1. Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality.
2. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place.
3. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist, releasing her debut album, Small Town Girl, later that year.
4. In 2012, she was ranked as the 14th best American Idol alumna. She also parted ways with her former record label.
5. On May 21, 2013, Pickler and her partner Derek Hough were declared the winners of sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.
6. Pickler was born at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Cynthia Morton and Clyde “Bo” Raymond Pickler, Jr.
7. Her mother left when Kellie was two years old, then returned and took custody of her for two years.
8. After this, the court returned Kellie to her grandparents when she was 12 and they raised her to adulthood because her father was in and out of jail. Pickler graduated in 2004 from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina.
9. She sang “On the Side of Angels” by LeAnn Rimes at her high school graduation.
10. 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.
11. The 19-year-old Pickler auditioned for American Idol in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
12. Pickler has stated several times that she was not heavily exposed to modern pop culture.