The Masked Singer abandons theatre audience, for virtual voters.

It was such a novel idea, to shoot The Masked Singer in Melbourne and have an audience voting at Riverside Parramatta … but now producers have cancelled plans in favour of an online crowd.

Ticketed patrons have now been invited to log into a live Zoom session to watch and vote.

The good news is, ticketing and voting has now expanded to Australia wide.

TV Tonight understands the venue was unwilling to commit, given the changing nature of COVID in Sydney, leaving producers Warner Bros. Australia to scramble a back-up plan.

“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!” the show declares.

“We are looking for a team of Masked Singer SuperFans from across the country to participate in our exclusive ONLINE voting panel, all from the comfort of your own lounge room.”

The online SuperFan Voting Panel will help watch proceedings at 7pm on Saturday to help eliminate the first act from the singing show.

The Masked Singer will be pre-recorded, so all audience members must agree not to disclose any details about the show before it airs on Channel 10 at a later date. We don’t want any spoilers for the viewing audience at home!”

But they won’t get to see the all-important unmasking of the celebrity, which is strictly limited to the celebrity panel and essential crew at Melbourne’s Docklands studios.

All other dates which had been scheduled for the Riverside venue are now cancelled.

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21 Comments:

  1. Why ever have studio audiences again in the post-covid world?

    My lounge room is very comfortable especially where theres a 7 hour shoot for a show. I’m not held hostage without food or water.

  2. Very sad to hear this, although it’ll definitely be harder to keep as many of the identities secret if they’re streaming it to audience members all across Australia. Hopefully everyone who watches will keep to their confidentiality agreements…

  3. I was thinking just today maybe they should’ve go with an Adelaide or Perth audience instead given the uncertainty about future restrictions in Sydney.

    • joshuasummers

      That’s such a good point. Production teams should look at this to film there big shows next year. Help the film industry in Perth or anywhere out west. They could have “normal” studio audiences for Ninja, The Voice, Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars etc.

        • Spot on Martin2015.

          Also TV ratings numbers are weak in both Ade and Per (As it should be per population) But, on top that I fear these cities lost their remote controls years ago and the TV sets are just stuck on Network 7.

        • Kind of have to agree, I think it would be taxing on anyone to fly the ~10 hour east/west coast return trip each week — especially something like DWTS or The Voice when they go to their live shows, they would have to be based in that city for all weeks or it just wouldn’t be worth it.

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