With the new series well underway, The Masked Singer is the hit show that has everyone guessing as fans put their detective skills to the test.
The popular ITV show has left viewers scratching their heads as they do their best to work out who is behind the mask.
But as more and more contestants are discovered in the talent show, fans of the show have desperately tinkered with the series of subtle clues made about the show.
In an attempt to resolve some of the show’s darker clues, Daily Star spoke to one of the UK’s top voice coaches.
As viewers prepare for the third installment of the mystery talent show, trainer Cece Sammy Lightfoot has shared some of her top tips for viewers as they watch the show and make their predictions.
When contestants take the stage, their body language can tell you as much about their identity as their voice.
The professional coach explained: “When you watch the contestants, watch them as soon as they come on stage – it’s all about confidence.
“If they are sure to be anonymous while they are performing, that makes them very difficult to detect.
“You have to watch their hands, you have to watch their feet, and you have to watch their posture, because even under their elaborate costumes, you can tell a lot about a person by their posture.”
She added: “Their posture will change. Sometimes they will be in character, but watch when they see the reaction from the audience and the judges, you will see them going in and out of character.
“No matter how good you are, you do it naturally, so take notes. I always tell people about our performance, ‘We have bad habits and good habits’, so I try to inspect them.”
Throughout the series, contestants are expected to slip at some point, but it’s up to viewers at home to spot it.
In terms of spotting accent and performance errors, Cece advised eagle-eyed viewers to pay attention to breathing techniques.
The voice coach advised: “They’ll always give us moments of truth where we go, ‘Ah, now I know who it is’.
“Because even if you change your voice, you will always have moments where someone would naturally catch their breath.”
She added: “Some people would talk longer, while others would take shorter breaths.
“It’s very difficult for us to break that into the time they have to develop their characters.
“If you do it on rehearsal week after week for about a year, obviously your natural voice and language will change.
“But in a short time, the body doesn’t adapt as quickly as that.”
Another tip the raven-haired beauty gave viewers for identifying celebrities who already have performance experience is to watch how the contestants behave between performances.
The singer pointed out that when artists are eliminated early in the competition, it’s likely due to their attempts to disguise their identities rather than their lack of singing or acting abilities.
Cece said, “It’s not about proving you have a good voice, it’s not about showing you’re a good actor.
“Some of them are a character on the show that they don’t look like at all [in real life] but others dig into parts of their characters that are similar to them.”
Yet, one thing that makes this show different from many other on-air shows is that contestants are forced to stay in character for the duration of the show.
She added: “It’s very different in this performance because it’s not cut [or edited] so what you see is what you get.
“You see them walk into that stage and you see them as they’re just standing there staring at you,” meaning they’re more likely to break character and show their true selves.
It comes ahead of the launch of Hack Your Voice, a series of free mini masterclasses led by Cece Sammy Lightfoot that help train your voice.
This range of courses is suitable for those wishing to improve their diction for both singing and public speaking and will be available in February on its website.
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