Nicole Scherzinger was ''Goth Spice'' when she was younger.
The 'Poison' singer used to be a rock chick and spent a year as a backing singer for band Days Of The New when they toured as a support act for the Foo Fighters.
After leaving the band, Nicole was working as a make-up artist for Lancome in 2001 and still dressing in black and leather when her mother convinced her to audition for 'Popstars' - which she won as part of girl group Eden's Crush - but at the time she didn't want to change her look to become a pop babe like the members of the all-conquering band.
Speaking in the new issue of Notion magazine, Nicole recalled: ''I was so theatre at the time I was like, 'I am not going to be a Spice Girl'. That is just not me.
''I mean I'm a Spice Girls fan now, but at the time I only wore black and I was Goth. I would have been Goth Spice. Ethnic Chanting Spice, that's who I thought I was.''
Although Nicole has done so much in her career since 'Popstars', including being the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and being a judge on 'The X Factor', she still remembers the audition process vividly.
She reflected: ''I brought my little package that I'd put together with my pictures and I'd made my own home music video. I was on it. I gave them my package and I sang [Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'] for them and the rest is history. That brought me to Los Angeles.''
She added: ''I passed on 'We Found Love'. I got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time. They'd sent me a few dance tracks and I wasn't able to get to them and I was like, 'Oh, there's so much dance and I want to take a break from it.' That was my fault. I slept on it.''
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