Gabrielle and Sue Perkins were unmasked during Saturday night’s episode of The Masked Singer.
The singer, 51, and former Great British Bake Off host, 51, revealed their identities after failing to impress the audience enough with their performances on the show.
Gabrielle was unveiled as Harlequin after all the judges bar Davina McCall named her as their guess, while Sue was unmasked as Dragon after successfully hoodwinking all of them into thinking she was someone else.
The Masked Singer: Gabrielle was unmasked as Harlequin while Sue Perkins was revealed as Dragon in show’s semi-final on Saturday night
Davina had guessed Harlequin was Emelie Sande, while Mo Gilligan, Matt Lucas, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross all figured out Gabrielle’s identity.
After being revealed at the end of the show, Gabrielle said: ‘I’m a very nervous performer and I thought by doing this maybe I can go out of my comfort zone, and it was a great experience.’
She admitted that she originally tried to hide her distinctive singing voice from the judges, but after a few weeks ‘forgot about it’ and sang as she normally would.
Sharing her surprise at getting so far, she said: ‘Thank you, the fact I got here, and with the great singers we have in the competition, I’m surprised I came so far so thank you.’
Unveiled: The former Great British Bake Off host, 51, revealed her identity halfway through the show after not making it to the final
Success: Gabrielle was unveiled as Harlequin after all the judges bar Davina McCall named her as their guess
Final thoughts: After being revealed at the end of the show, Gabrielle said: ‘I’m a very nervous performer and I thought by doing this maybe I can go out of my comfort zone’
After the show, Gabrielle said: ‘It was an opportunity to do something I never thought I would, I say no thank you to a lot of TV shows that just aren’t me but this was about singing and me pushing myself.
‘This last year has been so crazy so why not make it even more crazy by singing night after night dressed as a Harlequin.’
Of what it’s like behind-the-scenes on the show, she went on: ‘The secrecy was crazy, I couldn’t have imagined quite how intense it would be.
After the show, Gabrielle said being on the show was a ‘challenge’ she wanted to take on, as she claimed: ‘It was an opportunity to do something I never thought I would’
Star: Gabrielle, whose real name is Louise Gabrielle Bobb has had a hugely successful career in the music industry, and she has released six albums since she made her debut in 1993
‘I had to arrive to the studio in a balaclava, a hoodie that says ‘don’t speak to me’, visor and gloves – you can’t have any skin on show at all.
‘You aren’t allowed to talk to 99 per cent of the people that work on the show and rely on giving a thumbs up or shake of the head when asked questions.
‘You have to stay in your dressing room, be escorted from A to B. It’s like a military operation, the secrecy is taken so seriously and on the first day was really overwhelming but you get used to it and it’s fun playing the game.’
Gabrielle, whose real name is Louise Gabrielle Bobb has had a hugely successful career in the music industry, and she has released six albums since she made her debut in 1993.
Gabrielle has since revealed she suffered panic attacks due to her heavy mask on the show.
The popstar admitted ‘giving birth was easier’ due to having to wear the elaborate mask which left her feeling ‘terrified’ due to her fear of closed spaces.
She told The Mirror: ‘I got really scared, like a big baby. The mask is heavy – nothing prepares you for the panic. I was getting panic attacks.
‘I was having kittens, I couldn’t breathe. You have to sing a song and your mouth is so dry.
The star said she ‘wasn’t sure’ if she would be able to pull off the performance, with crew members allowing her to walk to the stage in two parts and keeping her cool with three fans,
‘For me, giving birth was easier. The panic attacks, the heat, the costume… it was all so hard. But it was also incredible.’
The Dreams hitmaker added that her daughter, 17, had realised it was her voice after the show’s vocal coaches attempted to disguise her signature vocals, asking her to sing Rihanna’s Diamonds in a ‘posh’ style and Fast Car in the vibe of Lily Allen.
Gabrielle also revealed that in December after filming had finished, she contracted COVID-19 which led to Christmas being a ‘wipeout’ for her.
Kept it a secret: Despite being revealed, Sue can take pride in the fact that none of the judges guessed her identity, including guest Matt Lucas
Hoodwinked: Mo guessed Ricki Lake, while Davina chose Whoopi Goldberg, Matt claimed she was Michelle Visage, and Rita and Jonathan both said Jennifer Saunders
Meanwhile when it came to Sue’s reveal, Mo guessed Dragon was Ricki Lake, while Davina chose Whoopi Goldberg, Matt went with Michelle Visage, and Rita and Jonathan both claimed she was Jennifer Saunders.
Gushing about taking part in the show after taking off her mask, Sue claimed she felt ‘liberated’ while in costume as she’s always been petrified of singing in public.
She explained: ‘Being dragon is liberating and brilliant, I have been able to be playful and silly and childlike, and things you cant be.
‘I would never ever sing, I am terrified of performing in public. What would be interesting is me singing without the mask, lets see if it broke the spell for me.’
Grateful: Gushing about taking part in the show, Sue claimed she felt ‘liberated’ while wearing her mask as she’s always been petrified of singing in public
Luckily, Sue was able to perform with her Dragon head-piece off as she sang one final song before leaving the show.
Speaking after her departure from the show, Sue said of taking part: ‘It just felt so utterly counter-intuitive that I had to do it.
‘I’m usually up a mountain or down a river these days – so I’m probably the last person that anyone would think of in a musical entertainment context. I got an awful lot of joy out of hoodwinking the panel.’
The comedian rose to fame as part of the comedy duo Mel and Sue alongside Mel Giedroyc, and she has also established herself as a TV and radio presenter.
Delighted: Of being in the show, she said: ‘Being dragon is liberating and brilliant, I have been able to be playful and silly and childlike, and things you cant be’
British TV icons: The comedian rose to fame as part of the comedy duo Mel and Sue alongside Mel Giedroyc (right)
Sue took to Twitter after she was revealed, and shared a snap of herself with the hoodie she wore backstage on the show that said ‘don’t talk to me’.
Sharing her delight with fans, she wrote: ‘What an absolute RIDE. I loved every second of it.
‘Thanks to all of MS team who helped me keep the secret – and most of all to Anna my voice coach and Steve the MD who helped drag the wee voice out of Dragon. Xxxxxx (Ps. love to @michellevisage and @courtneyact)’
Robin, Sausage, and Badger are set to compete in next week’s final.
Sweet: Sue took to Twitter after she was revealed, and shared a snap of herself with a shirt that said ‘don’t talk to me’, and shared her elight with fans over the experience
Gabrielle shared a video from her home as she watched the episode air alongside her family, and she was seen chanting with the crowd for her to ‘take it off’.
Over the video, she wrote: ‘What a crazy experience – I couldn’t see, I was hot, I was claustrophobic BUT I had so much fun!
‘Thank you to EVERYONE involved in the show. Thank you to you all for your support. Keep your eyes peeled for news to come tomorrow from Harlequin & I.’
Happy: Gabrielle shared a video from her home as she watched the episode air alongside her family, and she wrote that being on the show was ‘so much fun’
Sir Lenny Henry and A-Ha singer Morten Harket were both unmasked during a double elimination last week.
The Viking was the first to have his mask removed as he was revealed to be Morten, 61, after failing to win votes with his version of Coldplay’s The Scientist.
It was then decided who the second celebrity to leave would be, with both Dragon and Blob at risk of going home. The judges opted to save Dragon and send Blob home.
It was soon revealed that Sir Lenny, 62, was behind the mask after the judges guessed it could be Stephen Fry, Joe Wicks, Lenny, Ainsley Harriott and Morgan Freeman.
Unmasked: Sir Lenny Henry was revealed as Blob during the double elimination last week
The Viking! The Viking the first to have his mask removed as he was revealed to be Morten Harket, after failing to win votes with his first of Coldplay’s The Scientist
Look who it is! Cold Feet actor John Thomson was revealed to be Bush Baby
Cold Feet star John Thomson was unveiled as Bush Baby whilst Seahorse was revealed to be Mel B.
Glenn Hoddle was the Grandfather Clock and Martine McCutcheon was unmasked as Swan.
Sophie Ellis Bextor was booted out of the competition first, leaving her Alien alias to be revealed.
The Masked Singer continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
The Masked Singer: Glenn Hoddle was revealed as the Grandfather Clock
Star-studded: It comes after Mel B was revealed to be Seahorse last week and Sophie Ellis-Bextor was unmasked as the Alien on the premiere episode on Boxing Day (L-R)
Here she is! Martine McCutcheon was revealed to be the Swan character with Jonathan correctly guessing her identity before the unmasking