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Masked Dancer’s Astronaut is axed… as he’s unveiled as Desperate Housewives’ Jesse Metcalfe

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Jesse Metcalfe was the primary celebrity to be un-masked during Saturday evening’s return of ITV’s Masked Dancer.

The Desperate Housewives actor, 43, was revealed because the star behind Astronaut in the course of the episode – to the shock of judges Peter Crouch, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Oti Mabuse.

The show has returned for one more season with a brand recent spread of celebrity contestants for viewers to guess the identities of- hiding behind costumes reminiscent of Candlestick, Scissors, Odd Socks, Prawn Cocktail and Pillar and Post.

Revealed! Masked Dancer’s Astronaut was the primary contestant to be axed during Saturday’s episode, as he was unveiled as Jesse Metcalfe, 43,

Through the episode, the primary six celebrities took to the stage to point out off their moves – with Candlestick, Astronaut and Pillar and Post being forced to battle for survival.

Astronaut was chosen to be sent home by the 4 judges, as they chanted for him to ‘take it off’ and reveal his face.

And as Jesse did, the studio audience erupted right into a roar of cheers – while judges Davina and Oti couldn’t contain their shock.

Unexpected: Davina McCall, who is on the judging panel alongside Peter Crouch, Jonathan Ross and Oti Mabuse, was in shock at the revelation

Unexpected: Davina McCall, who’s on the judging panel alongside Peter Crouch, Jonathan Ross and Oti Mabuse, was in shock on the revelation

Return: During the episode, the first six celebrities took to the stage to show off their moves - with Astronaut battling for survival before being sent home

Return: Through the episode, the primary six celebrities took to the stage to point out off their moves – with Astronaut battling for survival before being sent home

Underneath: Jesse gave a wave to the judges and the crowd as he beamed after taking off his mask

Underneath: Jesse gave a wave to the judges and the gang as he beamed after taking off his mask

‘It’s American actor Jesse Metcalfe everybody,’ announced host Joel Dommet, because the star waved at the gang. 

Viewers at home seemed to be just as shocked on the revelation too, taking to social media to share their surprise.

‘Cannot consider Jesse Metcalfe was Astronaut,’ wrote one viewer to Twitter, while one other said: ‘As if it is the gardener from Desperate Housewives, didn’t expect that’.

And others were quick to notice how the hunk hasn’t modified since his days on the ABC show, despite 18 years having passed.

‘How does he still look the identical 20 years later?!’ questioned one viewer, while one other echoed: ‘What an absolute welcome blast from the past Jesse Metcalfe is. Still looking as amazing as ever.’ 

Guess who: 'It's American actor Jesse Metcalfe everybody,' announced host Joel Dommet as the crowd erupted into cheers

Guess who: ‘It’s American actor Jesse Metcalfe everybody,’ announced host Joel Dommet as the gang erupted into cheers

Regrouping: Oti couldn't contain her shock as she took a minute to cool herself down

Regrouping: Oti couldn’t contain her shock as she took a minute to chill herself down

Fan reaction: Viewers at home appeared to be just as shocked at the revelation too, taking to social media to share their surprise

Fan response: Viewers at home seemed to be just as shocked on the revelation too, taking to social media to share their surprise

Jesse rose to fame starring as Eva Longoria’s secret lover John Rowland in drama-comedy series Desperate Housewives, before happening to steer 2006 flick John Tucker Must Die. 

And explaining why he decided to go for Masked Dancer, the star shared that he wanted to overcome a fear of dancing.

‘I believed it will be fun because dance is something that basically intimidates me so it is a fear that I desired to face. This has been unbelievable, it’s probably the most zany things I’ve ever done in my profession but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself,’ he detailed.

Admitting he needed to ‘outright lie’ to pals when keeping his involvement within the show under wraps, Jesse described the secrecy as ‘so hard’.

And it’s no surprise the actor had a difficult time on the dance floor, as he jested: ‘Truthfully, I could hardly see, so I used to be relieved after I could finally remove the mask!’

Back in the day: Jesse rose to fame starring as Eva Longoria's secret lover John Rowland in drama-comedy series Desperate Housewives back in 2004 (pictured on the show)

Back within the day: Jesse rose to fame starring as Eva Longoria’s secret lover John Rowland in drama-comedy series Desperate Housewives back in 2004 (pictured on the show)

Fear conquering: 'I thought it would be fun because dance is something that really intimidates me so it's a fear that I wanted to face,' he detailed on the decision to take part in the Masked Dancer (Jesse pictured last month)

Fear conquering: ‘I believed it will be fun because dance is something that basically intimidates me so it is a fear that I desired to face,’ he detailed on the choice to participate within the Masked Dancer (Jesse pictured last month)

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