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Is there a live audience on The Masked Dancer? Filming explained

Fans of the show are wondering if there is a live audience on The Masked Dancer for season 1. We have the rundown for the hit reality dance show!

The series filming was delayed due to the pandemic and has been in pre-production since January 2020. Season 1 aired on 27th December 2020 and is comprised of 9 episodes total for this season.

The reality competition show is based on ‘The Masked Singer’, an international singing show which originated in South Korea in 2015. Due to the US version doing so well, Fox and Warner bros. picked it up as a spin-off series. The trailer shows that the panel and audience will vote, but due to restrictions for reality shows, fans are wondering if the audience will be there in person.

So, is there a live audience on The Masked Dancer?

Is there a live audience on The Masked Dancer?

In an interview with Los Angeles Times, panellist member, Paula Abdul is asked what it was like filming a show during the pandemic. To which she responds by talking about the cast and crews experience ensuring the safety of one another by implementing “COVID rules”, she goes on to say “We were grateful to have a virtual audience involved, and the virtual audience was able to partake during our taping days so that they could vote on the performances.”.

This means that The Masked Dancer was not filmed in front of a live audience. Any audience seen in segments or promotional videos have been edited in during production.

The restrictions placed on who would feature in the show have also been employed for ‘The Masked Singer’ as well as other reality shows under Fox, which so far have only shown cast and crew with virtual audiences.

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Who is on the show?

The show is hosted by Craig Robinson. The Masked Dancer will allow dancers to talk and let viewers hear their voice, unlike in The Masked Singer. Panel members for this series include the following:

  • Craig Robinson
  • Paula Abdul
  • Ashley Tisdale
  • Brian Austin Green
  • Ken Jeong
  • Mayim Bialik
  • Cheryl Hines
  • Whitney Cummings
  • Will Arnett
  • Rob Lowe

The Masked Dancers are:

  • Zebra
  • Tulip
  • Cricket
  • Exotic Bird
  • Miss Moth
  • Disco Ball
  • Ice Cube

The remaining cast and crew members can be seen on IMDB.

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