After The Voice, a New Respect for Christina Aguilera. Really.

We've not always been very kind to Christina Aguilera on this blog. Last time we mentioned her, we accused her of being "wasted out of [her] yodeling, gurning mind," for example. We may have also mentioned that, when Stripped came out, she looked more like Dee Snider from Twisted Sister than Dee Snider from Twisted Sister did. We're pretty sure we also suggested that if you touched her, she would probably leave an oily film on your hand that you couldn't wash off without the aid of bleach.

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No, we've definitely not been nice about Christina Aguilera. And at the time, we honestly couldn't help it -- all that wailing and howling and tacky sleazemongering was just too much for us not to mock. But, dear readers, something strange is afoot, for in recent weeks we have found ourselves not just liking, but also -- gasp! -- respecting Christina Aguilera. And it feels a little bit like hell just froze over.
The key factor in our change of heart is, of course, The Voice -- NBC's stupidly compelling vocal talent competition. We've watched, fascinated, as Christina has passionately fought for the contestants she believed in, mentored them like a really well-manicured mom, and then shown a musical knowledge wider than we would've ever given her credit for. Giving Beverly McClellan the Who's "Baba O'Riley" to sing, for example, was a stroke of genius (which is probably why McClellan was the first contestant to be "saved" by viewers in last week's vote):



Watching Christina on The Voice every week is a little bit like talking to the dirty drunk hobo who hangs out on your street corner every day and suddenly finding out he has a Ph.D in English Literature. It's not what you were expecting, but you're impressed to the point of speechlessness.

This week's episode tipped us over the edge. In previous weeks, it's felt a bit like wardrobe has been trying to cover up her curvier figure, but Christina strutted onstage last Tuesday, in the tightest pair of black short shorts we have ever seen. It was as if she was saying "Yes, world -- my ass is a lot bigger than it used to be, but hot damn, I ain't covering this thing up." You could almost hear curvy girls around the country high-fiving at the relief of seeing a woman who is over a size four and unafraid to embrace her rounder bod on national television.

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Then, in a move that was stunning to almost everyone, when asked to choose which of her team she wanted to keep, out of a cute 'n' sassy 16-year-old "firecracker," a 19-year-old hottie with amazing vocal range, and a 31-year-old plus-size American Idol cast-off, she went with the last of the three simply because she was the one with the best vocal ability. Yes, the show is called The Voice, but when was the last time you saw prime-time American TV that didn't automatically favor the youngest and the thinnest? She's actually doing what she's supposed to be doing!



On top of all of this (plus an incident in which she joked about her National Anthem Super Bowl mishap to a contestant), Aguilera keeps doing unerringly positive interviews that are honest, funny, and self-deprecating. On her drag queen following, she recently laughed, "I've given them a lot to work with over the years ..."

Maybe it's because it's the end of one of the most turbulent, embarrassing periods of her life, but Christina Aguilera is finally showing signs of humor and wisdom. And -- we never thought we'd say this -- we freakin' love her for it.

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Kerri-Ann Kumar
Kerri-Ann Kumar

Christina hasn't changed, she has always  been this person, the only difference is you're actually taking the time to listen to her now, instead of just judging.  If you watch behind the secene fotage of her over the years, hte passion adn skill was always there, better yet, how down to earth she is.

Anthony
Anthony

 LEGENDTINA!!! PEOPLE SHOULD PRAISE HER NOT BRING HER DOWN! SHE'S AMAZINGG!

rp
rp

lol peopel are so envious

Jessica
Jessica

Nice job on a great write up.  And yes, I'm loving Xtina on The Voice also!  You know, before this show I never cared either way about Christina, but after seeing her on The Voice and watching her movie, Burlesque, I gotta admit, she's made me a fan.  And BTW I love her newest album Bionic, especially that Deluxe verison.  WTH with all the negative feedback about it and Burlesque?  I'm loving them BOTH!

rp
rp

thankyou!!!! i love the burlesque and bionic too. even xtina said in her recent marriage article, she was being herslef with ALL her albums no matter what feedback! I love her so much for that! and ughh! Whatever this article i liked but wahtever...peopel like ot wait til u go thorugh a tough time...and then respect you. typical.

Anthony
Anthony

 I know right! shes amazing!!!!

Wilmaryad
Wilmaryad

Right on.  I've always known Christina was delicious.  Problem is: she's in the public eye when promoting music, a side of the industry she treats like a boring job. Result: the diva layer of her personality talks on autopilot.  She's sweet, playful and ambitious.  Time will show that.   

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