Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who blatantly foreshadowed her Dancing With the Stars victory by wearing a mirrorballed vest during an interview one night prior, called EW late Tuesday to discuss her season 10 experience. Here is her sparkly story.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you still dizzy from your tango? It seemed like Derek spun you a billion more times tonight than in the original.
NICOLE SCHERZINGER: Yeah, Derek and I get really excited in the heat of the moment, and that’s what makes us such good performers. We just feed off the energy of the crowd, and when they’re giving us so much love, we never want to stop. You know what, it’s the last night we get to dance, so why not?
Were you as completely in the dark regarding the viewer vote as the viewers were?
We never had any clue about anything. Derek would know more about that than me. He always told me to prepare for the worst, so I didn’t expect anything. I’ve just been enjoying it so much this past week — it was a win for us already.
Do you think if you and Evan had tied in points, you still would have won?
I really don’t know. All I know is that at the end of the day I just needed to give it my heart and soul and the rest was out of my hands. I’m just grateful no matter what.
Did you feel bad for Evan tonight when Len said that you should be the winner before Evan and Anna had even danced their quickstep?
Not at all! I don’t need to feel bad for Evan. He’s a fierce beast as well. He went to the top of this competition, too. I was just happy that Len paid me a compliment!
How did you feel about some people’s opinion that your dance experience as lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls gave you too much of an advantage in the competition?
I got a hard time for that, especially in the beginning. People said, “Oh, she’s a professional dancer.” No, actually I’m a professional singer, but you know what, I am a performer. But I feel like people got to grow along with me on the show and they got to really know me and say, you know, she’s been fighting tooth and nail for this. They journeyed with me and by the end I felt so much love and support.
Did you feel like America got a different impression of you through DWTS than through your work with the Pussycat Dolls?
Oh my gosh, that was one of the greatest things about the show. Most people just know me in that one light. They didn’t really get to know Nicole or, you know, all the other sides of Nicole. They didn’t really get to connect with me. So that’s what I’m really grateful for.
You got to hug Gladys Knight after your jive tonight. Is she a good hugger?
She’s a powerful woman.
Is Gladys Knight a better hugger than Kate Gosselin?
You can’t compare the two, honey.
Which dance were you most proud of performing this season?
I was proud of every single one of our dances, good and bad, but I’ll tell you what: We did our knockout dance — we tried to end with a bang and knock ‘em out, and I’m so proud of that one.
What was your favorite costume? I liked the gold fringe for the “Proud Mary” jive.
Thank you, sweetheart! Yeah, I was tryin’ to Tina Turner it out, you know what I’m sayin’? I was a little afraid of our lime costumes for the freestyle dance yesterday. But I think the wardrobe department deserves their own award because they’re the ones who make us look so good. They’re magicians.
Do you prefer dancing in pants to dancing in a dress, in general?
Oh my gosh, I love dancing in pants. It was my idea to wear the suits.
I noticed that one week you wore a jeweled headpiece designed by Princess Sparkle, a.k.a. DWTS singer Carmen Carter.
She’s such a beautiful, beautiful, powerful spirit to be around.
Will you wear your nayari around the house if you get nostalgic for the show?
It’s way too formal to wear around the house. I’m gonna wear it out to shine, let people see!
Any plans to return to the ballroom with your new lineup of Pussycat Dolls?
Yeah, I don’t think I’m gonna return to the ballroom. I’m gonna return to the music. I did enough ballroom for a hot second. Derek can hold it down in my music videos with his ballroom, but right now I gotta go back to the music.
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