We're down to the final performers on this season of The Masked Singer. As we watch the top nine contestants face off on stage, there are some performers we just can't seem to figure out (any guesses on the Frog?). But thanks to fans' Sherlock Holmes-like sleuthing, we are now one step closer to figuring out the identity of at least one of the singers — namely, the Rhino.
Who is Rhino on The Masked Singer?
First, here are the hints that we've gathered about Rhino:
- The Rhino wore a retro pilot's uniform for his first performance.
- Whoever is in the Rhino mask has a large stature and a booming voice.
- The Rhino says that he's "really just a gentle giant" despite looking "tough and callous."
- Rhino alludes to a troubled past in his first clue package. The odd-toed ungulate claims that after being very popular when he was young, he suddenly "crashed and burned" after "not being the best."
- He has a connection to Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee.
- The Rhino possibly rides a motorcycle.
- Rhino was "flying high" on an airplane until he started "free-falling through life."
- The Rhino's wife "saved him from rock bottom."
Fans seem fully convinced that this former baseball player is the man behind Rhino— and we have to admit, the evidence is pretty convincing. Regarding the clue about Rhino being a "gentle giant," Barry played for the San Fransisco Giants. Plus, a yearbook quote from a clue package read, "performing for a king being in your blood" — it just so happens that Barry's father, Joe Zito, composed and arranged music for Nat King Cole. On top of all that, Barry co-wrote the song "Butterflies" that was featured in A Thousand Words, which correlates to all the butterflies floating around in the first clue package.
Continuing to build on this theory, Rhino has made several references about getting caught up with fame at the beginning of his career. Just last September, Barry wrote a book called Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame. What's more, the man slicing a hamburger slider bun on the wings of an airplane in the clue package could be a nod to Barry's signature pitching style, the slider-cutter hybrid.
Finally, the last clue package referenced Rhino's significant other and highlighted the state of Missouri. Barry's wife, Amber Seyer, is a former Miss Missouri pageant winner.
Many are guessing that Rhino is former professional football player Johnny Manziel. The Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M player certainly received a lot of fame and praise at a young age, like Rhino. Johnny also quickly became famous for his partying off the field, so this could be the comeback that Rhino has been alluding to!
The New Zealand-born comedian is best known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Since "flight" is in the band's title, some think that this would explain Rhino's aviation-themed attire. On Flight of the Conchords, the pair's cult-classic HBO comedy series, Bret's character went by the name Rhymenocerous during a brief foray into rap music.
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