In an interview with Billboard, [May 5] the 37-yr. old singer, who was a coach on NBC’s vocal competition show for five intermittent seasons from 2011 to 2016, had nothing positive to say about her former employer, calling the show a “churning hamster wheel” and an “energy sucker” that left her “longing for freedom.”

The most telling quote is as follows:

When I ask Aguilera if she’d ever return to The Voice, she scrunches up her porcelain face and says she would prefer to discuss “positive things.” Still, she can’t help but delve into what was wrong with the show, which was a lot. “It became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in season one,” she says. “You realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story.”

Mark Burnett just deleted her number.

It’s perhaps telling that in Aguilera’s final season, she mentored winner Alisan Porter, a former child star and recovering alcoholic who it has been argued won more for her compelling backstory than her vocal ability (which is very strong, don’t get me wrong).

Aguilera served as a coach in Seasons 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10, and said the series became an “energy sucker” in her life.

“I was longing for freedom,” the star said before recounting her post-show routine.

“I would just take everything off — the makeup, all of it — and would blast hip-hop, or Nirvana, ‘Creep,’ Slayer,” she shared. “Anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode.”

In any case, it doesn’t sound like Aguilera has any interest in ever going back, and is instead refocused on her music career, with her first album in six years, Liberation, coming out next month, and her first tour in a decade in the works.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7 central time on NBC.

Ref.  MSN, the insider, Billboard Music

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