The Christmas special of The Masked Singer certainly got us all in the mood ahead of the new series starting this weekend, with more weird and wonderful costumes taking to the stage.

It was Partridge (In A Pear Tree) who won the festive title and was revealed as TV chef Ainsley Harriott.

The 66-year-old told host Joel Dommet: "The big hint was Can't Cook, Won't Cook... I loved it. The build up, learning the songs. I had a great, great day."

But who will be the first to “take it off” for the 2024 edition? This is all you need to know from the line-up, guest judges and when it’s on.

When does The Masked Singer start 2024?

The Masked Singer will return to our TV screens on Saturday, December 30 at 7pm on ITV1, ITVX and STV.

Who are the judges on The Masked Singer 2024?

Usual judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross will once again be putting their celebrity knowledge to the test as they try to figure out who’s behind the mask.

Who are the guest judges on The Masked Singer 2024?

For 2024, there will be various famous faces joining the judging panel to see if they can guess any particular voices, according to TV Zone.

Lorraine Kelly, Sir Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon and Ellie Goulding will be appearing across the series.

Lorraine tweeted on X, formerly Twitter: “To say I’m excited about being a judge for this bonkers, fabulous, funny and utterly incredible show does not go nearly far enough. I’m BESIDE MYSELF. Can’t wait to see who is behind those masks. #MaskedsingerUK”

Full line-up for The Masked Singer 2024 revealed

There will be 12 stars battling it out to see who will be voted the best singer for 2024.

They are as follows:

  • Bubble Tea
  • Air Fryer
  • Dippy Egg
  • Weather
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Rat
  • Maypole
  • Owl
  • Piranha
  • Cricket
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Bigfoot

Before Saturday's episode, comedian Mo revealed one of his own secrets and told The Sun he thinks one of the contestants this year is a close friend.

He explained: "I think early on sometimes you know someone and you’re just like, ‘I know that clue, I know who that person is, I’ve connected the dots’.

“You get an aura from them.

“So the one I think is my mate, I’m putting my house on the line for that one, I swear to you.

“If I don’t get that one right, then I’ll have to look for another place to sleep.

“Listen, I’m a man of my word. At any time of a bet, I make sure I’m a man of my word.

“Viewers will have to wait and see whether that ends up happening.”