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Who is Panda on The Masked Singer? Theories, clues and songs

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The Masked Singer Panda
Published: Sunday, 23rd January 2022 at 1:01 pm

Some of our The Masked Singer contestants have already left the building after being unveiled by many, including the adorable Panda, are yet to have their giant heads removed.


The line-up of The Masked Singer contestants that remain have us all guessing and trying to work out who they are from their clues, but has anybody hit the bamboo on the head yet with who this particular celeb will turn out to be?

Judges Davina McCallJonathan RossRita Ora and Mo Gilligan have been chucking out a number of celebrity guesses, from Alesha Dixon to Camila Cabello, but this is one famous face that we think could end up being a surprise reveal.

And some viewers at home reckon they've uncovered Panda's identity – reckoning that it could be singer Natalie Imbruglia behind the mask.

Here’s everything we know so far about Panda including songs, glues and guesses.

Who is Panda? Songs, clues, guesses


Week One – Levitating by Dua Lipa

Week Three – Hot Stuff by Donna Summer

Week Four – Story Of My Life by One Direction


  • VT was filmed in the woods
  • “Oh I do love an adventure”
  • Second nature to me
  • Panda says: “From a young age I’ve always followed my own path”
  • Solitary creature
  • Introverted extrovert
  • “This won’t be the first time I’ve been connected to these creatures"
  • American accent.
  • The VT showed some marshmallows with the letters "TWDFL" on them
  • "But they’ll have to keep trekking if they want to pin a name on this panda"
  • There were several references to stars
  • Panda used the words "one direction" during a speaking segment
  • Panda said, "I like to follow my own path. Sometimes you find a fork in the road and make a choice to explore another avenue"


  • “It’s not the first time I’ve been animated.”


  • Helen Skelton
  • Emily Atack
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Camila Cabelo
  • Emily Blunt
  • Michaela Strachan
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Amanda Holden
  • Kate Hudson

The Masked Singer theories

Is Panda Alesha Dixon?

Alesha Dixon Walk the Line panellist

Panda's identity is yet to be confirmed on the show.

A popular fan theory doing the rounds online is that Alesha Dixon is hiding beneath the mask.

The talent show judge voiced a part in Disney’s animation Doc McStuffins and, with other clues suggesting Panda could be linked to music or talent shows, it could well be her behind the mask.

Is Panda Michaela Strachan?


First things first, Michaela is known for her love of wildlife and many of us remember her fondly from the CBBC show The Really Wild Show. She also spent a number of years presenting Countryfile - so the panda costume is a big hint that she could be behind the mask.

She is no stranger to reality TV either having appeared in shows such as Splash, and she still pops up on quiz shows - plus she always seems like a ton of fun, so we could imagine this being just her bag.

Is Panda Natalie Imbruglia?


The Masked Singer fans may be torn over who Panda is, but many of them are convinced that it is singer and former Neighbours star, Natalie Imbruglia under that Panda suit.

We know she can sing, but it is a certain clue in the VT for the second performance that got people talking. Natalie once starred in a play called Things We Do For Love, which matches neatly with the TWDFL we saw in the VT - but are the fans on the money with this guess?

If you want to start figuring out who else could be under the masks, here are all of our other The Masked Singer theories and investigations so far:


The Masked Singer returns to ITV on New Years Day. Want something else to watch? Check out our full TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for the latest news. 


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