The Masked Dancer: Where is Mo Gilligan as the series returns and who has replaced him?
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 03
Mo has left The Masked Dancer (Picture: Getty Images)

is shortly returning to our screens, but this time fans tuning into the hit ITV show will realise there’s a notable absence.

Presented by , the dancing competition programme is a spin-off of , and sees celebrity contestants try to bamboozle the judges with their moves.

 and  were among the stars cutting shapes under disguise, with Carwash, aka Louis Smith, being crowned winner.

However, while judges Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Oti Mabuse will all be returning for the second series, Mo Gilligan confirmed he would not be coming back.

Here’s everything you need to know about Mo Gilligan in The Masked Dancer.

Why isn’t Mo Gilligan on The Masked Dancer?

It was confirmed earlier this year due to his touring commitments.

In a statement, the 34-year-old said: ‘I love being a part of the Masked Team so I’m gutted to be missing most of the series this year as I’ll be working in the US.’

The line-up of last year’s The Masked Dancer (Credits: ITV)

After presenting a pilot for new game show That’s My Jam in LA, Mo is said to have caught the eye of US TV executives, who are desperate to sign him up for more projects.

His packed-out work schedule was reportedly behind

‘They are still friends despite what’s been a difficult time’, the insider told The Sun.

‘He is such a hot property in the US right now, as well as still being in demand in Britain, and work has been overwhelming,’ they continued.

Who is replacing Mo Gilligan?

Mo is hot property (Picture: Scott Garfitt/Timms / BACKGRID)

Football legend Peter Crouch will be taking over Mo’s role, with the comedian saying his replacement is ‘the perfect sub.’

He added: ‘A legend on and off the pitch and one of the nicest guys in the industry, Crouchy knows a thing or two about fancy footwork, we’ve got this!’

Meanwhile, the 41-year-old, who has been married to Abbey Clancy for 11 years, has shared his delight at joining The Masked Dancer.

The podcaster said: ‘It’s madness. Completely different to anything that I’ve ever done before. My kids love the show.

Peter will be doing the honours (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I played football for England and Liverpool, I played in Cup finals, played in the
Premier League and played in World Cups but my kids, the only thing they want to talk to me about is The Masked Dancer.

‘They absolutely love it. They came and watched one of the shows and absolutely loved it and it’s all they’ve talked about since.’

The Masked Dancer launches on Saturday September, 3 on ITV at 6.30pm