Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville-native Nicole Scherzinger is embracing her role as judge and mentor on the hit Fox show, "The X-Factor."

The singer, song-writer told "WDRB in the Morning's" Lindsay Allen that she always knew she'd  be a performer.  But taking on the role of judge does make her nervous.  

"The X-Factor" competition is beginning live shows, and Scherzinger says she has been working closely to mentor the "over 30s" group over the past few weeks.  The 33 year old says her role on the show gives her a lot of satisfaction, "all of the experience behind me and loving what I do, I really wanted to get my hands on these other artists and hopefully, bring out the best in them." 

As for working for Simon Cowell, Scherzinger says , "he's a cool boss.  I'm really proud of him."  She says it's amazing that "The X-Factor" was his dream.  And Scherzinger jokingly says it's a "happy, dysfunctional family" where we work.

"When I was a little girl growing up in Louisville, I always said I was going to be a singer and a performer, and by the grace of God, I've been able to be successful so far."  But she adds, "I still feel like this is the beginning for me, my life and my purpose."

Scherzinger was born in Hawaii, but she grew up in Louisville.  While attending the Youth Performing Arts School, she won the Coca-Cola Talent Contest at the Kentucky State Fair.  She also performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville before studying theatre arts at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Her real break was entering the premiere season  of the WB television show "Popstars," as the lead singer for Eden's Crush.  That eventually led to her to the Pussycat Dolls.

Scherzinger still has family in Louisville including grandparents, aunts and uncles. And she credits YPAS with giving her a strong foundation that she's grateful for.  She also jokes that she misses mint juleps. But she really "misses being at my grandma's for Thanksgiving, having a home cooked meal and playing cards and going to the parks in the winter time."

And Scherzinger got an official invitation from WDRB to perform on our broadcast in April, 2012 of "Thunder over Louisville" in true HD.  She says no one has ever asked her back for the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival.