We now live in a world where the words “Celine Dion duet with a hologram of Stevie Wonder,” who is still alive mind you, describe a thing that actually happened. That moment might also be the inspiration for a big change to Fox’s Simon Cowell and Britney Spears-hosted singing competition The X Factor: HOLOGRAMS.
According to NME:
An insider claims that those who work on [The X Factor] are still looking for ways in which it can improve and that its boss, Richard Holloway, was inspired after witnessing Celine Dion duet with a hologram of Stevie Wonder during a concert. “The X Factor has to keep getting better so they are looking at holograms as a way of creating a splash,” they said, before adding:
“Imagine Elvis or Amy Winehouse at the grand final. It would be incredible TV and an amazing experience for contestants. The technology’s there and has been used on several big stages. The X Factor final is perfect for something like this. (Via)
I doubt contestants would describe getting upstaged by projections as “an amazing experience,” but beyond that, the NME article doesn’t answer the most important question about this grand hologram experiment: would Elvis be wearing just a Pepsi jacket or would his entire outfit be made of nothing but Pepsi logos?