Masked Dancer’s Pearly King ‘confirmed’ as Strictly legend after two clues about pop video past, claim fans | The SunOctober 18, 2022
THE MASKED Dancer finale is drawing closer and fans have become convinced that Pearly King is secretly Strictly Come Dancing star, Bruno Tonioli.
Bruno left the BBC dance competition this year after being unable to commit to both Strictly and its US counterpart, Dancing With The Stars. Anton Du Beke took over his spot on the panel.
But has he defected and made an appearance on the ITV dancing competition in secret as well?
After the latest batch of clues, fans certainly seem to think so, believing his past in music videos have given it away.
The three clues for Pearly King, posted on social media, were a banana, a police station, and a geisha. Apparently this was enough to cement some viewers thoughts that Bruno was secretly in the costume.
"Bruno Tonioli was the lead dancer in Elton John's (Rocket Man) I'm still standing video……..he also choreographed Bananarama's Venus Video and appeared in an episode of the Bill in 2001," wrote one fan.
"Bruno was in a Bananarama video and dressed as a geisha for a Rolling Stones video," noted a second.
"I've watched this once cause I don't like the Masked Dancer but if that's not Bruno Tonioli I will faint cause that's him I don't care," said another.
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If this is the case, it would definitely be a case of turned tables, considering former Strictly dance pro Oti Mabuse is one of the judges on the series.
He also wouldn't be the first judge from the BBC series to give the show a go, with Craig Revel Horwood participating as Knickerbocker Glory last year.
Ahead of the finale this weekend, three mystery dancers remain – Pearly King, Onamatopeia, and Scissors.
Some believe former Doctor Who star David Tennant is Onomatopoeia, especially after a cheeky comment outside his new West End show Good, where he said he "wouldn't be able to tell you even if he was."
The Masked Dancer concludes Saturday on ITV.
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