Nicole Scherzinger Bringing 'Spirit And Energy' To 'Dancing With The Stars'

'I just want to connect with everyone out there in a completely different way,' she says of her stint on the popular show.

When "Dancing With the Stars" kicks off Monday night (March 22), pop star and experienced dancing pro [artist id="1632950"]Nicole Scherzinger[/artist] will be one of the many familiar faces set to take the stage as a competitor on the popular ABC reality show. And while fans are used to seeing Scherzinger shimmy around onstage during [artist id="1841713"]Pussycat Dolls[/artist] concerts, she said she wants fans to see a whole new side of her in the dance competition.

"With this show, I feel like people are so used to seeing me in a certain light — they think they know me, but they don't," she said. "I just want to connect with everyone out there in a completely different way. I'm gonna have a lot of fun."

To get into a competitive mind-set, she's using a particular Pussycat Dolls song for inspiration. "It's, like, a lot of loosening up your buttons," she joked about how she plans to win. "This show is a completely different style of dance with a completely different style of music, which means a completely different personality, spirit and energy. So I'm excited to share that with everyone."

Scherzinger will hit the dance floor with "DWTS" vet Derek Hough, and she warned: Expect the unexpected. "We've got some really interesting things planned. We want to do things differently, our own way," [article id="1633150"]she explained[/article]. "We've got some surprises that we're planning. There's so much to learn from him, because he's the best. He's an amazing choreographer. He's so innovative."