The Masked Singer: How the show works in Covid times

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We are super excited about the new season of The Masked Singer Australia set to kick off on Channel Ten on Monday September 13. 

However given we've been in lockdown in Sydney and Melbourne for quite some time, how will the show cope with the production changes due to covid?

The judges Dannii Minogue, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Urzila Carlson on The Masked Singer Australia.
Get ready for a different The Masked Singer Australia this year. Photo: Network 10

Luckily (or unlucky) this isn't the first time they've had to go through it. Last year the show got caught up in the Melbourne lockdown while filming at Docklands Studios and was shut down for some time as well after crew members tested positive for the virus.

Judges Dannii Minogue, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Urzila Carlson as well as host Osher Günsberg were all in isolation too and had to appear at the finale virtually.

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Dannii Minogue returns as a judge and we're loving her outfit choices. Photo: Network 10

"They handled it really well. Channel Ten and [production company] Warner – everything they were doing in terms of hygiene and social distancing was amazing so it's just really unfortunate," Masked Singer contestant Isaiah Firebrace told Who last year. "And everyone is in good health who's affected," he added.

This year, they moved the production of the show to Sydney and were filming at Carriageworks near the Sydney CBD when the city went into lockdown. As soon as they realised this wasn't going to be a short, sharp shutdown of the production, they were quick to adapt to the changing landscape.

Given the size of Carriageworks and by minimising the crew they were still able to film the show in a covid safe way. I mean we're all wearing masks it's just that these celebrity masks are a little more elaborate than ours.

The Masked Singer costumes
There were still the lavish stage productions for this year's The Masked Singer. Photo: Network 10

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Unfortunately, they did have to let go of the idea of having a live audience to watch the acts perform.

"We are unable to have a studio audience for this season of The Masked Singer but that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in Australia’s favourite guessing game!" they wrote on Instagram back in July as they put the call out for members of the public who wanted to be involved in the show.

But if those audience members thought they would get the inside tip on who each singer is once they're revealed, they were disappointed because just like the rest of us, they are going to have to wait until it's on TV for the big reveal.

The Masked Singer star revealed
The shock on the judges faces as one of The Masked Singer's is revealed (not necessarily the Piñata!) Photo: Network 10

So the only ones that know anything right now are the judges and since they're all back in iso like the rest of us, there is no way of bribing them to whisper the answers in our ear. Or is there...

The Masked Singer Australia starts on Monday September 13 on Channel 10 and 10 Play On Demand.

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