Joel Dommett got too excited and somehow injured himself hosting The Masked Dancer

Joel Dommett has injured himself trying to do the splits (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV)

has revealed that he injured himself on the set of – while trying to copy a contestant’s dance moves.

The ITV dancing competition to TV (September 3) for its second series, after the first proved to be a massive hit with viewers.

And the presenter, who has hosted the competition since 2020, has admitted he was so impressed with new character Onomatopoeia’s moves that he injured himself while trying to replicate them.

‘One of the characters does the splits, and that was very exciting. I tried it afterwards and almost pulled a hamstring,’ he said in an interview.

He continued: ‘Onomatopoeia is a great dancer. They can really move, so I’m excited to see who is hiding behind the mask, because I have no idea.’

Speaking to , he revealed that he has nothing but admiration for the dancers on the show: ‘To move like that outside of the costumes would be a feat, but the fact that they’re doing it with a massive head on is bizarre.’

Onomatopoeia – the culprit with the funky movies (Credits: Vincent Dolman/ITV/PA)

New judge , who is filling in for Mo Gilligan this year, has revealed that The Masked Dancer has now taken over his life, leaving him wondering who each contestant is even when not on set.

He said: I didn’t realise quite how serious I’d be taking it. It’s taken over my life a bit because I’m constantly thinking wherever I am, ‘Who’s the Prawn?’

Peter Crouch will be joining the judges line-up this year (Picture: Michael Regan/UEFA/Getty)

‘Even now in the back of my mind I am sitting thinking I might have guessed one of them, and now I’m thinking of things that relate the clues to this particular person. I need to go and write it all down before I forget.’

This year, the judging panel will feature Davina McCall, Johnathan Ross, Oti Mabuse, and retired footballer Peter Crouch, who will replace

The first series was won by retired Olympic artistic gymnast Louis Smith, who also won the 2012 edition of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Flavia Cacace.

Runner-up was actress and singer Bonnie Langford, who appeared in Dancing On Ice back in 2006 and finished third in the overall rankings.

Take That’s Howard Donald finished third in the first series of the new TV contest, which aired its first episode in May 2021.

The Masked Dancer launches Saturday at 6.30pm on ITV.

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