Viper’s identity revealed on first episode of The Masked Dancer

Banjo, 28, was revealed as being the mystery celebrity who took to the stage as Viper in the first episode of the ITV series.

The programme, a spin-off to hit series The Masked Singer, sees 12 celebrity contestants performing unique dances as the panel of Jonathan Ross, Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan try to guess their identities.

After landing in the bottom three alongside Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot, the panel decided to unmask Banjo’s character Viper.

He said of taking part in The Masked Dancer: “The past 12 months everyone has just been in a place where it’s like, it just hasn’t been fun and something like The Masked Dancer is about coming on here, dressing up stupid and having a laugh and like let’s just have some fun man.”

Ahead of his performance, Banjo’s clues to his identity had included boxing references, with the dancing star later explaining his father was a boxer and his son is named Cassius, a nod to Muhammad Ali.

Prior to his unveiling, Banjo’s name was mentioned alongside former Love Island contestants Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard, as well as boxer Anthony Joshua.

Jordan Banjo, left

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After the episode aired, McCall tweeted a string of red heart emojis writing: “Love that !!! Love u @Jordan_Banjo #MaskedDancerUK”.

The first episode also saw the characters Zip, Llama, and Scarecrow performing.

Following Zip’s performance, the panel guessed the mystery celebrity could be RuPaul’s Drag Race host, RuPaul, Judge Rinder or Nigel Farage.

New panel member Mabuse guessed it may be Dermot O’Leary, while Gilligan said he thought it could be someone older and named Chris Evans.

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