Nicole Scherzinger, yes the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer and X-Factor judge, should probably keep a few things regarding her career on the low, and by the low we mean never speaking of it. Ever. In no way does it benefit her to admit to passing on three songs that went on to become major hits for artists smart enough not to turn them down. Read more…
This Sunday at 9/8c on VH1, Behind The Music puts a spotlight on Nicole Scherzinger. Tune-in at 9/8c to get the story behind her rise to fame with the Pussycat Dolls, her struggle with an eating disorder and her love of Whitney Houston — “People don’t even know the story,” she teases. Catch a sneak peek of the show’s first act above!
“I used to tell myself that I must be an artist because I am f-ed up,” Scherzinger laughs, recalling her bumpy road to stardom. This first act finds Nicole back in the studio where she first auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls all those years ago, this time laying down vocals for her forthcoming sophomore solo album. Music — or as she calls it, “prescription music” — has long served as her “emotional outlet,” helping her through eating disorders and identity issues before propelling her to unthinkable heights with the Dolls.
Growing up in the Midwest with dark Polynesian, she always felt “less than.” And so she picked up a mic, honing her skills in school plays, at local fairs and as back-up singer for a rock band. Onstage she “felt accepted,” she says. “And that’s when I knew, I must not suck at this. We might have something going on here.”
“Oh man, i hope I don’t get in trouble for what I say,” she says in the end, so be sure to tune in when Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger airs on Sunday, October 7th at 9/8c.
This Sunday, VH1′s Behind The Music goes long on The Pussycat Doll‘s Nicole Scherzinger. Before then, we went Behind The Song: “Jai Ho,” a song that she says, “was unique, it was different, it was tribal” — and, with a huge smile — “and it really felt like me!”
Scherzinger was still out on tour with the Pussycat Dolls when she was asked to help spin “Jai Ho,” the A.R. Rahman composed hit from Slumdog Millionaire, into something a little sexier. “Okay, you want me to take ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire and you want me to turn it into a sexy pop song for the Pussycat Dolls,” she recalls, all the initial disbelieve still intact. And so, ducking into studios between tour stops and in spare moments, she got to work. “We still kept the deep roots to it, and then added some sprinkles around it,” she explains. “I was really honored to be a part of that whole project.”
But the feeling was not exactly mutual, and her fellow Dolls were less than pleased by her attempt to stake her own. Drama ensued, but Scherzinger wasn’t about to let that get in the way of her dreams: “I wanted to do my music, nothing was going to stop me.”
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger premieres on Sunday, September 23 at 9/8c on VH1.