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Zoe Ball, 50, became the sixth celebrity to be eliminated on ITV’s The Masked Dancer, being unmasked as Llama, last night. The BBC Radio 2 DJ was found out last minute after judge David Walliams guessed it was her behind the costume.

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On Friday’s edition of This Morning, Zoe told Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary how she and the other stars of the show were kept in check behind the scenes.

The star said she has never had to be so “quiet in my entire life,” as she concealed her identity backstage.

“You’re balaclava-ed up and you’ve got a visor on – you’re basically like a ninja – and then you’re in the costume,” she explained.

“I tried to have a conversation with Scarecrow when we were all standing on the stage,” she added.

Zoe said that she could “see Scarecrow was a bit naughty”.

However, before she and Scarecrow could chat, the DJ was warned to “back off”.

Speaking on the difficulty of identifying celebrities while they are in costumes, Zoe remarked: “You have no idea. You’re looking at their physiques, the way they’re moving.”

After she was revealed as Llama, Zoe spoke about how much fun she had concealing herself in the fabulous costume.

“The whole thing is bonkers – I loved being Llama and trotting about. Not speaking was hard though,” the former It Takes Two presenter said.

“It’s still nerve-wracking – lots of heavy breathing and sweating but ultimately an absolute hoot. 

“I definitely wouldn’t be as brave without my Llama disguise. The outfit gives you a superpower.”

Zoe was part of a double elimination, with Beagle also being unmasked to reveal Christopher Dean underneath the costume.

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On Instagram, the TV personality typed: “Whaaaat? It’s not @vicky.mcclure?!!

“There’s no fooling @dwalliams or my girl Nell. Had me sussed on episode 1!

“BEST TIME EVER on #TheMaskedDancerUk in stitches in britches. Will miss my furry hoofed friend LLAMA. 

“Thanks for having me @joeldommett & huge props to @callum_powell88 @aaronrenfree @dykey27 @karenmossrocks and @showbizliz for all your patience & encouragement.

“Have loved the #secretsquirrelmission and watching at home. @davinamccall, @otimabuse, @mewossy and @mothecomedian top team. 

“Amazing to hear everyone’s guesses on the radio. Sorry @iamrichieanderson I’m not @therealgerihalliwell … ps I don’t know who any of the others are EXCEPT a maybe KNICKERBOCKERGLORY hmmmmm.”(sic)

Her celebrity friends weighed in on her performance, as Davina McCall labelled it “the best ever”.

Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba typed: “I love this TOO much. When you were giggling out of character the other night.”

While her former Strictly partner Ian Waite responded: “Haha there was no doubt for me. I know those moves and the inflection of your voice you know I used to teach Callum when he was about 12 years old.”

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