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Idol Alum Kellie Pickler: I Battled Depression

Kellie Pickler

Country crooner Kellie Pickler may be enjoying major professional success, but beneath a veneer of perfection, she was "crumbling" on the inside.

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Kellie Pickler Will Rock in the New Year

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Kellie Pickler and Ryan Seacrest will be reunited - and it feels so good.

The Season 5 American Idol reject will help Seacrest ring in 2009 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest as a special correspondent.
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Kristy Lee Cook's Up Record Deal

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Move over Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler, there's a new hot blonde American Idol castoff in town! That's right, Kristy Lee Cook has inked a record deal with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville to create a country album that will drop later this fall. Cook, who finished seventh (and was lucky she made it that far considering Simon's constant disses), says, "I've wanted this for so many years. To have the chance to be a country singer — to make the music I love," and promises she'll do her best "to make [fans] proud."The leggy beauty, who was smart as a Fox to play up her country-loving side to the Idol audience by singing, among other songs, "Proud to Be an American," will release her first single, "15 Minutes of Shame," on August 11.So, will you be anxiously awaiting Kristy Lee's first single? Do you think the country music scene will suit her talents? — Erin FoxRelated• What's Life Like After Idol?• Check out Behind the Scenes Footage of the Idol Tour read more

Julianne Hough Steps in to Cohost CMA Festival

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Julianne Hough's taking a brief break from the dance floor to cohost this year's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. The newly minted singer is sharing duties with country stars Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler.Along with the three lovely cohosts, the four-day festival in Nashville is a nonstop parade of music and parties, featuring concerts by Billy Ray Cyrus, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins and Dwight Yoakam, among others. Night to Rock is taping during the festival, June 5-8, and is set to air Monday, September 8 at 9 pm/ET on ABC. Julianne's already got us glued to her moves during Dancing — will she get right into step with the girls of country music? — Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to spend some time with Julianne. read more

At Country Music Awards, Former Former Idols Shine

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The Academy of Country Music Awards opened with a fitting song, Carrie Underwood's Vegas-inspired hit about a drunken night's nuptials, "Last Name."Underwood would go on to win Top Female Artist at the 43rd installment of the ACMAs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 18 in Las Vegas. Before the show, stars walked the orange carpet, many making a trip to a crowd of fans who waited hours in the record 104-degree heat to get an autograph. Kellie Pickler signed a copy of an American Idol CD given to her by a fan, laughing and holding it up for photographers. "I love what American Idol did for me," Pickler said. "But it goes fast."The very pregnant Nicole Kidman made a surprise appearance with her husband Keith Urban. The pair spent the most time with the fans, shaking hands and offering thanks to all those that were shouting their congratulations on her pregnancy. "Thank you, I feel good," Kidman told one well-wisher as she made her way from one side of the 20-foot, roped-off fan area to ... read more

CMT Music Awards Honor Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler

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Trace Adkins and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler were among the big winners at Monday's CMT Music Awards. Pickler snagged the first three awards of her professional career for the video "I Wonder."Adkins won Best Video by a Male Artist for "I Got My Game On", while Taylor Swift took home Best Video by a Female Artist honors for "Our Song." — J.R. Whalen read more

The Top 11 Perform

Big news everyone Nina is at the hospital this very moment giving birth to Baby Boy Hammerling-Smith It seems fitting that shed have her baby on an American Idol night Im Erin Fox and Ill be filling in for the fabulous Nina until she returns from maternity leave I know how much you all love her and Ill try my best to do her proud The night starts with Ryan asking the judges about what they expect this week from the contestants Paula actually has a cohesive opinion without stumbling or using colors to describe how she feels Way to go girl Shes very sparkly tonight too Then Ryan points out that a fan has a sign that says Simon Is Sexy Like he needs any more encouragement to be full of himselfRyan transitions into a taped piece that explains to America how important the Beatles are to our musical history I really hope this is supposed to be geared toward 8-year-olds because its almost insultingly simple Its the freakin Beatles Youd have to live under read more

Top 10 Girls

Well this was definitely a letdown from last night I mean there were a few really good performances by the girls tonight but the vast majority were just so-so just there in a way that didnt make them memorable And I hate to be petty but my first impression when the girls filed by in the intro was Yikes Amandas hair yikes Bride of Frankensteins got nothin on this gal And why Ryan felt the need to talk about the fact that Randy wears a size 13 12 shoe I cannot explain Also Ryans silly thing of not thanking Simon at the end of the show is just annoying now He needs to stop I guess it might have been amusing to him the first time but at this point its just foolishThe two high points of the night came courtesy of Carly and Brooke I kept rooting for some of my other favorites to pull out show-stoppers but alas it never happenedOn to the performancesCarly Smithson Crazy on You Clearly Carly likes herself some Heart as this is the second song by read more

Charleston Auditions

The friendliest city in the country provided an interesting collection of auditions for tonights American Idol It all started with Oliver Highman who came on his anniversary ready to sing for the judges in a suit and tie when his very-pregnant wifes water broke He rushed off to take her to the hospital but was still hoping to make it back in time to audition He got lost on the way to the hospital but it all well most of it had a happy ending Oliver didnt end up with a golden ticket but he did leave with a beautiful little girl Emma Grace Well be seeing her in 15 years quipped Simon That makes the second Idol audition baby this year but whos countingA couple of pairs provided high and low points of the night One of my definite favorites of all the auditions thus far was Jeffrey Lampkin who sang Im Your Angel with his sister Michelle The two of them pulled out some gorgeous harmonies and you just cant underestimate that oww factor that Jeffr read more

Kellie Pickler, Paris & More!

Pickler: "But like...I thought Europe was a country."

Is Kellie Pickler Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?Unless she's really good playing dumb, we're gonna have to say no, she's not. In a recent appearance on the hit game show, the country singer was asked what European country Budapest was capital of (which, mind you, left her baffled, considering she thought Europe was a country). When she found out the correct answer, she didn't even, like, know Hungary was a country. Turkey she's heard of, but Hungary, not so much. Good thing for her charity, she trusted her fifth-grade teammate.Watch it now!Paris Hilton Wants to be a Mommy?During a recent one-on-one interview with Ellen, Paris Hilton revealed her secret desire on national television. And what could the girl with everything under the sun possibly want? Try a baby! Now that BFF Nicole Richie is ready to pop, the heiress wants a little nugget of her own. Watch it now!Chris Brown's New Music VideoHe's been the talk of the town with his sick dance moves that give even old pros like JT a run... read more

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