The fourth season of the US version of The Masked Singer returned this week and revealed the identity of the Baby Alien. Unfortunately, Fox’s audience were puzzled by the awkward shots of the fake crowd who were somehow maskless during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans of The Masked Singer were even more distracted by this season’s fake crowd than usual this week.
Expecting to tune in each week to watch costumed celebs show off their vocal talents, viewers are instead becoming increasingly frustrated by the show’s virtual crowd reactions.
Although the series has never been broadcast live, previous seasons would shoot episodes in front of an audience in order to get natural responses to each contender’s stunning unmasking.
However, this season was forced to make a drastic change to the format following the severity of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
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TV shows across the States have had to postpone filming or put strict health and safety codes in place, and The Masked Singer is no different.
Unfortunately, Fox’s decision to insert audience reactions from previous seasons has only managed to draw attention to the strange circumstances.
During this week’s episode, one fan broached the topic and commented: “The audience is SOOO CRINGY.”
This week, it was the Baby Alien’s turn to say goodbye after his so-so rendition of It’s Time by Imagine Dragons overstayed its welcome.
Despite the buzz on social media, this week’s reaction to the episode was once again derailed by fans questioning how the show seemed to be shot in front of an audience.
Live events have been banned in most States, so for some still living in lockdown it was incredibly strange to see a crowd of people without masks.
Another confused viewer asked: “Why is there an audience in #themaskedsinger ??? Don’t they know what’s going on? This was recorded recently so…”
Meanwhile, on Reddit, fans had clocked this season’s methods to keep things looking normal, but mostly agreed it wasn’t needed.