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Nicola Roberts to release first new music in nearly a decade after winning The Masked Singer

I'LL BEE BACK!

NICOLA Roberts is releasing her first music in nearly a decade after winning The Masked Singer.

The Girls Aloud star was revealed as Queen Bee in Saturday night’s final.

Nicola, 34, now hopes her stunning performances on the TV series will give her solo career a major boost.

She has written and recorded an EP which she is planning to release through Access Records — whose acts include the Pussycat Dolls.

It will be Nicola’s first new solo music since her debut album Cinderella’s Eyes was released in September 2011.

Almost eight million people tuned in to ITV as Queen Bee’s identity was finally revealed.

Comedian Jason Manford, 38, came second as Hedgehog and opera singer Katherine Jenkins, 39, was third as Octopus.

Even bigger names are clamouring to take part in the second series after the show became an unexpected hit.

A TV insider said: “The idea of The Masked Singer was laughed off by a lot of people in the industry but it’s become one of the biggest shows on telly.

Viewers have been gripped and lots of stars have been getting agents to speak to bookers about getting a space in next year’s series.

“It was tough convincing some of the contestants for this series but now ITV are expecting to be overrun with offers.”

Judges Rita Ora, 29, Davina McCall, 52, Jonathan Ross, 59, and Ken Jeong, 50, and host Joel Dommett, 34, have all been asked to return.

Runner-up Jason is also expected to see a boom in his career having released an album titled A Different Stage in 2017.

And actress Denise Van Outen, 45, who was unmasked as Fox earlier this month, has landed a new record deal.

The Masked Singer winner Queen Bee revealed as Nicola Roberts