When the Women's Final Four basketball tournament came to Indianapolis in 2011, I had the privilege of photographing Kellie Pickler's concert in the fan zone area. I never watched her come up the ranks of American idol (I am not a fan of the show), but I have enjoyed her professional music career and was excited to have this opportunity.
When I learned she was joining the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, she immediately became my favorite celebrity for this 16th season. So as she takes to the stage tonight in the season debut, I will look forward to seeing her take the first (dance) steps toward that trophy.
In anticipation of tonight's premiere, I offer up this image from the archives from her 2011 performance.