Just a few months ago, Christina Aguilera was at a career low point. Over the span of about four weeks, she had messed up the words to the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, been arrested for public intoxication, stumbled at the Grammys, and gotten sued. Oh, and lest we forget, all that came right her album Bionic tanked, her movie Burlesque flopped, and she filed for divorce from her husband of five years. Phew! Maybe words can’t bring Xtina down, but it sure seemed like a string of public misfortunes could.
Then something wonderful happened: Aguilera’s next project, The Voice, became a bona fide hit. And like Idol judge Jennifer Lopez before her, suddenly, the public began to see the diva in a whole new light.
During the singing competition’s first few episodes, Aguilera came across as easygoing, funny, and charming — and it didn’t hurt that the show immediately reminded us that the lady can still sing like nobody’s business. Xtina seems to care deeply and genuinely about the big-voiced women she chose to be on her team. And, at one point, she even joked about her Super Bowl flub, which just served to humanize her even more.
But in more recent weeks, Xtina’s behavior on The Voice hasn’t been quite as endearing. She has a habit of interrupting her fellow coaches, and a tendency to default to weird sexual innuendo while giving her post-performance commentary. (Exhibits A, B, and C: Patrick Thomas.) There’s a fine line between understandable confidence and off-putting narcissism, and sometimes Aguilera unwittingly crosses over it. (See: That “Candyman” name-drop.) Her low-cut ensembles and dramatic makeup have also drawn a ton of criticism from Voice fans. But for the record, she looked indisputably lovely last night.
All in all, then, it’s tough to say whether the four-time Grammy winner’s stint on NBC has resuscitated her image the way she arguably wanted it to. So I’m turning to you, PopWatchers, to see if we can reach a consensus. After watching her onscreen for eight weeks, do you like Aguilera more or less? Has her behavior made you yearn to go out for sushi and gossip with her? And if not, what do you think Xtina could do to get herself back in your good graces? Vote in the poll below to let us know what you think.