grylls.

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