Nicole Scherzinger, 31, tells Us she's a workaholic and practices with partner Derek Hough "five to seven hours a day." It's paid off. The Pussycat Doll nabbed the highest scores -- 26 out of 30 -- on Monday night's DWTS. She's blogging for UsMagazine.com:
I didn't get bangs just for my samba on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars. They clipped these puppies in here! It's fake hair.
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I pulled my neck in the samba. It really hurts. I'm a little... Derek and I worked really hard, and really harder than we ever worked before with our samba and swing this week, but it's paid off.
I feel unbelievable. Everyone's in it to win it, and that's why you put so much work and dedication to it. I just want to make sure that I'm enjoying it. I don't want to get too much into my head. I had so much fun. I really had fun.
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I always feel like I'm rehearsing. I'm a workaholic. But you've got to let go and trust and enjoy! Not work too much like we would tend to do. When I sing, I don't think -- I just connect with other people. And just now with dancing, I'm finally stepping out of myself and performing for everyone else.
I'm a real perfectionist. Derek sometimes gets frustrated, and it can hinder me sometimes. It's probably my biggest disadvantage. But as long as I can go out there, trust in the work and just have fun -- that's what matters.
As the season goes on, it's hard to see people go. I dread the results show! Derek and I could go home. Or a friend could go home and I hate to see that.
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I always agree with Len [Goodman], who I think has been fairly hard on us all along. I think these judges are there for a reason and I really believe what they say. When Carrie Ann [Inaba] says I make scary faces, she's right! I make some scary a-- faces! I think the Hawaiian in me comes out in fierce mode. It's a Hawaiian Pussycat Doll mode! I don't realize I'm doing it.