The 26-year-old country singer gained fame when she made her debut on Season 5 of American Idol. Although the North Carolina native finished in sixth place that didn't stop her from gaining a loyal fan base. The country singer was signed to a recording label where she released her first album Small Town Girl. Three singles off of the record made their way to the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
And Pickler hasn't turned down the heat since! The country singer is so hot that Dancing With the Stars had asked the Fox reality show contestant to compete on their show multiple times.
Pickler said that while she was on the phone with her manager discussing the possibility of appearing on DWTS the former AI contestant's grandfather was eavesdropping.
"Dancing With the Stars is [my grandfather's] favorite show," Pickler continued. "He actually told me if I didn't do it this time then I wasn't his favorite granddaughter. I'm his only grandchild!"
Pickler's Southern charm may be the reason she and partner Hough get along so well. During their practices Pickler will let her Picklerisms, as she likes to call them, slip out.
"I'm bewildered by certain things," the 27-year-old dancer said in reference to some of Pickler's made up words.
The two have spent day in and day out in the studio building a friendship and perfecting their DWTS routines.
"They don't make you rehearse, but why would you sign up for something and not give it your all. I am putting everything I got into it," Pickler said.
Prior to the Season 16 premier of the show the Season 16 contestant warned her fans not to have "too high expectations" from her because she is "not a dancer."
But Hough begs to differ!
"She has natural ability and natural capacity like her legs look fantastic when she straightens them. They are hyper extended," the professional dancer continued. "She looks the part. She's great."
The judges couldn't agree more. Season 16, Episode 3 of DWTS Pickler shocked the audience with her sexy jazz routine to Ellie Goulding's "Lights". The contestant wore a skin bearing, embellished two piece while her partner Hough showed off his dancer's body going shirtless.
"You are a dancer!" judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was friggin' amazing!"
Fog helped make the jazz routine look even sexier as Hough held his partner sensually.
"Last week was a spark," Len Goodman added. "This week was a fire."
Hough was also impressed with Pickler's work ethic. After posting a still from their routine on Instagram Hough captioned "I mean ... Dayum !!! @KelliePickler who would have thought. Very proud"
We're sure your grandpa is proud of you too, Pickler!
Thanks so much for supporting/voting for Derek & me on DWTS! We are so thankful to be able to dance another week! Time to get our JIVE on!
— kellie pickler (@kelliepickler) March 27, 2013
To watch Dancing With The Stars Season 16 tune into ABC at 8 P.M. EST.