Nicole Scherzinger is a triple threat. Not only is she the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, she's an international pop sensation in her own right. An X Factor judge and accomplished model, Nicole has become one of the most popular celebrities in the UK. (This interview was conducted in January this year). Interview by Warren Higgins
Are you pleased wth the reaction to your debut album here, as obviously the UK seems to hold a soft spot for you?
Oh my gosh, I am beyond pleased, it means everything to me. I’m so happy, I’m so excited and I’m so grateful. I mean I had my first number one single in the UK, and am very fortunate to have five singles there from this album so far and I’m so grateful for my UK fans, Pussycat Dolls fans and the X factor fans there.
Are there plans for any new material?
I’m always in the studio, we repackaged the album I believe late last year, I added four extra songs – Try With Me, Right There featuring 50 Cent, Trust Me I Lie, and Tomorrow Never Dies, which is a really cool song as well. I’ve been in the studio even though I was doing X factor in the US last year - I was in the studio every other night, and we had music coming out. So after this Killer Love album there’s gonna be another album, and I’m never gonna stop! As long as there are fans and the people connect and love it and will have me I will continue to do it.
When you’re touring do you get the chance to look around and be a bit of a tourist or is it straight in, sound check, gig and then straight on to the next town?
It’s on to the next one. You get acquainted with the hotel, the tour bus, the airport, the venues, so honestly you judge the towns by the people in the crowd!
Because you go down so well with the British public would there be scope for a bigger tour, perhaps next year?
That’s my goal, that’s my dream, that’s why I’m putting my own money into this tour and that’s why I’ve been preparing for it. That’s my ultimate dream – to have a world tour, but also a bigger UK tour. But you’ve got to start somewhere and I’m honoured that I get to start in the theatres and that the fans are going to come out for it. I can guarantee these shows are going to be so great that fans will be wanting more so I’ll be back!
Speaking of theatre, you did musical theatre at college and obviously at the Royal Variety Performance you blew everybody away with some of your renditions. Would you like to do a full run some day on Broadway or London’s West End in a musical?
Absolutely, theatre has a big part of my heart. There’s nothing like the stage, and that’s why I was honoured to play Christine in the Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Variety show. It’s just rewarding, as an artist, for me to be able to have that outlet and to do that part of me that I love.
How does it feel to be a judge on X Factor seeing as you came through a similar route yourself when you were younger?
Absolutely. First of all, after starting out on a show like that I’ve come full circle, and I feel like that gave me an advantage because for me as an artist I could empathise with the other contestants. I know what they were going through, I know how they feel and I know how much it really means to them, so I am able to go from that empathetic point of view. I love that the UK really welcomed me with open arms.