X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll, fans might be expecting Nicole Scherzinger’s Christmas to be full of only the most glamorous parties, but for the UK-based American singer the holidays are about one thing only: family.
“My favourite Christmas tradition is just being with my family and eating lots of yummy home-cooked food,” she told HELLO!, describing the festive meal with relish.
“It’s like a Sunday roast times ten. We have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and all the fixings, pumpkin pie and pecan pie, everything. And hanging out with my family, playing cards, games, heads up, charades, and then eating some more and chilling out! And this Christmas I’ll probably be surfing at the beach as well.”
Nicole, who is Catholic, said that her favourite Christmas songs are those she gets to sing in church over the holidays. “I’m sure that we’ll sing some Christmas carols at church, because I go to church with my family every Christmas,” she said fondly, before moving onto her favourite holiday films.
“There’s this movie they play in America on repeat. I think it’s A Christmas Story, where the kid wears a onesie and gets his tongue stuck on a pole; I don’t know if y’all have that here but really, it’s a classic. I like A Charlie Brown Christmas as well.”
Nicole was delighted to get involved in HELLO!’s campaign to support Great Ormond Street Hospital over the season, and recalled her own visits to the children’s charity.
“I’ve been to Great Ormond Street and I thought the kids were mind-blowing and so inspiring. I met really intelligent kids, kids who were full of life, really strong and courageous kids. They were all badass ninjas in their own way,” she said. “I met a good little buddy of mine, Lucas. It’s been a few years now and he’s grown so much. He’s out of the hospital and came to visit me on X Factor this year.”
She added a message to HELLO! readers who might like to donate to the charity.
“The holidays are coming around, I mean, it’s the reason for the season to make sure in the spirit of everything to give back. To give love, give of your heart, you time, your energy, your money, any way that you can because you’ll get it back tenfold,” she said. “Please support all the beautiful families and children at Great Ormond Street! Sending you all lots of big fat love and kisses – have a Shamazing Christmas and a merry new year.”
We hope that you will join Nicole and HELLO! by supporting this very worthy cause. We all like to be with our loved ones this time of year. For the families of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, this is especially true.
With your support, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity could help fund family accommodation so mums, dads, brothers and sisters can stay close by, or help fund the creation of bigger rooms in new hospital wards so parents of the most seriously ill children can stay by their bedside 24 hours a day.
The charity also funds play specialists so that children can enjoy some festive fun despite going through very difficult times, and funds research and equipment that will enable the hospital to find new cures and save more lives.
Every donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will help keep families together this Christmas. And be sure to check back tomorrow to find out which of our wonderful celebs will be popping out from door number 17!
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She’s playing the role of Penny Johnson in ABC’s forthcoming TV remake of Dirty Dancing.
But Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she almost turned down the part, played by Cynthia Rhodes in the classic 1987 film, because she harbours strong anti-abortion beliefs.
The X Factor judge admitted that her family is ‘really hardcore’ against termination because her mother had her at the tender age of 18.
Nicole, 38, explained to The Daily Mail: ‘I was like a crazy thing because, my family, my Papa’s a Bishop and my family’s really hardcore against abortion.
‘So I got the role and I almost didn’t take it because I didn’t want to promote abortion, because my character has an abortion.
‘But I was like, hopefully they can learn from you know her ways and I can be a positive influence.
‘My mum got pregnant with me when she was 17 and had me when she was 18. She chose.
‘Her parents were never going to let her have an abortion. So I came out, so I just want to you know encourage everybody to keep your babies.
Penny falls pregnant in the original film and opts for an illegal abortion, forcing Baby to step in and dance with Johnny Castle, who was originally played by Patrick Swayze.
The character’s life hangs in the balance due to the dangerous procedure, with leading lady Baby’s doctor father forced to step in and save her.
Nicole, who was raised Catholic, was born in Hawaii, but her mother Rosemary Elikolani split from her father Alfonso Valiente when she was very young.
The star said that her family were initially against her taking the part until her grandfather, who is a preacher, prayed on the subject and decided it was ‘what she was meant to do’.
She said: ‘We decided that maybe I could be a voice, that I could shed some light on the subject without being preachy.’
Nicole said she was ‘so excited’ to join the cast of the 1987 adaptation, which already features Abigail Breslin and Debra Messing.
Nicole told her Twitter followers when the news was announced earlier this year: ‘So excited to join the cast of @ABCNetwork #DirtyDancing remake! Can’t wait for you all to see it!’
Nicole, who went solo from the girlband in 2010, turned her hand to acting in 2014 when she took part in London’s West End revival of Cats: The Musical.
The singer has also had cameo roles in How I Met Your Mother and Men in Black 3 but this will the first time she adopts a lead movie role.
The US network announced the remake back in December 2015, naming Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail in the lead role of Baby Houseman.
Will & Grace actress Debra has been placed in the role of Marjorie Houseman, Baby’s mother, and Colt Prattes playing Johnny.
The three-hour adaptation is thought to follow the same storyline, though its air date has yet to be revealed.
A second film was made about the romantic flick favourite was made in 2003, Dirty Dancing 2, but flopped at the Box Office.
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