When the COVID-19 pandemic-filmed Season 4 premiere of The Masked Singer occurred, many were extremely confused when host Nick Cannon was talking to what appeared to be a live studio audience full of people not wearing masks. Turns out, it was all arranged to appear that way. The show went through extreme lengths to make viewers forget that COVID-19 was still here, and the same went for Season 5.
During Seasons 4 and 5 of The Masked Singer, the show in its entirety was filmed using a virtual audience in order to follow the social distancing guidelines that were in place. Season 6 is back with host Nick Cannon, the entertaining panel of celebrity judges, all-new characters, plus an enhanced set. However, with COVID-19 protocols are still in place, fans are wondering if there is a live audience this go-round.
So, does The Masked Singer have a live or virtual audience? Luckily, we have the answer.
There is a live studio audience this season of ‘The Masked Singer.’
The Fox series managed to pull off something very interesting when it came to television shows filming and airing during the height of this global pandemic. Now, for the very first time since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, a live studio audience is present on Season 6 of The Masked Singer. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the Season 6 premiere, showrunner James Breen discussed everything audiences could expect from the new season, including a live audience.
He shared, "I think one of the most exciting things for us has been working with a full audience again. It changes the dynamics in the studio. I think it's just been really fun to get fans back into the room and have them experience it with us." Per the MJS Big Blog, to ensure a safe environment in the studio, strict COVID-19 protocols were put in place. Audience members were required to show proof that they had been vaccinated and a negative coronavirus test before taping.
Audience members were also not allowed to interact with any of the judges, and the number of crew members that were permitted on stage was limited. Also, the live audience was much smaller than in previous seasons. According to TalentRecap, The Masked Singer live audience consisted of people 18 ages and up. Also, all audiences members were required to wear masks while they were inside the studio building before taping.
Filming for Season 6 started at the end of June and ran through Aug. 11. Even with the strictest COVID-19 restrictions, there was a COVID outbreak during the production of the singing competition. Variety reported the LA County Public Health Department confirmed 12 positive workplace exposure and coronavirus community cases at Red Studios Hollywood, where the show is taped. However, the show did go on without any disruption.
We are happy to see a live audience on The Masked Singer this season, and we can't wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for its fans.
You can catch Episode 2 of The Mask Singer on Fox at 8 p.m. EST and new episodes will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.