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Anyone who recalls Kellie Pickler asking Simon Cowell, “What’s a ballsy?” during season five of American Idol likely remembers her perfect portrayal of the ditzy blonde. She came in sixth place, however, which is no easy feat. Fast forward to her time on Dancing With the Stars, and that whole dumb shtick is long gone.

 

There’s no denying Kellie is the sweetheart of DWTS this season. Between the long, lithe body and the swift dance moves, it’s hard to tell who is the pro and who is the contestant. She keeps a stiff upper lip, too, when her partner, Derek Hough, comes down hard on her, demanding perfection.

 

As Len Goodman said of her elegant ballroom routine last night, “You put the ‘oo’ in ‘smooth’.” The normally critical judge said that if Kellie keeps dancing like that, she’ll easily make it to the finals. Bruno Tolioli said she has the glamour of Jean Harlow and brought to mind The Great Gatsby, which is perfect timing, as the highly anticipated film is just about to hit theaters.

 

Kellie still has the “aww shucks” attitude, insisting that she isn’t a good dancer. She’ll only be able to keep that up for so long, however, as we have a feeling she’s going to win it all. And, because we’re also predicting that Kree Harrison will win this season of American Idol, it looks as though the good friends will be getting those matching tattoos after all.

 

What do you think of Kellie Pickler on Dancing With the Stars 16?