August 10th, 2011
01:12 PM ET
Nicole Scherzinger may not be accustomed to hearing the word "no" very often, but it sounds like that's because she doesn't accept that two-letter word as an answer.
"I definitely have the eye of the tiger," Scherzinger tells Marie Claire. "I've fought my way to where I am and will continue to do so. I'm a hard worker — I get it from my family. We only know work. Nothing was handed to us. When I believe in something, I go after it. It's very hard to tell me 'no.'"
The 33-year-old has replaced Cheryl Cole as a judge for "The X Factor," and while she's well-known from her time with the lip-glossed pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Simon Cowell's reality competition will surely let her shine in a new light.
The singer, who's latest effort is her solo album "Killer Love," laughs when she thinks about how far she's come.
"Crazy, isn't it? My friends from high school were like, 'Oh, my gosh, our sweet little Nicole!'" she tells the magazine. "It's growing up, though, right?...I've been working toward this my whole life. This album is my dream. Everything is timing. My music is the driving engine, and 'The X Factor' is where I can give back to the contestants — pay it forward, since I got my start on reality shows. I'm ready to take it all on."
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