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The Whitney Houston memorial service: Where to watch and more info

Updated, Feb. 18 at 11:42 a.m. ET

Whitney Houston’s memorial service, to be held Saturday in New Jersey, is a private funeral. But it’s one that, like so much of Houston’s life, will be on semi-public display.

View Photo Gallery: People gathered to grieve for the pop star, who died Saturday.

The service, as previously noted in this blog, will be streamed online. Fans of the pop star — a woman whose voice set a note-setting standard that multitudes of “American Idol” contestants would later attempt in vain to meet — will likely want to participate in this collective moment of mourning for Houston. For those who fall in that category, here is the basic information about the funeral.

And for those who would like to continue sharing their favorite Houston memories, feel free to post them on Twitter using the hashtag #rememberingwhitney.

When is the service? It is scheduled to begin at noon ET.

Where is it being held? At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Houston’s childhood place of worship.

Where can we watch it? The service will be viewable via streaming online video and via televised coverage. (See details below.) We will be streaming it live here in Celebritology, in a post to be published Saturday morning. (Streaming video can be viewed here.)

Who is attending? As previously noted, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to perform and record producer Clive Davis, the man who guided much of her career, is slated to speak. (Note: Franklin has canceled her plans to perform “The Greatest Love of All” because she is “too ill to perform.”) Kevin Costner, Houston’s “Bodyguard” co-star, also is expected to attend, along with Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, and other family members, including cousin Dionne Warwick.

Will there be any television coverage of the service? A number of networks are planning to broadcast coverage of the funeral. The Hollywood Reporter has a rundown of what various networks — including CNN, BET, E! and others — have planned. (Note: This post has been updated with more complete information about TV coverage.)

Related links:

Whitney Houston and why we grieve for the famous

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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