Heather Small says her mum instantly knew it was her on The Masked Singer despite changing her voice

M People star Heather Small has said her mum instantly knew it was her on The Masked Singer – despite her completely changing a voice.

The singer, 56, trained for six weeks to change her distinctive voice, which fooled the judges as she sang as Chandelier – but meant she was the first to leave the competition.

But while the panel and viewers had no idea who it was – her mum was on to her straight away.

Speaking on today’s This Morning, Heather told Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond: “It’s not easy being someone else and trying to hide it from the rest of your family . I think that is the difficult thing because my mother and I live together and she is like a snoop dog.

“Apparently she was watching with my sister and as soon as I came on and started singing she said ‘ I know that voice’. So you may be able to hide from the nation and even the panel, but not from your mum!”

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She previously said she felt like she had still won as she took at pop at her rival Doughnut.

She said: “From some of the vocals that have come out, it’s not a singing show, it’s a guessing game.

"Now, if it was singing — and Doughnuts went through — I’d have something to say.”

The studio audience voted for Doughnuts’ energetic performance of Eye of the Tiger over Chandelier’s rendition of Patsy Cline’s Crazy.

Then the panel — Jonathan Ross, 61, Davina McCall, 54, Rita Ora, 31, and Mo Gilligan, 33 — chose to save Firework and Mushroom over Heather’s character.

Heather added: “For me, it wasn’t about winning, but I thought I won because nobody had a clue who I was. And that was the aim.

“It was very satisfying when I saw the panel’s face. They were clueless.”

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