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The Voice UK halts live studio audience as a safety precaution amid coronavirus outbreak

The Voice UK bosses have made the executive decision to follow government advice and close off the show to audience members. Judges Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Meghan Trainor and Olly Murs are set to go ahead with filming the live shows alone.

The decision comes as the deadly coronavirus continues to rapidly spread throughout the UK.

The number of confirmed cases currently stands at 1500 but estimates prove that figure could be much higher.

Bosses at Elstree Studios, where the talent contest is filmed, have taken “strict measures” to ensure the safety of the public and their clients.

Managing director of Elstree Studios, Roger Morris, said in a statement: “Whilst we are currently taking strict measures to safeguard the people working on site, we are fully aware that an outbreak at the studios could at any time happen and this could mean that we close and quarantine the areas.

“A number of our clients have closed their offices on site for a number of weeks and we are taking advice daily.”

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Express.co.uk approached ITV for comment.

Australia’s own version of The Voice has had to temporarily postpone production of the show in line with new government protocols.

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Coaches Kelly Rowland, Guy Sebastian and host Renee Bargh are all currently overseas and would need to enter 14 days of self-isolation once they returned to Oz.

A spokesperson for production company Nine, addressed the halt, saying: “The filming of The Voice has been temporarily postponed in the wake of the coronavirus and new government protocols.”

Other television shows have followed suit and put production on hold or eliminated their live studio audiences. 

Production company Freemantle announced they were stopping all live audience shows for American Idol.

In a statement on their website, they wrote: “Out of an abundance of caution, American Idol will tape without a studio audience until further notice.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience; however, your health is our top priority.

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