Speculation has been rife among viewers of the The Masked Singer about the real identity of Dragon.
The ITV reality series returned for its second season on Boxing Day 2020, with 12 new celebrities vying to remain in the competition and keep their real identities anonymous for as long as possible.
Contestants including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mel B (Seahorse) and Glenn Hoddle (Grandfather Clock) have already been unmasked and sent home from the contest.
Initially, judges suspected that Dragon was being played by an American, after picking up an accent in the introduction video.
In the clip, Dragon steps on a doll’s house full of money, and says: “They’re just a little bit clumsy. It’s like I’ve got two left feet. I’ll try to conduct myself better on the show, but I can’t make no promises. Deal?”
Some have suggested that the character could be a reference to the hit reality show Dragon’s Den.
For one of their performances, they chose “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, Randy Newman’s song written for Toy Story. In another episode, they sang “Reach” by S-Club 7
After the character noted that they “mustn’t drag on”, some viewers have inferred that Badger is a drag queen, with Australian drag artist Courtney Act being floated as a possibility.
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The rainbow pattern on Dragon’s chest is also seemingly a clue, with some saying it alludes to the LGBTQ flag.
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage and comedian Katherine Ryan have also been put forward as potential candidates.
During the episode on 23 January, Dragon sang “All By Myself”, leading judge Rita Ora to suggest that the contestant is in fact half the isolated half of a double act – specifically, Jennifer Saunders.
On 30 January, before singing Cher’s “The Shoop Shoop Song”, the preceding VT hinted that the celebrity could be a chef. “I do love to eat,” Dragon could be heard saying, adding that they liked to “devour books”.
They also said they like to eat “trotters” and “pig’s bums” leading the judges to wonder if they had ever been a contestant on ITV reality series I’m a Celebrity. Combined with the suggestion that Dragon has a radio career too, guest judge Alan Carr wondered if it could be his radio co-host – who appeared on I’m a Celebrity in 2014 – Melanie Sykes.
Act is currently the bookies’ favourite to be revealed as Dragon, with odds currently even. Visage is second-favourite, at 3/1, while Ryan and Sue Perkins trail at 5/1 and 10/1 respectively.
The Masked Singer continues at 7pm on ITV every Saturday.