Nicole Scherzinger has always been a bit of a question mark in the world of pop.
Most people seem to despise her, viewing her as a big bitch whose Queen Bee mentalities drove apart The Pussycat Dolls, who actually made some very good pop songs, despite popular opinion. She has always come off as cold and calculated, blatantly using PCD as a springboard for her own solo career, which flopped the first time around mainly because of these reasons. This time, however, Nicole seems to be doing something right. She took a guest judging slot on the X Factor when Nation’s Sweetheart Cheryl Cole™ was struck down with malaria, something that should have been a tough job but has arguably brought about a Cheryl Cole backlash of sorts. She proved herself to be funny, nice, and was even able to stand her own against Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. Shockingly, she even gave the hopefuls good advice, something no one told Pixie Lott about.
Now, of course, she is using her exposure from The X Factor to try and catapult her back into the public’s consciousness. She seems to have ditched the Pussycat Dolls (which doesn’t really exist as a pop group anymore anyway) and is now striking out on her own, with the help of the shy and retiring, little known producer RedOne.
Her first single is Poison, which is pretty damn amazing. It’s a bit of an attack on the senses, with a pounding dance beat, ‘fierce’ lyrics, and an irresistible hook which leaves you wanting more (or leads you to put the song on repeat and listen to it all night, like I did). Rather cleverly, if you think of her public persona, Nicole isn’t wasting time pretending to be nice on this track, she’s going for full on vamp with lyrics such as “that bad girl power I’ve got, I’ll abuse it tonight” – and it works without making you want to hate her. It’s a song that is just screaming out for an amazing video with lots of pyrotechnics, dancing, and evil glares to the camera, and hopefully this will be backed up with a brilliant X Factor performance (which she should have no problem securing, seeing as Louis is in love with her and the fact that she was so popular as a stand-in).
I think Nicole has a rather large hit on her hands here, what do you think?