29 June 1978, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Nicole Elikolani Valiente Prescovia Scherzinger
The Lead Pussycat
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Nicole Scherzinger was born on June 29 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/I), where she earned the role of lead vocalist in the female pop group, "Eden's Crush".
Outside of her work with The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole recently performed with Japanese superstar, Yoshiki Hayashi, at the Tokyo International Forum of Japan and had guest appearances on "My Wife and Kids" (2001) and "Wanda at Large" (2003). Nicole also has a single, "Breakfast in Bed", out on Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates (2004) soundtrack.
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Mother was a professional hula dancer.
Former member of teen pop group "Eden's Crush".
Attended Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio
Is a member of The Pussycat Dolls.
Her ethnic background is: Half-Filipino, a quarter Russian and a quarter Hawaiian. She was born in Hawaii to a Filipino father who comes from the Batanes Island, Philippines. She grew up in a Louisville, Kentucky.
Even though she is Hawaiian, Filipino, and Russian, she played a Puerto Rican in 2003's Chasing Papi (2003).
Has a younger sister named Ke'ala.
Her mother's name is Rosemary, and her step-dad's name is Gary.
Joined the infamous Burlesque group, The Pussycat Dolls, under the stage name, Nicole Kea.
Opened for *NSYNC on their "Pop Odessey Tour" as a member of Eden's Crush.
Toured with Days of the New as a female background vocalist.
Has worked with the The Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes and Timberland.
Song "Don't Cha", with The Pussycat Dolls, went to number one in America.
She majored in theater during her college years and she's planning on going back to stage on Broadway.
She describes herself as a spiritual, hardworking and passionate person.
Her favorite bands are U2 and The Black Eyed Peas.
Her favorite movie is Napoleon Dynamite (2004).
Her favorite Pussycat Doll song from PCD is "Feelin' Good".
Ranked #22 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Often confused with Model/Actress Alexandra Cheron and vice versa because they look so much alike.
Auditioned for the musical, "Miss Saigon", because she was inspired by Lea Salonga. She did not know how she fared in the audition because by then, she was accepted as member of The Pussycat Dolls.
Once you stay true to just having a good time and being honest to your fans and your audience, you can't go wrong.
Dancing is another way to communicate. That's what separates The Pussycat Dolls from other groups.
Where Are They Now
(November 2006) Doing some final touches on her solo album due for release before Christmas
(October 2006) Working on The Pussycat Dolls' second album, that is due for release in the middle of next year.
Scherzinger considers herself to be a devout Catholic.After a three-year relationship and engagement to 311 singer, Nick Hexum, as well as a brief relationship with reality TV star, Talan Torriero, Scherzinger began dating 2008 Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton in 2008. She had met Hamilton at the European Music Awards in Munich in November 2007. They went public at the Monaco Grand Prix six months later. The couple split in January 2010 when they had been together for 20 months. However, in July 2011 Scherzinger’s father, Alfonso Valiente, confirmed the couple were engaged. And on Friday 21 October 2011, it was reported that the couple had split again. Scherzinger and Hamilton continued seeing each other though and on Friday 2 December 2011 their reunion was reported. The couple blamed their hectic lifestyles for the on-off relationship.
Over the past five years, Scherzinger has been ranked in Maxim's Hot 100 at 22 and 21 in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2008 she ranked at number 19 along with the Pussycat Dolls. In 2009 she ranked at number 49and in 2010 at number 24.
In December 2009 Scherzinger served as a celebrity judge on NBC's reality singing competition, The Sing-Off,along with singer-songwriter Ben Folds and Boyz II Men bandmember Shawn Stockman. The show was hosted by singer Nick Lachey. Scherzinger's role was to critique performances of the competitors and vote on eliminations in all but the final round, which was determined by audience vote. In the show finale, Scherzinger performed "You Don't Own Me" with competition finalists the Beelzebubs of Tufts University. She returned to her role as judge for a second season of The Sing-Off in December 2010, but did not return for a third season.
On March 1, 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season and would be partnered with Season 7 champion Derek Hough.On May 25, 2010 Scherzinger won Dancing with the Stars season 10.
On July 1, 2010, MTV reported the media mogul, Simon Cowell, had hired Scherzinger as a guest judge for the seventh series of the UK reality TV series The X Factor after regular judge, Dannii Minogue, went on maternity leave. According to The Daily Mail, she was one of several celebrities being considered for a role on the U.S. version of The X Factor, and so the role on the UK version served as an important screen test and opportunity to impress the producers.Following praise from the show's producers, Scherzinger was asked to return as a guest judge after it was discovered that Cole had contracted malaria and was unable to film the 'bootcamp' stages of the competition.Fellow judge and permanent panel member Louis Walsh praised Scherzinger, saying "My favourite though was Nicole who I had never met before. This girl has the X Factor in every way. She just got it, was incredibly impressive and ticked every box.The host of the show, Dermot O'Leary, also praised Scherzinger, saying she was his favourite guest judge. "She was brilliant, tailor-made for it and hilarious too. We were all stunned by her beauty.Scherzinger left her mark on the competition after she persuaded producers to change the ages of the judging categories. An X Factor spokesman told the media that "At Nicole's suggestion, and agreed by Simon and Louis, the boys' and girls' category age limit has been increased to 28. The judges believe this will strengthen the competition and talent.Additionally, it was reported that Scherzinger would be asked to help Cowell or Walsh during the "judges' houses" stages of the competition where each judge is given a category of acts to mentor and then, with the help of other celebrities and musicians, they choose three acts to take through the live finals.However, this proved to be wrong as Walsh chose Sharon Osbourne and and Cowell chose Sinitta.
On May 5, 2011, Scherzinger was announced as one of two co-hosts of the first season of Cowell's U.S. version of The X Factor alongside Steve Jones. On June 6, a Fox press release announced Scherzinger would replace Cheryl Cole, whose contract had been terminated. As a result, Scherzinger joined the judging panel alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid, leaving Jones to host The X Factor by himself. The show premiered on Fox on September 21, 2011.
On December 8, contestants Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty were in the bottom two and had to sing again to stay in the competition. Reid, Canty's mentor, voted to send Crow home and Cowell and Abdul voted to send Canty home, thus leaving Scherzinger with the deciding vote. She made a move that surprised everyone involved by sending the vote to deadlock, meaning that the act who received the fewest number of public votes would be sent home. This was a controversial move because Canty had been in the bottom two for three weeks in a row, while Crow, who was long favored to make the final, had never before been in the bottom two. When Jones announced the result, Crow was revealed to have received fewer votes and was sent home, after which she and Scherzinger both broke into tears. Scherzinger was also booed by the studio audience after refusing to comment afterwards.In an interview with E! Online, Cowell revealed that Scherzinger took the result to deadlock because she thought Canty had received the fewest votes.Cowell's statement was later confirmed by Scherzinger, according to The Hollywood Reporter.