Pop & Circumstance: Christina Aguilera and other former teen idols face growing pains

Her body's saying 'let's go,' but her heart is saying '"
Her body's saying 'let's go,' but her heart is saying '"

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, we were all there watching closely when the original teen pop wars between Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera dominated the world of entertainment.

The year was 1999: Britney was wearing a naughty school girl outfit, Christina was writhing around in the sand wearing a beaded crop top. Then came Jessica, and Mandy soon followed. A decade later, the pop star debate turned into Miley vs. Selena, then Vanessa vs. Demi.

These girls have since grown up, and, in turn, the finding-yourself-train wrecks have been abundant.

Britney had babies, got a little white trash-y, shaved her head, blew everyone’s mind with “Circus” in 2008 and recently had an entire episode of “Glee” dedicated to her many hits. Jessica Simpson got “fat,” got engaged (just this week) to former football star Eric Johnson and dabbled in country music for reasons no one can really understand. Mandy Moore married Ryan Adams (still baffling) and has the role of Rapunzel in Disney’s “Tangled” this fall.

Christina “Xtina” Aguilera did a few things to dissolve her career in the past few years, mainly stemming from the words “Dirrty” and “divorce.” Arguably the most talented of the female gang — Justin Timberlake recently referred to her as “the best vocalist of our generation — her 2010 release “Bionic” bombed so hard that Walmart was practically giving away copies at checkout.

From TRL to the Walk of Fame. Photo c/o
From TRL to the Walk of Fame. Photo c/o

Yet, somehow, not even six months after the failed “Bionic,” Aguilera received her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What’s the price tag on one of those things, anyway?

Just a few convenient hours before the premiere of her major film debut in “Burlesque,” Aguilera posed for photos in front of her newly laid star. “Burlesque,” the contemporary musical film starring none other than Cher, opens Thanksgiving day. The soundtrack is led mostly by Aguilera, but Cher does her thang on two of the 10 not-so-hot tracks.

It’s been over ten years since the original Britney vs. Christina debacle. Xtina is officially on the Walk of Fame and plays the teen version of herself in a movie that looks like it should have gone straight to DVD. Britney might not have her own Hollywood star (edit: yes, she received one in 2003), but at least she has her own “Glee” episode to prove she is one. So, who wins?

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a Pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.