The Masked Singer: all fine with a sinister edge

COVID-19 has finally struck the Australian screen sector, as seven dancers on 'The Masked Singer' test positive and production grinds to a halt.

COVID-19 has finally struck at the Australian screen sector. Just as The Masked Singer was moving into its last episode, one of the dancers announced they were feeling sick. A total of seven people have tested positive, the show is temporarily shut down, and Millionaire Hot Seat, which shares a studio with the musical reality competition show, has been unable to film. 

The truth is, this is going to happen and continue to happen. So far, there have been no public accusations that Warner Bros International Television failed to maintain a safe set; this is about a sneaky virus and not human failure. The mainstream press is most interested in whether these shows will provide content to audiences, and Ten is busily telling the world there are still several eps in the can and they will find a way to do the finale. But the human side is gruelling. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.