The Masked Dancers Rubber Chicken unveiled as iconic Olympian Eddie the Eagle

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The Masked Dancer fans were left stunned tonight as Rubber Chicken was finally unmasked as iconic Olympic ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle.

The fan-fave was left in the bottom two to perform a dance-off along with Frog, who pulled some seriously impressive moves.

Eddie's clues had included that he'd learned to "fly" early on in life, in reference to his skiing history, and a gold eagle in one of his VTs.

That left Carwash, Squirrel and Beagle to go through to dance again, joining Zip, Knickerbocker Glory, Llama and Scarecrow from Monday's show.

The panel's guesses included various comedians including Harry Hill, Bradley Walsh and Strictly fan favourite Bill Bailey.

Jonathan Ross plumped instead for Daniel Day Lewis – leaving the audience in hysterics.

"I won Splash!" Eddie admitted, as one of his other clues had been that he was the winner of a reality show.

When host Joel Dommett asked how it had been dancing as Rubber Chicken, Eddie admitted: "It has been the most amazing time, I loved dressing up. Nobody knew who I was and I could just play – I've had so much fun!"

Fans were left similarly stunned by the unmasking, and swarmed to social media in droves to post: "2020 was crazy enough but if someone told me in 2021 Eddie the Eagle would be dressed as a chicken on TV dancing to Mambo No 5 I would have thought they were tripping."

"So not Daniel Day Lewis," another typed, "It's… erm… Eddie the Eagle, bless him."

Someone else wrote: "Watching a programme where Eddie the Eagle is dressed as a rubber chicken dancing!"

Eddie became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski-jumping – though he finished last in both the 70m and 90m events.

Eddie held the British ski-jumping record from 1988 until 2001, and even had his own biopic feature film starring Rocketman actor Taron Egerton as the sporting icon.

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