Christina Aguilera performs at the Super Bowl pregame show, February 6, 2011 (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Christina Aguilera will be the third coach on NBC's new singing competition series "The Voice," joining Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
"Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show," Paul Telegdy, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, said.
Executive producer Mark Burnett said Aguilera was his first choice for a female singer. "Christina has a perfect voice and is an undeniable force in the music business. She is the epitome of 'The Voice'."
Aguilera's most recent album, "Bionic," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It spent 14 wks on the chart, selling 274,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her first single, "Not Myself Tonight" peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has sold 368,000 downloads.
Aguilera's self-titled debut was released in 1999. The casting of Aguilera, Levine and Green continues the trend among singing competition shows to bring in working musicians rather than executives, songwriters or inactive artists. "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez has used the show to launch her latest single, "On the Floor." Ben Folds was a judge on "The Sing-Off" on the heels of the release of his "Lonely Avenue" last year.
The summer singing competition show will premiere April 26, right about the time "American Idol" will be down to its top 10. After two weeks of two-hour shows "The Voice" will move to a one-hour 8 p.m. slot starting May 10.
Aguilera has been going through a rough patch in recent months. She was was taken into custody for public intoxication in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning , while her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, was arrested for drunk driving. She also recently received criticism for flubbing the lyrics of the National Anthem while performing at the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. The singer also stumbled onstage a week later at the Grammy Awards ceremony while performing a tribute to Aretha Franklin alongside Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence Welch.