Well, we did ask for a Simon Cowell of The Voice, and it seems we’ve found one.
Though Christina Aguilera has never hesitated to offer her opinions on the show, they’ve never been quite so harsh as her comments after last night’s performance by Team Adam contestant and former Mouseketeer, Tony Lucca.
The singer performed “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, receiving cheers from the audience and praise from his coach, Adam Levine.
But it was Christina’s comments about the performance that caused the biggest stir.
“Obviously we go back,” the pop diva said to Tony. “I thought that was a good performance. I just find you to be very one-dimensional, but I would love to see if you make it past this point where you would grow from this stage because I’m just wondering about versatility with you and where you would grow from here.”
Though that part seemed like constructive, honest criticism, Christina’s next statements were a bit more personal.
“Obviously, we get a lot of support,” she said. “You have me and your old Mouseketeer buddies behind you, and Justin [Timberlake] in particular. But I hope this is really a contest about the voice. I think there are just better voices on the show rather than just a celebrity sway.”
The support Christina was referring to came in the form of a tweet from former Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake last night. The tweet read, “Tony Lucca @luccadoes performs LIVE tonight on #TheVoiceTune in and vote for my boy!!! #realtalent.”
After Christina’s critique, NBC cut to Tony’s coach Adam Levine, who looked even more offended than Tony when he said, “That was honest … ”
Though Christina’s mic didn’t fully pick up her next line, she said, “You were honest about Lindsay [Pavao], so I’ll be honest about Tony.”
Ouch! That last dig made Christina’s comments seem slightly more caddy than honest.
What do you think? Where Christina’s comments justified (not to be confused with JT’s hit album)? Or too harsh? Vote below!