NICOLE THE REAL DEAL
within the group and they disbanded in 2009.
She continued to pursue her pop solo career, but a lucrative side-hustle emerged when she was signed up as a judge of the shortlived American talent show
in late 2009.
She won season 10 of
and then was courted to co-host the launch series of
switching to the judging panel to replace Cheryl Cole.
supremo Simon Cowell then shifted her to the UK franchise to take Kelly Rowland’s vacant spot.
Her popularity and rapport with audiences has kept her in television jobs ever since, including the fi rst season of the bonkers new format
which will launch here soon on Ten.
Scherzinger says it took some time to feel comfortable with the switch from pop artist to presenter.
“I think it took me a few years to get really comfortable and come into my own, and also to be a great ambassador for artists and contestants now I was on the other side,” she says.
“At the same time, despite what some might think or attempt to stereotype me as, I am down-toearth, I’m extremely relatable and I was fi nally able to showcase the other side of who I am, my sense of humour and how I want to serve and give back to others. I really care about these people.”
Switching between formats has also kept her own enthusiasm levels high.
Those behind the scenes on describe her as effervescent and passionate.
“Everything is new for me with this show so I’m excited, really excited. Every time I come to these shows, I’m not jaded, I feel like I’m seeing it all for the fi rst time.”
Ask her how she feels about her fellow judges and she gushes, but not with saccharine platitudes.
Scherzinger has a fi nely honed BS detector after a couple of decades working in the music and TV industries and is also keenly aware bad chemistry among judges will turn viewers off.
“I get along pretty well with most humans. In this situation, you have to make it work and have a great chemistry; people feel that at home,” she says.
“But I don’t have to make anything work on this panel, I truly adore them. With Manu, I didn’t know how funny he was, how much of a team player he is; Shane is making us laugh constantly and Lucy is a Disney princess brought to life, she’s sweet as pie and that shows in her spirit.”
Ratings will ultimately determine whether the latest incarnation of has legs and will keep Scherzinger coming back to Australia.
The future also depends on her day job, with the singer posting recently that she is back in the studio and working on new music.
“I am very grateful for the show. My heart and soul is music and every chance I get in my schedule, I am doing a writing session or getting into a studio.”
“I have so much music. But times have changed so much with streaming, it was about albums and it’s now all about singles, so I guess I have to evolve and let go of some of this music.
“It’s not about wanting to be out there competing or trying to be cool or relevant.
“It’s got to touch people at the right time.”