One of favorite blonde bombshells, Christina Aguilera, told Billboard this week that singing competition The Voice was an ‘energy sucker’ that left her feeling ‘suffocated.’
Christina Aguilera left the show in 2016 to shift her focus back on making music and on her family, but fans have been waiting for her return to the red chair.
But with what she told Billboard, looks like we won’t have to hold our breath. She’s put the show behind her.
“I didn’t get into this business to be a television show host and to be given all these [rules]. Especially as a female: You can’t wear this, can’t say that. I would find myself on that show desperately trying to express myself through clothing or makeup or hair. It was my only kind of outlet,” she said in the interview.
During the Candy Man’s run on the show, she was the only female judge alongside Maroon5 frontman Adam Levine and singer Blake Shelton. Now it’s a rotating cast of characters: we’ve seen Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, and Kelly Clarkson take their turn on the rotating red chair.
Aguilera didn’t say however, if the gender disparity contributed to how she felt about the show, but she was “longing for freedom” during her stint.
She shared that when she gets home after filming, she would “ just take everything off — the makeup, all of it — and would blast hip-hop, or Nirvana, ‘Creep,’ Slayer. Anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode.”
But do you think she’s being unfair to the show?
Some fans do, as they credit The Voice for amping up her public profile after the commercial flops of her Bionic album and Burlesque movie, both of which came out a year before she signed up with the show’s network, NBC.
“It became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in Season 1,” she tells Billboard. “You realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story,” she added.
She’s got a point on that though: the show has come under flak for failing to promote the careers of their winners, seemingly ready to move on to the next batch as fast as the congratulations have been meted out. Even Levine and Shelton have voiced out their observance on this, calling it a ‘disconnect.’
But NBC has chosen to be diplomatic about it, releasing a statement through Yahoo Entertainment that “Christina was an incredibly valuable member of The Voice for many seasons, and we appreciate all she did for the show. She’ll always be a part of The Voice family.”
Christina Aguilera’s aptly titled eighth studio album, Liberation, drops June 15, featuring the Kanye West produced “Accelerate.”