Stacey Dooley was revealed as Prawn Cocktail on Saturday night’s episode of The Masked Dancer, making her the third star to be eliminated from that series.
The 35-year-old broadcaster, who is pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Kevin Clifton, was left out of the pre-taped ITV competition after finding herself in the last two with Scissors, where she failed to make a move to Dua Lipa’s Physical .
When asked if her partner Kevin, a former Strictly Ballroom pro, helped her practice her routines, she quipped, “He won’t dance unless he gets paid.”
Celebrity judges Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Peter Crouch had previously suggested the TV journalist could be behind the mask due to her distinct Luton accent.
On her exit, Stacey told host Joel Dommett: “I’ve had the time of my life, I loved it, I just wanted to pretend I was a stupid, drunk, annoying aunt.”
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “@GavinEvs Whoo first correct guess of the series. I was right shrimp cocktail was stacey dooley #TheMaskedDancer.’
A second added: “Aw Stacey Dooley! #prawn #MaskedDancerUK love this show!’
Meanwhile, another joked: “I spent all this time thinking it wasn’t Stacey Dooley because I thought she could dance better than that #MaskedDancerUK.”
Last week, Gavin and Stacey star Joanne Page was the second contestant to be eliminated when he was unmasked and revealed to be a dancer who is Pig.
Before that, Desperate Housewives’ Jesse Metcalfe was the first contestant to be sent home.
Stacey announced her happy pregnancy news just last month and shared a vintage snap as she cradled her new bump.
She wrote: “Gaaaaaang… We’re having a baby! So damn pleased. Kev, you are magical, I love youuuu.
‘(It was impossible to hide, and if another person asks me if I got my boobs done in LA, I’m going to scream). Here goesssssss.’
Kevin also shared the same picture at the same time and sweetly wrote: “We’re having a baby! ❤️❤️❤️ And I think my girl @staceydooley looks beautiful pregnant.’
And to explain her excitement, Stacey appeared on The One Show just days later to gush about the good news.
“I’m delighted, I can’t believe it,” she said excitedly to host Ronan after he congratulated her.
Ronan told the journalist: “We have to start by saying congratulations, big news from you and Kevin today.”
“Thanks buddy, I can’t believe it. I’m really happy, I feel really happy. Because I’m 35, so you never take it for granted,” Stacey explained.
Stacey and Kevin were crowned Strictly Champions in 2018 after winning viewers’ hearts with their incredible partnership – which made things romantic after leaving the show.