SHAPE: And that’s working for you?
Nicole: Definitely. I’m more accepting of my body and have learned to really embrace it. These days it’s all about finding balance. My new motto is: “Stay active, eat everything in moderation, and stop being so tough on myself.”
SHAPE: How do you “gently” get back on track after you do overindulge?
Nicole: Dancing. When I’m getting ready for a tour or a video shoot, I throw myself full throttle into my work, and those extra 10 pounds just seem to melt off. I also have a resistance workout that does wonders for my arms and abs.
SHAPE: Well, you’re not afraid to throw your weight around at the judges’ table!
Nicole: I think we’re a good mix. Simon is empowering and encouraging. L.A. is very giving and in- spiring. And Paula is as sweet in person as she seems on TV. As for me, well, sometimes I’m nice, and sometimes I’m not. I definitely watch the contestants with a very careful eye.
SHAPE: You’ve obviously spied some budding stars on the show. What’s your personal definition of “X factor”?
Nicole: It’s a power, an energy, and a light that shines from someone. And I know it when I see it.
SHAPE: We do too!