Who is Zip on The Masked Dancer? True identity confirmed – SPOILER

Who is Zip on The Masked Dancer? Their true identity has been confirmed in the grand final!


A spin-off from The Masked Singer, The Masked Dancer debut series is airing all this week on ITV.

The series sees celebs sing-off to put on the most impressive dance performance while keeping their identities hidden with elaborate masks and costumes.

The Masked Dancer season 1 is helmed by Joel Dommett together with a panel of Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, Oti Mabuse and Davina McCall.

One of the contestants on the show is Zip – but who is behind the mask?

Who is Zip on The Masked Dancer?

In the final, Zip finished in third place and was unmasked as Take That’s Howard Donald.

Howard Donald as Zip. Picture: ITV/©Bandicoot TV
Howard Donald as Zip. Picture: ITV/©Bandicoot TV

After being unmasked, Howard said: “It felt like nothing I’ve done before. I’m sure like everyone else as well it was good to get my fitness back and help with lockdown boredom. Dancing has always been my thing and singing comes second.”


In their first performance, Zip danced to Sugarhill Gang & Chic’s Rappers Delight & Goodtimes. In their second routine, Zip danced to Kool & The Gang’s Jungle Boogie while their third dance was to Coldplay’s A Sky Full Of Stars.

In the semi-final, Zip danced to Use It Up & Wear It Out by Odyssey while the final saw a performance to Rick James’ Super Freak.

Zip described themselves as the ‘life and soul of the party’ who ‘loves disco’.

In their clue packages, there were also references to DJing, tea at the savoy, football, Top Gear, and the colours red, yellow, green and blue.

In a teaser clue, which saw Zip give the panel a hint about their identity with two words removed, Zip said: “I can let slip that I have a new job BLANK the BLANK.”

Providing two lies and a truth, Zip said: “My eye colour has influenced my career”, “Who is Zip? It’s not the only elephant in the room”, “I earned my bread and butter behind the scenes”.

Fans had correctly guessed it was Take That star Howard Donald behind the mask.


One wrote on Twitter before the unmasking: “I do think Zip is Howard Donald #MaskedDancerUK”

Another agreed: “Worldwide Bedlam and 96… Any Take That fan knows what that means! As I said before Zip is Howard Donald! #MaskedDancerUK”

And a third declared: “Zip is @HowardDonald no discussion about it #maskeddanceruk”

Other guesses had included JLS’ Marvin Humes, James Blunt, Olly Murs, Paddy McGuinness, Chris Evans, Dermot O’Leary and Rylan Clark-Neal.


Watch the latest from The Masked Dancer online on the ITV website.

Picture: ©ITV/Bandicoot TV