The Masked Vocalist judges were open-mouthed as John Thomson was revealed as the singing voice behind Bush Child.
They were surprised that the Walkden-born star and comic had for weeks been hidden below the cuddly outfit on the ITV guessing game.
And they were kicking themselves to realise that his most current efficiency, of the Engelbert Humperdinck struck song Please Release Me, was
a significant hint.
It was the signature tune to the BBC sketch show The Quick Program.
The program ranged from1994 to2001 and John played characters including jazz club host Louis Balfour with the catchphrase’ Great!’
Judge Davina McCall commented that it
was’ so good’ to have a celebrity unmasked whose masked identity they had not worked out.
John,51, who played children’s performer Jesse Chadwick in Corrie and has actually played loveable Pete Gifford in the Manchester-based drama Cold Feet considering that 1998, joked about hiding behind the over-sized furry outfit under studio lights.
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John made it to the 5th episode of the secretive singing show and he stated it was rather hard to keep it peaceful.
He added: “Secrecy when filming was major, we were chosen up by the motorist who had actually signed an NDA and as we drew closer to the studio we had to don a mask, gloves and a sweatshirt with do not speak to me on it so no one might think our identity.
The Masked Singer, ITV, Saturdays at 7pm