Who is Zip on The Masked Dancer? Latest fan theories and rumours
THE Masked Dancer will reach its climax on Saturday with Zip among four unknown celebrities battling it out for the crown.
Famous names have been shocking viewers and judges alike as they take off their wacky and colourful costumes – but who could be behind the energetic character known as Zip?
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Who is Zip on The Masked Dancer?
He has sparkle, but can he pull it together on the night?
That’s the question for Zip, who has been one of the show’s funkiest outfits en route to the grand finale.
There have been many suggestions from fans and judges as to who is behind the mask – and we round up some of the most probable.
Singer and The Voice UK coach Olly Murs is the latest tipped to be behind the Zip – and fans are convinced.
Among the clues from The Masked Dancer for the character include references to playing for England – which he has done on numerous occasions for Soccer Aid.
Zip also mentioned 'his heart skipping a beat', with some viewers believing that is a reference Murs' song with Rizzle Kicks, Heart Skips a Beat.
And eagle-eyed fans noticed a mention for Robbie Williams, who the Essex star sang a duet with in the final of The X Factor in 2009.
Some fans think Zip is another former X Factor contestant in JLS member Marvin Humes.
In the clues, Zip described himself as "the life and soul of the party" and admitted he "loves disco".
One of the clue segments saw him telling a DJ to "play another song".
Another clue saw Zip say: "I'm ready to paint the town red, yellow, green and blue."
Fans quickly picked up these were the colours for JLS, with one Twitter user writing: "Red, Green, Yellow, Blue? Could this be someone else from JLS? Marvin maybe, because he's a DJ and they kept mentioning DJ-ing."
His final clue, with key words missing, was: "I can let slip that I have a new job BLANK the BLANK."
Many fans on Twitter thought it was Marvin.
One wrote: "Zip is Marvin Humes?! #MaskedDancer."
While another said: "It's Marv init? #MaskedDancer @MarvinHumes."
A third commented: "Zip – Marvin, JLS #MaskedDancer."
"#MaskedDancer marvin hulmes that," another thought.
The glitterati star who fills these sparkling shoes will have to have a sense of fun and lots of energy.Could it be prankster and game show host Stephen Mulhern?
The 44-year-old spoke to Lorraine about whether or not he's under the costume.
He asked the chat show host: "I don’t know whether you’ve heard this rumour that I am meant to be on the Masked Dancer?"
Mulhern went on: "Well, the problem is now you have seen me doing those sort of dance moves… that’s who they think I am.
"Am I? That’s the big question. Well the truth of it is, at school I was called Mulhern the Mover, so…
"Snake hips Stevie, that’s what they called me! So is it me? Well, you’re going to find out soon."
When is The Masked Dancer on TV and how can I watch it?
Zip will look to lift The Masked Dancer trophy when they feature in tonight's final (Saturday, June 5) from 7.30pm on ITV.
The show will be 90 minutes long, and ends the week-long competition – a change from the usual weekly episode.
Viewers will be able to catch up on any missed action on the ITVHub.
The judges are confirmed to be Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan. Joel Dommett will be the show's host.
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