8:41 pm EDT, April 30, 2020

‘The Voice’ moving forward with remote live shows in light of coronavirus

The Voice is gearing up to go remote for its upcoming bout of live shows.

NBC’s hit singing competition series, The Voice is taking a page out of American Idol’s book and opting to go remote for its forthcoming live shows.

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The switch to a remote setting comes as studios for the most part remain shut down in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. The indefinite nature of the current shutdown has caused many productions to get creative when it comes to producing shows remotely, and The Voice is no exception to this.

Interestingly, and unlike American Idol however, NBC’s competition series will still make use of a studio component, despite plans to go remote for its live shows.

As Deadline reports, the plan is for The Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and John Legend to record remotely from their respective homes.

The remaining 17 contestants will also perform remotely. Their performances will be pre-tapped for Monday’s show, however, the interactions they have with the judges will be live-to-tape. Additionally, Tuesday’s show will find the contestants finding out live if they’ve been saved or if their journey has come to an end.

In a statement detailing the plan for remote live shows, NBC said: “The artists will learn live and in the moment if they will compete for the Instant Save. America will also have the chance to participate in the remote live shows on a new level on Tuesday nights by voting in real-time to determine which artist will advance to the Top 9 from the Instant Save.”

Judges and contestants may be reporting remotely from their respective homes, but host Carson Daly will be filming his portions in-house from the show’s Universal Studios soundstage.

There won’t be a live studio audience for Daly’s portion of the broadcast, but he will be joined by an incredibly small crew of 30 to help with the broadcast.

In a statement announcing the new changes in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, series executive producer Audrey Morrissey spoke of the team effort it’s taken to ensure the show goes on in spite of all that’s going on right now.

“Reinventing the live shows has allowed us to create innovative ways to bring The Voice to life in a fresh and intimate way,” said Morrissey according to TV Line. “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.”

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