Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger ( ni-KOHL SHUR-zing-ər; born June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she was exposed to mainstream success with an appearance on the television series Popstars as a member of Eden's Crush. She then joined burlesque-inspired girl group The Pussycat Dolls as lead singer; it was a major breakthrough in her career that brought her to widespread prominence. She recorded the group's debut album PCD (2005); it sold 10 million copies worldwide and its singles broke records previously never reached by girl groups.
Scherzinger executive-produced the group's second and final album Doll Domination (2008); it sold 6 million copies worldwide and spawned worldwide hits "When I Grow Up" and "I Hate This Part". The group disbandment followed a year later from internal conflict due to the overemphasis on Scherzinger, and the subordinate treatment of the other members. Scherzinger's long-delayed debut solo album, Killer Love (2011), incorporated elements of eurodance and club pop music; its singles "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There" charted within the top-ten in several countries worldwide. Scherzinger left Interscope Records in late 2013 and signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records. From 2012 to 2013, Scherzinger served as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor and won with James Arthur in her first year.