The Masked Singer Series 2 judge Mo Gilligan has opened up about the extensive security measures ITV put in place to make sure the identity of the contestants is kept under wraps.
Comedian Mo says even he had to get through five levels of security to get to his place on the judging panel alongside Rita Ora, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross.
Mo said: "I remember day one when I got in my car and I always talk to drivers – ‘Hey. How’s it going? You okay?’
"And I remember the driver just said "I’m good, I don’t know where I’m taking you and I’ve been told I’m not allowed to speak to you!'
"And then we got there and I’m just on the panel and even I had to go through so many levels of security just to get to my dressing room."
He continued: "I was like wow this is so top secret.
"Sometimes you may think it’s just for TV but being involved in it… I had to go through five people just to get into the building."
Teasing the what can expect from the performances, Mo, who replaces Ken Jeong when the series kicks off later this month, continued: "What I can say is they really surprised me with how big the performances were.
"This isn’t just someone in a mask singing, people have really done their research and it’s everything around it so not just the performance.
"It’s the staging – that’s one of the really cool things. The backing dancers, the props, the visuals, it’s all amazing."
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The star added: "When people see it, they will be blown away by how big everyone goes with their performances.
"I lost myself a few times you know.
"I got so into it and I was dancing and grooving and then got asked who do you think it is? I had to gather myself quickly! I can promise you epic performances – we’re talking flame throwers, glitter raining down."
The Masked Singer, Series 2 starts Boxing Day, 7pm, ITV
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