The Masked Singer season 4 is back, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, is shooting in the studio. Of course, there are noticeable changes. The judges, Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger sit at least 6 feet apart. “I feel like I’m shooting from Alaska!” Nicole jokes.
And instead of fancy set design, which would require a crew to build, The Masked Singer, like most shows, are using computer graphics as backgrounds.
“The challenges of shooting Season 4 is, of course, not having a full audience there,” says Jenny. Indeed, a virtual audience will not only be watching from home, but will be voting contestants into the next round! And from what I’ve heard, studio audience members practically have to sign over their first born for the privilege. (Secrecy, you know…)
“Obviously there are challenges making sure that we follow the guidelines,” Nicole adds. Nick Cannon will return as the host, and is probably brushing up on his elbow bumps.
“As soon as you show up and see what they’re doing to ensure our safety .?.?. you walk right on set and forget about [the pandemic] for a while,” says Robin.
“I’m really proud to be associated with the show that is really reminding people to always wear a mask,” says Ken. The producers, of course, don’t need to remind the contestants to mask up. Heh.
The show is nominated for an Emmy this year, for “Outstanding Reality – Competition Program.” The Emmys are on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. The Masked Singer returns Wednesday, Sept. 23 on Fox at 8 p.m.
Watch the promo below. According to FOX photos, Sun, Snow Owls, Giraffe, Popcorn and Dragon will perform on the premiere.