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The Masked Singer's Fawn unveiled as 90s pop icon in season finale

The Masked Singer's Fawn was finally unmasked during the grand finale of the hit ITV show, with 90s pop icon Natalie Appleton revealed to be behind the mask.The All Saints singer, 49, came in third place on the show, leaving Rhino and Phoenix to battle it out to be crowned the winner of the series. The judges were left shocked when Natalie took her mask off, with no one guessing her throughout the series.

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Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora “unmasked” as Jacket Potato on The Masked Singer UK
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was revealed to have been the mystery celebrity singing in a jacket potato costume on The Masked Singer UK at the weekend.READ MORE: Mark, My Words: this is how The Masked Singer could become the greatest show ever made During his time on the show, Sambora had performed songs such as Elvis Presley‘s ‘Viva Las Vegas’, Leonard Cohen‘s ‘Hallelujah’, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘Love Me Again’ by John Newman.After he was eliminated from the competition and duly unmasked, Sambora said: “I love being a guitar player and a songwriter. And of course I’m very privileged and honoured to have had so much success and the accolades of being a Grammy winner, an Ivor Novello Award winner and a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee, but what I really love to do is sing!”“My hiatus from Bon Jovi and the Covid impact on my solo touring meant I could only do one thing which is make a new record until I saw The Masked Singer! I loved it and it was a lot of fun to watch it at a time where due to lockdowns and being forced to be at home the world was a little quieter than it had been since Bon Jovi kicked off 37 years ago.”Other musicians to have been ‘unmasked’ during this year’s competition include Lulu (Piece Of Cake), Claire Richards from Steps (Knitting) and Martin and Shirlie Kemp (Cat and Mouse).Sambora played guitar as part of Bon Jovi until 2013.
Celebrity Gogglebox fans torn as they don't recognise stars - but praise the episode
Gogglebox viewers were left baffled tonight as they failed to recognise some of the stars featuring on the show's Pride special.The hit Channel 4 reality series welcomed a host of new famous faces on Friday evening (July 1), including the cast of Netflix's LGBTQ+ show Heartstopper.Actors Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney and William Gao joined the show to mark Pride month - a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities.READ MORE: How much do celebs get paid for Gogglebox? Staggering earnings for each episode Other new faces included Strictly Come Dancing's first male same-sex couple Johannes Radebe and John Whaite, as well as RuPaul's Drag Race UK stars Tia Kofi and Lawrence Chaney.In addition, Ian 'H' Watkins, Claire Richards and Faye Tozer from Steps also appeared on tonight's show.Joining them were Gogglebox favourites Rylan Clark and his mum Linda, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Clare Balding and her wife Alice Arnold, and Denise Van Outen with Blue star Duncan James.But as the special episode kicked off this evening, a number of viewers failed to recognise some of the new faces.Taking to Twitter, one fan said: "I’m not sure if I’m more confused that this is called Celebrity Googlebox or more confused in the fact I hardly recognise anyone on it." A second added: "I can’t keep up with all these different people on #Gogglebox."A third tweeted: "Who are Tia & Lawrence and can someone tell him it’s SHOVE yer granny off a bus no push! #Gogglebox." Another complained: "Where the hell have you got these Z list celebrities from? So few regulars left #Gogglebox." A fifth added: "7 mins in to Celeb Gogglebox and have not got a clue who half of them are #oldman." A sixth shared: "Could you give me a moment to work
Steps' Claire Richards says she 'struggles' to maintain slimmed-down frame
Spinnin' Plates podcast, the Wildest Dreams songstress said: "All my issues started when I got into the band."Not even Steps, the first band, we were put on a diet immediately and told to lose weight, I was 18, the things that I did from then on, all I ate was peas and fish fingers for ages."The mum-of-two continued: "The day of the audition for Steps, they said they wanted me but wanted me to lose weight."I'm better now but it is still something that is in my head every single day and I think also knowing the things that we had to deal with, was airbrush."I remember going for a meeting years ago and our record company were trying to persuade us to do FHM, the way they persuaded us, or tried to persuade us to do it was, they came and they brought two photographs and said this is the photo - the airbrushed photo - but this is what it looked like before, so look what we can do, we can make you look like this - and that was the selling point."The BRIT Award winner explained that she finds it "difficult" to comprehend that children have access to image editing apps on smartphones.Claire continued: "My relationship with food is very complicated, I don't remember it when I was a kid, we had three meals a day, I don't ever remember my mum being on a diet."It wasn't something I had growing up at all, I was quite sporty at school, I always had big legs and a big bum, I don't think it was an issue until I started working."I've gone from being dangerously thin to obese and I honestly do believe it's all part of the same, if it's an eating disorder, it's one extreme to the other."The singer went on to say that there seems to be a "lack of understanding" with people assuming those overweight may just be lazy and have no discipline –