Christina Aguilera Defends Her ‘X Factor’ Performance

'I don't think there is such a thing as too raunchy when it comes to the art form of burlesque,' singer says.

Christina Aguilera once went by the moniker Xtina, but apparently that didn’t give her permission to be racy when she performed on “The X Factor” this week. The Daily Express reports that her performance of “Express” from her Golden Globe-nominated movie “Burlesque” received more than 1,000 complaints after Aguilera and her dancers shimmied around on the stage provocatively during the prime-time broadcast.

But Aguilera is standing by the performance. “I don’t think there is such a thing as too raunchy when it comes to the art form of burlesque,” the singer explained at the U.K. premiere of the film. “It’s very empowering to women to feel confident in their own skin and in their bodies and this represents that. Everyone in the spotlight is judged and there are many opinions out there, but I stick true to what I believe in.”

While that performance may have left a bad taste in some people’s mouths, Aguilera also hit the stage with “X Factor” contestant Rebecca Ferguson, who said that performing “Beautiful” with the singer was a career high. “She’s an amazing artist. I was so starstruck,” she told Echo.co.uk. “I still can’t believe I got to sing with her.”

Ferguson added that Aguilera helped calm her nerves before the performance. “We rehearsed it through and I was worried I would sing her lyrics, so she said we would work it out onstage. She told me to keep eye contact with her,” she said. “I thought she was really sweet. I liked her. Don’t get me wrong, she was a professional, but at the same time, she didn’t have to record a good luck message for me.”