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Manchester Evening News
Katie Fitzpatrick

The Masked Singer fans "howling" as award-winning comedy star unmasked as Otter and gives honest reason for taking part

There was a double unmasking on Saturday night's The Masked Singer (February 4) as Knitting, Jellyfish, Otter, Fawn, Jacket Potato, Phoenix and Rhino took to the stage to sing in disguise and stump the panel which included guest panellist presenter Stephen Mulhern. Following the unmasking of Knitting as Steps singer Claire Richards, Otter was revealed to be award-winning comedy actress Daisy May Cooper on the ITV celeb guessing game.

For weeks, the Never Mind the Buzzcocks panellist had viewers guessing, with many even thinking that it singing legend Kate Bush behind the elaborate wetsuit costume. Jaws dropped on the panel when Daisy, who won the 2018 BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance as Kerry Mucklowe in the BBC Three series This Country, was unveiled and Mo Gilligan told her: "You're a really good singer."

"Oh no, I'm not," she replied, waving away his compliment as she admitted to feeling "exhausted." And the mother of two, who has a son and a daughter, admitted. "I did this for my daughter Pip, who's a massive fan of the show, and because I needed the cash."


@Ravenclawsome89 wrote on Twitter: "#MaskedSingerUK Daisy May Cooper being the chaotic icon she is! Love her!" @michellepryde applauded: "Omg I’m howling at Daisy May Cooper saying she did the show for her son and for the money."

@blissfulfiction agreed: "'I needed the cash' I absolutely love Daisy May Cooper." @Ruthless1984 gasped: "I can’t believe I thought Daisy May Cooper, as Otter, was Kate Bush for at least 2 weeks."

Daisy had fans "howling" (ITV)

@jonconnell praised: "Have to congratulate Daisy May Cooper on managing to convince so many people that she was Kate Bush emerging for her first TV appearance in decades dressed as an Otter in a wetsuit, singing the Baywatch theme, with a hamster sidekick." And @acantwellhyde said: "Daisy May Cooper saying she’s not a good singer when there were people who were convinced she was Kate Bush in WK1."

Following her exit Daisy said about taking on the challenge: "To surprise my daughter Pip, but when she found out I was going to be the Otter she cried and said that it was embarrassing." Asked what she thought about the panel's guesses she said: "I was extremely flattered!"

The Masked Singer, Saturdays at 7pm on ITV1 & ITVX

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