Lewis Hamilton hot foots it to LA to see Nicole waltz her way into pole position

Nicole gave a performance of "startling finesse" with partner Derek Hough as season ten of Dancing With The Stars kicked off this week. The Pussycat Doll's waltz earned her two nines and a seven from the judges, taking her to the top of the scoreboard
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He has just hit the Formula One racing circuit again, and is busy gearing up for the rest of the 2010 season.

But that didn't stop Lewis Hamilton making time to support the other great love in his life, girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.

As the new series of Dancing With the Stars kicked off in the US this week, the racing ace was in the audience on the opening night as Nicole made her debut on the show.

Having been supported by the Pussycat Doll across the globe, the 25-year-old - who reunited with the Hawaii-born beauty weeks after their romance ended - was keen to return the favour.

And his presence definitely brought the brunette good luck, as she stormed to the top of the leader board.

Dressed in a bejewelled white ball gown, the 31-year-old wowed the judges with a Viennese Waltz after taking to the floor with professional Derek Hough.

Judge Bruno Tonioli described her performance as one of "startling finesse", while Carrie Ann Inaba said: "Apparently the bar has been set."

"I haven’t seen a routine out of the gate like that ever."

Those dazzling comments earned Nicole the score of two nines and a seven.

Other celebrities taking part in the tenth season of the show include "terrified" Pamela Anderson, who was awarded an eight, a seven and a six.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannon Doherty, and reality TV mum Kate Gosselin are also among those competing.

Despite being a member of the chart-topping dance troupe, Nicole denied she had any advantage over her rivals.

"This is a whole other world for me," said the singer. "I have experienced dancing but I have never done anything like this before."

"It’s a far cry from chest pumps and booty dips."