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'The Masked Singer': Barry Zito revealed as the Rhino after being eliminated in the semifinals

The former baseball pitcher and musician was a 'sentimental favorite' on the show and also favored by the judges
UPDATED MAY 14, 2020
(Fox/Getty Images)
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The Rhino was eliminated from 'The Masked Singer' on May 13 and it was Barry Zito who was the one whose face came out from under the mask.

"You opened your heart, we all felt it thank you for being on the show," said Jenny McCarthy to Zito after he lifted his mask. 

After the Turtle's performance on Nick Jonas's song 'Jealous' that left everyone mesmerized and judge Robin Thicke blushing, it was time for the Rhino to get on to the semifinals. 

In a pre-taped clue package video, he stated that he had no idea he would get this big, especially, since he faced many failures earlier in his life. He said he feels blessed to choose a song for the semifinal performance with a message that the entire world could use. He added that this is a lesson he preaches to his little rhinos (referring to his kids) every day.

He chose to sing Tim McGraw's song 'Humble and Kind' for his performance. For a long time, audiences on Twitter have been guessing McGraw could be the one under the rhino mask and it seemed like he was playing along on those guesses.

He was strumming his guitar and his performance made Nicole Scherzinger tear up constantly. He also walked up to the judges' table at the end of his performance and held McCarthy's hand who was overwhelmed with his sweetness. 

"You are a sentimental fav, beyond amazing and inspirational," said Ken Jeong after the performance. 

Host Nick Cannon later asked the Rhino to move closer to the judges' table so that they could take a closer look at him and pick up on clues. The one clue that stood out the most to the judges was a little baby rhino applique on his lapel. 

Barry Zito, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton were popular guesses among the judges for the Rhino. Next week is the finale night on 'The Masked Singer' where the Turtle, the Frog and the Night Angel will compete for the golden mask trophy.

Tune in to the finale next Wednesday night on Fox.