According to TMZ, the footage leaked on Facebook today (May 19,) just days before it was set to air on The Voice’s finale. Previous reports claimed the celebrity coach would perform with the iconic singer, but Aguilera remained tight-lipped about the performance.
“I am sworn to secrecy,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I can’t say anything, but I’m very excited about the finale, very exciting things happening.”
While the video vanished from Facebook, it lived on Twitter with many reacting to the performance:
Whitney Houston’s hologram looked like… pic.twitter.com/4oUdilNycL
— k a r y. (@itsKARY_) May 19, 2016
If y'all don't get this Whitney Houston hologram off my damn TL…
— damita jo (@KiaSpeaks) May 19, 2016
The melody of hits Aguilera sang with Houston was reportedly a part of Hologram USA’s initiative to preserve the singer’s history. While the audience seemed to be blown away by the performance, there was one group not hip to the groove: Houston’s estate.
In a statement just a few hours after the leak to Entertainment Tonight, executor of the estate Pat Houston says the performance won’t air on NBC. The reason why? They weren’t satisfied with the outcome of the singer’s hologram.
“Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect,” a portion of the statement reads. “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.”
Check out the performance while you still can below and judge for yourself.