Dita Von Teese unmasked as Beetroot on The Masked Dancer

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Dita Von Teese was unmasked as the Beetroot on The Masked Dancer on Monday night.

The Beetroot lost the dance-off with Knickerbocker Glory and the judges - Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross - were left stunned when the unmasking revealed the burlesque star.

When Strictly Come Dancing star Oti asked if she'd had any previous dance experience, Dita replied, "Yeah, I always say I was a failed ballerina. I wanted to be a ballerina more than anything in the world, but my ballet teachers were like, 'Oh your arms and legs are great!' but I can't follow choreography."

Davina then noted that Beetroot's onion backing dancers served as a hint to her risque stage act in which she "peels off layers", and Dita admitted The Masked Dancer felt scarier than her striptease.

"I would rather be up here taking my clothes off, I would feel more comfortable," she joked.

The 48-year-old explained that she agreed to do the show because she knew it would be "hilarious" and an unexpected project for her to sign up for, and while she loved the top-secret nature of the programme, it was "torture" not knowing her co-stars.

"It was truly top secret, this was one of my favourite parts of being on the show. I loved wearing the disguise... the DON'T TALK TO ME sweatshirt, the blackout visor and trainers," she shared, reports the Mirror. "I also enjoyed not having to put on my glam every day, I kind of enjoyed being make-up-free under the disguise. But it was torture not knowing who the others were.

"And it was hard not to be able to talk while on set. I really wanted to be able to chat with the dancing carrots and onions supporting me through the dance number."

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