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," she explained. "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."