The Masked Singer final saw ratings drop as the 2023 winner was unmasked

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Rhino won the Masked Singer.  (ITV)

Rhino won the Masked Singer. (ITV)

masked singer‘s final saw viewership decline for the second year in a row, as Rhino was the winner and masked as Busted singer Charlie Simpson.

ITV1’s surreal singing contest features elaborately costumed mystery celebrities whose identities are revealed by voting.

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The Simpson was exposed as the winner of Series 4 on Saturday night, averaging 4.8 million viewers.

In the final, which peaked at 5.7 million viewers, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson finished runner-up in a Phoenix costume, while Fawn finished third with All Saints star Natalie Apple. Unmasked as a ton.

Host Joel Dommett and winner Charlie Simpson.  (ITV)

Host Joel Dommett and winner Charlie Simpson. (ITV)

Finals viewership decreased compared to 2022 when the average viewership was 6.3 million.

This is the second consecutive decline since the final episode in 2021 averaged 8.6 million viewers. However, viewership during his first two national lockdowns was generally high.

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Natalie Imbruglia as Panda won last year’s contest, and in 2021 Joss Stone won as Sausage and Nicola Roberts became the first Masked Singer to win as Queen Bee.

Ricky Wilson finished second as Phoenix.  (ITV)

Ricky Wilson finished second as Phoenix. (ITV)

The spin-off series The Masked Dancer was awarded to Lewis Smith as Carwash and Heather Morris as Scissors.

Masked Singer judges Moe Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora, and Jonathan Ross were joined by comedian Lee Mack in the final after footballer Peter Crouch returned to the panel as a guest in the semifinals. Participated as a guest judge.

Crouch replaced Gilligan on Masked Dancer’s latest judging panel while the comedian was on tour.

Natalie Appleton unmasked as Fawn. (ITV)

Natalie Appleton unmasked as Fawn. (ITV)

Simpson, who had been speculated as Rhino by McCall early in the contest, said of his win: When you’re on stage with people and spend a lot of time in the studio, it’s going to be very difficult if they can’t get it right away.

He added: “Rhino has his own emojis on most phones, so he would often text me something I found really funny in his messages.”

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