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Former X Factor US judge and current X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger wasn’t in a band... if your definition of “being in a band” involves playing guitar, slapping the bass, or whaling on the drums.

However, if your definition of “being in a band” is accepting of singing in skimpy outfits with other barely-dressed ladies, then yes, Nicole was in a band.

Nicole started out singing backup vocals for the rock band Days of the New, though lead singer Travis Meeks once revealed that she “just didn’t seem to understand music very well.” After taking that criticism to heart (or completely ignoring it), Nicole rose to fame in early 2001 when she won the reality TV singing competition Popstars with the girl group Eden’s Crush.

Two years later, she hit it big as the lead singer of the burlesque group the Pussycat Dolls. Sample song titles: “Buttons,” “Don’t Cha,” and “Stickwitu.” After leaving the group in 2010, she released a solo album, Killer Love, in 2011.

Nicole has sold 15 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide, which is nothing to scoff at.

Unless you’re Entertainment Weekly’s Margeaux Watson. Back in September 2008, the music critic wrote, “There are two kinds of girl groups: those anchored by a superstar (the Supremes, Destiny's Child), and those made up of charismatic personalities 
endowed with limited individual gifts (Spice Girls, TLC). The Pussycat Dolls are 
neither — they're a brand, not a band.”

Way harsh, Margeaux.

Sources: HipHopX.com, Entertainment Weekly

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