The Masked Dancer star Mo Gilligan reveals a secret talent – he’s trained in ballet and contemporary dance
STRICTLY star Oti Mabuse has been mooted as the secret weapon on The Masked Dancer, but it turns out fellow panellist Mo Gilligan has more experience than you might think.
At the show’s launch yesterday he revealed that, as well as being a funnyman, he’s also got some serious moves as a result of professional training.
As a teenager, Mo went to Pimlico School in West London, where he was taught everything from acting to the subject that became his job — comedy.
But he also gained some unique knowledge that’s going to help him with his TV gig.
Mo said: “I studied performing arts and I had to do dance as part of the course.
“I can do a bit of ballet, contemporary dance and stuff – I would have been in the Royal Ballet but I did my knee in.”
The Masked Dancer, which starts this Saturday and runs for a week on ITV, sees Mo and Oti join fellow panellists Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross and host Joel Dommett on the show.
They face the difficult task of watching a dozen celebrities bust some moves wearing an array of bizarre outfits that hide their identities.
Which means the fab four have to guess the famous faces from their moves using their understanding of dance.
According to Oti, this varies enormously among the panel.
Oti said: “Jonathan is the king of dance — he’s the ultimate dad dancer. He has this little bum wiggle.
“Joel is like the prince of dance with his ‘running man’ and Davina’s the queen of dance who just does the whole Beyonce.
“But Mo is actually trained as a dancer — did you not know that? I’ve never seen him dance but I think he can surprise us.”
Hopefully he’ll quit the dad-dancing moves he showed us during The Masked Singer — they were clearly a complete red herring.
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All back to Bev’s castle
IT was a far cry from a castle in Wales, but Beverley Callard tried to recapture the magic of last year’s I’m A Celebrity by inviting campmates round to her place.
The former Coronation Street star, pictured far left, played host to seven of the dozen famous faces who took part in last year’s ITV show, hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
Beverley proudly took to Instagram to post an image of her guests with the message: “A wonderful night catching up with my campmates.”
They were (from left) West End star Ruthie Henshall, EastEnders actor Shane Richie, a masked Vernon Kay, DJ Jordan North, journalist Victoria Derbyshire, winner Giovanna Fletcher and dancer AJ Pritchard.
The only absentees were Paralympian Hollie Arnold, actress Jessica Plummer and Olympian Mo Farah.
To be fair, Beverley probably couldn’t fit them all in her house.
Vern’s a learner burner
HE’S married to Tess Daly and has just made his TV comeback in Saturday night ITV show Game Of Talents – but Vernon Kay hasn’t always been lucky.
The presenter revealed on motoring podcast Fuelling Around how he got done for speeding SIX MINUTES after he passed his driving test.
But all he cared about was what his dad would say after lending him his motor.
Vernon said: “I got three points on the day that I got my licence.
“I walked in through the front door and I burst into tears. I started crying and fell into my mum’s arms, and she was like, ‘What’s wrong?’ She thought I’d knocked someone over or crashed the car.
“I was like, ‘You don’t understand, Dad’s going to kill me’. I didn’t get done again for another 20 years.”
Amanda’s on song
SINGER Amanda Holden reckons she has an advantage over her fellow guessers on I Can See Your Voice, which continues on Saturday on BBC1.
Alongside Alison Hammond and Jimmy Carr she has to try and work out which performers on the show will be able to belt out a reasonable tune just by looking at them.
Amanda said: “We’re trying not to make this a competition between the investigators, but we are actually very competitive.
“I think I do have an advantage over them because of all the years I have had on stage, off stage and behind the scenes, in musicals, singing lessons, and every part of my life, music has been there.”
Amanda added: “I am yet to hear Jimmy Carr even hum.”
Let’s hope his crooning’s nothing like his laugh . . .
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