Nicole Scherzinger, American singer with Russian roots
Nicole Scherzinger (Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente) was born on June 29, 1978.
Nicole is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, record producer, model, television personality and actress. Scherzinger is well known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls.
Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. Her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, and her mother, Rosemary, is mixed Hawaiian and Russian descent, as Nicole’s grandmother was Russian while her grandfather is Hawaiian.
In 2003, Scherzinger received the position as lead front woman, leading the all-girl group to fame with their debut single, “Don’t Cha” which went straight to number one in over 17 countries, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. With the release of the group’s first album, PCD (2005), Scherzinger scored the girls many more hits, including “Stickwitu”, “Buttons” and “Beep”.
After leaving the group in December 2010, Scherzinger began a solo career with the release of her debut studio album “Killer Love”. The album’s second single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, marking her first number one hit as a solo artist.
Scherzinger became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010. In 2011, Scherzinger was a judge on the first season of The X Factor USA before being axed after one season.
As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair’s Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.
In 2001 Scherzinger competed in the premiere season of The WB’s television show, Popstars, on which she earned a spot in the all-girl pop group Eden’s Crush.
Scherzinger was approached to be the fourth member of The Black Eyed Peas, but was forced to decline because she was a member of Eden’s Crush and was under contract.
After the disbanding of Eden’s Crush, Scherzinger made a few promotional solo appearances under the stage name of Nicole Kea, including covering “Breakfast in Bed” for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates in 2003.
From 2006 til late 2008 Scherzinger had been working on her debut album which was titled Her Name Is Nicole. She recorded/wrote about 75–100 songs for the album which was supposed to be released in 2007 before being pushed to October 16, 2008 and later into 2009 before being shelved.
Scherzinger confirmed that she has done one song with Slash for his solo album Slash released in April 2010. On February 1, 2010 along with other artists Scherzinger had re-recorded “We Are the World”, a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The song debuted during NBC’s coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
After being a judge on the The X Factor, Scherzinger was let go from the competition series, as Fox Broadcasting Company and Simon Cowell were venturing into “re-imaging” the show. Shortly after, she embarked on her very first solo tour in Europe and Asia in early 2012, promptly titled the Killer Love Tour. She confirmed that she is currently working on a new album and has plans to release a brand new international single over the summer with 2012 being all about her music.
Scherzinger has made minor appearances as an actress. She appeared in the TV comedy, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and the 2003 film, Love Don’t Cost a Thing.
She also made an appearance in the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, as herself. In 2010 Scherzinger appeared in the How I Met Your Mother episode “Glitter”, as Robin Scherbatsky’s former best friend, Jessica Glitter. She has also recorded a version of “GoldenEye” — the theme song of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye — for the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007.
In 2006 she made a “Bench Body” brand underwear commercial in the Philippines, and in October 2008 she promoted Clear Shampoo and Conditioner.
She appeared in a Nike shoe commercial with basketball player LeBron James. In 2010 she made a commercial for the C&A campaign. She appeared on the covers of numerous Cosmopolitan editions (British, Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Italian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mexican, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and others). Scherzinger frequently has appeared in FHM Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #49 in 2006, #22 in 2007, #49 in 2008, #60 in 2009, and #73 in 2010. In 2011, she jumped 64 places to rank #9.
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. 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. On October 21, 2011 it was reported that the couple had split again. Scherzinger and Hamilton continued seeing each other, confirmed their reunion on December 2, 2011. The couple blamed their hectic lifestyles for the on-off relationship.