If there's one thing viewers can expect from Christina Aguilera as a judge coach on The Voice, she'll kill 'em with kindness.
Meeting the press for the first time since her boozy bust, the troubled diva just wants everyone to play nice--at least, when it comes to her stint on NBC's upcoming singing competition.
So what did she say?
First, let's clear up what she didn't talk talk about.
Aguilera, 30, declined to address any of her recent personal issues: her booze cruise with boyfriend Matthew Rutler (she managed to avoid charges, but he's facing a DUI count), reports of excessive partying following her divorce from Jordan Bratman and her fumbling the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Instead, she kept her comments focused on NBC's The Voice, where she will join Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton on the new competition series in which vocal powerhouses vie for a recording contract and $100,000. It premieres April 26.
"There is no good and bad. This isn't about tearing people down. I want to bring these people up," Aguilera said yesterday at the show's press kick-off, explaining how The Voice will differ from Idol and Simon Cowell's upcoming The X-Factor.
Produced by Survivor and Apprentice mastermind Mark Burnett, The Voice is based on a hit program in the Netherlands called The Voice of Holland. It's unique among music contests in that the judges--or "coaches" as they're called here--will sit in swivel chairs with their backs turned away from the wannabe popsters so all they will have to go on is their voice when they pick whom they'd like to advance from auditions to the live audience face-offs before a winner is finally crowned "The Voice."
In Aguilera's view, the format's gimmick is less about elimination-style survival of the fittest and more about encouraging artistry and supporting dreams as she and the other pros provide guidance.
"The Voice really does stand for what it says. Instinctually, you can judge people based on the way they look. I love the fact that we get to sit here with our backs turned away from these people and completely use just one sense to hear these voices," said the chanteuse. "I'm not looking for vocal acrobatics, who has the biggest range [of] high and low. I'm looking forward to getting moved."
It's certainly better than getting busted.