Christina Aguilera has heaped praise on pop rival Paris Hilton for having the guts to try her hand at music. The hotel heiress released debut single STARS ARE BLIND earlier this year (06) and was panned by critics and musicians alike for the effort. However, Aguilera insists new artists are always "welcome" in the industry and doesn't mind the competition. She says, "There are always going to be other records and other singers out there, and years from now I'm sure there'll be the next Christina Aguilera coming up. "I welcome it. "I think it's great that Paris goes for what she wants."