May 8th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
With this being finale week on "The Voice," we figured the final live performance show would have its dramatic moments.
But some viewers may not have expected for Christina Aguilera's ongoing tiff with her fellow former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca to have reared its head once again on Monday's show.
Aguilera already accused Lucca of getting a leg-up on the competition thanks to his celebrity support, most notably from another former "Mickey Mouse Club" star, Justin Timberlake (which Lucca cheekily responded to with a rendition of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" - 'cause, you know, she's yet another "Mickey Mouse Club" alum.)
But this time it wasn't a Timberlake, Spears or even Aguilera song (although maybe he should've considered that option) that Lucca covered, but rather Jay-Z's "99 Problems."
Lucca spun the song into an acoustic rendition that left Aguilera a little displeased.
"I thought you sounded great, I mean you have a really cool voice," she began before critiquing, "Tonight you came here with your beautiful wife and daughter and family, and I just thought the lyrical connotation was a little derogatory toward women, but you know, all in all it was all in good fun."
As Lucca's on his team, judge/mentor Adam Levine tried to clear up the questionable lyrics, which in the original version say, "99 Problems but a b**** ain't one."
"Just to clarify, just so you all know, the intent behind the song - we talked about this for hours Tony and I - and the 'ain't one' is life getting at you, things bringing you down. We're not referring to women, we're referring to everything."
Aguilera interjected that the original song was a bit more cut and dry, pointing out that it specifically refers to "girl problems."
To which Levine retorted back, "Yeah, it's called a metaphor."
All was forgiven when Levine revealed he was wearing a "Team XTina" shirt underneath his button down, but maybe not forgotten. After one of her singers, Chris Mann, performed, Aguilera emphasized to the audience that he was "a real man, a real man who respects women."
Backstage, Lucca admitted to CNN that the tension has "sort of been like a dark cloud over the whole season and for the other contestants that has not been entirely fair. So I apologize for my role in it.”
That said, he is looking forward to the day when the drama's all in the past. "There’s an aspect to this whole gauntlet that I won’t miss," Lucca said. "It was a little disappointing to go from this reunion thing on air to going to getting some pushback so I will be happy I won’t have to deal with that anymore. ... I’m ready to move past it.”
But as for the other contestants, such as Jermaine Paul, “That whole thing is what it is, and I don’t know anything about it. If I was on that side of things I could probably give you a better answer. ... Whatever is going on over there, I don’t know. I’m happy for Tony because Tony did his thing, and I’m definitely happy for Chris.”
What did you think of the exchange between Christina, Adam and Tony on Monday? Who do you think will win tonight?
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