We’d never have guessed it from all the ‘kinis and dominatrix fits, but Nicole Scherzinger wasn’t always comfortable flossin’ that bangin’ bawwwwdy. The former “Pussycat Dolls” singer is featured in the new issue of Marie Claire (hits newsstands Tuesday August 16), talking about how she used to sleep in a Paula Abdul nightshirt, getting damn near naked for The Pussycat Dolls and being a nerd.
Check out some excerpts below:
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.”
On Her Work Ethic:
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.’”
On Going Solo And Pussycat Dolls:
And while The X Factor gig will raise her name recognition, it’s talking about Killer Love that really wakes her up. “With the Pussycat Dolls, I had four other girls to fall back on — we were a gang, a team, and that gives you extra confidence. Now I’m bringing it all on my own,” she says. Even if that took some practice: “I cried when I saw my first Pussycat Doll costume. It was my first photo shoot, and I wasn’t used to wearing clothes like that,” Scherzinger says of her skimpy outfits. Remind her of the catsuit she was sewn into for a performance last year on British X Factor, though, and the former theater nerd laughs at how far she’s come. “Crazy, isn’t it? My friends from high school were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, our sweet little Nicole!’” she says. “It’s growing up, though, right? I’m a woman, and it’s part of owning what you are.” She hugs a couch pillow before another yawn escapes. “I’ve been working toward this my whole life. This album is my dream. Everything is timing. My music is the driving engine, and The X Factor is where I can give back to the contestants — pay it forward, since I got my start on reality shows. I’m ready to take it all on.”
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So what happened to Ross walking Manny out before the fight Saturday night? Everybody was looking for The Cop and out comes Jimi Jamison doing “Eye of The Tiger”. If I was gonna speculate, I’d say Manny probably barked on his handlers after his meeting with Ross the other day:
“Who the fuck was that fat guy I just met? I told you I wanted Freeway Ricky Ross to walk me out! Somebody get the “Eye of the Tiger” guy on the phone!
UPDATE: Warner rep says Ross absence due to an “issue with the promoter”
"Here's what people don't realize and here's what I've noticed: She's very, very much in control of what she records, how she sounds, how she portrays herself on the record. There's no grand master puppeteering — that's kind of a myth. She knows what she's going to cut. She's not going to sing anything she doesn't want to and she has this amazing ability when she gets behind the mic. It's like eye of the tiger."
-Producer and songwriter Claude Kelly, discussing Britney Spears' confident work in the studio during the sessions for Femme Fatale. Kelly, who wrote "Gasoline" (one of the key tracks on the just-released album), explained to MTV News just how impressed he was at Spears' attitude in the studio and her approach to the work.
"Her rhythm is spot-on. You tell her, 'This part needs to be sexy,' and she's like, 'I got it already,'" he explained. "It's that rare ability that only really true artists have to get into character and to sell a theme and that's what she's good at. ... I think because she's been out for so long, people forget the evolution of her career. When you're in the studio with her, you quickly get reminded about how versatile she is and how clever she is. She's a show-woman."
To see more about what Spears has to say about fame and her life as a pop star, don't miss the "Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale" special, which airs Sunday, April 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.