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Was Tony Lucca’s Song “99 Problems” Directed at Christina Aguilera? The Voice Finalist Explains (VIDEO)

Last night on The Voice Season 2 final live show performances, Team Adam finalist Tony Lucca took the stage to sing a rock/blues version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”

Though the contestant omitted the word “bitch,” coach Christina Aguilera was quick to jump on Tony’s song choice, calling it “derogatory” to women.

Tony’s coach Adam Levine defended him, saying that the “bitch” mentioned in the song was meant as a metaphor for life getting you down.

Christina quickly retorted that the lyrics mentioned “girl problems." “It’s a girl. It’s a girl,” Christina said. “If that’s how you need to get points …"


Judging from our poll, most of you disagreed with Xtina’s comments.

Though Tony didn’t say anything to Christina in the moment, he was more than happy to discuss the song choice and Christina’s reaction after the show. Tony insisted that "99 Problems" wasn’t meant to insult Christina.

He agreed with Adam’s metaphor statements, saying, “You can’t marinate on that type of ulterior motive and really connect to a song. Those lyrics are pretty heavy. It really is some dark, soul-searching stuff. That’s what I’ve been up to for the last several weeks on the show is finding my limit and then exceeding it.”

Tony also talked about Christina’s negative comments and his appreciation for Christina’s contestant, Chris Mann.

“Yeah, it’s really gotten to the point where you can anticipate it,” Tony said. “Tonight was no exception. I know she feels really confident about Chris and for good reason … Tonight was a phenomenal showcase for Chris Mann."

“She’s resting on the fact that … there’s not stunts, there’s nothing edgy or controversial it’s just straight ahead quality and that’s awesome," he added. "Adam and I, we’ve had a little more fun than just adhering to some path.”

Do you think Tony’s song choice was directed at Christina? If it was, do you support what she said? Comment below!

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05.8.2012 / 08:46 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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