PARTNER: Derek Hough
BACKGROUND: Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s a singer, songwriter, trained actress, performer and the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. Nicole was asked to join the Pussycat Dolls recording group as the lead singer after being recognized from her success on the TV show Popstars and the group Eden’s Crush.
The Pussycat Dolls 2006 debut album PCD went double-platinum in America and sold over nine million copies worldwide with several Top-10 hits songs including Don't Cha, Buttons and Stickwitu. Following the success of PCD, Nicole recorded a series of duets and guest vocal appearances with artists such as P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Vittorio and several others.
Nicole also released two solo singles and videos before recording the second Pussycat Dolls Album, Doll Domination, which has sold over 5 million copies containing hits like When I Grow Up and I Hate This Part. She has toured the globe as a headline act for over six years, playing stadiums and arenas and appearing on countless TV shows worldwide.
In 2009, Nicole recorded an adaptation of the AR Rahman Song Jai Ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire. The song hit #1 in 17 different countries. Nicole is currently writing and recording new songs for release in 2010 while pursuing her love for acting and musical theater. With such a busy schedule, we're sure glad she found time to do a little Dancing with the Stars!
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