Martine McCutcheon felt 'claustrophobic' in The Masked Singer costume

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 January 2021
Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon struggled to breathe in her Swan costume on 'The Masked Singer', because it was "hot" and "heavy"

Martine McCutcheon was partly "relieved" to be unveiled on 'The Masked Singer' because her costume was "so hot and claustrophobic".

The 44-year-old actress was unmasked on the ITV singing competition on Saturday night (09.01.21), and she struggled to breathe inside her extravagant Swan outfit.

She told the Daily Mirror: "The mask was more like a heavy wired sculpture and it weighed a ton. I couldn't see anything so, yes, nerves were there. I felt like I was just getting started and had just managed to stay stood up in my outfit. I'd have loved to have shown off my voice more but I also felt really relieved as I was so hot and claustrophobic.

"It was nice to be able to see and breathe again."

The 'Love Actually' star was revealed to be behind the mask on Saturday, after taking part in the show for a bit of "fun".

When asked by host Joel Dommett why she wanted to take part, Martine shared: "I just thought it would be so lovely to just come up here and have fun together."

And Jonathan Ross had correctly guessed it was the actress and singer.

He said excitedly: "I guessed it right for once!," before adding to Martine: "I do remember you telling me once you were in a girl band. Were they called Memphis?"

Martine said: "Milan! We were signed to Polydor when we were 14 years old. So I felt like a washed up has-been by the time I was 18."

Another clue referenced presidents and prime ministers, and Martine explained: "There was a prime minister and two presidents.

"The president we had in 'Love Actually'. I was Liza Minelli's wedding guest; I was her bridesmaid and sat next to me was Donald Trump."

'The Masked Singer' judge Mo Gilligan praised Martine's ability to disguise her voice, and Jonathan worked out the royal connection had to be the Queen Vic – the name of the pub in 'EastEnders', in which she played Tiffany Mitchell. 

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