Masked Dancer’s Craig Revel Horwood told PA sister he was filming documentary

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Craig Revel Horwood has opened up on his experience taking part in The Masked Dancer.

The 56 year old was unmasked on Friday 4 June evening as Knickerbocker Glory after giving several memorable performances to the judges, which included Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan.

However, in the first of the double elimination that night, the panel decided to vote him out and chanted for him to "take it off" to reveal his face to invested viewers across the UK.

The Strictly Come Dancing star explained that he had an incredible time and thought it was important for him to know what it's like to be on the other side of the table as he described himself as a "mean and harsh" judge.

Now, the Australian-born TV star has opened up how he managed to keep it all a big secret from his family, explaining that he told them he was filming a dance documentary in the country.

Speaking exclusively to OK! Online, he said: "All my family are in Australia but they're all on Twitter and all of that. When the clue came in about the jelly prawn cocktail, obviously my family went, 'Who else makes a jelly prawn cocktail…' they said, 'It's got to be you,' because I lied to them."

Craig, whose fans guessed it was him behind the mask, went on to reveal that his own sister has access to his calendar but had no idea what he was up to.

He said: "I share my diary with my sister, who is my PA, and she's saying, 'What's this show you've got written in?' and I said, 'Oh it's a dance documentary I'm doing it. I'm looking at dancers all around the world and having to demonstrate them,' so that's how I got around it.

"The only people that knew was my boyfriend and of course my manager Gavin. I had to absolutely lie to everybody else."

He continued by explaining how he would tell people who asked that the documentary was going "fantastic," but when asked to go out with friends he would have to play it off as having a busy schedule as he didn't know how long he would be on the show for.

"I didn't know when I was going to go out obviously and I kept lasting week after week. There was always three or four rehearsals and then you'd film," he explained.

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Speaking on the costume itself, he said: "I couldn't breathe because I was wearing a corset to make me look a little feminine."

"Even though my big feet were a dead giveaway, hello," he joked. He continued: "There were plenty of times where I nearly fell of stage, there were plenty of times I didn't know where I was…."

While Craig said it was a "great" experience, he also admitted that it was quite lonely as he wasn't allowed to speak to anyone besides the producers of the show.

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"Obviously five people backstage knew who I was and everyone was wearing shirts saying 'don't speak to me', because you're not allowed to speak or communicate – it was so lonely.

"I was stuck in a dressing room, the only place I was allowed to take my mask off was in this dressing room and I'd be sat there for four hours just getting more and more panicked about what's happening."

However, Craig admitted he would do all over again as he said: "But this time I'd choose not to do in heels, I'd choose not to do in a corset. But why not? Life's too short to be boring."

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