The true identity of the Traffic Cone on ITV’s The Masked Singer was finally revealed on Saturday, February 5 as Welsh singer Aled Jones.
The 51-year-old classical singer joined Lorraine on Monday, February 7 to talk about trying to disguise his voice, how heavy his costume was and how pal Russell Watson had sussed it was him from the start.
“What was I thinking!” Aled said during the first few seconds of the interview, after a clip of him being unmasked was shown.
“I had such fun honestly, I love that costume as well, I really do.”
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“It’s the most bonkers and fun thing I’ve ever done,” he continued.
“And actually it was so liberating because I didn’t care about the voice really, you know. Usually usually as a classical singer you have to think about every note, and whereas this, when else would I get to sing Pina Colada on television .”
Asked if it was hot inside the costume, Bangor-born Aled replied: “So sweaty! My first piece, Never Going to Give You Up Rick Astley, I had one rehearsal and I went on and I gave it a little bit of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and after the first sentence I thought I was going to have a heart attack. It’s so heavy – it was awful!”
Presenter Lorraine quizzed the Walking In The Air singer about whether he’d made the decision to disguise his voice because it was so “distinctive”.
“Well I tried,” Aled explained: “It was easy in the first week and maybe on the Pina Colada song but the second week I did When Somebody Loved Me from Toy Story and I think a lot of people guessed on the second week. “
Over the series, Traffic Cone has been linked to a number of famous faces, including comedian Rob Beckett, who ‘accidentally’ shared a tweet claiming he was behind the costume.
Many fans of the show thought whoever was under the disguise had Welsh links with some suggesting it was Tom Jones or Rob Brydon, but there were also many tweets saying it was Aled from week one.
Some viewers also thought classical singer Russell Watson could be behind the mask of Traffic Cone.
Speaking on Lorraine, Aled said: “He [Russell] texted me every week, saying ‘It’s you isn’t it?’ and I kept saying ‘It’s you isn’t it!’.”
Russell tweeted on Saturday, February 5 after Aled had been revealed as the voice behind the Traffic Cone: “I actually knew weeks ago that it was my mate @realaled Jones!! His voice is so distinctive! However, he categorically denied it and I was actually starting to question myself. Fair play pal and a great job x #trafficcone #MaskedSingerUK”
Aled put his bets on Panda to win the final when it airs on ITV on Saturday, February 12.
The classical singer also revealed he will be signing some of his Masked Singer numbers on his Cathedral Tour which stars at the end of February.
The Masked Singer UK returns on Saturday at 7pm on ITV for the final. Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV from 9am.
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