Nicole Scherzinger – ‘I’ve always had a fighter’s spark in me’
Nicole Scherzinger (Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente) was born on June 29, 1978 in Honolulu, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. While attending a performing arts high school, she won the Coca-Cola Classic Talent Contest and performed in many plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. She then furthered her studies majoring in theater arts at Wright State University before entering the premiere season of the WB’s television show, Popstars (2000), where she earned the role of lead vocalist in the female pop group, “Eden’s Crush”.
Nicole Scherzinger is most recognized as the voice behind the Pussycat Dolls and was known under the stage name Nicole Kea. According to Nicole ”Dancing is another way to communicate. That’s what separates The Pussycat Dolls from other groups.” Nicole states that she was very conservative in her wardrobe and the biggest challenge was wearing those cabaret costumes. She didn’t feel comfortable showing her legs and butt, chest and midriff. She came from a strong religious background, and she had a very conservative upbringing. Her mom was very strict about how she dressed and how behaved.
‘It’s not the easiest thing in the world to sing and dance at the same time, which is why I’m grateful to be able to do both.’
Scherzinger’s television and music video impact has also been acknowledged in pop culture where she is known for her music videos, which often incorporate raunchy outfits and dance breaks. Critics generally favor Scherzinger’s intricate choreography. She is considered a sex symbol through her music videos. Simon Cowell praised Scherzinger’s performance ability, respectively calling her “one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen” and “if you want an example of how you do it right… its Nicole. It’s focus, performance, vocals…
She definitely have the eye of the tiger. Nicole fought her way to where she is now and continue to do so. Nicole states about her success as: ‘I’m a hard worker – I get it from my family. We only know work. Nothing was handed to us. When I believe in something, I go after it. It’s very hard to tell me ‘no.’ I’m always been too hard on myself to behave like I’ve arrived or even to enjoy whatever success I’ve had. I’ve always envisioned myself higher than where I was and I still do. With each success I think, ‘That’s nice but I’m supposed to go there!’
In 2011, Scherzinger was named as a permanent replacement for Cheryl Cole as a judge on the American version of The X Factor, along with fellow panelists Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. It was a last minute addition to US: The X Factor (2004) after Cheryl was dropped. In 2007, Nicole was ranked #22 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100.
”When you break a sweat you just feel great. You’ve got your endorphins going. You feel better. You look better. And if you aren’t able to get a workout in, try to find a steam room somewhere. You just look and feel so much better after a sweat.”