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OFFSTAGE: Kellie Pickler: Dance, Caffeinate, Sing, Dance
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Kellie Pickler -- the singer -- has three concerts this week. But Kellie Pickler -- the dancer? That girl has to learn how to samba by Monday's (April 29) episode of Dancing With the Stars. So she's multi-tasking and bringing dance pro partner Derek Hough -- and a whole bunch of coffee -- out on the road with her. "In the morning, our rehearsals are usually seven hours or more," Pickler recently told CMT Radio. But now that it's getting so close to the end of the show's season, she has to learn more than one dance for next week's episodes. "I'll rehearse all morning and all day, and then go chug a pot of coffee and then go try to do a concert," she said. "Then go back into the dance studio after the show." Sounds like the work ethic of a winner. And since Pickler had her highest score of the season this week, it's definitely paying off. And since Hough has a similar workaholic mentality, they're good together. "Derek is definitely a perfectionist, and that's one of the reasons why he's so great. He takes a lot of pride in what he does, just like I take a lot of pride in my music. I want it to be right, and he's the same way on the dance floor," she said. "It could be our last dance."
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