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OFFSTAGE: Kellie Pickler Preps for Fox Trot and "Crazy Grandpas"
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
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Kellie Pickler admits that Dancing With the Stars isn't easy. "This show really takes a toll on your mind and your body and your spirit and everything," Pickler told CMT Radio during a Thursday (April 11) interview. But that doesn't mean she's not determined to stick with it, especially now that she has come this far in the competition. So next week will be her first ever attempt at a fox trot, which she said she's just heading into the dance studio to learn now. And then right after that, she said both of her "crazy grandpas" are going to be coming to California to cheer her on. So it sounds to me like Pickler is really committed to dancing her way to a win. On Monday's (April 8) show, she danced a rumba to her husband's song "Say I Do."

"I was terrified, and I was an emotional wreck. I'm kind of glad that it's over," Pickler said.

And she talked about how blessed she is to have her husband Kyle Jacobs in her life, whether it's on that stage or not. "I definitely married my soul mate. When you do settle down and you do get married and you make that covenant with God, you should make it with a person that makes you want to be a better person," she said. "All the qualities that I don't have, he makes up for."
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