The finale of NBC’s two-time Emmy Award-winning competition show The Voice had more up its sleeve than just crowning a winner. The episode was set to air a segment featuring revolving judge Christina Aguilera performing with a hologram of Whitney Houston. But now, the duet will never see the small screen
A source told EW that The Voice pulled the performance because the hologram footage didn’t meet the show’s high production standards.
NBC declined to comment.
The surprise duet was spoiled after footage leaked online, revealing Aguilera singing a medley of Houston’s greatest hits with a hologram of the late singer.
Houston, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, isn’t the first late pop singer to get the hologram treatment. Previous hologram performances include Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Elvis Presley with Celine Dion on American Idol in 2007, and in 2012 at Coachella when Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre surprised fans with a hologram Tupac.
The Voice finale airs Monday, May 23 on NBC. The competing finalists are Team Pharrell’s Hannah Huston, Team Christina’s Alisan Porter, Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield, and the instant save finalist, Team Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi.