With the new series well underway, The Masked Singer is the hit show that has got everybody guessing as fans put their detective skills to the test.
The popular ITV show has left viewers scratching their heads as they try their best to work out who it is behind the mask.
But as more and more contestants are uncovered in the talent competition, fans of the show have been desperately cobbling together the series of subtle clues made on the show.
In an attempt to work out some of the more obscure hints on the show, Daily Star has spoken to one of the best vocal coaches in the UK.
As viewers prepare for the third instalment of the mysterious talent show, coach Cece Sammy Lightfoot has shared some of her top tips for viewers when watching the show and making their predictions.
When the contestants take to the stage, their body language can tell you just as much about their identity as their voice can.
The professional coach explained: “When you watch the contestants, watch them from the minute they walk on the stage – it’s all about the confidence.
“If they are confident about being anonymous while they are performing, it makes them very hard to detect.
“You have to watch their hands, you have to watch their feet and you have to watch their posture, because even under their elaborate costumes you can tell a lot about a person by their posture.”
She added: “Their posture will change. Sometimes they will be in character but watch when they’re seeing the reaction of the audience and the judges, you will see them dip in and out of character.
“No matter how good you are, you naturally do it, so make some notes. I always say to people in our performance, ‘We have bad habits and good habits’, so I try and inspect them.”
Throughout the series, it is expected that the contestants will at some point slip up but it’s up to the viewers at home to spot it.
In terms of spotting mistakes in accents and performances, Cece informed eagle-eyed viewers to watch out for breathing techniques.
The vocal coach advised: “They will always give us moments of truth which is where we go, ‘Ah, now I know who it is’.
“Because even if you change your voice, you will still have moments where someone would naturally take a breath.”
She added: “Some people would talk for a longer period of time, whereas others would take shorter breaths.
“It’s very hard for us to break that in the amount of time that they’ve got to develop their characters.
“If you’re doing it in repetition week after week for about a year, then obviously your natural voice and language would change.
“But in a short space of time, the body does not adapt as quickly as that.”
Singing/ Acting experience
Another tip the raven-haired beauty gave viewers for sussing out celebrities who have previous performance experience is by watching how the contestants behave in-between the performances.
The vocalist emphasised that when performers are eliminated early in the competition it is most likely due to their attempts to disguise their identity rather than their lack of singing or acting abilities.
Cece informed: “It’s not about proving that you have a good voice, it’s not about showing that you are a good actor.
“Some of them are being a character on the show that they are not like at all [in real life] but others are digging into parts of their characters that they are like.”
Yet one thing that makes this show different from many other shows on air, is that the contestants are forced to stay in character throughout the entire duration of the show.
She added: “It’s very different in this performance because it’s not being cut [or edited] so what you’re seeing is what you get.
“You see them entering on to that stage and you see them as they’re just standing there watching you,” meaning they are more likely to break character and show their true selves.
It comes in the run up to the launch of Hack Your Voice, a series of free mini masterclasses ran by Cece Sammy Lightfoot which help to train your voice.
These range of classes are tailored for those wanting to improve their diction both for singing and public speaking which will be available in February on her website.
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