The Voice (US) performance of Say Something had me slathering all over Christina Aguilera. The rendition at the 2013 American Music Awards, not so much. In fact, I actually got a little lethargic halfway through her duet with A Great Big World.
I do feel I should have love this, though: the song hasn't changed; the vocal was controlled and measured; and there was no random shouts of "Say!" or "Hey!" made by the Diva. But it just wasn't happening for me while watching. I know, I know, Christina can't win. If she's belting and ad-libbing, she's over the top, with bad technique and no musicality. If she's mellow and restrained, she's "boring". Life is just too complicated...(!)
Still, even though I wasn't crazy about the performance, I do hope it's a sign of the direction she'll go when she decides to record a new album.