Rita Ora ‘hoping and praying’ she can remain Masked Singer champion

Rita Ora ‘hoping and praying’ she can remain Masked Singer champion
Rita Ora ‘hoping and praying’ she can remain Masked Singer champion
Rita Ora is just as competitive on the show this time around (Picture: ITV)

Rita Ora is ‘hoping and praying’ she can remain Masked Singer champion, having correctly identified the first winner of the show in 2020.

The singer correctly guessed that UK series champion, Queen Bee, was Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts back in February.

Now, Rita wants to defend her title.

‘They’re really hard,’ Rita said about trying to identify this year’s contestants.

‘I did come in confident and now I’m kind of like “not that easy” but I’m hoping and I’m praying I can again leave with the title of the champion. Let’s see.’

Masked singers Bush Baby, Seahorse, Grandfather Clock, Harlequin, Viking and Blob will be taking to the stage this weekend, with the panel attempting to guess their identities.

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The Masked Singer
The Masked Singer continues this Saturday (Picture: ITV)

This year, it’s Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and newcomer Mo Gilligan judging alongside Rita on the panel.

Last week Sophie Ellis-Bextor was the first singer to be unmasked as she was revealed to be Alien

Rita might be praying for a win, but Jonathan is confident his guessing abilities will help him come out on top.

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Sophie Ellis Bextor was the first to be unmasked on the new series (Picture: @sophieellisbextor/Instagram)

Jonathan said: ‘I’m still confident. I think my guesses are the closest to being spot on from anyone on the panel. I think I’m going to nail it tonight. I’m on top of the world and I’m going to win.’

Mo admitted that Jonathan was the judge to watch out for, saying: ‘Jonathan – he’s on another level. He’s playing the Masked Singer 2.0.’

We’ll have to wait and see which judge comes out on top, as the search for the Masked Singer champion continues.

The Masked Singer continues on ITV at 7pm on Saturday January 2.

Additional reporting by PA

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