Production for The Voice is SHUT DOWN after a contestant tests positive to coronavirus
- Filming on The Voice Australia has been abruptly halted after on-set Covid case
- Production was set to wrap for the year on Wednesday but stopped a day early
- Seven said safety protocols are being followed and taping to resume in January
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The singing contest postponed filming for Tuesday and wrapped up for the year a day earlier than scheduled because of the case.
Celebrity coaches Jessica Mauboy, Keith Urban, Guy Sebastian and Rita Ora are understood to have all been tested and cleared of Covid.
The show will take about a month break, which had already been planned, and will resume filming at Fox Studios in Sydney’s south in mid-January.
Hit: Channel Seven took over The Voice Australia from Channel Nine this year. And the move has helped saved the network in a years of hits and misses when it came to the ratings. (Pictured: The Voice Australia judges Rita Ora, Keith Urban, Guy Sebastian, Jess Mauboy)
‘Filming of the new season of The Voice was due to wrap today for the year,’ Seven confirmed on Tuesday.
‘Today’s filming was postponed. Production will resume in mid-January, as planned.’
The team was taping The Voice Australia and The Voice Generations, which will both air in 2022.
‘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 spokesperson said.
The Seven Network took over The Voice Australia from Channel Nine this year.
The move helped save the network in a year of ratings hits and misses.
Seven West Media chief executive James Warburton hailed the singing competition as a feather in the channel’s cap.
‘The Voice was such a dominant force. The Voice is top five in every country around the world, it was an absolute no-brainer,’ he said.
‘It will go down as one of the biggest programming coups in the history of television,’ he added.
Won: Network Seven dominated 38.6 per cent share of the market, slightly ahead of Nine’s 37.7 per cent in 2021
A refresh of the coaching panel and the show’s format resulted in ratings surging, making the program the network’s top performer.
There were some disappointments for Seven, however, with golfing reality show Holey Moley and Big Brother VIP falling short of expectations.
Mr Warburton said he assumed the end of lockdowns around the country might have got in the way of Big Brother’s success.
The Voice Australia hosted by Sonia Kruger (pictured) has been a ratings winner for the Seven Network