Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in sixth place. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year and has sold over 900,000 copies. On May 21, 2013, she and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.
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Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in sixth place. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year and has sold over 900,000 copies. In 2012, Pickler was ranked as the 14th best American Idol alumna. In 2016, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. From 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron. She was born June 28, 1986, at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Cynthia Morton and Clyde Raymond Pickler, Jr. Her mother left when Kellie was two years old, then returned and took custody of her for two years. After this, the court returned Kellie to her grandparents when she was 12 and they raised her to adulthood because her father was absent in her life. In 2005, she made an appearance on WSOC-TV’s Gimme the Mike! Charlotte contest. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the Miss Stanly County pageant at age 17 and subsequently competed for Miss North Carolina 2004. In 2006, she signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist. She released her self-titled second album in 2008 that produced four singles: \”Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful\” at No.
21, \”Best Days of Your Life\”, 9, 14, and \”Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again\”, 30. In October 2012, she parted ways with her former record label and signed with Black River Entertainment. On May 21, 2013, she and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. She later announced it on The View She was part of the American Idols LIVE! Tour, performing in various cities for three months in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. She sang both Kelly Clarkson’s \”Since U Been Gone\” and Martina McBride’s \”A Broken Wing” on the show. She has been compared to Jessica Simpson in a March 27, 2012, story in US Weekly magazine titled \”Kellies: The Next Jessica Simpson\”, due to her “sweet Southern style and ditzy demeanor” She has stated in the past a previous ignorance of common popular culture before her Idol fame. She received a key to the city from mayor of Albemarsle, N.C., for a reunion with her father and mayor. She also received numerous local awards from local government officials praising her accomplishments as a contestants on the American Idol television show. During that period, she worked on her album with experts in the country music industry. In July 2007, she released her album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, and produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.