Why We Won't See Selena Quintanilla as a Hologram

Selena Quintanilla performing

In 2011 rumors that Selena Quintanilla’s family was looking to make a hologram of the late tejano singer surfaced, but nothing was made official. The trend of bringing artists "back to life" through the use of holograms is becoming more widespread, with Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur both hitting the stage after they've left this world. In fact, according to the Latin Times, Selena’s family might just have been inspired by Michael Jackson’s hologram at the Billboard Awards. After all, who wouldn't want to see the “Amor Prohibido” artist perform one more time?

But it seems it was too good to be true. In 2013 the Quintanilla family met with AV Concepts, a hologram specialty company to discuss the possibility of bringing Selena to the masses. Sadly, they were faced with two problems: First, the pictures they had of Selena weren’t good enough to produce an image of good quality. “After the meeting, when we all went back to the bus, we all agreed that this was not good enough for the fans,” Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla told AP. He followed by stating that Selena looked like a ghost in the unclear images. “When it comes to Selena we all expect a quality product.” 

The family received suggestions to use images of Jennifer Lopez’s body when she played the role of Selena, but A.B. didn’t think that would make any sense to her fans. A.B. told AP, “If you love Selena, why would you want to see JLo’s body with her head? It would be like Frankenstein.”

The second (and most pressing) problem? The price quotes they received far exceeded their budget.“The prices they're asking are ridiculous, and you have to move a lot of equipment only to show the hologram of one song,” Selena’s dad, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. told AP via phone. According to A.B., he heard some people asking for 3 million dollars for every 30 seconds of a song while others ask for $800,000 per minute—que como? A.B. added, “Imagine what it would cost to make a hologram of ‘Como La Flor,’ which lasts three minutes. No concert is that expensive. It’s ridiculous.” 

For now, we'll be watching music videos on YouTube and pretending we're there. Sort of the same, right?