By Zachary Swickey
If you kept up with the nail-biting second season of NBC’s “The Voice,” then you are already aware that Jermaine Paul was crowned this season’s winner. However, the real juicy backstory throughout the season has been the peculiar and seemingly bitter feud between Christina Aguilera and contestant Tony Lucca, who both appeared on “The Mickey Mouse Club” as kids.
It all started when Lucca first took the stage and Aguilera seemed to not recognize him.
But that was just the start. As the season continued, Aguilera became more and more critical of Lucca, specifically targeting him with particularly harsh (if not necessarily incorrect) criticism on multiple occasions. Of course, Lucca tried to be professional at first and ignore her unfavorable critiques; however, he did finally snap back, telling People, “I’m not going to let one person bring me down. Clearly that seems like part of her strategy.”
According to Dale Godboldo, a “Mickey Mouse Club” co-star from back in the day, Aguilera’s negative comments stem from the fact that she was actually taken with Lucca back in their Disney days and the feelings were not reciprocated.
“Christina was in love with him,” Godboldo revealed to TMZ. “But she wasn’t the only one. Britney was in love with him.”
“All of this [‘The Voice’] madness was not brought on by Tony,” he continued.
Feud or not, it seems like Aguilera is trying to bury the hatchet. During the show’s finale, Aguilera whispered something into Lucca’s ear. “She just wanted to clear the air a bit,” Lucca said to Us Weekly.
“[She] apologize[d] that this became much more of a dramatic thing than she ever intended it. I said to her, ‘I hope that we can be cool moving forward. I take pride in the fact that my whole career has been a career of integrity, and sound relationships,” he told the mag.