I love how the judges on The Voice get up on that same stage as the contestants and show- via 100% live vocals- why they have the right to be judging other people's talent. With new album Lotus to promote, Christina Aguilera was the latest of the line-up to put her money where her mouth is and perform on the main stage.
With Lotus containing duets with fellow judges Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton it was no surprise one of these songs was chosen to showcase the album to The Voice audience. So despite Lotus' first single Your Body desperately needing the publicity, Chrissy went for the Cee Lo Green featuring, party track Make The World Move to give the live treatment.
Check out their performance below:
So let's start with what was good about the performance. First of all, I was loving Christina's energy, attitude and general Divaness. It's great to see her back on stage with a big production, and what with The Voice being her domain, its no surprise she looked so at ease while performing. Also the crown hidden in that nest of a wig was EVERYTHING....lol
Vocally, her midrange was solid, as it usually is, and for once I didn't even mind the throaty belts that peppered the performance as they fitted the energy and jovial nature of Make The World Move.
However anyone who watches this performance can't fail to notice her voice giving out when she needed it most. At 2.28 Christina goes for the crescendo of the song and attempts a vocal slide that unfortunately culminates in a bum, broken note that no one can deny was all kinds of wrong.
It seems that despite her vocal lessons with renowned teacher Seth Riggs, Christina Aguilera can't shake off old (bad) vocal habits and is still singing how she did pre-lessons. Perhaps proceeding performances this era will demonstrate further technical developments. But I won't hold my breath.
But what did you guys think?