Will ‘American Idol’ And ‘The Voice’ Live Shows Be Affected By Coronavirus?

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As precautions surrounding the coronavirus increase around the world, how will American Idol and The Voice live shows be affected? The future is uncertain at the moment, but we do have some information that could give us an idea of what to expect.

With health officials advising against large gatherings, many television shows have put production on hold or eliminated their live studio audiences. Will Idol and The Voice follow suit?

‘American Idol’ And ‘The Voice’ Live Shows During Coronavirus

Both American Idol and The Voice have a few weeks left before live shows are set to begin. Idol‘s Hollywood Week begins tonight, and live shows aren’t scheduled to start until April. Fremantle will reportedly make a decision closer to that date.

This is what Freemantle’s website says, “Out of an abundance of caution, American Idol will tape without a studio audience until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience; however, your health is our top priority.

Please make sure to sign up for future tickets and we will notify you as soon as the show resumes taping with an audience. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Voice finishes its blind auditions this week, before the pre-taped battles and knockouts begin. USA Today reports that the live shows aren’t scheduled to begin until early May, which leaves more time to make a decision.

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At the very least, we should expect these live shows to be filmed without an audience. Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that gatherings of more than 250 people should be canceled, and smaller gatherings should require people to stand six feet apart.

The CDC recently went a step further and advised that gatherings of 50 or more people should be canceled for the next two months. Bars, restaurants, and other non-essential locations in California have been ordered to close.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Shuts Down Production

At this point, it seems more likely that American Idol and The Voice will delay their live shows. We can look to fellow talent show America’s Got Talent as an example. The show filmed its auditions without an audience last week, before shutting down production completely.

Things at AGT were made even more complicated by the absence of judge Heidi Klum, who has symptoms of coronavirus and is awaiting test results. Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet filled in for her on the judging panel last week.

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If a star like Heidi could potentially have the virus, it’s possible for any of the other judges on Idol and The Voice to be carrying it as well. Considering Katy Perry is currently pregnant, it’s even more likely Idol will take precautions to protect her.

For now, we should have a few weeks of pre-taped episodes to enjoy as we practice recommended social distancing and stay home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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