How The Masked Dancer contestants kept their identity hidden

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Photo credit: Vincent Dolman/ITV
Photo credit: Vincent Dolman/ITV

Keeping the identities of the contestants hidden is obviously the most important part of ITV's weird and wonderful competition show The Masked Dancer. And according to the show's recent winner, the cast and crew reportedly goes to pretty extreme lengths to keep their contestants' names a secret, not just from the viewers but also from each other. Spoilers below, of course.

In case you missed it Olympic gymnast Louis Smith was crowned The Masked Dancer series winner over the weekend and was revealed to be the celebrity in the Carwash costume. After his win he revealed just how he had managed to keep his identity secret for so long.

"It was just crazy, the logistics of having 12 celebrities on set and making sure we didn't bump into each other," he told The Sun.

"We had these hoodies that said 'don't speak to me', which was for the crew and security not to talk to us, and these gloves that covered all our skin.

"We had these balaclavas and these Kylie Minogue visors on top of them. It was just such a slick operation."

Louis also described a moment during filming when all the contestants had to practice a group dance together and he went the extra mile to conceal his identity after a member of the crew told him "This is the time when everyone tries to work out everyone else."

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"I took a pillow and put it under my hoodie and made it out like I was a really fat man," he explained. "I thought that was funny to throw everyone off."

Louis also spoke about how challenging his costume was to perform in, explaining that he ended up losing weight during filming for the show because the Carwash disguise was so heavy and designed "like a scuba suit."

"It was a hard costume to live up to because it's so big, if your movements weren't full of energy they'd just get lost in it," he added.

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"All the air you breath out, you're sweating, it's hot and steamy, and you're sometimes in the costume for half an hour.

"We used to train in these altitude masks to get used to what it's like in these masks, to get used to restrictive breathing. So it was tough."

We'll stick to watching it from the sofa, thanks...

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