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Kellie Pickler - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge During ACM Party for a Cause Festival in Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas at Globe Life Park - Arlington, Texas, United States - Saturday 18th April 2015

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Kellie Pickler - 2015 CMT Upfront - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

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Kellie Pickler - Kellie Pickler Meet and Greet at Redneck Riviera at The 2014 CMA Music Festival Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee, United States - Friday 6th June 2014

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Kellie Pickler - American Country Awards 2013 - Press Room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, California, United States - Tuesday 10th December 2013

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Can 'Dancing With The Stars' Survive Without Derek Hough?

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Derek Hough, the main professional draw on 'Dancing With The Stars,' is likely to leave the show the good and pursue his other ambitions. After picking up the mirrorball trophy for the fourth time - this time with Kellie Pickler - Hough is believed to be considering his role on the show.

"Derek has always wanted to eventually get back to the stage or other kinds of TV projects and even films," a veteran "Dancing" insider told the Chicago Sun-Times, "I know he's had lots of offers. This seems like the right time for him to pursue all that." Though Hough found fame on Dancing With The Stars, he is known outside of the ABC hit show and was thought to be dating British pop-stat Cheryl Cole for a short time. He is the brother of Julianne Hough, the girlfriend of the hugely powerful TV mogul Ryan Seacrest.

Derek is also a big-name on the stage and has appeared in productions of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and played Ren in a West End production of 'Footloose.' Did you know he also played a Hogwarts schoolboy in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone back in 2001?

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Dancing With The Stars Winners Get Emotional After Victory [Spoilers]

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Last night on Dancing With The Stars, country singer Kelly Pickler and her professional partner Derek Hough were crowned as the winners of the show’s twelfth season. The finale was a tense one, after the show’s previous episode left Pickler and fellow contestant Zendaya Coleman as the last two standing. Clearly, the audience fell in love with Kelly and Derek’s last dance, performed, in a sentimental twist, to a song written by Pickler’s husband especially for the occasion. In the end, the duo took home the coveted, if a bit tacky, mirror ball trophy.

"It's not about me winning. It's about Kellie," Hough told E!News after the finale. "It's about our celebrities because this is their first and their only time on the show. I am overjoyed and so happy that Kellie got to experience this. It's amazing. And it was such a hard season and everyone was so fantastic.”

Kelly was also overjoyed after the victory, when she realised they had won that is, because initially she couldn’t hear the winners’ names being called out; so Derek had to tell her. “Derek has taught me so much and he's just such an amazing person and I'm so glad that I got to meet him," Pickler says. "I have a big brother in him. We've had so much fun. Win or lose, it's been amazing."

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Dancing With The Stars Finale Recap: Who Won? [Spoilers]

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In a grand finale that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the very end, American Idol finalist and country star Kelly Pickler and her partner Derek Hough became this season’s champions. It was definitely a tight race though, stretching between the two final episodes. On Monday night, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas became the first of the four final couples to be eliminated, in a surprise turn which many didn’t see coming. In typical style, however, Aly took the loss gracefully, congratulating the remaining contestants. Afterwards, all remaining contestants performed their “instant dances” in a segment, where they new the dance, but not the music that they would be performing to, beforehand. All three dances -- the salsa for Jacoby and Karina, and the jive for both Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Kellie and Derek -- were given perfect scores by the judges and received ample praise. Afterwards, however, pro football player Jacoby Jones and his partner Karina were voted off, shaping up the finale between Kelly and Zendaya.

"Out of all my trainers, I never had a woman push me like she has. When I go back (to football), I'll have gracefulness, footwork and catch balls like this,” said Jacoby.

The finale became a reunion of sorts, as performances from and Victor Ortiz part of his backup dancers, and Jessica Sanchez interspersed dances by all the eliminated contestants this season. It was a tense battle as both Kelly and Zendaya danced near-perfect renditions. However, in the end, the Mirrorball Trophy went to Pickler, in what was certainly a deserved victory. It was definitely a good ending to an interesting season. Hopefully, DWTS can keep up the good work, when the show returns with just one episode per week next season.

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Kellie Pickler - The Maxim Hot 100 Party at Vanguard - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 15th May 2013

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DWTS Idol Contestant Revealed: American Idol Loser Kellie Pickler Takes On Dance Challenge

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The news has broken that we have a DWTS Idol Contestant in the making. TMZ have discovered the identity of four of this year’s Dancing With The Stars contestants and one of them is a former American Idol hopeful. 26 year-old Pickler was a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and has subsequently gone on to sell over 800,000 copies of her debut album Small Town Girl.

Clearly, Pickler’s career needs a little pick-me up, or maybe she just misses the pressure of a TV reality show contest, because she’s now signed up for the dancing program, according to sources close to the show, in a bid to win the nation’s hearts once more. The information that was leaked to TMZ, ahead of Tuesday’s official announcement (February 26, 2013), also reveals that another country music star, Wynonna Judd, will be taking to the boards, as well. The 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman is also rumoured to be amongst the cast members due to be announced tomorrow. And Sean Lowe, former star of The Bachelor will be there to ruffle a few feathers, too.

Raisman’s odds are looking good, to be honest, given that three Olympic champions have won the show in the past; we reckon they’ve got a little bit of an unfair advantage in terms of the training required to take part in the shows, but there you have it. A spokesperson for the show refused to confirm whether or not those four rumours are definitely true, telling TMZ “We do not comment on casting rumors, but tune in to 'GMA' on Tuesday when we reveal the cast live!” 

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Kellie Pickler's Shaved Head Paraded At CMA Awards

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The attention was on Kellie Pickler's shaved head at the CMA awards last night, as the 26-year-old country star attended the awards following a head-shave in September.

Now in November, it wasn't quite 'shaved', more like a spikey style, but it wasn't fashion that lead her to lop off her tresses. She did it to show solidarity to a lifelong pal diagnosed with breast cancer, and has no regrets about shearing off her platinum blond locks. "It's growing back!" she told E! News, before explaining that she "[gets] to sleep in a little longer" due to the lack of styling needed. In shaving her head, she "wanted to encourage early detection, [and women to] go to your checkups!" she added. "Cancer does not discriminate," Pickler said at the time, reports People. "If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it." Now that's solidarity!

Picker, who was born in New Orleans, was a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol, eventually finishing in sixth place. Since leaving the show, she has forged a successful TV and singing career, with three full studio albums; Small Town Girl, Kellie Pickler and 100 Proof. Though a CMT winner previously, winning Breakthrough Video, Tearjerker and Performance of the year in 2008, she was unsuccessful in her nominated categories last night - Female Video of The Year, and Female Country Artist. 

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Blake Shelton Wins CMA Awards Entertainer Of The Year, Cue Tears (Photos)

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Miranda Lambert 46th Annual CMA Awards Inside Bridgestone Arena In Nashville Tennessee

Blake Shelton won his first CMA Entertainer of the Year Award in a ceremony in Nashville on Thursday evening (November 1, 2012). It capped a successful night for the Shelton family, with wife Miranda Lambert scooping the award for female vocalist of the year (Blake won best male).

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