Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nicole Scherzinger, "Pussycat Dolls" Legend

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Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and "The X Factor" judge. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the "Pussycat Dolls" girl group in the 2000s.

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Nicole was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She takes her last name from her stepfather, Gary Scherzinger, who adopted her, and Nicole basically was raised by her mother.

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Nicole is of Filipino descent on her father's side, and of half-Hawaiian and half-Ukrainian descent on her mother's (Rosemary Elikolani) side.

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Nicole began acting and singing as a child, and later sang in a low-profile band, Travis Meeks' "Days of the New." Nicole also did traditional regional theater, honing her singing skills in musicals such as "Guys and Dolls" and "Showboat." Ultimately, she parted with the band and looked for a new gig.

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Nicole auditioned for WB show "Popstars," which purported to follow a band's formation and (hopefully) great success. The WB auditions required Nicole to move to Los Angeles for consideration and, if she was accepted into the group, filming.

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Singing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Nicole passed the audition. Along with Ivette Sosa, Maile Misajon, Ana Maria Lombo and Rosanna Tavarez, Nicole became a part of new group "Eden's Crush."

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Eden's Crush went to work and released their debut single, " Get Over Yourself," in March 2001. Due to the publicity around the Popstars television show, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8 and the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart at No. 1.

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The group's debut album, appropriately titled "Popstars," debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was an auspicious debut, and the group went out on tour. However, by the end of the year the whirlwind ride was over and the group disbanded due to financial issues at the record label.

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Nicole considered various offers during 2002 and 2003, including one to join the Black Eyed Peas, but she decided to strike out on her own. In August 2003, Nicole brought a demo CD to Arista Records in New York City, but a rare citywide blackout occurred while she was there which spoiled her chance. She continued looking around and took various side gigs.

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Singer will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas remained a fan even though Nicole had turned down his offer to join his group. He put in a good word for Nicole with Jimmy Iovine, who was forming a new singing group based on his burlesque troupe, the Pussycat Dolls. Once again, Nicole went in for auditions.

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Once again, Nicole proved that she was awesome at auditions. Along with Melody Thornton joining Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt, she became a member of the new Pussycat Dolls girl group.

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Nicole continued with occasional side projects. For instance, she covered "Breakfast in Bed" for the soundtrack to Adam Sandler comedy "50 First Dates." However, Nicole became the lead singer of Pussycat Dolls, and she began focusing her efforts on that.

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Pussycat Dolls released their debut single, "Don't Cha," on April 19, 2005. Featuring Nicole's breathy vocals, it peaked on the Hot 100 singles chart at No. 2. The group released its debut album, "PCD" in September 2005. It was a big hit, with other popular songs such as "Stickwitu" and "Buttons."

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Nicole then began writing and recording solo material. Her single "Come to Me" became her first solo top ten hit, but later efforts did not do as well. Despite having recorded an entire album of material, she abandoned her solo career, did not release the album, and for the time being returned to Pussycat Dolls.

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Pussycat Dolls released a second album, "Doll Domination, on September 23, 2008. It did well, peaking at No. 4 on the album chart. It spawned two two twenty singles, "When I Grow Up" and "I Hate This Part," which actually were taken off Nicole's abortive solo album project. This led to a world tour, Doll Domination Tour, in 2009.

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By this point, Nicole was an established force in the industry. Pussycat Dolls disbanded, and she went on to various solo projects such as an appearance on television show Dancing with the Stars. Finally, in March, 2011, she released her debut solo album, "Killer Love." It was a minor success, and a single, "Right There," hit the top forty. Once again, it was time to look for a new gig.

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In June 2012, Nicole found her new gig: she was chosen to be a judge on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor UK." This lasted for a couple of years and was quite lucrative, though further attempts to establish a solo career came to naught.

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Sony Music Entertainment signed Nicole to a multimillion dollar deal in January 2014, which led to a recording contract with RCA Records. This led to her second solo studio album, which peaked at No. 17 on the UK Albums Chart. It was not a success, and RCA dropped her.

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Nicole then went back to doing random television projects and stage productions. She appeared on the West End in "Cats, did well on variety show "I Can Do That," and co-starred in a television movie remake of "Dirty Dancing" (2017) on ABC. Nicole remains a force in the music and acting fields, and continues her association with the "X Factor."


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