Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger ( ni-KOHL SHUR-zing-ər; born June 29, 1978) is an American recording artist, and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she enrolled in performing arts schools and performed in singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as lead singer of Pussycat Dolls, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.
Scherzinger's debut solo single "Baby Love" (2007), released during the group's hiatus, established the singer as a viable solo artist worldwide, launching her into the media spotlight. In 2009, Scherzinger was featured on A.R. Rahman's single "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)", which topped charts in over 18 countries. Following the disbandment of Pussycat Dolls in 2010, Scherzinger's debut solo album Killer Love (2011) became one of the most successful albums of that year by a female artist and spawned top three singles "Poison", "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There". Scherzinger's currently untitled second album is to be released in November 2013, and is preceded by its lead single "Boomerang" another top ten hit. She also served as a judge during the first and ninth season of the American and British version of The X Factor.