The Masked Dancer shake-up: Peter Crouch replaces Mo Gilligan

The masked dancer

The Masked Dancer 2022 will get a little shaken in the judging panel (Photo: Rex)

Football hero Peter Crouch will replace Mo Gilligan on The Masked Dancer, it has been confirmed.

The sports legend, famous for his signature perception of the ‘The Robot’ dance movement, will join The Masked Dancer panel alongside Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and former Strictly pro Oti Mabuse with Joel Dommett returning as host.

“The show is a firm favorite in our household, and when I was asked, I hit it off,” Peter said excitedly.

‘I’m competitive and I’m currently scrolling through friends’ social media looking for the revealing dance moves.

‘Another plus is about being on the panel, my social media, family and friends will not constantly speculate that I’m hiding behind one of the masks!’

As a confirmation of his break from The Masked Dancer, Mo added: ‘I love being a part of the Masked Team, so I’m sorry to miss most of the series this year when I have to work in the US.

OTI MABUSE (2nd right) - The Masked Dancer Image shows: Carwash is the winner and is revealed as Louis Smith judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Holly Willoughby, Oti Mabuse and Jonathan Ross Hosted by Joel Dommett Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Masked Dancer judging panel also boasted some well-known guest judges (Photo: ITV)

‘BUT I have the perfect sub to take my place.

‘A legend on and off the field and one of the cutest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we have it here!’

Speaker Joel said he was ‘very excited’ about the addition of Peter to the panel.

‘It’s so nice to be back to dance and guess! I’m super excited to find out who’s dancing behind the masks, “he said.

Louis Smith

Louis Smith was named the first The Masked Dancer winner ever (Photo: ITV)

‘We lose Mo in some episodes – but we have Peter “the robot” Crouch to fill his much smaller shoes. I’m very excited because I’ve always looked up to him in his career and because he’s massive. ‘

The first series of The Masked Dancer saw people like Zoe Ball, Craig Revel Horwood and Kelly Brook all unveiled before Olympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned champion, properly fused by Jonathan.

“As the current reigning champion of the panel, I will use my expert knowledge in all things dance to take the title again,” teased Wossy.

“Who knows, this year my dream may come true, and Mary Berry might just be behind one of the masks!”

The Masked Dance returns to ITV later this year.

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