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Meet the Star: Kellie Pickler


Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. 

At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and in 2006, signed to 19 Recordings/BNA Records to release her debut, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell over 800,000 copies and produce three singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” 



In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”  

Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, 100 Proof, last year with famed producer Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten. The album earned recognition as one of the “Best of 2012” by Rolling Stone and The Washington Post

She has performed on six USO Tours, including one to Afghanistan in Dec. 2012. Newly signed to Black River Entertainment, Pickler is poised to release a new single and album in 2013.

Meet the Pro: Derek Hough


Derek Hough, the only three time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.

A multi-talented entertainer and three-time Emmy nominee, Hough recently took a season off from Dancing with the Stars to film his first feature film starring role for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in Cobu 3D: New York Nights.

Acting opposite Korean pop sensation BoA, Cobu tells the story of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs. Hough performed in London's West End where he starred as the male lead in the critically acclaimed stage version of Footloose, was one of the featured dancers on the Dancing with the Stars Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, Dance X.

With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars that have included Joanna Krupa, Lil' Kim, current host Brooke Burke, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos and recent champions Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability.

In addition to choreographing the hit music video “Parachute” for British popstar Cheryl Cole, Hough performed live with her on her 2010 concert tour in England and France to rave reviews and standing ovations..

Hough’s professional ballroom accolades include, World Under 21 Latin American Champion, Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool), Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion' and Two-time US Open Champion.

Although Derek has taken the Mirror Ball Trophy home three times we're sure he'd like to add one more trophy to his mantle from the All-Star Season.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• World Under 21 Latin American Champion
• Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool)
• Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion'
• Two-time US Open Champion

PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:

• Shawn Johnson (All Star Season)
• Maria Menounos  
• Ricki Lake
• Nicole Scherzinger
• Joanna Krupa
• Lil' Kim
• Brooke Burke
• Shannon Elizabeth
• Jennie Garth

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