American Idol will pay tribute to Whitney Houston, says Ryan Seacrest
Published Feb 13 2012, 11:48 GMT
By Daniel Sperling
Ryan Seacrest has revealed that this week's American Idol
will "pay tribute in some way" to the late Whitney Houston
The 'I Will Always Love You' singer passed away at the age of 48
in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday (February 11).
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While discussing with Glee star Amber Riley
rumours that her show's Valentine's Day special will become a tribute to Houston
, Seacrest explained that the American Idol
team have also been tinkering with the competition's Hollywood audition episodes airing on Wednesday (February 15) and Thursday (February 16).
"I can tell you now that I was on the phone with American Idol
producers," he announced during E!
coverage of last night's Grammy Awards.
"We are trying to figure out how we can go in and obviously pay tribute [to Houston] in some way and acknowledge the impact that she had on popular singers, popular music and young singers that are trying to make it. So we'll see."
Meanwhile, American Idol
producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed on Twitter
that Houston was in talks to help mentor this season's contestants.
"What is even more shocking to me regarding the death of #Whitney is that only this Wednesday (February 8) she responded positively to mentoring on #Idol," he wrote. X Factor
USA boss Simon Cowell revealed this weekend that Houston was being considered to judge the show's second season
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Rising star Whitney Houston is seen with music producer Clive Davis, in 1983, shortly after signing a contract with Arista Records.