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Will NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Save Christina Aguilera’s Career?

Lyndsey Parker
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Unless you've been too busy following the downward spiral of the tiger-blooded Charlie Sheen, then you know by now that the once-unstoppable Christina Aguilera has had a very bad time of it herself lately. The dissolution of her marriage, the colossal failure of her Bionic album and Burlesque movie, the total cancellation of her 2010 tour, that Super Bowl lyric-flubbing incident...and then, just this week, she was arrested (though not charged) for public intoxication. So what's a fading pop starlet to do? Join the cast of a reality show, of course!

Hey, it worked for Paula Abdul. And current "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez sure are enjoying career resurgences of their own right now. So now that it's been announced that Xtina has signed on to be a coach on NBC's new singing competition "The Voice" (joining a cast that includes Cee Lo, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, and one more coach to be determined), the burning question is: Will this TV show save her sagging career?

I bet she hopes so. "I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it," Xtina said in an NBC-issued statement. "To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists' careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms. I am so happy to be working with fellow Grammy Award-winners Adam and Cee Lo, as I feel there is so much we can all bring to 'The Voice.'"

Well, no one can say Christina isn't qualified for the job. She's obviously great at singing (when she isn't OVERsinging, that is), she's been in the spotlight since she was a little girl (she even competed on the prototype talent show "Star Search" at age 8), and with her rumored diva temperament, she certainly seems capable of filling the show's presumed "mean judge" role. (Let's just hope she'll go easy on contestants who forget the words, because surely she can relate.)

"When I decided to produce 'The Voice,' I immediately knew that my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera," reality veteran Mark Burnett stated. "Christina has a perfect voice and is an undeniable force in the music business. She is the epitome of 'The Voice.'"

Christina has reinvented herself many times over, from Mouseketeer to Lady Marmalade to Dirrty girl to retro-fabulous chanteuse. Will her "Voice" reinvention be more successful than 2010's Bionic woman? Soon we'll all be the judge of that.

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