More than 8 million people tuned into The Masked Singer final

More than 8 million people tuned in to final of ITV’s The Masked Singer on Saturday.

The final of The Masked Singer was the most watched show of the year so far outside of news and sport, ITV has said.

An average of 8.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Joss Stone crowned the series winner after she was revealed to be Sausage.

The finale of the latest series of the surreal show, which has had singers disguised as badgers, dragons and bush babies, attracted an audience of up to 10.6 million at its peak on Saturday night.

Photograph: Vincent Dolman/Bandicoot TV/ITV/PA

The show has more than doubled its viewership since the series began on Boxing Day 2020, when it was watched by an average of 4.2 million viewers.

In Saturday’s episode the judges Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall, alongside the guest judge Nicola Roberts, vied to guess the identities of the three remaining singers.

The majority of the judges failed to guess that the Grammy-winning R&B musician Ne-Yo was Badger, who had performed Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and adopted an English accent at times.

Aston Merrygold, a former member of the boyband JLS, was revealed to be Robin.

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