Dancing's Nicole Scherzinger: "I'm Not Going to Freaking Cry Anymore"
There's lots of crying on Dancing with the Stars, but Nicole Scherzinger won't contribute any more tears after shedding her fair share following her rumba last week. "I was just caught up in the moment. It's done, it's over. I've moved forward and you're not going to see that again," she tells TVGuide.com. "This week is going to be different." The Pussycat Doll will tango to Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" with Derek Hough as part of movie week and says she approached the dance with a whole new attitude. Find out what how she picked herself up after her meltdown, what injury she's nursing and more.
TVGuide.com: How's your tango looking? There are pictures of you guys channeling the movie in the street this weekend. Did that help you get into character?
Nicole Scherzinger: [Laughs] A little bit. I think it was in the spirit for us to have fun and be goofy. The tango feels pretty good. I'm so excited to do it.
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TVGuide.com: I don't think most people think of "Pretty Woman" as a tango song. Did you have trouble envisioning the tango to it?
Scherzinger: Yeah, because the song is so fun to me, and the tango is so very serious. We added some tango accents in the music and that kind of helped us get into character, but it is hard because the song is cool and fun and you don't want to take yourself too seriously, but the tango is so serious. We had to make it work and I think we did a good job.
TVGuide.com: You were quite emotional last week. Do you have a different approach this week?
Scherzinger: Yeah, last week I was just hard on myself. I wanted technically to be so on point and you know what, I just snapped out of it. I was like, "No more tears. Pick yourself up. You're in it to win it. Come back stronger than before." My outlook now is like, "I'm not going to freaking cry anymore unless my feet are bleeding because I'm dancing so hard!" It's hard because I do get really hard on myself and I care so much, but I can't forget to just enjoy this too, so this week I just focused on enjoying it and having fun.
TVGuide.com: I think a lot of people didn't get why you were crying, especially with a score of 50, the second highest of the night.
Scherzinger: It was not about the score; it was about me having messed up a couple times. When you work on something for so many hours, like everyone here understands, you just want to do well when you get out there. I made a mountain out of a molehill. You get out there and your emotions are heightened. You think it's a lot worse than it really is. I watched it back and I was like, "Oh my God! What are you complaining about? You did the best that you could. Yes, your nerves got to you a little bit, but you're human." I was really happy with it when I watched it back. Unfortunately, the crying is all you see because I got off stage and was like, "I messed up on the footwork!" I was so frustrated right after, but I shook it off later. Move on and move forward, you know?
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TVGuide.com: What did you mean when you said, "I'm an artist; I'm not like other people" when you were crying?
Scherzinger: I just meant I'm a lot harder on myself than many other people are. That's exactly what I meant. I'm emotional, sensitive, but most importantly, I'm very hard on myself.
TVGuide.com: What was so hard about the rumba? The slow pace?
Scherzinger: It's such a slow and controlled and precise dance. I knew they were judging us on the technical aspect too, so I just really, really wanted to get it right. Every dance is unique and I want to bring something special and put in 110 percent. I'm trying to bring out a personality, have a different character in every dance. I was really happy with the rumba when all was said and done.
TVGuide.com: Do you feel pressure because so many people have you pegged as the one to beat?
Scherzinger: I probably put the most pressure on myself because I just want to always put everything that I've got into everything I commit to. I think that's part of why I got so emotional last week because I felt like with that performance, that may not have been the best that I could've done. But looking back, I'm just grateful. I love the support. The fans are amazing. They just make me want to keep working harder and get better and come out with something innovative and new.
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TVGuide.com: Do you get tired of all the ringer talk?
Scherzinger: Not really. I don't really pay attention to it. I know my own struggles and my own challenges and that's why I decided to take this experience on. This is something completely new and different for me. If people were in my rehearsal, they would understand, like, "Wow, this is a whole new world for her." Yes, I am a performer and yes, I do have some dance experience, but I'm actually a professionally trained singer more than anything and I'm probably just doing a really excellent job of working hard and fooling you guys that I'm a good dancer! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: You posted pictures of your bruises earlier in the competition. Have you gotten more or sustained any other injuries?
Scherzinger: Yeah! I pulled both of my hamstrings this week, so I'm in a lot of pain right now. I'm icing my right leg right now. I was icing both of them last night. I'm just trying to remember to take care of my body because it's such a strenuous schedule. This is so different from the Pussycat Dolls because the style and technique is new to my body, so your body definitely has some wear and tear.
TVGuide.com: If you make it through this week, do you know what dance you have next week yet?
Scherzinger: I just found out we'll have the samba, so I really hope we make it through because I can't wait to try to learn how to samba! That would be amazing! But I've got to get through the tango first!