Dragon and Harlequin revealed on Masked Singer semi-final night

Double elimination sees former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins unmasked as Dragon and 
singer Gabrielle as Harlequin
Dragon and Harlequin revealed on Masked Singer semi-final night

Sue Perkins was the voice behind Dragon. Picture: Bandicoot TV 

Sue Perkins and soul singer Gabrielle have been revealed during the semi-final of The Masked Singer as part of a double elimination.

Former Great British Bake Off host Perkins, 51, was unmasked as Dragon at the programme's half-way point.

None of the judging panel correctly guessed her identity, with actresses Whoopi Goldberg, Ricki Lake and Jennifer Saunders and RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage among their suggestions.

Viewers at home posted on social media saying Dragon was in fact Australian drag queen and actress Courtney Act.

After being unmasked, Perkins explained that the secrecy of Bake Off had trained her for the show.

Actually, I found it pretty easy. I suppose that's a hangover from Bake Off. I'd know the winner months before the show hit the screen, and became very practised at never letting on — even when cornered in petrol stations and supermarkets by eager viewers.

Singer Gabrielle says she was nervous every time she performed as Harlequin. Picture: Bandicoot TV 
Singer Gabrielle says she was nervous every time she performed as Harlequin. Picture: Bandicoot TV 

Later in the show, Harlequin was revealed as British pop star Gabrielle, 51, with the judging panel correctly guessing her identity.

Speaking after being unmasked, she said: 

I was nervous every time I performed. I couldn't breathe, I was hot, I was terrified, the stage fright was real every time I sang. At some points I didn't think I could continue the show but with the support of people that work on the show I was able to keep going and face the fear. I am so glad I didn't give up and pushed myself, it was so hard but I am so glad I did it and took on the challenge.

Robin, Badger and Sausage were voted through to the final by the studio audience.

Little Britain star Matt Lucas joined the judging panel of Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and series newcomer Mo Gilligan as a guest for the week.

Ross said the panel had been surprised by his addition because they had suspected one of the remaining contestants to be him.

The surreal show, in which famous contestants don elaborate costumes to sing in front of the celebrity panel, has returned for a second series.

Sir Lenny Henry, Martine McCutcheon and Mel B have so far been unmasked on the show.

Former panellist Ken Jeong, who is American, was replaced by British comedian Gilligan this series because of travelling issues during the pandemic.

The first series of The Masked Singer was won by Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, who performed as Queen Bee.

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