18 contestants entered season three of The Masked Singer, which premiered in February. Now, with the semi-finals having come and gone, only three contestants remain: Turtle, Frog and Night Angel.
However, a select few contestants also came close to taking the trophy. Along with the three finalists, six of their masked companions also advanced from the group stage into the Super 9.
In order of elimination, they were: White Tiger, Kangaroo, Banana, Astronaut, Kitty and Rhino.
As six of the Super 9 have been eliminated, their identities are now known. There are guesses for the final three, but they will not be confirmed or disproven until the unmaskings in the Grand Final.
Courageous Nerd previously published an article on how the performer behind the Kitty mask could use the experience to her advantage. Now, we look at all of the fallen Super 9 singers.
White Tiger (Rob Gronkowski)
While obviously not a singer by profession, newly minted Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has capitalised on his time as the White Tiger.
Days after his elimination, Gronkowski hosted WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship event of the year.
Additionally, while he was still considered retired during his experience on The Masked Singer, Gronkowski’s trade to the Buccaneers was announced less than three weeks after being unmasked.
Kangaroo (Jordyn Woods)
Prior to her appearance on The Masked Singer, Jordyn Woods was not known for her singing ability. Woods’ claim to fame was appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Shortly afterwards, Woods announced that she was planning on releasing an album.
Banana (Bret Michaels)
Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels was the next to go, being unveiled as Banana on April 22.
In an unexpected, poignant twist, Michaels’ elimination episode aired on the ten year anniversary of his brain haemorrhage.
Following Michaels’ departure from the competition, the release of his first book was announced.
Astronaut (Hunter Hayes)
Reaching the top six, Hayes’ time on the show correlated with the singer’s plans for his upcoming new album, Red Sky.
As revealed by Hayes himself, he also got to develop skills that he did not have previously, such as learning and performing choreography.
Kitty (Jackie Evancho)
Former America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho was revealed as Kitty on May 6, finishing in fifth place overall.
As alluded to during clue packages and later said by Evancho herself, portraying the adult, sultry Kitty was a way to break out of a ten year old’s public image. This was how old Evancho had been on America’s Got Talent.
The Masked Singer also gave Evancho an opportunity to sing different songs rather than her usual operatic style, much like Katherine Jenkins on The Masked Singer UK.
Rhino (Barry Zito)
Best known as a baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, Barry Zito made it all the way to the semi-finals under the Rhino mask. He was eliminated on May 13.
Since retiring from baseball in 2015, Zito has forayed into music prior to The Masked Singer although this was not widely known.
Having now showed his impressive vocals on a highly popular singing show for weeks, Zito is taking steps to becoming more known for music rather than just baseball.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays on FOX.