The American version of The Voice was planning a very special duet for its finale on Monday (May 23). It emerged yesterday that a hologram of Whitney Houston would be performing alongside Christina Aguilera, and later a clip of the performance was leaked online. As soon as it was out, the family reacted by pulling the clip from the show’s finale, appearing to criticise the hologram of Whitney for its appearance. Sources told TMZ it just “didn’t look like Whitney.”
Pat Houston, the executor of Whitney’s estate and her sister-in-law, made the following formal statement: “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.”
Christina is, admittedly, on pretty good form, and the performance is spot-on note wise, but fans still were still mad about how Whitney looks:
Well. There’s always next year.