About Kellie Pickler
With her loveable demeanor and "just fell off the turnip truck" personality, Pickler quickly became a favorite with not only the fans, but the judges as well. While she entertained viewers with her ditzy antics - such as mispronouncing "salmon" and revealing that she has never heard of calamari - some critics felt they were calculated acts. Also, Pickler's limited vocal range hampered her performances of Queen's classic rock anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) and The Righteous Brothers' love song "Unchained Melody" (1955), resulting in her elimination in the sixth round of the semi-finals. But she was not down on her luck for long. Her debut album, Small Town Girl (2006), debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, thanks to its catchy lead single, "Red High Heels." In 2007, Pickler broke down during her performance of her single, "I Wonder" (2007), a deeply personal song about her fractured relationship with her mother, during the televised special of the "41st Annual Country Music Association Awards" (ABC, 2007). Her tear-jerking performance earned her a 2008 CMT Award for Performance of the Year, in addition to winning Breakthrough Video of the Year for "I Wonder." Also in 2007, she appeared on a celebrity edition of the quiz show "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" (Fox, 2007-09), during which she exposed her lack of knowledge that France and Hungary were countries. In 2008, Pickler nabbed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart again with her second self-titled album. In June 2010, after dating for more than two years, Pickler married songwriter Kyle Jacobs, in an intimate ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean.
|Kyle Jacobs. Songwriter; engaged on June 15, 2010; married on Jan. 1, 2011|