The Masked Singer: Panda’s identity ‘rumbled’ as Amanda Holden speaks out?

The Masked Singer: Panda performs ‘Story of My Life’

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The Masked Singer UK is down to its final five masked celebrities after Doughnuts, which was footballer Michael Owen, and Firework, actor Jamie Winstone, were voted out over the weekend. ITV fans have been chomping at the bit to find out who is left in the competition but perhaps for one of the performers, their identity may have been revealed weeks before the finale. During Heart Breakfast when host Jamie Theakston addressed his co-star Amanda Holden over rumours claiming she was Panda, the DJ couldn’t keep her composure. 

Speaking about The Masked Singer, Jamie began: “Now Panda’s an interesting one because yet again, one of the hot favourites according to the bookies is none other than Amanda Holden as Panda. Panda, Amanda?”

But Amanda dropped a huge clue, as she replied: “Well funnily, do you know, when I used to babysit for Claire and Lee Hayes, good morning, on a Saturday, their mum and dad owned a carpet shop, and they used to call me Panda, that was my nickname.”

Jamie quipped: “Well, ignoring any of those clues that they clumsily dropped on the show…”

The co-presenters both broke out into fits of laughter before Jamie continued to probe the Britain’s Got Talent judge.

The father of two pointed out: “The fact that your friend’s carpet shop used to call you Panda, is a clear…”

Amanda playfully hit back: “Well it rhymes, doesn’t it?”

The weekday morning host had remained fairly schtum over the claims up until the loaded question was asked by her colleague.

“It’s the clearest indication yet, so I put it to you Amanda Holden, are you Panda?” Jamie wondered.

A sheepish looking Amanda revealed to Heart listeners: “I can’t say, I can neither confirm nor deny.”

The former This Morning presenter, who has a talent for singing due to her early performances on stage, has released her fair share of music into the charts.

The mother of two has performed in musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek and Stepping Out.

So, here is what we know about Panda so far, which could link the scout-like bear to the Heart Radio DJ.

In their VT, Panda revealed they have “been animated” before, which could refer to Amanda’s theatrical endeavours when she was cast as Princess Fiona in the production of Shrek. 

The backpacking animal has performed in front of judges Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, Rita Ora and Davina McCall but the panel are still puzzled by their identity. 

Panda revealed: “I’m not old fashioned, I’m thoroughly modern.”

Which triggered Jonathan as he recalled Amanda had played Thoroughly Modern Millie in the West End.

Co-judge Mo joked that he had already guessed at the TV star before the ITV comic did.

Jonathan took a cheeky swipe at the claims after he pointed out that he didn’t just “rhyme Amanda with Panda”, he “actually worked out a clue”

So far, the all-star panel have guessed Billie Piper, Natalie Imbruglia, Lisa Stansfield and Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt.

The cuddly character has performed One Direction hit Story Of My Life, Blame It On The Boogie by the Jacksons, Levitating by Dua Lipa and Hot Stuff by Donna Summer.

The Masked Singer airs on Saturdays at 7pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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