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Alfie Boe told Masked Singer’s Jason Manford he thought Hedgehog’s singing was ‘c**p’ before realising it was him


JASON Manford has revealed crooner Alfie Boe unknowingly mocked his singing voice while appearing on hit show The Masked Singer.

The funnyman, 38, finished runner-up in Saturday night’s grand final - watched by nearly eight million viewers - where he was unmasked as Hedgehog.

But speaking on Sunday, Jason told how his pal Alfie made the dig after the 46-year-old crooner told him he kept being asked if he was Hedgehog.

The comedian explained: “I rang Alfie and I said to him ‘Have you been watching The Masked Singer? I keep getting people asking me if I’m the Hedgehog.’

“He said ‘Me too, so I watched it on Saturday night and said to myself ‘I’m not that crap at singing.’”

Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, 34, won the competition as Queen Bee, with opera star Katherine Jenkins, 39, finishing third as Octopus.

Jason described the intense levels secrecy he had to abide by while calling into his Absolute Radio show while on tour performing in musical, Curtains.

He said: “I had sign NDAs, I didn’t tell my children, I didn’t tell anyone, I had to keep it hush hush.

“It was like Mi5 stuff. I recorded it last September when I was rehearsing Curtains, which I’m currently on tour with.

"They would pick me up, arrive to this hanger outside of London and 20 minutes out of the studio, you put on a hoodie which says ‘Don’t Speak To Me’ on the front - which I’ve kept and I’m having for the train - balaclava, gloves, visa and when you get there nobody spoke to you.

“There was about four people in production who knew who you were. I didn’t even know the other contestants.”

Jason said he was given two costume choices and opted for Hedgehog, saying “I didn’t think the British public would take a tree to their hearts.”

And he even tried to throw judges and viewers off the scent with his varied song choices, he added: "Even last night Michael Ball was trending at one point which I’m sure he couldn’t have been happy about.”

The Masked Singer reveals identity of hedgehog as Jason Manford