Are Fans Excited About the Whitney Houston Hologram Tour?

It’s been seven years since Whitney Houston’s passing but that has not stopped her estate from giving fans new projects in honor of the iconic singer. Over the years, films and special albums have been sold to keep her legacy alive and fans have always happily accepted them. The recent announcement of a Whitney Houston hologram tour may not be met with the same excitement.

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There have been talks of a potential hologram tour or performance featuring Whitney Houston before, but her estate has either denied those rumors or canceled their plans at the ninth hour. This time, a hologram tour has been confirmed, causing less than stellar reactions from die-hard fans around the globe. 

Whitney Houston hologram performance at ‘The Voice’ canceled

Questions began to mount when there were rumors that Whitney Houston would perform in the form of a hologram on an episode of the NBC singing competition show, The Voice. The estate never confirmed the reports but leaked footage of  Houston and The Voice judge, Christina Aguilera, showed rehearsal of the two singing Houston’s classics “I Have Nothing” and “I’m Every Woman.” The hologram performance was set to take place during the finale episodes in May 2016.

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Fans were critical of the hologram, complaining that the Hologram did not at all resemble Houston. In an article in The Atlantic, writer Spencer Kornhaber spoke of the issue most had with the hologram’s appearance. “What’s interesting about the backlash to the Whitney footage is that it concerned the quality of the reproduction,” he wrote. “Not the fact it happened at all.”

Pat Houston, sister-in-law of Whitney and executor of the singer’s estate, exclusively told ET Online that the performance would be canceled. “After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air,” she said. “We have much respect and appreciation for Christina, and she was absolutely flawless.”

Whitney Houston European hologram tour confirmed 

Prior to the hologram fail on The Voice, there were talks that Whitney Houston hologram pop-up performances would take place. Entertainment Tonight first broke the news of planned hologram performances in the singer’s likeness in September 2015. Pat Houston released a statement explaining the estate’s decision:

“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.”

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No hologram performance ever took place but recent news revealed plans to get the ball rolling. The estate announced an international hologram tour would begin in September 2019 for the following year.

“An Evening With Whitney” launches January 23rd, 2020 in Mexico and wraps April 3rd in Minsk, Belarus. There are plans to bring the tour to the US in the fall of 2020.

Fans outraged about Whitney Houston hologram tour

Fans were in an uproar when the Whitney Houston hologram tour was confirmed. The backlash was swift and the social media commentary was brutally honest. Fans did not mince words and accused the estate of being money hungry and profiting off of Houston’s hard work. Fans also say that the Houston family are exploiting her death.

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Not only were fans upset, but members of Houston’s family have expressed their disgust with the potential hologram tour. Houston’s cousin and fellow singer, Dionne Warwick, told Entertainment Tonight her thoughts about the tour, “I haven’t a clue as to what that is. It’s surprising to me,” Warwick expressed. “I don’t know what it is. I think it’s stupid, but whatever it is that’s what it is.”

With previous hologram performances being canceled, many speculate that it can occur again. Tour dates are slowly being released but there has not been any updates on ticket sales. Until then, fans are pissed.