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Rhino is a masked celebrity on the third US season of The Masked Singer.

AppearanceEdit

Rhino is ready to take flight, dressed as an old-school flying ace. He wears a brown leather helmet with goggles, a brown leather aviator jacket with a white scarf and black gloves, tan cargo shorts, white socks with two thick brown rings, and black shoes.

Songs Edit

Week Song
6 "Have a Little Faith in Me" by John Hiatt
7 "Nice to Meet Ya" by Niall Horan
8 "Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 "What a Man Gotta Do" by Jonas Brothers
11 "10,000 Hours" by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
12 "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett
13 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers
14 "Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw

Clues Edit

Week Clue
6 "Hi, it's me, 'the Rhino'. While my exterior may look tough and callous, I'm really just a gentle giant. As a young rhino, I was center stage, the toast of the town every week. But being on top became an addiction. When I suddenly wasn't the best, I crashed and burned. I pushed the people closest to me away. But I got the help I needed to get back on my ride. And now I'm here to take a leap of faith, just a bit outside my comfort zone. Because I'm ready to soar again!"
7 "You're probably wondering what I'm doing on this plane. Well, after last week's performance, I am flying high. Just like on stage, standing on these wings is wild and nerve-racking. But I've always been a risk taker, which has led to many ups and downs. Whoa. For so long, it felt like I was free-falling through life. And just when it felt like I might hit the bottom, I met my wife, my guardian angel. She taught me balance, gave me stability so I could defy gravity. She saved my life and inspired me to pursue other passions and take on new risks. Which has led me to this stage tonight. How can you not be romantic about something like that?"
8 "Despite rising to the top of my field, I've struggled with constant criticism. So being here and receiving so much praise is beyond humbling. Few people have been by my side throughout the ups and downs quite like my college roommate."

(Rhino's College Friend): "Rhino was the first person I met when in college. We both had never surfed before but wanted to try it out. We thought it would be a walk in the park. But when we hit the waves, we were terrible at it. For me, it was hopeless. But Rhino kept at it and became a beast out there. The babes just couldn't resist his sick moves. But real talk, that's just Rhino. When he wants to accomplish something, he'll outwork anyone. He might look like a tough beast. But trust me, he's a total softy who wears his heart on his sleeve. I know how important this is to him. So I really hope he rides this wave all the way to the end."

9 "My journey on 'The Masked Singer' has been pushing me and forcing me to grow in ways I'd never dreamed. Earlier in life, I tried to be what everyone wanted me to be. I became comfortable playing a role. But I learned over the years that true progress happens at the edge of your comfort zone. Airplanes aren't build so they can stay safe in the hangar. They're built to take to the sky. And so tonight, I'm doing my most upbeat, dare I say dancy song yet. But now, are you ready for some truth bombs? It's funny the panel thinks I'm an athlete because of my size. Music has been my passion since I was a child. One, I've risen up the Billboard charts. And two, you may even have an album of mine. So who the heck am I? For a quarter, I'll fish you a clue. You know I'm a risk-taking gambling type, but that's not all this means."
11 Banana: "Rhino and I are a couple of cowboys looking for a comeback."

Rhino: "We both got knocked on our butts in the super nine."

Banana: "Pardner, every time this banana is up against the ropes, I bounce back. Ever since a massive injury I suffered, my memory hasn't been the same. That's why I write my lyrics on my hands. I'm a scrappy banana."

Rhino: "In the past, I've put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, and that's when I flop the hardest. With all the competition in the super nine, I tried to do too much on stage. So tonight I'm taking things nice and slow. I know Banana's a fighter, but heck, I'm a fighter, too, and I've taken on much worse in my time. One thing is clear, though."

Banana: "There's only room on this stage for one of us. Ah!"

12 "While I love this show, it's complete crazy town. I can't see and can't hear. It's high pressure, high octane, high stakes. So now that I'm in the battle of the sixes, I need, quiet, tranquility, serenity. Rhinos are solitary creatures, so I need to take my time with nature before going any further. I need to reflect on my chief source of power, my love for my wife and my baby rhinos. Tonight, I hope I can attain nirvana and nama-stay in this competition because I want to show my family it's never too late to rewrite your story. And if I can do that, I'll die a happy man."
13 "Last week, I gave my best performance yet in this competition. And I think there's a big reason for my success with that song. I was thinking about my wife the entire time. Before she came along, I'd had some major struggles, personal and professional. And I thought I was content on my own. I didn't think I'd get married, let alone have youngsters. But there's something about meeting the love of your life that makes you a better man. It made me a family man. Now, it's the only way I know. And tonight, this romantic rhino returns to croon my way into the semifinals."
14 "It blows my mind wide open that I'm still here in the semifinals, surrounded by such heavy hitters. Earlier in my career, I faced many failures. There was no way I could have ever imagined hitting pay dirt like this. It's cathartic because there was a point I literally wore a mask to hide from others, to hide my shame. Here, I wear a mask for all the right reasons, to express the part of myself I've always wanted the world to see. When I'm bored in my room, like I'm sure some of you are today, I try to remember all the things I have to be grateful for. And guess what. Something else monumental is happening in my life right now. I just can't reveal it until after my mask comes off on finale night. But on this night, I'm so blessed to sing a song with a message I think the whole world could use. It's something I teach my little rhinos every day. And I'm so proud to share it with you all on this stage."
Week Connection
8 Lego Robin: 1000
Week Super Clue
9 Slot Machine
Week What's in the Bag?
11 Bass Clef
Seal
Coal in Stocking
Flag of Tennessee
Gold House
Week Masked Munchies
12 Spaghetti & Meatballs
Week Borrowed Package
13 Naval Commander Hat
Week Bonus Clue
14 Globes
Week Closer Look
14 Baby Rhino Pin
Clue Answers
The #9 in Rhino's package is a clue to Barry being the 9th overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft.
The planet Mars in Rhino's package is a clue to Barry's nickname "Planet Zito" and his son's name, Mars.
The "south" sign in Rhino's package is a clue to Barry being a left-handed pitcher
Other Clue Answers
TBA

Final GuessesEdit

Week Robin's Guess Jenny's Guess Ken's Guess Jay's Guess Nicole's Guess
13 Trace Adkins Barry Zito Barry Zito Blake Shelton Jason Aldean

TriviaEdit

  • The mask was revealed on January 29, 2020.[1][2]
  • Rhino's unmasking episode aired on Barry Zito's 42nd birthday.
    • His unmasking episode was filmed on February 24, 2020, three days after the birth of his son on February 21.[3][4][5]
  • Rhino is the 3rd contestant that Ken got right. The first being Unicorn and the second being Thingamajig.
  • Rhino is currently the highest placed athlete in the US version of the Masked Singer breaking Thingamajig's record by one placement.

VideosEdit

CluesEdit

PerformancesEdit

RevealEdit

Interview UnmaskedEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Masked Singer reveals Rhino costume — exclusive first look
  2. The Masked Singer on Twitter: "#RhinoMask is just plane awesome. ✈️ #TheMaskedSinger"
  3. On Camera Audiences - The Masked Singer (December 21, 2019)
  4. Barry Zito on Twitter: "Hey everyone. I can't thank you enough for all the prayers and well wishes. I am happy to announce that our son was born last night..."
  5. The Rhino Is Revealed As Barry Zito
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