The Masked Dancer 2022 final: Pearly King unmasked as 'Strictly' star
The Masked Dancer has unmasked Pearly King as former Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli.
The 66-year-old Italian professional dancer and choreographer made it the final of the ITV show but was first to be unmasked.
Tonioli exclaimed: "Why didn't I win?! Maybe because I stopped dancing in 1983!"
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He joked to host Joel Dommett: "It was a terrible mistake, I thought Masked Singer? I'll do it, but Dancer?! You're kidding me. You should always read your contract!"
The Dancing With The Stars judge began the competition by completely flummoxing the judges with his cockney accent - with initial guesses for his identity being EastEnders star Danny Dyer and Hollywood hardman Tom Hardy.
But gradually over the series his accent slipped and the judges guessed he was concealing a strong accent.
By the final - with strong clues of dance names and links to the ballroom - all the judges had guessed his true identity.
Tonioli said of his accent: "It's hard work to talk like that mate!"
Judge Peter Crouch said: "What I love is that people have gone up to Danny Dyer and asked if him if he's on the show."
The final saw guest judges The Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French and comedian John Bishop join Davina McCall, Oti Mabuse and Peter Crouch standing in for Jonathan Ross.
Scissors and Onomatopoeia were the other dancers to make the final.
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So far the show has unmasked Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh, Bake Off's Liam Charles, TV presenter Steph McGovern, Strictly champion Stacey Dooley, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife Frankie Poultney, The Choir's Gareth Malone, Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page and Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe.
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