‘The Voice’ Season 19 Undergoes Changes Amid COVID-19: BTS Photos


    Making necessary changes. With season 19 of The Voice right around the corner, the show has begun filming — but many changes have been made inside the studio.

    Judges Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend are back and ready to turn their chairs and discover the next big star. However, things are much different since filming is taking place in Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    At the end of season 18, which wrapped in May, the judges hosted from home — Clarkson, 34, from her Montana ranch; Shelton, 44, from his Oklahoma home; and Legend, 41, and Nick Jonas from Los Angeles.

    However, the blind auditions for season 19 will take place in the studio. As shown in the photos below, the health of the staff is the main priority for all. Temperature checks, constant sanitizing and a lot of social distancing are taking place between everyone involved. When a contestant performs and is chosen, there will be no hugging between the singer and the coach — in fact, they can’t even shake hands.

    Although host Carson Daly will be on stage, he also will be keeping his distance from everyone else on the show.

    It hasn’t yet been announced how the later weeks will work out — whether the singers will be rehearsing with the judges in the same room or not — but all will soon be revealed.

    For more from the Voice set, scroll through the gallery below and pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

    All Masked Up

    Each of the judges has their own mask to match their personality.

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    Keeping the Distance

    On stage, Daly, 47, keeps his mask on.

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    Phoning It In

    Instead of a studio audience, viewers are joined by video conference.

    Tyler Golden/NBC

    Making Music

    There is still a show band — but they’re masked and surrounded by glass partitions.

    Tyler Golden/NBC

    Constant Cleaning

    Between takes, production sprays down the set.

    Tyler Golden/NBC

    Don’t Help Yourself

    Food and drinks are no longer available via a buffet due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Tyler Golden/NBC

    Always on Top of It

    No one is admitted into the studio without a temperature check.

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    Spreading the Love

    Clarkson and Stefani are all smiles during the premiere.

    The Voice premieres on NBC Monday, October 19, at 8 p.m. ET.

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