Kellie Pickler has released three very successful country music albums. She has sent five singles inside the top 20 of the country music charts. And she's toured with major superstars Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Sugarland.
Clearly, Pickler has an impressive resume, but she's best known for her television appearances. Pickler was a top 12 finalist on American Idol and a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. She finished sixth on the fifth season of A.I. and won the 16th season of DWTS. Whether it's selling a bunch of Kellie Pickler tickets or starring on a hit reality series, the North Carolinian's success has come against all odds.
Since both of her parents were deadbeats and petty criminals - her mother was also abusive - Pickler was raised by her grandparents. Before hitting it big, Pickler participated in beauty pageants, worked as a waitress, and competed in local talent competitions. Her personal idol is legendary country music singer Dolly Parton. She's close friends with Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift and was a bridesmaid at Katharine McPhee's wedding. In 2009, PETA named Pickler the "World's Sexiest Vegetarian."