North Carolina native Kellie Pickler earns 'Dancing with the Stars' trophy

bcain@newsobserver.comMay 21, 2013 

TV Dancing with the Stars

This May 13, 2013 photo released by ABC shows country singer Kellie Pickler and her partner Derek Hough performing on the celebrity dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. Pickler is one of four celebrities competing in the finals Monday, May 20. A winner will be announced on Tuesday.

ADAM TAYLOR — AP

Albemarle, N.C., native Kellie Pickler (right) has been named the winner of this season's "Dancing with the Stars" competition.

Pickler and her partner Derek Hough (right) performed three dances in last night's final night of judged performances, earning a perfect 10 out of 10 points for two of the dances. Still, Pickler and Hough were one point out of first place at the end of the show, relying on fan votes to boost them over the higher scoring couple, Disney star Zendaya Coleman and her professional partner Val Chermkovskiy.

Pickler, a country music star who got her big start as a contestant on "American Idol," performed a quick-step and a freestyle in Monday's show, in addition to a cha-cha relay with the other three couples. NFL star Jacoby Jones and former Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman where the other two celebrities in tonight's finale.

Pickler competed in the fifth season of "American Idol" in 2006, making it to the Top 6 before being eliminated. Since then, she has released three albums. Her most recent album is "100 Proof," released in January 2012.

If you haven't had enough dancing from Pickler and Hough, rest assured that they'll both be making the rounds on all the talk shows for the next week or so.

And check back here tomorrow for a full recap of tonight's show from our "Dancing with the Stars" correspondent Lenni G!

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