Masked Dancer fan theories including Take That’s Howard Donald and Maisie Smith

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The Masked Dancer has left viewers scratching their heads by working out who the famous faces are behind the show-stopping moves.

Fans have been speculating for weeks over which celebrities are behind the dazzling dances on the ITV guessing game that has got all of us talking.

The tense final will see Zip, Scarecrow, Carwash and Squirrel battle it out be crowned the winner after Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood was unveiled as Knickerbocker Glory and Kelly Brook was revealed as Frog in the semi-final on Friday.

So here are the very best fan theories, as we give star detectives Davina McCall, Oti Mabuse, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross a run for their money.


Disco lover Zip is one of the standouts of the competition so far and has attracted a lot of attention, with many thinking it could be a member of JLS.

The Zip has offered clues such as living in America, being a DJ and visiting the jungle that has led fans to believe it is Heart Radio presenter Mark Wright.

Meanwhile The X Factor star Olly Murs has also been rumoured to be the famous face behind the mask.

Zip made a reference to his heart skipping a beat which alludes to Olly’s hit Heart Skips a Beat as the title of the singer’s hit with Rizzle Kicks.

However, many fans believe that Zip is Howard Donald as Ladbrokes have put the Take That star at 6/4.

The 53 year old is a DJ and one episode made a reference to the “Thin White Duke”, also known as David Bowie, with Howard and wife Katie Hall having a son named Bowie.


Fans first believed that Scarecrow was YouTube sensation and Strictly Come Dancing star Joe Sugg.

The 29 year old is at 10/11 to be revealed in the Saturday night finale, according to Ladbroke’s.

Scarecrow is also the current favourite to go all the way on the show with the act at 2/1 to be crowned the winner of the hit ITV show.

Eagle-eyed viewers are now convinced that Scarecrow is former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite who played Mel Owen in the BBC soap.

One penned: “Finally got Scarecrow! All clues point to… Tamzin Outhwaite @mouthwaite ! Exploding head ‘Red Cap’, Inside No.9, General Manager (Hotel Babylon), Sun Hill (The Bill), magic wand (New Tricks), “always got a free ride” (dad drove cab). AMAZING dancing and phenomenal disguise job!”


Guesses have included Gary Barlow and Matt Willis, but viewers are now convinced that a member of a Britain’s Got Talent dance duo is beneath the blue and red costume.

Carwash has hinted to starring on reality TV shows and also mentioned “double trouble” which has led fans to believe it is Ashley Glazebrook or Glen Murphy from iconic street dance duo Twist and Pulse.

The colours of car wash are also red and blue which related to the colours of the 2010 BGT stars.

One fan penned: “I wonder if carwash is one of the twist and pulse dudes… their colours are red and blue and double trouble was mentioned.”


Twitter viewers have all been mentioning one name and the clues definitely add up – EastEnders actress and Strictly star Maisie Smith.

In the clue packages, the seemingly young Londoner has spoken about being an “impersonator” which could be a nod to her acting career.

Squirrel also said they’d “been cutting it with TV royalty from an early age and as you can tell from my fur coat it’s rubbed off”, highlighting their red fur.

A Twitter fan penned: “Swear squirrel's dancing is so similar to Maisie Smith's on Strictly, the TikTok clues, Strictly clues, child star, street dancing, everything adds up.”

So surely, it’s no coincidence that Maisie first appeared in EastEnders as a child, alongside the likes of flame haired on-screen mum Patsy Palmer.

However, it’s Squirrel’s impressive dancing that’s most caught our attention. As seen when Maisie reached the finals of Strictly alongside pro partner Gorka Marquez last year, she’s more than got the credentials.

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