Ni­cole Scherzinger

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Celebrity -

2017: Penny, Dirty Danc­ing re­make, ABC 2016-present: Judge, The X Fac­tor, ITV “I can em­pathise with the con­tes­tants, be­cause I’ve been there my­self. But, be­cause of that, I am tougher on them – I know what it takes if you want to make it.” 2016: Voice of Sina, Moana

“I have al­ways wanted to be a Dis­ney char­ac­ter. It was a riot record­ing in the stu­dio. There was one scene where I needed to sound like I was run­ning to­wards Moana to give her a hug. I closed my eyes and lost my­self in the moment and ended up on the other side of the room nowhere near the mic. Ev­ery­one laughed.” 2014: Big Fat Lie al­bum re­leased 2014: Griz­abella, Cats, Lon­don 2012-2013: Judge, The X Fac­tor 2011: Judge, The X Fac­tor USA (re­placed Ch­eryl Cole) 2011: Re­leases de­but solo al­bum, Killer Love “Af­ter The Dolls, I recorded so many al­bums and I wish I could have put them out for the fans. They were my ba­bies, and I worked with ev­ery­one from Kanye West to Tim­ba­land. It would have been nice to share them. It was hard when that mu­sic didn’t come out, but I got to re­lease a few in the UK.” 2010: Wins US TV show Danc­ing With The Stars 2009: The Pussy­cat Dolls go on a hia­tus 2005: The Pussy­cat Dolls re­lease Don’t Cha. It goes to num­ber two on the Bill­board Hot 100 “I wish I could go back in time and take it all in more. It hap­pened so fast. The Pussy­cat Dolls are a big part of who I am. I would love to tour at the right time – I miss hav­ing a girl gang around.” 2003: Be­comes lead singer of The Pussy­cat Dolls “I heard about the au­di­tions through my friend Anna-Maria from Eden’s Crush. She asked to stay with me in LA be­cause she was try­ing out for this band. I said, ‘I want to au­di­tion, too!’ With­out her, I wouldn’t have been in the The Pussy­cat Dolls.” 2001: Eden’s Crush re­lease de­but sin­gle, Get Over Your­self “I moved to LA with Eden’s Crush and had to grow up a lot. We went on tour with Jes­sica Simp­son and *NSync, and I got a lot of record­ing ex­pe­ri­ence out of it. I learned a lot.” 2001: Au­di­tions for Pop­stars. Wins a spot as a fi­nal­ist in girl group Eden’s Crush “It was a jar­ring ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing from a shel­tered life to liv­ing with a group of girls I didn’t know and hav­ing a cam­era there. But it was awe­some.” 1999: Vo­cal­ist, Days Of The New

ED­U­CA­TION

Ma­jor in The­atre, Mi­nor in Dance, Wright State Univer­sity, Ohio

“I started to get lead roles, and the other stu­dents were like, ‘We’re not hav­ing that.’ I spoke in a high-pitched voice to be less threat­en­ing. I wanted peo­ple to like me.” Youth Per­form­ing Arts School, duPont Man­ual High School, Ken­tucky

“I’d al­ways felt dif­fer­ent, but here, ev­ery­one was so ac­cept­ing of each other.” Bowen Ele­men­tary, Ken­tucky

“I was in­cred­i­bly awk­ward and shy. Peo­ple used to call me a cry baby at school, be­cause I was so sen­si­tive. Sen­si­tive and a per­fec­tion­ist – a toxic com­bi­na­tion.” ◆

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