Who was Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US?

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Who was the woman behind the Miss Teddy mask? (Image credit: Fox)

Who was Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US?

The adorable Miss Teddy certainly fit The Cuddly category well with her orange fur, pink bow and matching rosy cheeks. However, while she presented a soft and cute exterior, week after week she brought the crowd to their feet with her powerhouse vocals.

On episode 6 of The Masked Singer US season 7, the fan-favorite was shockingly unmasked. So who was Miss Teddy? 

Who was Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US?  

Miss Teddy was revealed to be Grammy-award-winning singer Jennifer Holliday. We’d like to take this opportunity to lightly say we told you so, because we’ve been saying this from the moment the Dreamgirls actress opened her mouth in the cuddly costume. We weren’t the only ones that accurately guessed Miss Teddy’s identity. Nicole Scherzinger and guest judge Leslie Jordan also predicted that Miss Teddy was the “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” singer.  

Who is Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US? Song picks…

During her first week on The Masked Singer US, Miss Teddy opted to sing an amazing rendition of "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dayne. 

During her second week on the show, Miss Teddy opted to sing Demi Lovato's "Tell Me You Love Me." She again received a standing ovation from the judges. 

In her third week on the show, Miss Teddy performed "Mercy" by Duffy. 

Who is Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US? Show clues…  

In her first week on the show, Miss Teddy unveiled some interesting clues to help the judges and viewers guess her identity. The first clue was a stuffed Santa. The second clue was a director’s chair with a smiley face. Last, but certainly not least, a hint to her identity was introduced via her dream sequence of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. She captioned the clue by saying, “...lay your head down in December, the next thing you know, it’s May.” 

The mega clue offered this week for Miss Teddy was the revelation that she is a Grammy winner. It's interesting to note that while discussing the Grammy, she stated the words "once I was afraid, I was petrified." 

In Miss Teddy’s last clue package, the first hint offered was a picture of Eddie Murphy with the words “Big Audition” imposed on the front of it. The second clue was also a picture, but this time it was of members of the US Supreme Court. 

Who is Miss Teddy in 'The Masked Singer' US? Costume clues…

There has been no clues released yet for Miss Teddy, but purely going off the cute and cuddly costume, we thought of comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy. She’s always been up for trying new things and has even dived into the world of fashion design, creating a clothing line called Seven7. 

The fashion line was doing so well that she even created a replica of her favorite sweater from the range for a teddy bear Christmas ornament in 2015 — which sold out quickly. So, as well as becoming a Christmas décor master, would she be able to master The Masked Singer stage? This may be a rather random guess, but we could imagine the much-loved Melissa reflecting her fun and lovable personality by hiding in a teddy bear costume.

Another guess we came up with was TV personality Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave — could Miss Teddy be a play on her real name? The glamorous actress and wellness coach is best known for appearing in three seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and recently took part in Celebrity Big Brother 2022 where she was the first houseguest to be evicted. 

Or, it could be a celebrity who puts on a hard exterior in the limelight and is eager to show off their soft side (literally!).

Who is Miss Teddy in The Masked Singer US? Theories… 

As of right now, it doesn’t appear there is a consensus on Twitter as to the identity of Miss Teddy. There are some that are saying that Miss Teddy sounds like famous 90s singer CeCe Peniston.  

Others are saying there is a possibility that the woman behind the mask is actress and Broadway star Loretta Devine. Given the Santa clue, this could ring true as Loretta Devine starred in the film This Christmas.  

After Miss Teddy uttered the words, "once I was afraid, I was petrified" while discussing her mega clue during her second week on the show, some fans are convinced Miss Teddy is disco legend Gloria Gaynor. 

While we like the guesses of Loretta Devine and Gloria Gaynor, there is another name floating around that we think is the best bet. There is a running theory that Miss Teddy is the legendary Jennifer Holliday. Not only does Miss Teddy’s voice sound like hers, but Jennifer’s last name is Holliday, which could make the Santa clue make sense from week one. Furthermore, in the Broadway show Dreamgirls her character goes through a metamorphosis, and that could resonate with the caterpillar/butterfly clue. Lastly, Holliday in fact has won not just one, but two Grammy awards. 

Be sure to keep watching The Masked Singer US season 7 on Fox, Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT.  

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace was a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.