Christina María Aguilera is an American singer-songwriter, dancer and actress.
Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording “Reflection”,the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998).
On November 15, 2010, Aguilera received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She appeared as herself on the Entourage season seven finale as a client/friend of Ari Gold. It was confirmed in 2009 that she would appear in her first feature film, the musical Burlesque, released in November 2010. She portrayed a small town girl, Ali Rose, who finds love and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club. Aguilera co-wrote and performed eight of the ten tracks on the film’s soundtrack released on November 22, 2010. Producers and writers included Sia Furler, Tricky Stewart, Claude Kelly and Danja. The remaining two tracks were sung by Cher, who co-starred in the film. One of the tracks, “Express” was released to radio in promotion for Burlesque. The film, distributed by Screen Gems, was directed by actor and director Steve Antin who also wrote the script. Antin wrote the role of Ali specifically for Aguilera. The film also featured Cam Gigandet as her love interest, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci. Though Burlesque was released to mixed reviews from critics, several critics praised Aguilera’s performance. A review in TIME states, “Aguilera might not be to your taste, or mine, but in terms of sheer power, she’s impressive. If Ali were real, she’d have already been discovered on American Idol.” While Variety wrote, “Aguilera, while undeniably entertaining when her character is on stage, cannot spin the slight backstory into anything resembling a full-blooded person.”