Sorry guys, it looks like the highly anticipated virtual duet between The Voice coach Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer and Newark native Whitney Houston isn’t happening any time soon. The performance was expected to air during the season 10 finale of the popular NBC singing competition show later this month (some promo clips actually appeared online, briefly, but have now been deleted), but, according to Entertainment Tonight, the late singer’s estate has decided against it.
Whitney’s sister-in-law and executor of the estate, Pat Houston, issued the following statement to ET:
“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,” Pat continued. “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.”
Before Whitney’s tragic death in 2012, a collaboration between the singers was something fans had always dreamed of. Now the fate of the virtual duet is up in the air.
Who else really wants to see this duet happen? I know I do!