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Kellie Pickler shows off bikini body in new Instagram photos

Kellie Pickler shows off bikini body in new Instagram photos

NASHVILLE, July 17 (UPI) --Country star Kellie Pickler has been documenting her beach vacation in an undisclosed island on Instagram.
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Kellie Pickler to headline 2014 Dearborn Homecoming festival

Kellie Pickler to headline 2014 Dearborn Homecoming festival

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27 (UPI) --Kellie Pickler has been approved by the Dearborn City Council to headline the upcoming 35th annual Homecoming Festival.
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First lady Michelle Obama to guest star on 'Nashville'

First lady Michelle Obama to guest star on 'Nashville'

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and country music artist Kellie Pickler will guest star as themselves on an episode of the drama series, {i:Nashville}, ABC said.
Karen Butler
Kellie Pickler serenades troops in Afghanistan on Christmas Day

Kellie Pickler serenades troops in Afghanistan on Christmas Day

Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Kellie Pickler spent Christmas in Afghanistan doing what she does best.
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Kellie Pickler drops 'The Woman I Am'

Kellie Pickler drops 'The Woman I Am'

(UPI) -- Kellie Pickler's new album drops Monday, and the country songstress promises 'The Woman I Am' will be both heartfelt and personal.
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'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Kellie Pickler, Kristin Chenoweth and the stars of "Duck Dynasty" are to take part in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NBC announced.
ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

NASHVILLE, July 11 (UPI) -- ABC says it will air "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," a 3-hour special taped in Nashville in June, on Aug. 12.
Singer Kellie Pickler wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

Singer Kellie Pickler wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Country singer Kellie Pickler and her professional dance partner Derek Hough were crowned the winners of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Soap star Ingo Rademacher gets the boot on 'DWTS'

Soap star Ingo Rademacher gets the boot on 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- Soap star Ingo Rademacher and his professional partner Kym Johnson were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Sean Lowe gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Sean Lowe gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Former "The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe and his professional dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday.
D.L. Hughley eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

D.L. Hughley eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Lisa Vanderpump gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Lisa Vanderpump gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, April 9 (UPI) -- Reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Wynonna Judd eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

Wynonna Judd eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- Country music star Wynonna Judd has become the first competitor eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles this season.
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Former skater Dorothy Hamill quits 'DWTS'

Former skater Dorothy Hamill quits 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- Former Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill withdrew from Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night because of medical reasons.
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Kellie Pickler arrives for the Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 16, 2009. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol, eventually finishing in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist, releasing her debut album, Small Town Girl, later that year. To date, it has sold over 800,000 copies. The album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Red High Heels" at #15, "I Wonder" at #14, and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" at #16. She released her self-titled second album in Fall 2008 and has produced the singles "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" at #21, "Best Days of Your Life" at #9 (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10 hit), "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" at #14, and "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" at #30. In 2010, she was ranked as the 7th best American Idol alumnus.

Pickler was born at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Cynthia Morton and Clyde "Bo" Raymond Pickler, Jr. Her mother left when Kellie was 2. She came back and got custody for two years, but the court returned Kellie to her grandparents when she was 12, as her father was in and out of jail during her childhood. Therefore, she was raised by her grandparents. She cites the major influences in her life as her grandfather, a former electrician Clyde Raymond Pickler, Sr., and grandmother Faye Pickler. She was raised in Albemarle, North Carolina, a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a half brother named Eric, a half sister, Courtney, and a half brother, Michael; however, she has never met Michael. After her grandmother's death from lung cancer in January 2002, she continued to reside with her grandfather and her younger sibling Eric until she became a contestant on Idol. Pickler graduated in 2004 from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina. She was a cheerleader and beauty queen. She sang "On the Side of Angels" by LeAnn Rimes at her high school graduation.

She worked as a waitress at a Sonic Drive-In franchise and, in 2005, she made an appearance on WSOC-TV's Gimme the Mike! Charlotte contest. She finished in second place. 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. She dropped out and later focused on paralegal studies.

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