Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, and occasional dancer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she made an appearance on the television series Popstars in her early adulthood earning herself a spot in Eden's Crush and then achieved widespread recognition as the lead vocalist of pop group The Pussycat Dolls, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, before commencing her career as a solo recording artist in 2007.
On The X Factor USA Nicole was a judge in season 1 despite being originally hired to co-host the show. She mentored the Over 30s which featured season 1 runner-up Josh Krajcik. She later became a judge on the UK version of the show for two years (2012-2013). One of the artists she mentored on the UK show was series 9 winner James Arthur.