Joel Dommett thinks ‘The Masked Singer’ has “changed the landscape of Saturday night TV’.

Joel Dommett thinks that The Masked Singer has changed Saturday night telly

Joel Dommett thinks that The Masked Singer has changed Saturday night telly

The host of the ITV talent show - whose latest season was won by singer Joss Stone, disguised as Sausage - believes the series had revolutionised TV forever, as the programme gears up for a return on New Year’s Day (01.01.22).

The 36-year-old stand-up comic said: “It’s not just a success, it’s a cultural reference, which I think is the dream – to become a show everyone talks about.

“I think it’s changed the landscape of Saturday night TV.”

Davina McCall - a judge on the star-studded singing show alongside Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan - believes the programme is about fun more than snagging victory, insisting it is “not a talent contest”.

The former ‘Big Brother’ presenter said: “The nice thing about having a guessing show is that it’s not a talent contest.”

“A talent contest has disappointment and upset, whereas with our show, an unmasking is a celebration. It’s just the most exciting thing ever. It’s so funny.”

Joel agreed, insisting the prize is being “a part of something brilliant”.

He explained: “It’s not really a competition. You’re just a part of something brilliant. It’s not like you get a huge cash prize if you win or a contract with some record company or something.

“It’s not the public that are voting. It’s the people in the studios. There’s less of a feeling of, ‘my God, I’ve got to please the whole country’.”

Joel also admitted he enjoys the "family day out" feel of a full studio audience made up of different generations.

He said: “There were young kids, the parents and the grannies all together as a family day out.”