August 10, 2011

X Factor ‘Reality Queen’ Nicole Scherzinger For Marie Claire Magazine September 2011

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Nicole Scherzinger is in the September edition of Marie Claire magazine. The issue contains a great new photospread as well as a new interview where she dishes on her new music and her new role on the X Factor. Nicole says the X Factor is like a “rollercoaster ride”. More below…

Not that this moment hasn’t been hard-won. Back before sleep was so tough to come by, it was her parents’ work ethic — her dad was a welder, her mom an office worker — and a worn-out Whitney Houston cassette tape that inspired what Cowell calls her ruthless ambition. “I definitely have the eye of the tiger,” says Scherzinger, 33. “I’ve fought my way to where I am and will continue to do so. I’m a hard worker — I get it from my family. We only know work. Nothing was handed to us. When I believe in something, I go after it. It’s very hard to tell me ‘no.'”

It’s not a word she hears often. Born in Hawaii (check out those hula moves in her “Right There” video with 50 Cent) and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Scherzinger went to a performing arts school, competed in state-fair talent shows, and climbed into a lion mascot suit at Kentucky Kingdom, a theme park. “It was disgusting — so hot! — and the smell,” she laughs. “You couldn’t get enough Febreeze.”

Scherzinger is a reality-show veteran: She won Popstars at age 23 — which landed her a spot in the girl group Eden’s Crush — and, most recently, carted home the 2010 trophy on Dancing With the Stars.

But it was last spring that the sticky-sweet Scherzinger pulled off a career-making coup: replacing British judge Cheryl Cole on the American edition of The X Factor. Whatever tensions there may have been on set (Cole was mysteriously dumped — no one’s talking) seem to have departed with Cole, as Scherzinger reveals that fellow judges Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid all share a dressing room backstage. “Simon calls it the judges’ lounge — everything’s open — so we all goof around, eat, and get ready in the same place.” It’s a dream come true for Scherzinger, who used to sleep in an Abdul nightshirt. “I’m the luckiest person to get a front-row ticket to the Simon and Paula show,” she says of the bizarre pairing. “This whole thing has felt like a roller-coaster ride.”

For more, go to MarieClaire.com and be sure to pick up the new issue of Marie Claire which hits news stands on August 16th.

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