Scottish snooker player Stephen Hendry has been revealed as the character Rubbish in The Masked Singer.
The 54-year-old former world champion was placed in the top two of an ITV reality singing competition on Saturday alongside fellow contestant Jacket Potato after a public vote for all the contestants’ performances meant they had to sing again.
As the second song, Hendry chose Lonnie Donegan’s My Old Man’s A Dustman, while Jacket Potato sang Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders.
After the performances, the judges voted to save Jacket Potato and ended up guessing who Rubbish might be, with suggestions including Jay Blades of The Repair Shop, presenter Paddy McGuinness and Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Referee Jonathan Ross was closest as he thought it might be snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, but he was a bit short.
Following its reveal, Hendry said he loved the show and that it was his “guilty pleasure” to watch.
When asked why he decided to take up the challenge, he added: “To try something completely outside my comfort zone.
“I’ve had the opportunity to star in other shows that would have put me in the same ‘uncomfortable’ position, but being completely hidden made it much easier for me to break free and focus on the challenge.”
He also revealed that he chose the overflowing green trashcan costume because the colors reminded him of a snooker table – and that the way it restricted his movements was an added bonus as then he wouldn’t be forced to dance.
Hendry initially opened Saturday’s episode with a lively interpretation of the Kaiser Chiefs classic, Ruby, accompanied by characters dressed as bumblebees.
Based on sporting clues, the judges made their guesses – Ross thought the mask might be Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, and singer-songwriter Rita Ora chose Paddy McGuinness.
Comedian Mo Gilligan thought it might be Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, while TV presenter Davina McCall thought it might be Jay Blades from The Repair Shop due to the junk link.
Elsewhere in the episode, Fawn, Jacket Potato, Pigeon, and Rhino also took to the stage.
Fawn, who performed a melodic version of Madonna’s Into The Groove, was guessed as Australian singer Delta Goodrem, Australian actress and singer Dannii Minogue, singer Anna Marie and actress and presenter Jacqueline Jossa.
Rhino, meanwhile, performed a powerful version of P!nk’s Try while dressed as a cowboy – and judging by the quality of the voice, the judges thought it might be American singer Joe Jonas, former The X Factor winner James Arthur, rugby player and former The X Factor competitor : Celebrity Thom Evans or American actor Anthony Edwards.
Pigeon engaged the crowd with Usher’s Yeah! and the character’s playful energy led the judges to guess that a comedian or presenter might be hiding behind the mask – with guesses including comedian and actress Emily Atack, former The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins and Loose Women star Linda Robson or Stacey Solomon.
While Jacket Potato provided a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for their first song, which Ora described as “crunchy” and thought the food reference might mean it could be chef Gino D’Acampo.
Other conjectures included physicist and former musician Brian Cox, American actor Ken Jeong and singer Michael Ball.
The Masked Singer continues Saturdays at 7pm on ITV1 and ITVX.