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Cher and Christina Aguilera appear in scenes from Burlesque. - Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures

Cher praises Christina Aguilera's acting in 'Burlesque'

11/10/2010 by Corinne Heller

Cher praises Christina Aguilera's acting skills in their new musical film "Burlesque", which sees the "Genie in a Bottle" singer making her on-screen debut as a small-town girl who moves to Los Angeles and begins working in a club as a waitress, aiming to one day perform on stage.

The movie also stars Kristen Bell of "Veronica Mars" fame, Stanley Tucci and Peter Gallagher and hits theaters on November 24.

"I own this club, and we're not doing well even though it's a fabulous place because of the economy, and Christina comes out of nowhere," Cher told MTV News on Monday at the Glamour Women of the Year event. "All she does is keep and needling me, needling me, and then I make a decision to kind of step aside and make her into this star."

"The scenes that she and I had together, I really enjoyed, and I really believe that she's got definite chops," Cher, a singer-actress herself, said about Aguilera's acting. "We worked well together. I enjoyed all of it, and she was toe-to-toe with me the whole time. But everybody's good." Stanley Tucci's in it and Peter Gallagher and Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough, and so everyone's really good in it."

"The scenes that she and I had together, I really enjoyed, and I really believe that she's got definite chops," Cher, a singer-actress herself, said about Aguilera's acting. "We worked well together. I enjoyed all of it, and she was toe-to-toe with me the whole time. But everybody's good." Stanley Tucci's in it and Peter Gallagher and Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough, and so everyone's really good in it."

"Burlesque"'s screenwriter and director is Steven Antin, an actor who famously played Jessie in Rick Springfield's 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl".
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