Christina Aguilera has been returning to relevance since her role as a judge on the hit TV show The Voice. However, she has been in the industry for decades now and this lived a large chunk of her life in the spotlight. Despite this, there are still some facts about the singer that people don’t know. With that in mind, here PPcorn presents the list of thirteen facts you probably didn’t know about Xtina.
Number Thirteen: She Won Her First Talent Show When She Was Eight
When Aguilera was just eight years old, she won her very first talent show. She performed Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
Number Twelve: Christina Aguilera Is Influenced by Etta James
Aguilera is said that James is incredibly important to her life. She said, “Etta is my all-time favorite singer. I’ve said it for the last seven years – since I had my first debut record out – in every interview.” Aguilera is also influenced by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Billie Holiday.
Number Eleven: She Got Her Alter-Ego From a Movie
Aguilera got her alter-ego from the 1962 thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. In the movie, the character Jane Hudson, played by Bette Davis, plays an aging child star who must take care of her sister, played by Joan Crawford, who is in a wheelchair. Aguilera’s alter-ego is that of Baby Jane.
Number Ten: She Inspired Lady Gaga
Though Lady Gaga may be queen now, she used to get her inspiration from Aguilera. She has said that Aguilera’s song, “I Turn To You,” inspired her to improve her vocal range.
Number Nine: Her Underwear Is Expensive
But it’s not her fault. The satin thong that Aguilera wore for her 2003 Maxim cover was bought for more than $1,500 after she wore it.
Number Eight: Christina Aguilera Was Acting Before She Hit it Big
In 1999, Aguilera was actually on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210. She has since done numerous acting gigs, and her latest television role has been as a judge/coach on The Voice.
Number Seven: She Turned Down a Role Later Played by Kate Hudson
In 2009’s film, Nine, Kate Hudson plays the character of Stephanie. However, the role was originally supposed to be played by Aguilera, but she passed on it.
Number Six: She Got a Record Deal Thanks to Disney
Aguilera performed the song “Reflection” for Disney’s animated film Mulan. The song was such a big hit that it earned Aguilera her very first record deal with RCA. She went on to release her self-titled album in 1999.
Number Five: She Has an Incredible Vocal Range
Aguilera is a soprano, and her vocal range has been compared to those of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Her range is one of the biggest of any female artist currently in the industry.
Number Four: She Was Turned Down by Charlie XCX
Though many people vie to collaborate with Christina Aguilera, she was actually turned down by Charlie XCX for a collaboration opportunity. Charlie XCX said that Aguilera is cool, but it wasn’t the right fit.
Number Three: She Is Incredibly Charitable
In fact, when Christina Aguilera got married in 2005, she donated all of her wedding gifts to American charities that were supporting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, she later got divorced, so perhaps that was the best thing to come of her marriage!
Number Two: She Has Six Grammy Awards
Aguilera has won an impressive six Grammy Awards. She got her first in 2000 for Best New Artist.
Number One: She Wasn’t Supposed to Be in the Madonna Kiss
The iconic kiss wherein Madonna kissed both Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears was actually supposed to include another actress: Jennifer Lopez.