The Voice isn’t going to let the pandemic stop them from revealing their winner on May 19, Deadline reported on Thursday, April 30. While television and movie production has all but stopped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the show will continue its current season as scheduled with a combination of in-studio and remote production.
Producing the show will take a tremendous amount of organization and work, but the production staff and the stars of the show are all committed to making it work. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final performances by each of the contestants will be pre-recorded instead of live. The contestants will tape themselves performing from the safety of their homes.
The judges will also be at home. Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Blake Shelton judge the performances via videoconference, so viewers won’t miss out on the hilarious banter between them.
Host, Carson Daly, will be recording live from The Voice’s studio, but he’ll be on stage alone, with just a bare-bones production team behind the scene, per Deadline.
The skeleton crew will consist of about 30 people who will have to adhere to strict guidelines while working. Each crew member will have their temperature taken before they’re allowed in the studio and at another point during the day. They’ll be given a bracelet that confirm they are healthy each time their temperature is taken. Crew members will also be required to wear masks with filters specifically, as opposed to cloth or paper masks.
Showrunner and Executive Producer Audrey Morrissey told The Hollywood Reporter that doing the show in a brand new way has been tough but exciting.
“Reinventing the live shows has allowed us to create innovative ways to bring The Voice to life in a fresh and intimate way. It has been an incredible team effort with the coaches, artists, and their loved ones being involved in the process. With Carson at the helm from the stage, we are excited to share a unique Voice experience that will feel both new and familiar.”
On Monday, the 17 contestants that have made it to the final round will work on their performances with their mentors via videoconference and their recorded performances will be shown on air, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Critiques will happen via videoconference with Daly hosting live in the studio. Viewers will vote overnight, and the results will be presented live on Tuesday.