ITV boss confirms The Masked Singer will return for second series - but without ...

ITV boss confirms The Masked Singer will return for second series - but without a studio audience to adhere to social distancing guidelines

By Lisa Mcloughlin For Mailonline

Published: 01:55 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 01:55 BST, 2 May 2020

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ITV has confirmed The Masked Singer will return for a second instalment regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the global health crisis has halted film and TV productions everywhere, Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said that production on the popular singing competition will go ahead - but will adhere to strict social distancing rules.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Fest, the TV executive explained that the show would be filmed without a live studio audience and added that casting for an array of new famous faces was already underway.

It's coming back! ITV has confirmed The Masked Singer will return for a second instalment regardless of the coronavirus pandemic

It's coming back! ITV has confirmed The Masked Singer will return for a second instalment regardless of the coronavirus pandemic

He said: 'It looks like we will have to do some shows without audiences.... [it's] more manageable for us in an enclosed guarded space.' 

Lygo added that when it comes to casting the celebrity faces ITV want to ensure that every face is recognisable to the audience.

He added: 'The challenge for the production company and us is that when the big reveal comes, you don't go "who the f**k is that?".' 

The reality show originated in South Korea and its success spawned similar shows across the world including the UK and the US.

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