Kellie Pickler Is an “Antique Idol”

It's Been 10 Years Since Her Idol Audition

It’s hard for me to believe American Idol is preparing to enter it’s final season, and it’s hard to believe for Idol alum Kellie Pickler, too.

It’s been a decade since the beauty from Albemarle, North Carolina, shot to stardom on the show, and in a recent visit to the Rachael Ray Show, she spent a little time reminiscing.

“I’m like an antique Idol! Y’all it’s been, like, ten years!” Pickler joked on the show. “It’s like I’m dusty — I gotta dust myself off.”

She’d never watched American Idol before appearing on it, but the experience quickly became a time in her life she will never forget.

“You become like an Idol family. I can speak for my season,” Pickler said. “Everyone got along so great and you spend so much time together and you’re all chasing music dreams.”

Both she and Ray agreed it was like “summer camp.” The same could be said of her time on the hit show Dancing With the Stars.

“I love it. I miss it. With Dancing With the Stars I was completely out of my comfort zone — it’s not like ballroom dancing is big in Albemarle, North Carolina — that’s where I’m from. I’d never done anything like that before in my life. So stepping outside of your comfort zone, you grow and challenge yourself.”

Although she loved it and misses it, she admits, it’s hard for her to watch nowadays.

“I don’t like seeing people not do well,” Pickler told Ray. “It makes me uncomfortable. I like for everybody to go out and do great and win — everybody gets a little gold star. I just don’t like — I just want everybody to be happy. I don’t like uncomfortable awkwardness.”

So where does the season 16 DWTS champion keep that famous mirror-ball trophy? At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, of course. Pickler told Ray that shortly after her win, the museum called and asked if they could put it on display. Her response?

“Absolutely! You can have whatever you want — you want a kidney?!”

Oh, Kellie, you are so easy to love. And we’ve got a new show to prove it. CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler, starring the singer and her songwriter/producer husband Kyle Jacobs, premieres Nov. 5.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.