In this ABC video, not only do we see Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough in rehearsals for the first time, we see how they met. It's cute. Derek comes to see the country star in hair and makeup and hugs her, introducing himself. Then he tells her, "Well, I'm not your partner but I hope you have a good time. See you later." He slaps her five and makes a move to leave. She quips, "Well, thank you. You're gonna lose!" Then he tells her he was just kidding, he is her partner. She'd better take back that part about losing or it may jinx them!
As they start dancing, they show off their Southern accents — hers is real, his is just adopted, like how Aly Raisman is picking up some of Mark Ballas's occasional Brit-speak. According to this semi-abusive photo, which Derek shared on Instagram, they have Cha-Cha as their first dance.
What do you think? Are Kellie & Derek the couple to beat? DWTS Season 16 premieres Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC.