Masked Singer champs and runners up now – sad death, 4st makeover and Emmerdale

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The Masked Singer final took place on Saturday evening, with eager fans waiting to see who is behind characters including Robobunny, Panda and Traffic Cone.

The celebrity judges have already unmasked huge stars including Heather Small, Gloria Hunniford and Michael Owen throughout the series – with fans still making their guesses about the remaining characters.

There have been plenty of surprise reveals in the past, including Joss Stone as Sausage, Aston Merrygold as Robin and Jason Manford as Hedgehog.

Ahead of the final, Daily Star has taken a look at where the winners and runners up of The Masked Singer are now.

Nicola Roberts

Singer and Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts was the first celebrity to win The Masked Singer in 2019, after being unmasked as Queen Bee.

The star is no stranger to success, having rose to fame as one of the winners of Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 and becoming the youngest member of Girls Aloud at the age of 16 years old.

The group won numerous awards and were together until their split in 2013, but Nicola continued to remain close to her band mates, including co-writing music with Cheryl, telling The Guardian: "Kimberley and Cheryl are really like my roots – there’s such a deep thread there. We’ve gone through everything together. Everything."

Although Girls Aloud split in 2009, Nicola continued to perform and released a debut solo album called Cinderella's Eyes in 2011, featuring some songs that documented some of the abuse she had received from people regarding her appearance while in the group.

She also reformed with Girls Aloud for the 10th anniversary tour, before the group parted ways for good in 2013.

In 2021, Nicola and her Girls Aloud group members also suffered a tragic loss after their friend Sarah Harding died of breast cancer aged 39.

Nicola paid tribute to Sarah in an emotional Instagram post with throwback photos of Girls Aloud at the NME Awards 2007, saying: "'The week has been a blur. Waves of disbelief and realisation as we navigate through this.

"Also, acknowledgement for how Sarah's passing has affected many people who are fighting this cruel disease. My heart is with you.

"Here is sarah in her element with the artic monkey boys at the NME awards. A habitat more natural for her than any glitzy party. The most Rock & Roll in the room. Showing the indie boys how it's done. x"

Away from music, Nicola was also sadly subjected to over 3000 messages sent via social media by a former boyfriend between 2007-2012, some of which were described as "violent and threatening" in court.

He was later given a 15 month suspended prison sentence and a lifetime restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting or approaching Roberts or any member of her family.

She revealed in an interview with The Guardian that fearing for her safety took a massive toll on her, saying: "To have these bloody messages, life-threatening messages, every day – it just ground me down.

"I’m happiest when I’m being creative, with a project to work on – but I just couldn’t. I’d sit with the pen and go to write and I’d be like: ‘This. Is. Sh*t.’ Like: ‘I can’t get out of me what I want to get out."

However, Nicola has since returned to music and also made a step into the acting world, performing in stage productions including City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre, London.

She also hinted at the possibility of new music in an interview with The Guardian, where she mentioned being in the studio with Fred Ball, a producer for Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Jason Manford

Comedian Jason Manford was the runner up in the first series of The Masked Singer, where he reached the final as Hedgehog.

Although he rose to fame as a comedian, he has shown he can hold a note or two on stage, having performed in theatre productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweeney Todd and The Producers in recent years.

He has also hosted programmes including A Question of Sport: Super Saturday, Bigheads and BBC quiz show Unbeatable in 2021, as well as continuing his Like Me stand-up tour that was postponed due to the pandemic.

Jason is also returning to our TV screens as one of the panellists for new ITV talent show Starstruck.

In his personal life, Jason was married to his first wife Catherine from 2007-2013 and they had four children together.

However, the comedian revealed to The Mirror that his marriage has disintegrated due to him not putting in enough 'care and time', saying: "My first marriage really disintegrated on my theory of, I don’t want my children to have the childhood I had".

"So I was out working all of the time and I didn’t put the care and time into that relationship that it deserved and needed."

He later married wife and TV producer Lucy Dyke in 2017, with who he has two children.

Jason also wowed fans when he showed off an impressive weight loss transformation, after losing nearly four stone last year.

It is reported that he has since set up a Facebook Group called The Jason Manford Weight Loss Support Group, which has tens of thousands of members who are on their own weight loss journey.

Katherine Jenkins

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins came third on The Masked Singer 2019, when she was revealed as Octopus.

The star is used to impressing audiences with her vocals, having become one of the most successful classical singers of all time with million selling albums, performances in front of figures including Pope John Paul II and playing the lead in the Rogers and Hammerstein Musical Carousel, opposite other classical music stars such as Alfie Boe.

She has also revealed that she dedicates every award that she wins in her career to her father Selwyn, who died of cancer when she was 15 years old.

The star can also be seen on tour throughout 2022.

Outside of music, Katherine has also launched a successful acting career and made a cameo appearance in Doctor Who Special, A Christmas Carol, in 2010, as well as Emmerdale for two episodes in 2007.

She also reached the final of the 14th series of Dancing With The Stars, scoring the third highest score of all time of 27.9 across the series.

However, she did reveal to North Wales Live that she would never appear on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, saying: "Pretty much every year they say I'm going to be on it, especially last year [when it moved to North Wales]."

She later explained that she's a vegetarian and so "wouldn't eat the bugs" on the show.

In her personal life, Katherine has been married to Andrew Levitas since 2014 and they have three children together.

The couple have since revealed that they met after sharing the same hairdresser, and in 2020, Katherine paid a sweet tribute to Andrew on social media, saying: "Thank you for being not only the best husband, father and friend but by far the best decision I ever made.

"You rock my world & I don't know what I'd do without you. Happy Anniversary my love!"

Joss Stone

Joss Stone was the second celebrity to win The Masked Singer in 2020, after her impressive performance as Sausage.

The singer's powerful vocals have been impressing audiences for nearly 20 years, after Joss rose to fame with her critically acclaimed albums including The Soul Sessions and Mind, Body and Soul, for which she earned three BRIT awards and one Grammy award.

She has since released further albums including Colour Me Free and Water For Your Soul.

In 2010, she also made her first steps into music, starring as Anne of Cleves in The Tudors opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and lending her voice to a James Bond video game.

Joss continues to perform across the world however, and is due to release her next album later this year, following the success of her new single Never Forget My Love.

The singer also gave birth to her first child Violet in 2021, with her boyfriend Cody DaLuz.

It has also been reported that Joss will be returning as a guest judge for The Masked Singer finale, with a source telling The Sun: "All four celebrities were sensational finalists on the first two series, so this almost feels like an all-stars episode to see out the ­current season with a bang.

“As last year’s winner, Joss is the perfect choice to invite back to be the latest in a series of guest judges.

"And it’s going to be hilarious to see Jason return to wear his Hedgehog outfit, Nicola in her Queen Bee costume and Aston return as Robin to perform duets."

Ne-Yo

American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo was the runner up in the second series of The Masked Singer, dressed as Badger.

The award winning singer released his debut single Stay in 2005, but gained critical and commercial success with singles such as So Sick and his Grammy award winning album Because of You in 2007.

Since then the star has collaborated with huge names including Jennifer Lopez and New Kids On The Block, as well as releasing his seventh album in 2018 called Good Man.

He has also been a judge on TV programmes including World of Dance from 2017-2020, alongside Jennifer Lopez.

Away from the limelight, the star has been married to Crystal Renay since 2016 and they have four children together.

Ne-Yo also made an appearance on Good Morning Britain in 2021 following the release of his new single What If, and revealed that the pandemic had saved his marriage.

He said: "The pandemic saved my marriage. We were talking full-on divorce. It forced us to sit down and talk about our problems and re-connect with our kids. There's only so much FaceTime you can do.

"In the pandemic, we lost a lot of people, but in my case it helped a lot of instances in my life. We had brutally honest conversations."

Aston Merrygold

Aston Merrygold finished in third place on the second series of The Masked Singer, after performing as the character Robin.

Aston is another Masked Singer star who had huge musical success before appearing on the show, having come as a runner up in the fifth series of X-Factor as part of boy band JLS.

The group had four successful studio albums and their own film, releasing hit records such as Beat Again, until they disbanded in 2014.

Since then Aston has had a successful career as a solo artist and talent show judge, appearing on programmes including Got To Dance, and has stepped into the world of acting as Jordan in the CBBC programme Almost Never in 2019.

Aston also reached week seven of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, alongside professional dance partner Janette Manrara.

He most recently appeared as a judge on Irish talent show The Big Deal, alongside Boy George and Jedward, and is due to make a guest appearance during the final of series three of The Masked Singer, as well as starring as judge on the UK Masked Singer Tour.

Aston and his fellow JLS group members are also reuniting for a tour in 2022, with Aston telling OK! Magazine: "We had the best time ever the first time around and then getting to come back together 18 months ago to say we’re going to do a reunion tour was brilliant."

Away from music, Aston is engaged to his partner Sarah Louise Richards and they have two children together.

The couple met when Sarah was a backing dancer for JLS, with Sarah telling OK! Magazine: "He’s very romantic.

He catches me off guard, which is really nice. I think the most romantic thing was when I was on tour and he moved me in."

She also added that JLS will all be in attendance at their wedding, saying: "100%. They’re family so they’ll all be there. I think they’re more eager than we are!"

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