Masked Singer UK: Phoenix unmasked as Virgin Radio's Ricky Wilson!

Virgin Radio

18 Feb 2023, 20:43

Ricky Wilson performing as Phoenix on The Masked Singwer

Credit: ITV

Did you guess right?

Phoenix was finally unmasked on The Masked Singer tonight (Saturday, February 18th) and the man beneath the feathers was Virgin Radio UK's own Drivetime presenter and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson!

Ricky/Phoenix made it all the way to the series finale and finished in second place behind Rhino, who was revealed to be Busted/Fightstar singer Charlie Simpson.

The finale saw Ricky/Phoenix revisit his favourite song of the series and once again perform his swinging version of Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

Season four of the ITV show had already seen Bon Jovi legend Richie Sambora unmasked as Jacket Potato, while Claire Richards from pop group Steps and comedian-turned-actress Daisy May Cooper also starred in this year's series.

In previous weeks, Sky Sports football pundit Chris Kamara was unmasked as Ghost, while Pigeon was revealed to be comedian Katherine Ryan.

Whether Ricky was Phoenix or not might not have been the best kept secret in showbiz, with fans suspecting as much for weeks...

He tried his best to not give TOO much away on his Virgin Radio Drivetime show though, but he certainly teased fans...

We're especially proud of Ricky's performance on the hit singing show, since he's one of our own. Starting on January 9th of this year, Ricky has been presenting on the Virgin Radio airwaves from 4pm-7pm, Monday-Friday, having stepped in to fill Chris Evans' shoes at Breakfast on more than one occasion.

“I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to getting started on Virgin Radio," said Ricky when we announced the news. "Music is the number one passion, but I’m so excited about having some fun in a playful and creative space for drive time."

“Plus I’ll be working alongside some amazing and talented people who have been some of my radio heroes," he added. "I’ve been interviewed by most of them and now I get to work with them, including Chris, who has probably interviewed me more than my doctor. Virgin Radio listeners are incredible so I’m excited to entertain them all in the New Year.”

Well done Ricky/Phoenix! We're proud of you!

Ricky Wilson hosts the weekday Drivetime show (4pm-7pm) on Virgin Radio UK. You can tune in to Virgin Radio UK on DAB, online, Sky TV, smart speakers (say "Play Virgin Radio UK") or via the 'Virgin Radio UK' app. Be sure to listen on Monday for more Masked Singer gossip from Phoenix himself!