Nicole Scherzinger is proving that she's got the X Factor when it comes to her job and that insane bod! But the former Pussycat Doll singer has been working on her body since age 14.
The 33-year-old X Factor judge tells Shape:
"I started jogging and counting calories when I was just 14. I've been on every diet you can imagine. By the time I was in the Pussycat Dolls, I was on the scale all the time. It became my enemy because I noticed that when I exercised really hard, I'd gain weight."
When it comes to food, Hawaiian-born Scherzinger admits, "Actually, I eat - a lot!" Her motto is: "Stay active, eat everything in moderation, and stop being so tough on myself."
The new X Factor judge went on Conan last night in a very tight leopard print dress that left very little to the imagination ... especially when it came to her cleavage.
Conan O'Brien tries to concentrate during the interview, but his eyes begin to drift downwards when she starts talking about why all the ladies love Simon Cowell. So she says, "Focus, Conan," and directs him back up to her face. "I'm trying to speak here," she laughs. "Serious talk."
How does Conan respond? "It's so [unfair]. I'm sorry! ... Good god! Finally let's be real here for a second. You didn't think I was gonna look down there?" And then he proceeds to mock-motorboat her.
See the whole interview -- including her impressively dead-on Britney Spears impression -- above.
She may work right next to American Idol alums Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on The X Factor, but Nicole Scherzinger is striking out on her own in the September issue of Marie Claire ... and she looks gorgeous doing it!
In a far cry from her Pussycat Dolls days of corsets and leather, The X Factor judge opted for a natural, beach-friendly look for her new photo spread. Nicole may look demure, but she's still got those cat-like instincts when it comes to her career. She told the mag:
"I definitely have the eye of the tiger. 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.'"
Have you heard her latest single "Right There"? Clearly no one is telling this gal what to do! In fact, there's only one place Nicole's taking a backseat - on The X Factor. But that's only because sometimes it's just fun to sit back and watch back her co-stars. "I'm the luckiest person to get a front-row ticket to the Simon and Paula show. This whole thing has felt like a roller-coaster ride," she told the mag.
See another pic of a stripped-down Nicole ... after the jump.