James Arthur takes a swipe at The Masked Singer after fans were convinced he was Rhino


JAMES Arthur took a swipe at The Masked Singer after fans were convinced he was Rhino.

At the weekend the flamboyant character was unmasked as Charlie Simpson from boy band Busted.

James Arthur was not impressed that Masked Singer fans thought he was Rhino
Rhino was finally unmasked at the weekend

Charlie Simpson was crowned this year’s champion of The Masked Singer

But before the big reveal, fans speculated that X Factor winner James, 34, was behind the mask.

In fact, the singer revealed he was getting inundated with messages from his followers, asking him if Rhino was him.

But this speculation miffed James, who took to Twitter to vent.

The star wrote: “F**k me I can’t wait till everybody stops blowing my phone up every Saturday thinking I’m on telly singing dressed as a rhino.”

As it turned out, Charlie Was unmasked as Rhino on Saturday night.

Along with James, the Busted and Fightstar singer had been long-rumoured to be hidden under the elaborate costume, with fans previously saying it was “obvious” due to his distinctive gravelly singing voice. 

Rhino had a country music theme to their clue teasers on The Masked Singer, dressing up as a cowboy as they navigated their way through a Western setting. 

Over the course of the show, Rhino performed Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Into You by Ariana Grande and Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. 

In Clue Song week, they sang The Lion King’s I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, which many believed confirmed Charlie’s identity as it was a reference to King Charles (aka Charlie). 

In the final episode, they performed Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi, and Labrinth’s Beneath Your Beautiful with Harlequin (aka Gabrielle, who took part in the 2021 series)

The clue package gave hints to the number 3000 (like Busted hit Year 3000), and a school tie (from their music video for What I Go To School For).

After votes by the audience, Charlie was sent through to the final round with Phoenix, as Natalie Appleton was unmasked as Fawn.

For their final song, they performed Try by Pink, and in the final vote, was finally crowned champion, beating out Ricky Wilson, who was hidden behind Phoenix.

When it came to the big reveal, several of the judges had already cracked who was singing. 

Davina McCall and Rita Ora both believed it to be Charlie due to his voice and the clues. It was later revealed even host Joel Dommett thought it was Charlie as well.

Mo Gilligan believed him to be Jason Orange from Take That, Lee Mack thought George Ezra, and Jonathan Ross thought James.

After being revealed, Charlie joked it was “so much weirder” to be on the stage without the mask.

The Masked Singer is available to stream in full now on ITVX.

Rhino, Fawn and Phoenix all made it to the finale

Charlie rose to fame in beloved band Busted