The Whitney Houston estate has canceled a planned duet between The Voice coach Christina Aguilera and a Houston hologram slated to air on the show next week after deciding that the technology was not quite there. The powerhouse vocal throwdown would have aired on the show’s upcoming season 10 finale, but in a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, estate executor Pat Houston said the timing wasn’t right.
“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,” Pat Houston said. “We were looking to deliver a ground breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists.”
But, since the technology that has brought Michael Jackson and Tupac back to the stage isn’t quite there yet, the estate decided to hang back. “Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect,” Pat Houston added. “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.”
Footage of the Aguilera/Houston medley featuring such hits as “I’m Every Woman” and “I Have Nothing” leaked on Wednesday and while the vocals were, of course, flawless, a number of people commented on how the hologram didn’t look enough like Houston. In September, the CEO of Hologram USA teamed with Pat Houston to announce that the Houston hologram would be performing in a “major U.S. venue” this year.
The dream of holographic recreation of dead pop stars has been elusive over the past few years, with a handful of successes — including the Michael Jackson hologram that performed at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and the Tupac resurrection at 2012’s Coachella. Among the other stars resurrected on stage are Elvis, for a 2007 duet with Celine Dion on American Idol, M.I.A. and Janelle Monae for a cross-country performance in 2014 and Ol’ Dirty Bastard re-teaming with the Wu Tang Clan at Rock the Bells in 2013.