The former Pussycat Doll and season 10 "Dancing With the Stars" champion slinked across the "Idol" stage in a barely-there white skirt and revealing top, and was joined onstage by a team of 10 backup dancers. She opened the performance in silhouette surrounded by purple light, and got right down to the business of the song. "I love when you put it right there, yeah, yeah," Scherzinger sang, gyrating her hips to the tropical-sounding track, produced by Jim Jonsin (T.I.'s "Whatever You Like," Eminem's "Space Bound").
Donning a fitted hat turned backward and cocked to the side along with a jacket, jeans and dangling chain, 50 Cent showed up midway through the song and quickly spit his eight-bar verse, before disappearing suddenly from the stage. 50's quick cameo — his "American Idol" debut — amounted to about 35 seconds of screen time.
"Right There" was released to iTunes this week and was in the upper-70s on iTunes' top songs chart on Thursday night. The single comes from Scherzinger's Killer Love album, which was released in the U.K. in March and is due out in the States later this year. The project has been gestating for years and has seen several massive delays, even after several singles were released in 2007, when the album carried the title Her Name is Nicole. The American version will reportedly feature a revamped track list from the international edition, including an unreleased collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
Scherzinger's appearance also served as a bit of cross-promotion for Fox; come fall, she'll co-host Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" alongside Steve Jones. Scherzinger appeared in an "X Factor" promo that aired at the end of Thursday's "Idol" broadcast.
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