On Bionic again:
"Bionic” wasn’t this commercially acceptable, packaged-up, proper thing. But it was an experimental, beautiful piece of work that will live on in time and make its mark later on in its life. It was very artistic."
After a turbulent two years taking in divorce, critical drubbings and dramas on stage and off, Christina Aguilera is back with a new album – and the same fiery attitude. She tells Craig McLean what’s made her such a tough cookie.
In a dimly lit bedroom in Beverly Hills, Christina Aguilera and I are discussing the current crop of television-talent-show feuds.
The octave-straddling superstar, who has sold 43 million records and won five Grammy Awards since her debut single, Genie in a Bottle, in 1999, is a judge and mentor on the American television programme The Voice (which was adapted for the British audience by the BBC earlier this year).
The Voice has since engaged in an intense ratings war with Simon Cowell’s American X Factor. Also at war, more importantly, are the celebrity judges on each of the shows.
On The X Factor, the rapper Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are at such loggerheads that it’s become national news.
( full interview under the cutCollapse )