TODAY | November 05, 2012
>>> christina aguilera does a little bit of everything. she's a grammy winning singer and songwriter , a producer, an actress and oh, let's not forget a celebrity coach on nbc's hit show "the voice." now she's coming out with a brand new album. this one is called "lotus." christina, good morning.
>> good morning. love to see you today.
>> good morning, how are you?
>> i love the set today, thank you. i feel so special.
>> do you like it?
>> it doesn't spin. everything else is in working condition.
>> that's all right, that's all right. five people on the team now, right. all the teams are down to five.
>> you must know, i know you're not going to share to me, you must have an idea of who you would like to win now.
>> you think you do, and depending on the songs they choose week by week you're kind of blown away. oh, i didn't know you had that capability. for instance, one girl on my team right now who, you know, i thought, okay, i know she's great. i know she can hit the notes and be a powerhouse and gets behind the piano and plays very well and shows a more vulnerable softer side of herself which was quite a surprise, so it could be anybody's game at this point.
>> you like the pop singers , it seems, and blake shelton came out, and he said he thinks you've gone too much for artists of one genre, and he thinks it's going to come back and backfire.
>> well, that's right. blake has been one to choose some wacky people.
>> but there's a strategy here on your pop.
>> you know, this year, as i always say, i press my button when i'm moved by what i hear, and it's regardless of what the sound is. last year i had a very versatile team, happened to have the emcee, an opera singer , a soul singer , had a little bit of everybody. the first year was predominantly all female team of big powerhouse, got the rock kind of chick and really, really fun having all of that, and this year, you know, predominantly, i mean, we pick what's sort of behind us for the blinds, and so it just so happened to be they are young, they are pop and they are beautiful people .
>> worked out pretty well.
>> i've got the modeling agency on my team.
>> you've got live playoffs now.
>> the audience is now going to get to vote. how do you think it's going to shake things up?
>> i'm actually thrilled about it, because being on the hot seat to pick who goes home and who stays is so hard. i mean, it's heard breaking to see their faces and to get attached to these people as their coach. we go back and forth in e-mails and go back and forth in sound choices. in music there's so much heart and passion in what we do and the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to have what it takes to get up on the stage. sending people home is the hardest thing in the world. i'm glad to have america weigh n.please help me choose the voice.
>> i would imagine during the show it's a blur and things are going on all around you. you guys have great chemistry with the contestants, a very interesting chemistry between the coaches.
>> here's what we do. i want to test your knowledge here. i'm going read you some comments that have been made by one of the coaches on the show. you have your little handy dandy face paddles. i want you to hold up the paddle for the person who said the following, okay.
>> okay. here's the quote. why don't you just come down here and punch me in the face and get it over with. who said that?
>> blake .
>> i know these guys like the back of my hand.
>> it was like the coolest thing i've ever seen. it was kind of like a musical pillow fight or something. who said that? ooh.
>> i don't think that was adam. i think it's either -- i think blake again.
>> that was adam.
>> i got cocky too quick.
>> how about this one. we belong together. it's a match made in heaven.
>> cee lo .
>> gosh darn it.
>> who said that?
>> you said that?
>> hey, i'm not up here.
>> just put your face out like this.
>> there you go, perfect.
>> next one, she just explained it. you have to be an idiot not to push your button.
>> you're 1 for 4 now, you realize that. that was blake shelton
>> i want to go all day, man.
>> last one. i love your swag. i love your energy.
>> very good.
>> you reseemed yourself.
>> speaking of cee lo , speaking of you. you're taken off and i haven't gotten the definitive answer if you're taken off for good.
>> mark burnett , who i really love, said this show would be truly about supporting talent and music in general, and that's something i didn't see as a format in any other show out there as far as really truly, you know, we can take shots at each other all day being on the same playing field as coaches, but, you know, we always want to support the talent, and, again, i can only be so great for the talent. as long as i, you know, i stay true to may self as an artist, too, i go out and experience my fans, one-on-one, doing shows. the guys have already had that opportunity, and i've been busy recording my album, so finally the time is here, so "lotus" is coming. i'm excited to be back out there with my fans. i need a break to gain new experiences so i can come back and be an even better coach.
>> happen we what's on the album?
>> i love my album. it's very multi-dimension a. the first song actually isn't a reflection of everything else that's on there. one of the more fun, light songs and i got to portray this amazing, fun, playful character in the video, but there's a lot of great ballads and hopefully songs that will inspire the next generation of singers and vocalists.
>> a pretty good cover photo , by the way.
>> thank you.
>> can you imagine if i tried that cover photo . it wouldn't work.
>> were you going to wear the shoes that i wore today.
>> just before i let you go, last time we saw each other, you participated in nbc's benefit telethon for the victims of hurricane sandy. just tell me why you wanted to do that.
>> well, it's important for me. you know, my heart goes out to anyone out there that's suffering or going through a situation on such a large scale of loss, and my songs actually are inspired by moments like this, and moments of tragedy, and hope fry i can now inspire with something that i'm going to do for the hurricane in this regard.
>> we really appreciate it.
>> thank you very much.
>> christina aguilera , thank you, and