The Masked Singer's John Thomson Gets Real About Performing As Bush Baby: 'It Was Hell On Earth'

The heat was truly getting to the Cold Feet star.

John Thomson has spoken out about the reality of filming on The Masked Singer, following his elimination over the weekend.

The former Cold Feet star became the fifth celebrity to be unmasked on Saturday night’s show, which came as a surprise to a lot of viewers, who hadn’t expected to see John under the Bush Baby costume.

But while The Masked Singer has gained a reputation as one of most ridiculous and silliest shows on TV, it seems that performing as Bush Baby wasn’t as much fun for John as you might have thought.

John Thomson has admitted filming The Masked Singer was "hell on earth"
John Thomson has admitted filming The Masked Singer was "hell on earth"

“[It was] awful, just hell, hell on earth,” John told the PA news agency. “The only fun part is working out where everything is. As an actor I found the whole thing fascinating to do. Because your face is your tool, really.”

He added: “There were parts of it I loved but the heat wasn’t something I loved at all.”

John made no secret of his discomfort in his Bush Baby outfit, telling the judges: “I have to say as a northerner who doesn’t feel the cold, who is already covered in hair, it has not been the greatest, there is a sense of relief.”

Bush Baby performing in Saturday night's show.
Bush Baby performing in Saturday night's show.

In an upcoming interview with HuffPost UK, Masked Singer costume designer Tim Simpson said of Bush Baby: “It’s not until they get on stage that [the celebrities] realise how hot they’re going to get.

“Bush Baby was getting very, very hot. It’s a furry costume, inside a onesie, with a furry head on top. At one stage I had to grab Bush Baby’s head and – with a scalpel – hack out huge holes inside the ears... in order to give it enough airflow in there.

“And that was the case for several of them, actually trying to add more into the costume to make it more comfortable.”

Seven disguised stars currently remain in The Masked Singer, with Sir Lenny Henry, Sheridan Smith and JLS’ Aston Merrygold among the celebrities fans think could be under the costumes.

The Masked Singer continues on Saturday night at 7pm, with guest judge Alan Carr appearing on the panel for one week only.


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