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INTERVIEW: Kellie Pickler on 'Idol,' 'Dancing' and rocking Ruth Eckerd Hall

Country singer Kellie Pickler -- ditz of 'American Idol,' champ of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday.

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Country singer Kellie Pickler -- ditz of 'American Idol,' champ of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday.

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When we first met Kellie Pickler, her magnetism was more robust than her talent — at least as far as we could tell sitting on the collective couch of the country and watching American Idol. And her backstory — a vanishing mother, an incarcerated father — was sold as far more compelling than her voice, a twangy, unpredictable holler.

But a lot has changed for the 27-year-old country singer, including a championship spin on Dancing With the Stars. I dialed up "Pick Pickler" before her Friday show at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

HERE'S THE FULL INTERVIEW.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:35pm]

    

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