The Voice is a real Mickey Mouse operation, according to Christina Aguilera.
And she means that as a compliment.
"This is a huge platform for (the competitors) to do whatever they want to do after the show and the season ends - it's really just an amazing school," says Aguilera, who returns to one of the judge's chairs on The Voice for the fifth season, beginning Monday on NBC and CTV.
"It's almost like, for me, comparing it to, I had great training on The Mickey Mouse Club.
"I didn't even know what was going on or what was happening, I was just being a kid and having fun and living in the moment. Years later, so many successes have come out of that. It wasn't that particular show that made it. But man, you know, you just have to take in every single experience."
Aguilera, now 32, clearly has gone on to international fame following her time on The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1995. The Voice hasn't really produced a post-show star yet, but Aguilera has some Mickey Mouse analysis on that subject matter, too.
"Sometimes it's not like everything needs to be boom, boom, boom, then record deal, then No. 1 success," Aguilera says. "It doesn't happen like that. It didn't happen that way for me, either.
"Like, for instance, I (mentioned) my experience with The Mickey Mouse Club, the alumni from that show, you have huge names - Britney (Spears), Justin (Timberlake), Ryan Gosling, all these names come from that show. But right after the show, did we rocket to success? No. It takes time.
"You have training camps. You absorb like a sponge in this business every single opportunity and every single piece of advice and thinking that you have around you. It's up to you to sort of use that opportunity and take it to the next level."
Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are returning to The Voice after taking the winter season off, having left mainstays Blake Shelton and Adam Levine with newcomers Shakira and Usher. The latter duo will return next winter.
"I do this between albums, too, and I'm the type of person that I cannot live in front of a camera 24 hours a day," Aguilera says.
"I have to take breaks and stay connected with myself. I think it's important so that you can then be your best on camera and find your own happiness with it.
"I'm a mom, and you know, when the cameras go off, I go home. I put on sweats and a T"'shirt, and the red lips come off, everything. I check out and I'm mom. And I needed some time. I needed some time to do that.
"But mom's got to pay the bills."
That's something Mickey Mouse definitely understands.