Kree Harrison may have been star-struck by Aretha Franklin’s video message to her last week but, the truth is, the American Idol season 12 hopeful’s time in Nashville has already put her in touch with some big names.
Kree is friends with and has sung background vocals for up-and-coming artist Kacey Musgraves. She’s got a huge fan in established country band Little Big Town. And she was pulled up on stage to sing with friend Mindy McCready before her tragic suicide. Now we find out that the gorgeous country singer is also besties with none other than Dancing With the Stars 2013 contestant and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler! What the what!?
Well, maybe they’re not besties, per se, but Kree calls her “one of my good friends,” going on to say, "She's a doll. I adore her. She's literally the sweetest woman. She's inspiring in so many ways." The DWTS 2013 front-runner has had many words of advice for Kree.
"More so than anything, [she said], ‘Stay true to who you are,'" Kree told E!. "I've gotten that a lot because I am a humble person, and that's not going to change. It won't, just because I'm surrounded by such amazing people in my life that wouldn't let me."
The DWTS and Idol studios are adjacent in LA, so the two artists have been able to hang out in between their grueling rehearsals.
"She's come and met everyone [at Idol], too," Kree said. Apparently, Kellie has taken a shining to the other country hopeful left in the competition.
"She loves Janelle [Arthur],” Kree dished. "They remind me a lot of each other. They're both really witty." It’s a good thing there seem to be no hard feelings after Nicki Minaj said Janelle seemed like an Idol contestant compared to Kree, who seemed like she just flew in for their duet. Ouch.
The BFFs have decided that, if they both win their respective competitions, they’ll commemorate it with ink. As Kree said, “We've decided that if we win, which I know she's going to win Dancing With the Stars, we're going to go get matching tattoos!" We have a sneaking suspicion this just might happen!