Aled Jones was unmasked as Traffic Cone on The Masked Singer tonight.
The singer was the first celebrity to leave the ITV guessing game tonight. He was then followed by Michelle Williams, who was Rockhopper, in the double elimination. You can see all the celebrities who have been revealed so far here.
Judges Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, Rita Ora and Davina McCall, along with guest judge Dame Joan Collins, were completely shocked when Traffic Cone took off their masks to reveal their true identities. Speaking to host Joel Dommett, Aled said: “Can I start singing classic songs again now?”
Traffic Cone had left the judges puzzled by his older appearance, as all the clues over the past week seemed to point to him being someone who enjoyed the luxurious life of gold, platinum and diamonds as well as a reference to “hashtags”. Here are all the clues and theories about who was behind the mask.
“In my last performance, I brought in the boy band vibes. The panel thought they were getting closer, but I think they’re still stuck in traffic. See that string? Gold. See those rings? Platinum,” they said before performing. .
“I’ve got this diamond bling, yo. And a royally sick cut. Every day I feel ‘hashtag blessed’. But also humbled. Humbled by all the opportunities and adventures that have come my way. Am I right? Tonight, I’m aiming to be the greatest showman.”
In previous episodes, Traffic Cone said they “lived a double life”, adding, “Monday through Friday is one thing, but come weekends the world was my oyster. I’m not going No lie, life was sweet! If I bought a new crib, it would be a house made of candy.”
Some of the judges – and viewers – had been convinced Traffic Cone was Bradley Walsh, while other names thrown in the hat included Michael Ball, Robbie Williams and Alfie Boe. Judge Mo Gilligan thought the golden reference might mean the person under the mask is Spandau Ballet singer Martin Kemp.
Last week Michael Owen was unmasked as Donuts while Rita’s pal Jaime Winstone was revealed to be Firework.
Speaking about his time on the show, the footballer said: “I have to admit I was petrified. A lot of people on the show are professional singers or have had some training, but singing, as you can see, is probably the least of my strengths.
“I don’t remember feeling nervous like the first show – my whole body went numb when I walked out and saw the crowd for the first time. I knew I was useless and it took a lot of courage, but it also really helped to wear the costume.”
Radio and TV presenter Aled was born in Bangor but grew up in Anglesey. He is best known for singing Walking In The Air. Once the mask was revealed Aled was underneath, fans were quick to share their joy on social media.
@Ginger_Pirlo said “Aled Jones for weeks. Result. #MaskedSingerUK”
@jedi_vincent added “Yes! – Aled Jones – guessed it all along. #MaskedSingerUK”
@LindaHoward3 also said “Yeah – the only one I guessed this year. I knew Traffic Cone was Aled Jones the moment he first opened his mouth! #MaskedSingerUK”
“I figured it out weeks ago! I knew it was Aled Jones! Yay!!!! #MaskedSingerUK,” @J_Barrowman_Fan said.
@DeaconGillard also added “Wooooo Hooooo! I was right a few weeks ago ALED JONES!”
@Eva_GBTheatre said “Yay Aled Jones – such a memorable voice for me. #MaskedSingerUK”
Another celebrity was unmasked at the end of the show. Rockhopper fell just before the finale as Michelle Williams revealed herself behind the mask.
The Destiny Child singer stunned the judges when she was unmasked. Rita Ora said “You confused us.”
Only three celebrities made it to the final. The characters are: Panda, Robobunny and Mushroom will fight to be crowned The Masked Singer 2022 champion.