The Masked Singer: I'm A Celebrity special viewers have expressed shock that singing superstar Russell Watson was voted out second, saying he was "robbed" by the other contestants.
A one-off episode of the hit contest took on a jungle theme in honour of the launch of this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, with former campmates in costume and singing.
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Four ex-campmates took part, but viewers couldn't believe that accomplished singer Watson was voted out second, being beaten in a singing battle by Kangaroo – who turned out to be Sinitta.
I had such an amazing time on the @MaskedSingerUK #ImACelebrity special tonight!! It’s such a fun and joyous show to be involved in ❤️ Thanks to the whole backstage team who are just delightful. Wonderful memories have been made 🥰 #themaskedsinger pic.twitter.com/cnpkupFkmz
— Russell Watson (@russellthevoice) November 6, 2022
As he was unmasked, one viewer tweeted: "Hello police, yes I have just witnessed Cockroach being robbed by the #maskedsingeruk audience from winning the whole show."
Someone else agreed: "Sorry but cockroach was ROBBED!! One of the best performances ever on masked singer WTF?!?!"
Another viewer commented: "WHAT!!! Cockroach should have won with that voice !!! Wow."
Someone else wrote: "Cockroach should have won that by a mile, by far the best."
Those watching the show, which is pre-recorded and voted for by the studio audience with judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross chipping in at some points, were particularly surprised that in a straight choice between Cockroach (Russell Watson) and Kangaroo (Sinitta), Kangaroo won.
One viewer tweeted: "I’m sorry but cockroach was so much better than kangaroo."
Someone else agreed: "Are the audience okay? Cockroach was clearly better."
Another viewer asked: "Were the audience at the @MaskedSingerUK wearing earplugs? 8 votes between Cockroach & Kangaroo?! Huh!! Kangaroo beat cockroach?! Huh!"
Someone else wrote: "I’m so sorry cockroach you deserved to win the whole show I apologise on behalf of the death audience xxx"
However, it was Koala who won the entire show, who was unmasked as Vernon Kay, while viewers were surprised to find that Witchetty Grub, unmasked first, was Alison Hammond.
One viewer tweeted: "Wow!! I didn’t know Alison Hammond could sing!"
Despite disagreement over the result, viewers were in agreement that the ITV show mash-up worked well for a special episode.
One person tweeted: "Gonna start a petition for this to be a yearly regular thing before I’m a celeb starts x"
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