Christina Aguilera Previews Vegas Residency & Laughs Off Super Bowl Rumors at iHeartRadio Theater in LA

Tickets for Xtina’s Xperience residency go on sale Saturday.

Before packing up her bedazzled baggage and heading to Las Vegas for her brand-new Xperience residency, Christina Aguilera stopped by the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif., on Thursday night time to provide followers a style what's to return when she units up store in Sin City.

In addition to performing a trio her largest hits for the intimate crowd — "Genie in a Bottle," "Beautiful" and "Fighter" — she additionally sat down with pal and fellow artist Elle King for a 20-minute-plus Q&A about why she selected to do a residency, her set checklist concepts up to now and extra.

Below, discover highlights from Aguilera's Xperience launch celebration:

Super Bowl?

Following her iHeart set on Thursday night time, Aguilera's cheeky look on Watch What Happens Live aired on Bravo, throughout which she Pleaded the Fifth when host Andy Cohen requested her concerning the chance becoming a member of Maroon 5 on the Super Bowl halftime present for his or her "Moves Like Jagger" collab. Well, one her followers within the iHeart crowd additionally had the Big Game on their thoughts, hollering "Super Bowl!" on the stage throughout a quiet second. "Well, you recognize, there's all the time time for that," she responded with amusing.

Crowd Participation

She's nonetheless within the planning phases her residency, however Aguilera is aware of she desires her Fighters to be the true stars her Vegas revue. "I'm very enthusiastic about utilizing all your senses and actually permitting the viewers to take part as a lot as attainable," she teased, including that whereas her lately wrapped Liberation Tour was all about her return to the stage, she desires the residency to place her followers center-stage.

The Request Line Is Open

We at Billboard have already compiled our fantasy Xperience set checklist (have a look, Christina!), and she or he's prepared on your requests too. "I'm nonetheless accepting concepts, and I'm open to that," she mentioned. "We're nonetheless making a set checklist. … I do wish to hearken to the followers."

The Holy Trinity

It appears protected to imagine that the three songs Aguilera carried out on Thursday night time might be included on that set checklist. She began issues out along with her 1999 breakthrough hit "Genie in a Bottle," and the night time's reside band actually reworked the tune from its unique snake-charmer pop vibe to a smoky nightclub rocker. Next up was her 2002 signature ballad "Beautiful," which she devoted to all of the Fighters on the market. And then she appropriately wrapped it up with one other Stripped hit, "Fighter" — a superbly highly effective ending to her vocal grasp class. "See you in Vegas!" she yelled to the gang to wrap up the night time.

Christina Aguilera: The Xperience is at present set for 16 dates in 2019: May 31, June 1, June 5, June 7, June eight, June 13, June 15, June 16, Sept. 20, Sept. 21, Sept. 24, Sept. 27, Sept. 28, Oct. 2 and Oct. four. Tickets go on sale Ticketmaster on Saturday.