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The Voice forced into shut down due to COVID

Filming was halted earlier than planned.
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Production for the 2022 season of The Voice has been temporarily halted after a contestant tested positive for COVID-19.

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According to a report from The Daily Telegraph, filming for the show finished a day earlier than planned.

The series’ coaches, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Keith Urban and Rita Ora, are expected to resume filming next month after the scheduled holiday break.

It has been reported that the mentors all tested for the virus and received negative results.

Filming for The Voice finished earlier than planned due to a positive COVID case. (Credit: Seven)

“Filming of the new season of The Voice was due to wrap today for the year,” a Seven spokeswoman said.

“Today’s filming was postponed. Production will resume in mid-January, as planned. All Covid safety protocols have been – and will continue to be – strictly followed, including daily rapid testing for all crew and talent, social distancing and limits on the number of people on set.”

The singing show is filmed at Sydney’s Fox Studios in Moore Park.

Filming is expected to resume after the scheduled holiday break. (Credit: Seven)

This isn’t the first time a hit show has been interrupted by a COVID outbreak, with The Masked Singer being forced into an immediate shutdown in 2020.

While being filmed in Melbourne, a dancer on the show tested positive, which led to the infection of six other dancers and multiple crew members.

And it wasn’t just reality shows that were scarred by the pandemic, as filming for popular soap Home & Away was interrupted multiple times.

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Filmed at Palm Beach in Sydney as well as a studio in Redfern, the show’s cast and crew were forced to make alternate arrangements during the height of the pandemic.

Speaking to the BBC in June 2020, the series’ producer, Lucy Addario, explained their team had to take a break from Palm Beach due to social distancing.

Here’s hoping there’s fewer interruptions to Australia’s favourite shows going into 2022.

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