Season Two of NBC’s hit singing series The Voice concludes tonight, and no matter who wins, lots of eyes will be on Christina Aguilera. She and sexy social media correspondent Christina Milian make the show worth watching—even with the sound off. Here’s what she told us about the show—with photos, of course.
MADE MAN: What sets The Voice apart from other music competition shows? CHRISTINA AGUILERA: We’ve been on tours. We’ve had the experience. We’re not just sitting up on a panel giving our opinions when we’ve never done it ourselves. You also get the bantering and bickering we have because all the coaches are trying to outdo each other. And we’ve got so many different genres, not just the commercially viable ones. It’s really about taking it back to the heart of the music and being moved by it.
MM: Do you think there are too many of these shows? CA: I don’t really watch anything else. All I know is that I believe in this show and stand behind its title. It’s called The Voice for a reason, and if you see it from day one, the blind auditions, our chairs are turned away from the stage. We have no idea what is going on behind us. All we have is our ears to guide us. There’s an honesty about it.
MM: Yet music labels want the whole package. CA: Label heads and suits are all drawn into packaging. We all are. We all like to see a visual package that makes sense and is cute and wrapped up in a bow. But then again, there are those raw talents that just get in there and go right to your heart. And it doesn’t matter what they look like, what they walk like. It matters how they sound.
MM: Have you kept in touch with anyone from last season? CA: Absolutely. All of us coaches do. You can’t help but get really engaged in being a part of these people’s lives as their coach and mentor and spending so much time with them. It’s a pretty magical thing to be part of someone’s journey. These are real artists with real dreams, and you’re cradling them in your hands. So I think we all have pulled a level of responsibility for that and take it very seriously.
MM: How do you deal with the pressures of being a woman in Hollywood? CA: As long as I am comfortable and happy in my own skin, that’s all the confirmation I need. I’ve been in this for a long time. I came out on the scene when I was 17 years old. You can never be too perfect, too thin, too curvy, voluptuous, this, that. I’m a risk taker, I take those chances, whether it be crazy cotton candy hair or interesting theatrical makeup. I’m very confident in my body. I think my video work over the years, like “Dirty” and “Lady Marmalade” have spoken to that. In this business, you really have to be a strong, powerful, confident woman. Editor’s note: Works for us!