The Whitney Houston Estate has cancelled a planned duet between Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer, which is probably for the best.
Apparently Pat Houston, executor of the estate, has issued the following statement on the performance was set to air on The Voice‘s season 10 finale, but never was. She said:
We are so appreciative of the opportunity for the Whitney Houston hologram to appear on NBC’s The Voice with a talent pairing as extraordinary as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. We were looking to deliver a ground breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists. Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect. Whitney’s legacy and her devoted fans deserve perfection. After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air. We have much respect and appreciation for Christina, and she was absolutely flawless.
ET previously spoke with Aguilera about the planned performance, which was something she was excited about, blah blah blah excited:
“I am sworn to secrecy,” she stressed during a backstage interview at The Voice on May 9. “I can’t say anything, but I’m very excited about the finale. Very exciting things happening.”
And yet, it was. And honestly, the hologram has been in the works since September 2015.News of the planned hologram in the singer’s likeness was first announced in September 2015.
“It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come,” Pat Houston said in a statement at the time.
I mean, that’s true- a hologram does sound like an exciting way to celebrate an artist’s life. And yet, there’s something so cheap about it, too. Glad this one especially didn’t make the cut. LET ME HAVE MY MEMORIES!