The Masked Singer kicked off their season 3 semifinals on Wednesday, with the four remaining singers going toe to toe for a chance to move on to the finals and a shot at winning the Golden Mask.
The Night Angel, The Turtle, The Frog and The Rhino hit the stage to try and impress the audience and the panel of celebrity "detectives" -- including Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger and guest panelist Jay Pharoah.
Sadly, after a long, hard-fought season -- and a heartwarming performance of Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind" -- The Rhino's journey came to an end.
All the panelists made their final guesses as to his identity, and the guesses were all over the board. However, in one of the season's biggest shockers, it was Jeong -- the panel's famously terrible guesser -- who actually nailed it.
After all the predictions were made, The Rhino removed his aviator-inspired mask and revealed himself to be none other than former Major League Baseball pitcher turned country music artist Barry Zito.
Zito spoke with ET on Wednesday, and he opened up about his experience on the wildly weird singing competition and dished on the significance of some of his clues and his elaborate Rhino costume.
It’s time to celebrate! The Masked Singer has officially been renewed for Season 4! That means another season of amazing performances, extravagant costumes, and our favorite celebrities competing for the Golden Mask.
Here’s everything we know about The Masked Singer season 4 so far.
While we don’t have official word yet, all signs point to the panelists and host staying the same for The Masked Singer season 4. Or at least Nicole Scherzinger, who posted “See you again in Fall” to her Instagram story and Host Nick Cannon, who also re-posted The Masked Singer‘s announcement. Plus, there’s no way Ken Jeong is going anywhere, since he is the most outspoken judge on the panel!
The Masked Singer Season 4 premieres this fall, as the announcement states. The new season is slated to air on Wednesdays at 8/7c on FOX. Usually, fall shows start sometime in September. But of course, the biggest determining factor will be how all the production schedules play out with Coronavirus concerns. Most shows are not taping now, with social distancing guidelines in order. So fingers crossed they can get back in the studio this summer to tape these shows!
Which Celebrities and Costumes Do YOU Want to See on Season 4?
Now comes the fun part of speculating who will be on season 4! A lot of fans are throwing out suggestions for both celebrities and costumes.
Some of the most popular suggestions are celebrities that have already been guessed! These include Anna Kendrick, Adam Lambert, Darren Criss, Kelly Rowland, Wanda Sykes, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Lucy Hale, Sarah Hyland, and The Rock. And boy band members are always a hot choice too, including Nick Lachey, Lance Bass, AJ McLean, and Nick Carter. But personally, I’m rooting for Brendon Urie to be on the show, even though I’d recognize his voice right away.
Host Nick Cannon said Season 3’s finale would be the “closest race in Masked Singer history,” but judge Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg had been predicting for weeks that the Night Angel would win that Golden Mask trophy — even saying that the flying purple people-creature’s top six show performance, of Alannah Myles’s “Black Velvet,” was the greatest Masked Singer number ever. Jenny had also repeatedly guessed that it was Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss lurking behind the Night Angel’s gaping-mouthed, unblinking grape-face.
And as it turned out, Jenny was right on both counts. She knew exactly who this was (sorry, Ken Jeong), and she called it — as Kandi “The Night Angel” Burruss beat out runner-up the Turtle and third-placer the Frog to become the very first female Masked Singer champ on Wednesday’s grand finale.
Kandi established herself as the clear victor when she fabulously closed the show with a Vegas-headliner-style spectacular of the Phil Spector-produced Ike & Tina Turner classic “River Deep, Mountain High,” proving she is a true star. The on/off Xscape member and pop songwriter admitted, “When I first got here I was terrified of failure, because for so long I had convinced myself that I wasn’t enough. … When I didn’t find success as a solo artist, I decided to develop other businesses behind the scenes; I did what I had to do, because I’m a mother. But as my kids have grown, it’s gotten harder to tell them to chase their dreams when I wasn’t chasing my own. So I’m here to win, not just for myself but for all women!”
Kandi did face stiff competition from the Turtle, whose epic alt-rock cover of Lewis Capaldi’s power ballad “Before You Go” — complete with raining pyro, a spiky-headed backing band, and a final emo knee-drop — was a tour de force as well. It turned out that the rocker beneath this hard-shelled exterior was none other than pop star Jesse McCartney, who declared, “I had no idea how much this competition would change me as an artist. It’s allowed me to take risks I would have normally never dreamed of. … I’ve only grown a thicker shell, because performing is what I’m meant to do, and coming back to this stage is proof of my resilience.” (Perhaps unsurprisingly, both Kandi and Jesse dropped new singles on Wednesday.)
It was down to the wire between Turtle and The Night Angel on Wednesday night's season three finale of The Masked Singer. Both were pure vocalists with the pipes to win over the judges who proved their range and stagecraft over the course of Fox's smash anonymous singing competition.
With his cumbersome shell and lithe stage moves, Turtle slow-walked past rapper Lil Wayne (Robot), two legendary singers (Miss Monster Chaka Khan and Mouse Dionne Warwick), a reality star politician (Bear Sarah Palin) and a metal belter and country star (Banana Poison's Bret Michaels and Astronaut Hunter Hayes). He also sneaked away from third place finisher, Frog, better known as rapper Bow Wow.
He did it with a combination of towering pop hits new and old, including Nick Jonas' "Jealous,” Seal's “Kiss From A Rose” and Steve Winwood's “Higher Love,” Shawn Mendes' “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back" and his quarterfinals deal-sealer, an emotional, tear-jerking cover of Coldplay's “Fix You."
Who was that masked man? Not New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre, Nick Lachey or Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell, nor Adam Lambert, Zac Efron or Chris Evans. All decent guesses, but wrong. When the end came, it was none other than pop singer Jesse McCartney, who proved his pipes had not rusted despite not releasing a full studio album since 2014's In Technicolor.