Edit In , Scherzinger was hired by Days of the New band leader Travis Meeks, to contribute vocals on their self-tilted second studio album and later dropped out of college to tour through the US in support of the album. Meeks claims that after touring, the two grew apart creatively and that despite being an "amazing entertainer," she "just didn't seem to understand music very well … she's just not much of a musician, nor [does she] understand music.
With the aim to chronicle the group's formation until the recording of their debut album, Warner Bros. Initially hesitant at the idea of joining a group, she then opted otherwise as she saw it as an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles. Their debut single, "Get Over Yourself" was released on March and debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot and became the first female act to debut at number one on the Hot Singles Sales chart.
Their debut studio album, Popstars debuted at number six on the Billboard chart. They went on to tour with 'N Sync and Jessica Simpson, but by the end of the year their label went bankrupt and disbanded. During this time, will. The Pussycat Dolls Edit With hopes of scoring a solo recording contract, she peddled a demo CD to labels under her Hawaiian family name, Nicole Kea, because it was easier to pronounce.
Her performance was interrupted by a citywide blackout and she was forced to leave. She also did a brief detour into acting which includes a cameo in the independent comedy, Love Don't Cost a Thing. Meanwhile, Robin Antin, the creator of the burlesque troupe, the Pussycat Dolls, struck a joint venture with Interscope Records and along with record producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair, launched an open audition for a separate recording group.
She was required to wear a bra, underwear and garters; however, Scherzinger wasn't comfortable in her own body. Her struggle with the eating disorder would last for eight years, during which she would keep to herself. As the lead singer, Scherzinger assumed the majority of the vocals and is the only member of the group to have songwriting credits on their debut album, PCD which was released in September The album was preceded by "Don't Cha" which became their international breakthrough, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot Once finishing recording the group's debut album, Scherzinger began working on her solo album.
In February , Scherzinger signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, which would cover her future songwriting. Her work as lead singer furthered Scherzinger's popularity as she continued to work on her own music. In March , Scherzinger announced that her debut studio album would be titled Her Name is Nicole and was initially scheduled for a release in late summer.
Four singles were released from the project—"Whatever U Like" featuring T. After a number of push backs, Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album and at her request, Her Name Is Nicole was eventually shelved and shifted back her focus on the Doll's second album. In February , Scherzinger along with a variety of other celebrities contributed to will.
It was released in the United States on September 23, and peaked at number four on the Billboard Both songs were originally recorded for Scherzinger's solo effort. The following year, the Pussycat Dolls embarked on a worldwide concert tour, Doll Domination Tour which began on January 18, While on tour, Scherzinger was asked to re-write pop version of "Jai Ho" from the movie Slumdog Millionaire The song was entitled "Jai Ho!
You Are My Destiny " crediting A. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls while Scherzinger was credited as a featured artist causing an internal strife within the group. The song reached number one in 17 countries; in the US, it peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot , after charging eighty-five places consequently making the largest weekly leap from number After the tour concluded in August , the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers.
She returned for the second season before being replaced by Sara Bareilles. Her performance in the musical received praise from critics, Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times stated that "Scherzinger's powerhouse voice was meant for venues like the Bowl.
The album experienced moderate success in certain territories; on the UK Albums Chart the album debuted and peaked at number eight and by November it sold , copies. The latter one was remixed featuring 50 Cent and released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love; however the release was never materialized.
It peaked at number thirty-nine, remaining her highest charting single on the Billboard Hot as a lead artist. She generated further controversy and received backlash after sending the result to deadlock in week 7 which resulted in Rachel Crow's elimination.
She mentored the Over 30s; her final act, Josh Krajcik, was named the runner-up of the season. Meanwhile, Killer Love was re-released with four additional songs, including the fifth and final single, "Try with Me" and embarked on her first headlining tour in February Scherzinger appeared as Boris' Girlfriend in the 3D comic science fiction-action film Men in Black 3, which was released on May 25, through Columbia Pictures.
Whilst planning to release a new album worldwide in November, Scherzinger unveiled that she had doubts about returning for the tenth series of The X Factor UK as the promotion for the album would clash with the live stages of the singing competition. She ultimately decided to return as a judge and scrapped the album "Boomerang" was associated with. Scherzinger's second studio album, Big Fat Lie was released in October. Commercially the album didn't perform well on the UK Albums Chart spending two weeks inside the top peaking at number The album was preceded by the singles "Your Love", "Run" and "On the Rocks"; the foremost peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and was a moderate success on other international markets.
In December, Scherzinger made her West End debut starring as Grizabella in the revival of the musical Cats at the London Palladium where she played the role for a week run until February 8, ; her performance received rave reviews from critics particularly praising her rendition of the song standard "Memory" and garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
On June 30, Scherzinger was crowned as the winner of the variety show I Can Do That where six celebrities compete with each other by performing skills that they never knew they had. Scherzinger was set to reprise Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats but a week before rehearsal she quit after producers refused to give her top billing. She mentored the Boys category for the second time, with Matt Terry winning the series. Scherzinger voiced Sina in the animated feature Vaiana which was released on November 23, through Walt Disney Pictures.
She has also recorded a version of "GoldenEye" — the theme song of the Bond film GoldenEye — for the video game GoldenEye She also appeared in character form in the computer game Asphalt: Urban GT 2 in November Greatest Hits and SingStar. In December , Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series. From to , Scherzinger was the ambassador for Herbal Essences. In March , Scherzinger was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow.
In March , Scherzinger designed and released her very own clothing line for the fashion company Missguided and can be seen on their website. Playbill confirmed Scherzinger as a cast member in Two Lost Worlds, a musical billed as "an epic tale of an ancient people saved by one woman. Philanthropy Edit Besides her career in music, Scherzinger has also contributed to various charities.
On July 7, , Scherzinger, together with other artists, performed at the Live Earth Concerts, which were held to raise awareness of global warming in the United Kingdom.
Reid, to support "Stand Up to Cancer". In September , Scherzinger raised money for a charity fundraiser to assist breast cancer research in Australia with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Following the Haiti earthquake, along with other artists, she recorded "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", which benefited people affected by the tragedy. Scherzinger has also performed for many music events that donated to charities such as performing alongside Lea Michele for a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Los Angeles.
In February , Scherzinger attended the third annual Women in Music event which benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools.
Scherzinger says she enjoys her charitable endeavors so much, the work has ceased to be selfless and become a mere pursuit of her own pleasure, "I don't know if it's selfish because I get so much fulfillment out of it, but it excites me to be with special-needs kids and families. My aunt has Down's syndrome so it's very close to my heart," says Scherzinger.
In March , Scherzinger contributed to Comic Relief, which aims to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which [we] believe requires investing in work that addresses people's immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice". Scherzinger has also contributed to human trafficking charities such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking where, in May , she participated in the "From Slavery to Freedom" event to raise money.
In November , Scherzinger was announced as the global ambassador of the Special Olympics for which she recorded "O Holy Night" for the edition of A Very Special Christmas with all proceeds benefiting the organization. They dated and later became engaged, but broke off the engagement in Scherzinger had an on-again, off-again relationship with Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, from to February In , she began dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
In , Scherzinger publicly revealed her eight-year struggle with bulimia, explaining how during her time in the Pussycat Dolls, "I just hated myself. I was in a group but I never felt so alone in my life I never did drugs, but hurting myself was my addiction.
The music is what saved me. That's the only thing I can trust. Dancing with the Stars