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Peter Crouch joins The Masked Dancer as a judge

Peter Crouch joins The Masked Dancer as a judge
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Former footballer Peter Crouch is to replace Mo Gilligan as a judge on the new series of The Masked Dancer.

Footballing legend Peter Crouch will join the judging panel of The Masked Dancer for its upcoming second series.

The 41-year-old - known for his 'Robot' dance during his playing days - will fill in for Mo Gilligan, who is away in the US on a tour but will return for a guest appearance during one episode.

Once again, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Oti Mabuse will also be on the judging panel, while Joel Dommett is back as host as 12 new celebrities attempt to conceal their true identities behind elaborate masks.

"I love being a part of the Masked Team so I'm gutted to be missing most of the series this year as I'll be working in the US," said Gilligan.

"BUT I've got the perfect sub to take my place. A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we've got this!"

Crouch said: "The show is a firm favourite in our household and when asked I jumped at the chance to take part.

"I am competitive and I'm currently scrolling through friends' socials looking for those tell-tale dance moves.

"Another plus is by being on the panel my social media, family and friends won't be constantly speculating that I'm hiding behind one of the masks!"

The new series is being filmed this month for broadcast on ITV later this year.

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