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Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough Take Dancing With the Stars Rehearsals on the Road

Former American Idol alum Kellie Picker and Derek Hough have taken their Dancing With the Stars 2013 rehearsals on the road! Pro dancer Derek went out on tour with his celebrity partner this past weekend as she took the stage in Jackson, MI on Friday and Manistee, MI on Saturday. He even made a few cameo appearances to wow the crowds!

Anyone who has competed on Dancing With the Stars will be more than happy to admit it is extremely hard work. The celebrity contestants and their pro partners have to shove in rehearsals whenever and wherever they can. So when former American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler had to head out to play gigs over the weekend, Derek Hough went right along with her so they could keep practicing for this week’s DWTS 2013 performance show.

At the Little River Casino in Manistee, fans chanted “we want Derek” until Kellie finally brought him out when she returned to the stage for her encore of “Red High Heels.” Derek graciously signed autographs, took a video of the crowd, and gallantly carried his dance partner off the stage.

Kellie Pickler says Derek Hough is simply “phenomenal,” according to and she loves the whole experience of being on Dancing With the Stars — although she finds it odd she is considered a current frontrunner. "You sit back and you watch it on TV, and you say, 'Oh, I can do that,'" Pickler said. "Ah, totally foot in mouth moment. It is the hardest thing I have ever done."

03.26.2013 / 12:30 AM EDT by Laura Vess
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