Christina Aguilera to Join ‘Nashville’ Cast
Pop star Christina Aguilera is going country ... sort of. The singer will be a multi-episode guest star on the ABC country music drama Nashville this spring.
Aguilera, who is also a coach on The Voice with Blake Shelton, has been cast as pop superstar Jade St. John, according to People. Her character has been working nonstop since her break into stardom a decade ago, and when she arrives in Music City for a two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena, it becomes clear that her real dream is to record a country album. Unfortunately, her label wants her to stay committed to her pop role.
Plenty of country stars have appeared in past episodes of Nashville, including Sara Evans who sang the show's praises after her role, and Trisha Yearwood, who played herself. Florida Georgia Line performed live on the show's season premiere last fall, and Luke Bryan has also made a cameo, just to name a few.
"I love the interplay between Nashville the show and Nashville the city, so very much. Clearly from the word go, from the first pilot, that was written by Callie Khouri, our show is a love letter to Nashville, and what was so exciting was seeing that love returned to us by the city," Esten says. "The people here really seem to appreciate what we’re doing and how we’re trying to bring something true and something exciting at the same time. That’s thrilling to us ‘cause we live here, and so that’s really important.”
No word yet on when Aguilera's episodes will air. Fans can catch Nashville on Wednesdays at 10 PM ET on ABC.