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Julia Sawalha exits The Masked Singer

Julia Sawalha has left the ITV show credit:Bang Showbiz
Julia Sawalha has left the ITV show credit:Bang Showbiz

Julia Sawalha has been unmasked on 'The Masked Singer'.

The 55-year-old actress - who is best known for playing Saffron 'Saffy' Monsoon in 'Absolutely Fabulous' - has become the latest celebrity to leave the ITV show, after she removed her Bubble Tea outfit and revealed her identity to the judging panel.

Speaking about her early exit from the show, Julia said: "I’ve loved it! My friend earlier this year said, 'You don’t sing enough, Julia!'"

Julia's exit from the show was confirmed after she appeared in the sing-off alongside Owl.

Jennifer Saunders - who previously starred alongside Julia in 'Absolutely Fabulous' - appeared on this week's episode as a guest judge, alongside Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan, and the duo shared an emotional embrace after Julia's identity was confirmed.

The actress' exit follows Shirley Ballas, who left the ITV programme last week.

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' star was unmasked as Rat and Shirley subsequently admitted that she struggled to deal with her "claustrophobic" costume.

Shirley, 63, explained: "The worst part of performing in the costume is the head gets very hot - it feels quite claustrophobic."

The TV star also revealed that she'd developed a bond with her 'Masked Singer' persona, admitting that she "enjoyed" her journey with Rat.

Shirley said: "The best thing is that I’ve fallen in love with Rat and actually don’t want to leave him. I want him to be in my house! He’s a character I will hold close to my heart forever. I enjoyed my journey with Rat!"