Continued Lucca, "I think the world of her as a talent. I think she's phenomenal, and it would certainly elevate my game a bit."
Following Monday night's tension-filled performance show, however, Lucca seems like he's changed his mind about the Grammy winner.
After the singer took to the stage to cover Jay-Z's "99 Problems" for his final performance of the season, Aguilera--who previously failed to recognize her former costar from their Mickey Mouse Club days, and who later called his skillset "one dimensional"--knocked his and Adam Levine's song choice.
Directing the audience's attention to Lucca's wife and daughter, seated front-row, Aguilera told him she believed "the lyrical connotation was a little derogatory towards women, but all in all I thought it was fun."
An angry Levine defended his finalist's number. "We're not referring to women, we're referring to everything," he shot back. "It's called a metaphor."
After the show, Lucca opened up to Us backstage about Aguilera's criticism.