Dan Walker was inundated with messages after making a bold statement ahead of his return to BBC Breakfast tomorrow. The presenter waded into suggestions as to who is behind Grandfather Clock on ITV’s The Masked Singer UK.
The 43-year-old scoffed at the idea that Des Lynam was the mystery performer, in view of his 673,000 Twitter followers.
The host claimed he would don trunks and a sombrero to front his news show if that claim turned out to be correct.
He immediately got replies from fans and fellow viewers, who responded to his suggestion while also making their own guesses.
It comes after the second instalment of The Masked Singer aired yesterday, with Blob, Bush Baby, Viking, Harlequin, Seahorse as well as Grandfather Clock taking to the stage.
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Dan had initially tweeted: “First time watching the full #MaskedSingerUK.
“Are the judges guesses always this ridiculous? #Viking.”
His cheeky swipe was aimed at panelists Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and newcomer Mo Gilligan.
The father-of-three then continued: “If that clock dude is Des Lyman, I’ll do BBC Breakfast on Monday in my swimming trunks & a sombrero #MaskedSinger #MaskedSingerUK.”(sic)
Many had guessed Des, 78, thanks to clues such as they’ve been called a genius, after stating: “Tik Tok, time to meet Grandfather Clock. It’s a funny old thing time, you don’t tend to think about it until it’s running out.
“But when you’re chasing time you learnt to make every single minute count, who knows when you might be in extra time.
“I may be a grandfather clock, but don’t let that fool you, I’m extremely young at heart.”
Other guesses online included David Seaman, Frank Skinner and Vinnie Jones.
Upon hearing the final clue about being branded a genious, Mo, 32, suggested David also.
However those at home will have to wait to find out as Grandfather Clock was not unmaked last night, but Seahorse instead.
Three out of the four judges guessed correctly, with former Spice Girl Mel B revealing her identity.
The Masked Singer continues Saturday at 7pm on ITV.