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    As of this mornings update Kellies song is at #32 & looks poised to jump into the Top 30 in the next couple of days. Now that the album is on the shelves, increased spins should help sales.

    38 32 KELLIE PICKLER Red High Heels 758 649 109 5.127

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    It looks lke Kellie gets to perform this Dec.in the true home of Country music. This one is on a Saturday night so it may be televised on GAC.

    12/2 Ryman Auditorium Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler

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    Poor little Kellie was a bit out of her element tonight on the CMA Red Carpet. She looked adorable, but man, she doesn't know when to shut up. At one point she interviewed Alan Jackson and she didn't let him get a word in edgewise.... at the end he said "thanks for talking to us."
    Never let the things you want make you forget about the things you have.

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    Here's a picture of The Pickler from tonight's CMA Awards show.

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    In my own little world where all things are Idol......
    Kellie presenting with Billy Currington......

    Reality is the beginning...not the end....Wallace Stevens

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    The official Soundscan numbers aren't available yet, but it looks like the Country Charts are going to be Top Heavy with former American Idol contestants. Kellie's Small Town Girl will be the #1 Country album, followed at #2 by Carries Some Hearts which continues to surge.

    Kellies Red High Heels has broken into the Top 30 & stands at #29 this morning.

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    She really did look pretty, I thought.

    Kellie is very talkative which is not a good trait when you're surrounded by people who are full of their own importance. Don't you hope that one day she makes it big so that they can all hope to talk to her?

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    I had been suspecting to see something like this. I think the whole Pickler & Puck thing was a showcase & now we know why.


    Idol's Pickler to Star in Fox Sitcom

    A.J. Frutkin

    NOVEMBER 09, 2006 -

    The power of American Idol continues to amaze. Just days after Idol winner Carrie Underwood took home the Country Music Association's female vocalist award, another Idol contestant--Kelly Pickler--reportedly will star in her own Fox sitcom.

    Fox is developing a comedy in which Pickler will play a small town girl who discovers her biological dad is the state's governor.

    20th Century Fox TV will produce, along with Idol producer 19 Entertainment and Watson Pond. Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (That 70s Show) will write the pilot.

    In related news, NBC reportedly is developing three sitcoms based on international formats: Australia's Kath & Kim, about a divorced mom and her daughter; and Britain's I'm With Stupid, about a guy who moves into a group home for the disabled; and IT Crowd, about a group of techno-geeks.

    Kath & Kim and Stupid are both co-productions with producer Ben Silverman's company Reveille (Ugly Betty, The Office). IT Crowd is a co-production with FremantleMedia North America.

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    Kellie Pickler seeks new 'Idol' fame By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer
    Thu Nov 9, 11:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK - As a contestant on "American Idol," Kellie Pickler was a magnetic entertainer whose country charm and bubbly (if not bubble-headed) personality earned her millions of fans.

    But when Pickler was voted off the show after reaching the final six, she fretted about whether her fame would last — and she had good reason to worry.

    Though winning the nation's most popular TV contest has guaranteed platinum-plus sales for the champs, it's a different story for those who come in second, third or 10th. Except for Clay Aiken, each of the runners-up have had pitiful album sales. And those cast aside even earlier in the competition have faded into D-list celebrity oblivion.

    "It was a little scary because it made me wonder, 'Am I going to fall into that same group because I wasn't first runner-up or the winner?'" Pickler wondered in her now-famous Southern drawl.

    But what made Pickler an "Idol" standout — her voice, her hard-luck upbringing and her colorful persona — may make her most likely to succeed among "Idol" alums. Sony BMG Nashville signed her to a record deal less than two weeks after she left the show, and her debut album, "Small Town Girl," on BNA Records, made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard's country album's chart this week.

    "She's a very special lady in terms of her personality ... (fans) can relate," said Joe Galante, chairman of Sony BMG Nashville. "People know her, but they also like her and they are willing to spend their hard-earned money to hear more about her."

    Pickler's history is already well-known to "Idol" fans — and the tabloids. She was raised by her grandparents after her mother abandoned her as a child. Her father spent years battling substance abuse and watched her "Idol" run from a prison cell, where he was serving time for stabbing a man (he has since been released).

    While her backstory may have won her sympathy, her sometimes daffy persona drew criticism in some quarters. During "Idol," Pickler was known as much for her Jessica Simpson-like gaffes as her pipes. The 20-year-old portrayed herself as a naive Southern girl with a simple background — an attitude she still maintains (after this interview, she asked wondrously about the contents of sushi, which she says she's never eaten).

    But others wondered whether she was just playing a role.

    "That's something that really bothered me in the beginning because I wasn't used to being criticized in that way, as far as really being picked apart by people that I didn't even know," the petite blonde says quietly as she sits in the New York offices of Sony BMG, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

    "Now I've learned that there's gonna be people that love you and want to see you do well, there's going to be people who just don't care much for you, and they're waiting for you to fall."

    Jack Isquith, Executive Director of Music Industry Relations at AOL Music, which has provided heavy "Idol" coverage, said all the talk about Pickler has contributed to a buzz that surrounds her.

    "I think she's a little controversial because there's certainly been talk about whether she played dumb on 'American Idol.' There's lots of comments of her being pretty ... and there are a lot of comments on her being a real singer," he said. "There's a curiosity."

    The lack of curiosity may have been what doomed the post-"Idol" recording careers of favorites like Tamyra Gray, LaToya London, Diana DeGarmo, Justin Guarini, Bo Bice ... we need not go on. Though Jennifer Hudson is about to make her movie debut in the hotly anticipated "Dreamgirls," and other "Idols" have had success in other genres like Broadway (DeGarmo is currently starring in "Hairspray") there have been no "Idol" contestants besides platinum-selling runner-up Aiken who have had credible success on the charts.

    The verdict is still out for members' of last year's class. Winner Taylor Hicks' debut album comes out in December; runner-up Katherine McPhee releases her album later this month, while Chris Daughtry's eponymous band is also due out later this month.

    While "Idol" contestants wowed Americans with their voice, Galante said that's not enough for a successful recording career.

    "Let's not forget that people buy their music based on what they hear on the radio, but in this format, they have to have a relationship with the artist. They have to feel like they can sit down and talk to them," he said. "Some of those other finalists had a great voice, but we see people every day that have a great voice. There has to be something more than that."

    And Pickler knows as much.

    "If we're going to be honest about the show, it's not just about talent, it's not just about how great you can sing or perform, it's about the whole package, it's about finding that idol that can sing, that can entertain, can perform, is comfortable on stage, has a personality, that has a story that's relatable."

    "So, what is fame? It's lightening that strikes some people. It's lightening that some people seek." Jewel

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    Kellie Pickler Admits Suffering Child Abuse


    US EXCLUSIVE: Idol's Kellie Pickler Admits Suffering Child Abuse

    Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, 20, may have a sitcom in the works, and a debut album, Small Town Girl, at No. 1 on country charts, but she suffered a traumatic childhood.

    While most AI fans already knew that her father, a drug abuser, cycled in and out of prison for armed robbery, for the first time Pickler reveals that she was a victim of physical and mental child abuse at the hands of her mother.

    In the new issue of Us Weekly, Pickler breaks her silence about her violent home life, recounting a chilling moment from her childhood when her mother told her to commit suicide:

    “I remember my mother and I were in the kitchen and I said, ‘I wish God would take me away, I’d much rather be dead than live here with you.’ She took a knife out, set it on the counter and said, ‘Here, do it then.’ I was in fourth grade. Of course I never would have acted upon it, but it’s done a lot of emotional scarring.”

    How did Pickler overcome the abuse? What happened the last time she talked to her mother? Why is her relationship with her father still strained now that he's been released from prison? Who does Pickler call her “angel”? To read more about the singer’s troubled – but ultimately inspiring – childhood, pick up the current issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

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