"I started to faint': Wendell Sailor spills on grim reality of The Masked Singer

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The Rhino has been revealed and now he’s spilling everything about his time on The Masked Singer, shedding light on life behind the mask.

Last night the Rhino belted out his final tune after he placed bottom in the audience vote and once the mask was off, the truth came out.

WARNING: Spoilers for The Masked Singer ahead

The rhino revealed his identity on The Masked Singer AU last night. Photo: Ten

Wallabies star Wendell Sailor was the man behind the Rhino, but despite the hard shell exterior, he told Kyle and Jackie O that performing on the show wasn’t all fun and games.

The former rugby star admitted his struggle with claustrophobia meant wearing the elaborate disguise was often arduous, and once almost saw him lose consciousness.

Wendell Sailor was revealed as the Rhino on The Masked Singer Australia. Photo: Ten

“When they put the head one that’s when you got to take a breathe and think ok how long,” Wendell said of being fitted with the Rhino head. “It was bad... at one stage I started to faint a little bit.”

The sports legend explained that at points while standing on stage, the debilitating condition meant he seriously considered the possibility that he would have to decide between ripping the helmet off or passing out on stage.

Thankfully it never came to that, but the former Australian representative explained that the struggle wasn’t confined to claustrophobia.

He said the need to maintain the anonymity of the celebrity contestants meant no one was allowed to interact, even off-stage, and they were kept in separate demountables between takes.

Wendell Sailor dished on the reality of being behind one of The masks. Photo: KISS FM

“We never got to talk to anybody or see anyone and that was hard for me,” he said of the experience.

Wendell Sailor was formerly a rugby league star who made the switch to Union where he represented Australia as part of the Wallabies in 2003.

He fell from grace in 2006 however, when he tested positive to cocaine and was handed a two-year-suspension.

Since then, the star has publicly apologised, made several returns to the game and taken a turn or two on the silver screen.

He flexed his impressive dance moves on Dancing With The Stars in 2006 and was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.

Although he’s now off the show, the sports star beat out fellow Aussie sporting great Brett Lee, iconic Olympics performer Nikki Webster, and TV personality Gretel Killeen.

“Sometimes you got to challenge yourself and I wanted to try and overcome a few things,” he said.

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