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Hell to the yes: Whitney Houston's coming back to TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 23rd 2009 1:00PM
Whitney_Houston_Dionne_Warwick_Clive_DavisAs it often is in show biz lore, Whitney Houston is on the verge of a comeback. On September 1 will be releasing a new CD called I Look To You, and some time in the preceding week, ABC will air a one hour Whitney Houston special. No word yet on whether it's going to be a concert format or an extended set of music videos or a mix of both, but the ultimate goal is clear: present Whitney in the best possible light and show off her big voice, one of pop music's most celebrated.

It will hopefully be a positive change of pace for La Houston. The last time Whitney was all over TV was when she "co-starred" on the Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown. That slice of life, unscripted gem might have been the worst thing Houston ever did in her professional career.

That was 2005, and the most memorable moment from that show has been Whitney bellowing, "Bobby!" like a crazed harpy. It's a screech that's been heard again and again derisively, even becoming part of Kathy Griffin's standup act.

Well that was then, and this is now. Whitney shed hubby Bobby when they divorced – after a number of separations – in 2007. With this new CD and TV special, Whitney is out to reclaim her classy superstar image. She's back with uber-music producer Clive Davis, and her "hell to the no" days are, presumably, behind her. I Look To You is her first CD of new music in four years.

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I have been waiting for the Whitney comeback for so long and just heard her new release. I'm very disappointed and don't think it even sounds like her at all. Hate to think she might have damaged her vocal cords but that's what it sounds like to me.

August 17 2009 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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