Kellie Pickler Addresses Anticipated 'DWTS' Feud
By ROBERT PACE
March 14, 2013
Among the many storylines that have preceded this season of Dancing with the Stars, it has been anticipated that a rivalry may spawn between fellow country music singers Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd. Pickler addressed the buzz to ET at her rehearsal.
Any rumor of an imminent feud between the two was easily squandered by Pickler, whose reaction indicated she was unaware of the gossip.
"I'm so excited that [Wynonna] is part of the show too. I got another country girl out here," Pickler said with a smile. "Maybe between the two of us, one of us will bring that shiny ball back to Nashville."
When further prompted about the competition amongst the group, the former Top 6 American Idol contestant revealed that she isn't overly anxious about votes.
"To be honest, I'm really not a competitive person," she replied when asked if she thought country fans' votes would be split between her and Judd. "I just want to have fun. I kind of look at this opportunity as an extra-curricular activity."
Her professional dancing partner, Derek Hough, suggests that the country music singer doesn't have much to worry about votes, in any case. Considering the way he described her dancing skills, Pickler is a frontrunner to win the show's sixteenth season.
"She's doing great. It's a blast. She's definitely a natural," said Hough, who was paired with former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson last season. "I was thinking about her capacity—her legs and the way she hits her lines and the way she moves—if [she] was a dancer, if [she was] trained as a dancer, she would be incredible."
Although she may be lauded as a natural by her partner and has been performing in front of live audiences since her days on American Idol in 2005, Pickler admitted to having the jitters for her first live show.
"I'm terrified," she admitted. "[Live singing] is what I do [for a living]; this is different. I'm not a dancer. I haven't been doing this my whole live. I'm stepping outside my comfort zone."
Watch Pickler in her Dancing with the Stars debut when the show premieres Monday (Mar. 18) at 8 p.m. on ABC.