Rita Ora thinks 'The Masked Singer UK' bosses have made the clues "10 times harder" for the second series.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

The 30-year-old singer - who is returning as a judge for the new series - correctly guessed the identity of last season's winner Queen Bea (Nicola Roberts) during the final in February.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column, she joked: "I came in as the champion from last year, full of confidence, and now I'm sort of second-guessing everything because they've made all the clues 10 times harder.

"I think on purpose, so I don't win. The sabotage is unbelievable."

However, incoming judge Mo Gilligan - who replaces Ken Jeong on the panel and will sit alongside Rita, David McCall and Jonathan Ross - could give her a run for her money.

The 'Let You Love Me' hitmaker said: "I'm telling you now the newbie, Mo, is really trying to come from my crown!

"He's doing pretty well. He's remembering things from weeks ago, which I don't like. He's got an elephant's memory!"

Meanwhile, Rita suggested the new series - which is set to launch on December 26 - will be a welcome break from the news, and will provide a bit of escapism for viewers after a difficult year.

She added: "It's full of madness. It's completely crazy. It's just great family entertainment television...

"You want to watch TV to get away from stuff and I think that's what this does."

Meanwhile, Davina admitted filming the second season during the pandemic was "next-level emotional".

She recently said: "I was grateful, so grateful to be with people.

"We all felt so privileged to be able to come to work and be with other people, sat next to the people we love.

"It was next-level emotional and exciting."