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‘The Masked Singer’ Recap: Rhino Put Out to Pasture After Semi-Final

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The Rhino in the “A Day In the Mask: The Semi Finals / After the Mask: A Day In the Mask: The Semi Finals” special two-hour episode of The Masked Singer on May 13, 2020 on FOX.

Does anyone actually remember a time when the Super Bowl (or any public sporting event, for that matter) was a thing that existed? Because that was the evening Season 3 of The Masked Singer kicked off, and tonight we’ve finally made it to the semi-finals.

That means next week is the finale, which will see either Night Angel, Turtle, Rhino or Frog land the highest-profile doorstop of all: The Golden Mask. Joining television’s worst detectives Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger on the panel this time around is Saturday Night Live alum and impressionist Jay Pharoah. Together they must guide us through performances from the remaining disguised singers.

But first, a group performance of Tina Turner’s “The Best.”

Night Angel

We learn from tonight’s clues package that Night Angel lost someone dear to her years ago. She launches into “How to Love” by Lil Wayne, who, as Robot, was the very first contestant eliminated this season. I can’t believe this song is now nine years old. Oh, how simple the world seemed in 2011.

After her performance, Night Angel is allowed to approach the panelist’s table. She shows off a moon-shaped pin on her costume as a final clue. Jay says he’s getting strong En Vogue vibes, but can’t remember any of the group members’ names. Ken thinks Night Angel is Ciara while Jenny sticks with her previous guess, Kandi Burruss.

Turtle

Turtle admits in his clues package that Robin Thicke is his childhood idol. He croons Nick Jonas’ biggest solo hit, “Jealous,” and shows off a giant ring to the panel as another clue.

Ken and Nicole throw out Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter’s names, because at this point, they’re the only two Backstreet Boys members who haven’t come up. Robin, however, is reminded that Justin Guarini sang one of his songs back in prehistoric times, during Season 1 of American Idol.

Rhino

Gentle giant Rhino informs us that he wore a mask in his past to hide his shame. Now he meditates and holds his “little rhinos” close to his heart.

After belting out Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” he shows the panel a baby rhino on his shirt. Ken co-opts Jenny’s guess from a previous episode that the disguised celeb is former San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito. Jay goes with Blake Shelton and Nicole keeps with the country theme and guesses Jason Aldean.

Frog

Last up is Frog, who gives us basketball imagery and the number 1000 in his clues package. Oh, and hair rollers. He also says he’s “got a tadpole at home” who’s counting on him.

Frog rips through Naughty By Nature classic “Hip Hop Hooray,” complete with fancy footwork all across the stage. His revealing pin has the word “Mom,” which prompts Jenny to toss out Chance the Rapper’s name. Jay and Robin go with Bow Wow, while Ken somehow pulls B2K member Lil’ Fizz out of nowhere.

Eliminated: Alas, the axe falls on Rhino, just one episode from the finale. Surprisingly, Jenny (and, sure -- Ken, too) was right: The mask comes off and out pops Barry Zito’s head. Ken runs up on stage, elated that he got something right for once, while Nick mumbles, “Ken’s celebrating like it was an original idea.”

And that’s that, until next week’s final showdown between Night Angel, Frog and Turtle.

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