Nicole Scherzinger (born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Scherzinger initially performed in high school at the Youth Performing Arts School and studied at Wright State University, before dropping out to pursue a musical career. She went on to tour alongside American rock band Days of the New and helped with the recording of their Green Album. She later became part of the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush. Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and released the albums PCD (2005) and Doll Domination (2008), becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Following the group's breakup in 2010, Scherzinger successfully ventured into television winning the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and becoming a judge on The Sing-Off and on both US and UK versions of The X Factor. She released her debut solo album, Killer Love (2011), which was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The album spawned the UK number-one single "Don't Hold Your Breath", as well as the international top-ten hits "Poison" and "Right There". In 2014, Scherzinger released her second album Big Fat Lie and starred on the West End revival of the musical Cats for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Since then, she shifted her focus back to television, winning I Can Do That (2015), co-hosting Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (2015), appearing as panelist on Bring the Noise (2015), and starring in the television film Dirty Dancing (2017). She is currently a judge on the Fox musical competition show The Masked Singer. Throughout her career, Scherzinger has sold over 16 million records as an artist, and more than 54 million records with The Pussycat Dolls. Her other ventures include clothing lines, a fragrance and service as an ambassador for the Special Olympics and supporter of UNICEF UK.