Another week has passed on The Masked Singer and there is a new addition to the list of unmasked celebrities in season three. On May 13, Rhino became the latest celebrity to get the boot from the mystery singing competition.
Finishing in fourth place just one week shy of the final, he was revealed as former baseball pitcher turned musician Barry Zito, who played for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
Some of the songs that Zito performed during his time as the Rhino were “Nice to Meet Ya” by Niall Horan and “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, among others.
Following his elimination, Zito spoke with Entertainment Weekly and discussed his experience on The Masked Singer. When asked if fans outside of baseball would recognise him, Zito said, ” I knew that if people had known me as the baseball player, that I was musically inclined and had released some music in the past, then they might connect the dots.”
He added, “But I think people were thrown off the trail for a while until judge Jenny McCarthy threw it out there. On my fourth or fifth performance, she kinda went on this rant about how I was married to Amber [Seyer], who was Miss Missouri at one point. I was actually quite shocked. I thought I had everyone fooled.”
Zito also told EW that he was a fan of The Masked Singer before being approached to the show, saying that “I have young kids, and so we would watch the show. It’s just a great family-fun show. It came across my desk back in December. At that point, my wife and I were five, six months pregnant. We were going to be having a baby in late March. I knew that the shooting schedule was kind of butting up to that red zone, if you will. I ended up doing it and my wife was very supportive.”
With Zito’s departure, only three contestants now remain in the running: Turtle, Frog and Night Angel. The final to crown this season’s ‘Golden Mask’ winner airs on May 20.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays on FOX.