The Masked Singer: Harlequin’s identity ‘uncovered’ by hidden meaning in song choice

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Harlequin continues to wow The Masked Singer judges and ITV viewers with their stellar vocals, with many theorising the contestant is musically trained. So far, the guesses have ranged from BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, 45, to chart-topper Macy Gray, 53, and pop sensation Emeli Sandé, 33. Though, the celebrity hiding their identity seemed to give away one of the biggest clues of all when they performed their rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car last Saturday.

Taking to various social media platforms, fans went wild and from this, surmised Harlequin could be British singer, Gabrielle, 50.

The latter has a huge back catalogue of songs but her most famous has to be her 1993 debut track Dreams, which stormed the charts over 25 years ago.

It seems this hit single does have some correlation to Chapman’s record as user JDCavallo wrote on micro-blogging site Reddit last weekend: “Gabrielle sampled Fast Car in her song Dreams.”

Previously, Gabrielle has spoken out about how her own work transpired from the musical tones of the 1988 track.

“When I went in, they said, ‘Do you think you can write to this music?’ And it was Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car,” the singer explained.

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“I was like, ‘Yeah I can do that,’ so I was going to take it home and write the words and then go back and present it to them,” Gabrielle continued.

However, the British chart-topper went on to add how she forgot to add her own lyrics to the sample track and ended up making the words up on the spot.

“I hadn’t written anything, so I got to the studio and said, ‘Yeah I’ve got this song,’ and it was Dreams.

“I just didn’t have anything else and the best thing I could do was blag. So I spent ages in the studio trying to fit the lyrics of Dreams to Fast Car and it worked and Dreams was born,” she told Song Writing Magazine.

Dreams was born


Therefore, there could be a hidden meaning to why Harlequin performed Chapman’s song on The Masked Singer last weekend.

Taking to Twitter, some fans were in agreement as one wrote: “As a long-standing, bonfire mega fan of her, I’ll bite my arm off Harlequin isn’t @GabrielleUk #TheMaskedSinger.”

Another avid fan added: “Think it could be Gabrielle not Beverley knight in Harlequin now #TheMaskedSinger.”

Whilst a third commented: “Harlequin is definitely Gabrielle! #TheMaskedSinger,” as a fourth wondered if it was in fact Tracy Chapman hiding inside the elaborate costume.

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Harlequin managed to keep their identity a secret last weekend as BushBaby became the fifth contestant to be eliminated.

With the panel completely thrown by the clues the celebrity had given them, they finally discovered who had been taking part.

It was revealed former Coronation Street actor and Cold Feet star John Thomson, 51, had been trying to confuse the judges.

Since his departure from the show, the performer has spoken out on who they think could be hiding inside the Harlequin costume.

John told he thought the contestant was record producer and singer Des’ree, 52, who is known for songs such as Life and You Gotta Be.

It seems some fans agree as one wrote in response to a Tweet in which someone put forward all their guesses: “Agree with all but Harlequin Des’ree #TheMaskedSinger.”

Another thought the contestant might have a link to Britain’s Got Talent as they posted: “[Alesha Dixon] is Harlequin #TheMaskedSinger.”

“Still think Harlequin is Beverly Knight #TheMaskedSinger #TheMaskedSingerUK,” a third avid fan of the show added.

The Masked Singer continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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