The Masked Singer returned with some major changes. Some viewers felt uneasy while watching the Season 4 premiere of the singing competition show. Nick Cannon stood close to the show’s secret service on stage. Then the cameras panned over to an audience full of people sitting next to each other without face coverings.
However, the FOX show had to undergo extreme lengths to make you forget that a pandemic is going around. The producers used CGI to transform the stage. The show is known for being kitschy and cheesy. And it’s about to get even crazier with some of the magic tricks they have up their sleeve.
Does Season 4 have an actual studio audience?
The Masked Singer wants to bring some normalcy to viewers at home. However, the popular show managed to film the fourth season within three weeks. While other shows like Dancing With the Stars and America’s Got Talent are missing the live audience component, this show found a way to add a studio audience amid the COVID-19 restrictions.
Fox Entertainment’s President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials Rob Wade revealed all in an exclusive interview with Cinema Blend. Producers added a studio audience to Season 4 despite the encouragement of social distancing and face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. Wade told the outlet that the show “went above and beyond the outlines of the CDC and local authorities in order to keep people safe.” However, he still found a way to get a studio audience.
“It feels through virtual reality and composite and reaction shots, we managed to create the feeling that there were people in the room,” Wade explained. “It’s going to feel very much like [previous seasons], it’s not going to feel different.”
It’s all about camera tricks. The audience may look as if they’re sitting behind the judges. But through “various quarantining and various camera tricks,” the show made it work. There are also fans who watched and voted for their favorite contestants via Zoom. But viewers will hear the cheering from the audience.
The Masked Singer allowed a limited group of people
During his interview with Cinema Blend, Wade confirmed that there was a small number of people physically present in the audience. In addition, the judge panel consists of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke. The Masked Singer wants to rely on virtual reality along with reaction shots and cheers to make the show feel authentic.
Viewers who watched the premiere wondered why there were people sitting so close to each other in the middle of a pandemic. The crew made sure that everyone in the audience was safe. The show can also recycle footage from previous seasons without skewing the votes. The Masked Singer heavily relies on its audience who watches live, with the final results revealed during the recorded episodes.
All it took was camera tricks and virtual reality to make Season 4 happen. The votes also come from a virtual audience as well. So, the decisions are not just made from the small group of people watching in the studio.
The Masked Singer Season 4 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.