Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 4:45pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Feb. 17, 2016) – Country music singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler returned to where it all began last week when she taped an episode of the final season of “American Idol.” For several days, the talented vocalist, who became a household name while appearing on the iconic television show’s fifth season, mentored and performed with two of the Top 24 contestants (their names cannot be revealed at this time). During the tapings, she also shared advice and stories from her “Idol” experience.
“American Idol” featuring Pickler, along with five other returning Idols, will air Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 PM ET (7:00 PM CT) on the FOX Television Network.
“It was so great to return to ‘American Idol’ and see some of my old friends and make a few new ones,” said Pickler. “I have always been so appreciative of the opportunity to be on Idol and of the doors that show opened for me. And, to be asked back to mentor and perform with a few of the final season’s contestants was a true honor.”
About 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 first gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut Small Town Girl as well as100 Proof, which Rolling Stone named the Best Country Album of 2011. Among her best known hits are the Gold-certified “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” “Best Days of Your Life,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” and “No Cure for Crazy.”
In 2013, she partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and once again won television viewers’ hearts, as well as the Mirror Ball Trophy, on “Dancing with the Stars.” She later voiced the lead character of a sweet potato named Mirabelle in the Veggie Talesanimated movie “Beauty and the Beet.”
Last year, she launched her home goods line “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler” (available, the first artist-curated line ever created in cooperation with the Grand Ole Opry and Opry Stores. The launch was so successful that Christmas-themed products were added in the Fall and new items are coming later this year.
Pickler and her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, starred in the hit CMT docu-comedy “I Love Kellie Pickler,” produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, which recently aired its first season finale. She is also the first host announced for an upcoming new daytime talk show created and executive produced by Faith Hill and former “Oprah” co-executive producer and OWN executive Lisa Erspamer.
An avid supporter of the U.S. military men and women and their families, Pickler has completed nine USO tours. For the latest news, tour dates, and more information, please visit Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  
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