She’ll probably forgive you for stumbling over her name—just blame it on all those consonants. Truth is, Pussycat Dolls star (and solo artist) Nicole Scherzinger’s particular hotitude is the kind that should leave any red-blooded dude dumbstruck. After torching Dancing With the Stars (pretend you didn’t watch; that’s cool), she’ll strike again with more hits later this year. Here’s hoping we’ll see a lot more of this Hawaiian-born stunner. Aloha!
You killed it on DWTS. Are you gonna take your music career in that direction? Maybe bust out the fox trot onstage? A rumba single on your next album?
Hmmm, the fox trot? I don’t know about that! But you never know; I do like to mix it up.
Ballroom dancing is a different kind of sexy than the, uh, writhing that goes on when the Pussycats perform.
Yeah, it’s definitely more cerebral. Usually I allow the music to take me, so it’s been kind of interesting to be like, “One and two, one and two.” But I think there’s something sexy about a woman who’s in control of her body in every way.
But when you’re doing your own thing onstage, you completely let yourself go?
Yeah, I transport to another place. I don’t know what my body is gonna do. I just listen to what the music tells me and kind of blank out. I turn into a beast.
Say we’re in a club. Should a guy dance like there’s nobody watching? Would that catch your eye?
Uh, that might scare me. Sometimes guys take it too far when they’re dancing. I’d be like, “OK, dude. You need to settle down and have some control.”
What’s going on with the Pussycat Dolls?
A couple of the girls have left the group, but I’m still the lead singer, and I’m still working on music right now. I think the next single will be under my name.
Your boyfriend is F1 racer Lewis Hamilton, one of the best drivers in the world. What does he think of your skills behind the wheel?
He’s more afraid when he’s with me and I’m driving than he is during a race. He gives me pointers, but at the end of the day he’s like, “Babe, you’re driving with your knees!” I’m doing my makeup, changing the radio…I guess it’s appropriate that I just did a song with Slash and Alice Cooper called “Baby Can’t Drive.”
And when Lewis is driving…how fast have you gone?
Let’s just say that neither of us would be allowed near a car again if we had been pulled over. It was in Switzerland.
Can you two go anywhere without being noticed?
No. We went to South Africa and saw this head of a tribe wearing an animal he had just killed or something. He was like, “Ahhh! Are you Nicole Scherzinger?” I was like, are you kidding me? How do you know my name? And hearing this German name come out of him—it was amazing!
Got any girl crushes?
Halle Berry. She’s just naturally gorgeous…I love her smile. Wait, I sound like a dude; I’ve got to snap out of it!
You grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and were born in Hawaii. What traditions do you keep?
I’m just a down-home Southern girl. I love making chicken and dumplings and Kentucky Derby pie. And from Hawaii I’ve got a love of paddle surfing. I love visiting family in both places. See, even if I just talk about my family my dialect changes—I go from a Southern dialect to Hawaiian pidgin.
Your family are strict Catholics. What do they think of your sexed-up lyrics?
My family’s been great. My grandfather’s a priest, and even he has a huge photo of the Pussycat Dolls framed. But there have been moments. When I first recorded “Don’t Cha,” I went home and left an uncensored version of the demo in my mom’s car. [Editor’s note: Lyrics include “I know you should be fucking with me.”] I heard about that.
Any hidden talents?
Nunchuck ninja skills. That’s all I’m sayin’.
What’s the lamest thing we’d find on your iPod?
I’d like to say I don’t have lame music. But maybe one of my lamest songs would be one of my own! I have demos on my iPod that are unfinished sketches; some just don’t make sense yet.
What music puts you in the mood?
Massive Attack, Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, or Prince.
Do you hit the clubs much or stay in?
Honestly, I don’t really do the “go out” thing. If I want to get really crazy, I have game night.
So I should come over with a stack of board games?
Yeah. Bring over Balderdash, some Robin Thicke, a bottle of vino, and it’s on.
Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Pussycat Dolls' Blender cover shoot.