I guess to say 2011 for Christina Aguilera has not been smooth so far is a giant understatement. Although now, if I think about it, 2010 wasn’t too good either. Let’s review; her Bionic album failed so miserably, a tour to support it was completely scrapped, then, she got separated and eventually divorced from her husband of five years, Jordan Bratman, oh and a little movie called Burlesque came out in November (it’s on DVD now!) and Aguilera’s acting was critically skewered–though I must say Cher made a mini-comeback and the movie won songwriter Diane Warren a Golden Globe for Cher’s ballad, “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”. Unfortunately, Warren did not receive an Oscar nomination, and there’s old Randy Newman up there winning again. Okay, back to Xtina. I guess that little National Anthem at the Super Bowl debacle is next..wow! Just a week later, Aguilera appeared on-stage at the Grammys for an Aretha Franklin tribute and wouldn’t you know, she tripped right as the performance ended.
Just yesterday, Xtina and her current boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, were arrested on suspicion of DUI and public intoxication. My first thought? She’s ever so slowly turning into another tragic pop star a la Courtney Love. No formal charges have been filed and Aguilera made bail. At this point, her ex-husband could seek full custody of the couple’s 2-year-old son Max. Yeah, it was all going down hill pretty fast until the announcement today, Xtina would be joining the NBC reality singing competition, The Voice, as a vocal coach and judge along with Cee-Lo Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine; Carson Daly will be hosting when the show debuts next month.
Aguilera is a powerful singer and I’m sure she’s just a tad bit side-tracked, but can she regain her glory and more importantly, her credibility? It remains to be seen, I just hope she can make The Voice work.