ITV confirms 'The Masked Dancer' series with Oti Mabuse joining panel

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The Masked Singer judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross. (ITV)
The Masked Singer judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross. (ITV)

ITV has officially confirmed a series of The Masked Dancer will be making its way to the channel later this year.

The Masked Singer spin-off sees celebrities bust a move while covered head to toe in an elaborate costume in order to conceal their identity. 

It's up to the panel to guess who's behind the mask, with Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse joining the team alongside Masked Singer stars Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall. 

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The seven-part series is set to air in late spring and will feature 12 stars attempting to dazzle on the dancefloor in a variety of styles including ballroom and salsa. 

Oti Mabuse at the Strictly Come Dancing Launch at BBC Broadcasting House in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Oti Mabuse at the Strictly Come Dancing Launch at BBC Broadcasting House in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As with The Masked Singer, the panel and those watching at home will be given clues and hints to help solve the mystery of who the concealed famous faces are.  

A US series of the spin-off finished airing last month, with gymnast Gabby Douglas winning the show. 

Two-time Strictly winner Mabuse said: "I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the panel on The Masked Dancer. I’m a huge fan of The Masked Singer and I loved the US Masked Dancer so I just can’t wait to start on this show. 

"As a dancer I will be watching the dancers intently looking for clues - it’s going to be so much fun!!!"

Joel Dommett will host The Masked Dancer. (ITV)
Joel Dommett will host The Masked Dancer. (ITV)

Joel Dommett, who will be back to host the programme, said: "Well, this is set to be an amazing fun twist…will someone do the twist?! The Masked Dancer is that little bit of silly fun our lives need right now and I’m so excited to be hosting it. 

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"I’m looking forward to some incredible costumes, epic performances and accidentally saying Masked Singer at least five times.”

The series is being produced by Bandicoot Scotland for ITV. 

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