The Masked Singer has returned to our screens and viewers are already desperately trying to figure out who Mushroom is.
Mushroom was the first contestant to perform during Saturday (1 January) night’s opening show, during which she treated fans to a tuneful rendition of “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Björk.
In her VT, Mushroom spoke with a northern English accent and dropped hints about doing serious work and having a love of trying new things while also holding a gavel.
However, when singing she appeared to have a strong Irish accent, leaving both the audience and judge Davina McCall convinced that Mushroom must come from Ireland.
A number of names were frequently raised by viewers at home, including comedian Aisling Bea.
Many suggested that Mushroom could be one of the Derry Girls, while some said that they thought it was actually Siobhán McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael, behind the mask.
“Watching last night’s Masked Singer... Early guess, Mushroom could be Siobhan McSweeny,” one Twitter user wrote.
— The Masked Singer UK (@MaskedSingerUK) January 1, 2022
However, a number of viewers guessed that it was actually Pauline McLynn, who is most famous for playing Mrs Doyle in Father Ted.
“Just catching up on @MaskedSingerUK Mushroom- Pauline McLynn. If it is, nice belt,” one tweet read.
After the first two shows, Mushroom is currently the bookies’ favourite to win the series with odds of 5/1 at Ladbrokes.
According to Betfair, Bea is the most likely to be revealed to be behind Mushroom’s costume. You can see the odds below.
Aisling Bea (5/6)
Laura Whitmore (5/2)
Siobhan McSweeney (7/1)
Vicky McClure (10/1)
Rebel Wilson (12/1)
The Masked Singer airs Saturdays at 7pm on ITV.