Lorraine Kelly, Sir Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon and Ellie Goulding will feature as guest judges on 'The Masked Singer'.

Lorraine Kelly will be a guest judge on the new series of The Masked Singer

Lorraine Kelly will be a guest judge on the new series of The Masked Singer

The quartet will join Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan in the new run of the popular ITV show that begins on Saturday (30.12.23) night with a fresh range of characters including Air Fryer and Weather.

Joel Dommett returns as host and thinks this his favourite series so far because he became a father in September.

The 38-year-old star - who welcomed son Wilde with his wife Hannah Cooper - said: "I think it's definitely my best series just because of my child arriving.

"I feel like it's all so joyous and fun. I am viewing it all in an entirely different way."

The guest judges will feature in addition to 2023 winner Charlie Simpson, Olly Murs and Jennifer Saunders - who are covering for Rita as she will be absent for three shows due to other work commitments.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Skipping three out of eight episodes feels like a pretty big chunk so viewers are bound to miss Rita, she’s such a fan fave.

"But shaking up the panel is also another fun way to keep the programme fresh.

"Jennifer brings a whole new energy, whilst Olly is of course such a safe hands when it comes to talent shows.

"It will be interesting to see what Charlie brings to the table."

The 33-year-old pop star admitted that she is "gutted" to be missing out on some episodes but praised those who will be taking her place.

Rita said: "I’m gutted to be missing some episodes.

"But keeping my seat warm are some great guest panellists, who I’m told are also super-competitive and will keep the others on their toes."