While some fans are loving the idea of the diva on stage again, there are others that are feeling “So Emotional”. One thing is clear-the Whitney Houston hologram tour is controversial, to put it mildly.
On a recent appearance on Wednesday’s This Morning, the digital diva revealed herself and gave hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford ahaunting and eerie rendition of the Houston classic “The Greatest Love Of All”. The response was to say the least, mixed. While the dazzling and computer generated way the diva entered the room was probably one of her most under-whelming entrances ever, Houston’s hologram sang next to two live in-studio back-up singers. Fans called the performance everything from “spooky” to “disrespectful”
This is of course, not the first time the polarizing Whitney Houston hologram has made news. In 2016, the Houston hologram was due to make its official debut on The Voice (during a duet with coach Christina Aguilera). After footage of the duet leaked online, the airing of the performance was scrapped immediately, with the Houston estate stating that the hologram was “not ready to air”.
Thankfully, Houston’s legacy might be being celebrated in a very different way very soon. The Los Angeles Times reports “there’s also talk of a jukebox musical and a big-screen biopic that Clive Davis, who signed Houston to his Arista label, recently told The Times he’s begun putting together with an eye on celebrating her musical “genius” as opposed to digging into the complications of her drug abuse and her romantic life. Last month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that Houston would be inducted in a ceremony set to take place in May.
An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour kicks off in Sheffield in the UK on February 25, before traveling through Europe and North America.
Tickets for the opening show are still available, ranging from £30 to £75 ($39-$97)